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Statement of The Most Reverend John J. Myers, Archbishop of Newark, On the Decision of the US Supreme Court In Burwell v. Hobby Lobby Stores
I applaud today’s Supreme Court decision in the Hobby Lobby and Conestoga Wood Specialties case, reaffirming that government cannot require individuals – even those who own companies -- to check their moral and religious convictions and beliefs at the door when they enter the marketplace.
People, even religious people, have the right to operate their companies according to what they believe. As Pope Francis said in his Apostolic Exhortation, Evangelii Gaudium, “Business is a vocation, and a noble vocation, provided that those engaged in it see themselves challenged by a greater meaning in life.”