Statement from Bishop Kopacz regarding HB 1523

Statement from Bishop Joseph R. Kopacz, Bishop of the Diocese of Jackson regarding HB 1523 signed into law April 5 by Mississippi Governor Phil Bryant:

“The Diocese of Jackson supported and would continue to support a religious exemption on behalf of the mission of the Catholic church with regard to education and social services. We would like to continue to provide these services while remaining faithful to the teachings of the Catholic Church. The diocese had no involvement in the other portions of the bill that addressed business and government operations. The church will continue to work to protect its First Amendment right to worship, to educate and to serve in the public domain while respecting the dignity of all citizens.”