Catholic schools’ free lunch funds threatened by Biden’s LGBT rule change

Fifty-two percent of U.S. Catholic schools participate in the federal breakfast program, said Sister Dale McDonald, vice president of public policy at the National Catholic Educational Association, which represents nearly 150,000 educators serving 1.6 million students in Catholic schools, universities and religious education. programs.

A private school, Grant Park Christian Academy in Tampa, Florida, was successful in obtaining a religious exemption last week from the state Department of Agriculture – but the school first had to file a lawsuit over the ‘obtain.

And Grant Park Christian’s religious exemption “was the only one approved by the federal and state governments,” said Erica Steinmiller-Perdomo, legal counsel for the nonprofit Alliance Defending Freedom, which represented the state. school in court.

“Other religious schools are not protected and will need to request their own religious exemption in writing,” she told CNA.

“It’s unclear how long it will take the government to respond to them without a trial pending,” she added, “and they have no idea if they should comply with the illegal warrants in the meantime.” .

Until then, the attorney emphasized, “All schools will continue to be harmed by the Biden administration’s overreach in redefining Title IX without going through the proper processes.”

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