Today's executive order by President Obama is a step forward in the noble mission of creating a nation where no one is discriminated against on the basis of sexual orientation. With proper legal implementation, the Administration's policy can also ensure that religious institutions will continue their longstanding tradition of working with the federal government in providing social services to those who suffer and live on the margins of our communities. Since our nation's founding, American Catholic organizations have responded to the Gospel of Jesus Christ by serving every person in need. And with today's order, we pray the Church can continue that great tradition while ensuring that our own institutions are welcoming to all who are willing to serve.
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