Sunday, May 17, 2020


Robinson alleges he was threatened with arrest if he hosted Mass at his church.

Priest suing Murphy over ban on religious gatherings, claims order violates Constitution

A Catholic priest in North Caldwell is suing Gov. Phil Murphy over the governor's stay-at-home directive, alleging in a new federal lawsuit that the state's prohibition of religious services during the coronavirus outbreak violates the U.S. Constitution.

The Rev. Kevin Robinson, of St. Anthony of Padua church, says in the four-count complaint that churches can easily accommodate the kind of social distancing that keeps some commercial businesses open. Murphy issued the directive, Executive Order 107, on March 21, banning all gatherings of individuals with some exceptions, not including religious services. CONTINUED

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