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Puerto Rico Catholic Church Takes Teachers’ Pensions to SCOTUS

June 18, 2018, 6:51 PM

The Roman Catholic Archdiocese of San Juan, P.R., is urging the U.S. Supreme Court to reverse an order to seize $4.7 million of its assets across the island to cover the pension benefits of Catholic school teachers.

The archdiocese wants the justices to reverse a Puerto Rico Supreme Court order that directs the seizure of property of all six separate and independent dioceses—as well as all 338 of their constituent parishes and other Catholic entities—to pay the pensions of 180 teachers from three Catholic schools, the archdiocese said in its petition filed June 15.

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