Catholic students in Scarsdale are without a prayer to keep school open

A Supreme Court judge dismissed a lawsuit by parents Wednesday to keep a Catholic school in Scarsdale open.

The case involving St. Pius X was dismissed based on the First Amendment, the separation of church and state. Parents and parishioners who are members of the Campaign to Save St. Pius School fought on the grounds that they should have been consulted in the decision by the pastor and New York Archdiocese to close the school.

Members of the group hired a church lawyer and petitioned the Vatican for help in the matter. However, the judge stated that civil courts absolutely refuse to become involved in matters of church policy or doctrine. The parents plan on meeting to discuss the next course of action. Meanwhile, students of St. Pius X will attend two other Catholic schools in the area.

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