Sunday, January 06, 2013

Catholic Soup Kitchen Files RLUIPA Challenge To Denial of Permit To Operate

The Day reports that on Friday, the Catholic Diocese of Norwich, Connecticut filed suit in federal district court challenging the decision by the Norwich city planning commission not to extend a temporary permit allowing the St. Vincent de Paul Place soup kitchen to continue to operate in a former Catholic school building. Neighbors had complained of trespassing, foul language and litter by soup kitchen patrons.  The Diocese invokes the Religious Land Use and Institutionalized Persons Act, saying that it has been treated differently than other similar facilities, both religious and non-religious.