Wednesday, February 13, 2019

Cert Filed In Puerto Rico Catholic School Pension Case

A petition for certiorari (full text) was filed last month in Roman Catholic Archdiocese of San Juan Puerto Rico v. Feliciano (filed 1/14/2019). At issue is whether Puerto Rico courts can get to the assets of numerous related Catholic entities in Puerto Rico to satisfy pension obligations to Catholic school employees,The petition describes the question presented as:
Whether the First Amendment empowers courts to override the chosen legal structure of a religious organization and declare all of its constituent parts a single legal entity subject to joint and several liability. 
The petition contains a translation of the opinion below rendered by the Puerto Rico Supreme Court.