Catholic Church Opposes Jewish Efforts for “sunday Law” Change

The Roman Catholic Archdiocese of New York reiterated its stand this week-end opposing change of the Sunday blue law which prohibits many kinds of businesses from staying open on Sundays in this city. The statement was issued through the diocesan Coordinating Committee of Catholic Lay Organizations, which represents 62 lay organizations with a total membership of several hundred thousand.

The New York Board of Kabbis and many Orthodox Jewish groups have asked that the law be changed to permit observant Jews who keep their businesses closed on Saturday to remain open on Sunday. Republican legislative leaders in Albany, where the State Legislature would have to pass a law changing the Sunday closing situation, have indicated that they will bring up such a bill for discussion if the New York City Council formally requests it. Last week 500 Jews picketed City Hall demanding such action.

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