The Busy Catholic Blog — Staff Picks Nov. 30, 2017

Archdiocese of Washington files suit against public transit grinch

By Agnieszka Ruck

The Archdiocese of Washington filed suit in a federal court Nov. 28 over the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority's advertising guidelines after the transit system rejected this Christmas advertisement. (Archdiocese of Washington / CNS)

VANCOUVER—The advertisement pictured above is against bus advertisement guidelines, according to the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority. Those guidelines ban "issue-oriented advertising, including political, religious, and advocacy advertising."

But the Archdiocese of Washington says rejecting this ad violates their First Amendment rights to religious freedom.

It's shutting down our ability to promote our faith or to share our faith in the public square.
Ed McFadden, archdiocese's communications secretary

The advertisement features three wise men and a link to, a website with details about Advent traditions, Christmas Mass times, and volunteer opportunities.

The Archdiocese of Washington filed a federal suit against the transit authority Nov. 28.