A Unified Voice for All New York State Catholics

The New York State Catholic Conference represents the Bishops of the state in working with government to shape laws and policies that pursue social justice, respect for life and the common good. We provide a unified voice for the eight dioceses of the state to speak on such issues as education, marriage, health care, poverty, abortion, euthanasia, social services, criminal justice and the environment. We apply the principles of Catholic social teaching to critical issues of the day and encourage citizen involvement in the legislative process.

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Suicide solution?

Suicide Solution?

The bills to legalize assisted suicide in New York State are a recipe for abuse, even requiring doctors to lie about cause of death, and no counseling requirement to screen for depression. HERE.

End of Life Booklet

End of Life Booklet

The NYS Bishops offer a helpful guide to Catholics on the difficult decisions involving end-of-life treatment and care. The document is called "Now and at the Hour of Our Death. Go HERE to order or download. Una versión en español está aquí.

Faithful Citizenship

Faithful Citizenship

Watch Cardinal Dolan discuss the Catholic call to faithful citizenship as you form your conscience throughout the year to better participate in the public square. HERE.

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These Meals on Wheels for WNY clients got a special surprise.

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Two major Church anniversaries to mark today, one universal and one NYS. Three years ago today, Pope Benedict XVI made history by announcing he was resigning the papacy. Two years ago today, Pope Francis appointed Bishop Edward B. Scharfenberger as Bishop of Albany, accepting the retirement of Bishop Howard J. Hubbard, who had led the diocese for an incredible 37 years. Below is John Allen's recollection of "the single greatest act of papal humility the world has witnessed in at least the last 700 years, and arguably forever."

Three years ago brought history’s greatest act of papal humility

Benedict was the first pope to renounce his powers, not in the teeth of schism, foreign armies, or power struggles, but as the result of an honest self-examination that he was no longer up to the demands of the office.

Posted: 13:53 2016-02-11 ⋅ Comment

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A New York Times report on a scientific study on assisted suicide blows the lid off of the myth that abuses are rare: "A new study of doctor-assisted death for people with mental disorders raises questions about the practice, finding that in more than half of approved cases, people declined treatment that could have helped, and that many cited loneliness as an important reason for wanting to die."

Assisted Suicide Study Questions Its Use for Mentally Ill

Researchers who looked at doctor-assisted deaths in the Netherlands found that some patients had declined treatment that might have helped.

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