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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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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.

Catechist Statement

Catechist Statement

The Bishops of New York State have released a new document on the qualities necessary for a successful leader of a parish faith formation program. The document is entitled "The Cathechetical Leader in the Third Millennium" and can be viewed HERE.

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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"As we care for the child, so must we care for all people on the vast spectrum of life. When we subjectively determine the points at which life begins and ends, whether it is viable or not, when it is too burdensome to endure, we begin a path toward self-destruction. Life is no longer precious, but just another commodity in the business of living. Relativism becomes the absolute, and even the value of life itself is questioned." -- Bishop Salvatore R. Matano of Rochester

The church must always defend life - Catholic Courier

Amid the joys of this life, there is one that looms high above all the others: the joy of parents who welcome a newborn child into their lives. When they cradle this precious gift of God in their arms, there are no words to express adequately the joy in their hearts. Heaven and earth unite in the ma…

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"My father struggled with severe depression and other anxiety disorders for much of his adult life. At times they were absolutely paralyzing for him, rendering him incapable of performing the simplest of tasks. As a child I did not understand the depth of his suffering; I selfishly focused more on the inconveniences I had to endure rather than the anguish of my father." --Kathleen M. Gallagher, director of pro-life activities, NYSCC

On the death of Robin Williams | New York State Catholic Conference

The recent suicide death of actor Robin WIlliams has prompted a renewed national conversation about depression, mental illness and the care and treatment of persons who suffer from these diseases.

Posted: 10:25 2014-09-09 ⋅ Comment

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Catholics are obliged to participate in the public square and, as Americans, voting is a duty we have as citizens. Today is Primary Day in New York. If your political party is holding a primary, be sure to get out to vote!

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It will be a busy legislative session starting in January, as we try again to pass the education investment tax credit to help our Catholic schools, and fight back against a renewed effort by late-term abortion activists to pass the Abortion Expansion Act. Join the Catholic Action Network to stay informed. And tell your friends to like us on Facebook.

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"As an American, it was very good to hear the pope that I love, who leads the Church I would live and die for, also smiling on my country in recognition that it does have a global responsibility and that, if morally used, it can be for the betterment of humanity. I found that a very good moment." --Timothy Cardinal Dolan

Crux Dolan: Francis should call out moderate Muslims - Dolan: Francis should call out moderate...

In Part 2 of a Crux exclusive, the NY cardinal also reacts to the pope's words about US airstrikes against ISIS and calls for stronger accountability for bishops in the sexual abuse scandal.

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