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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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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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Posted: 13:44 2015-05-22 ⋅ Comment

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This Memorial Day weekend, as we picnic with our families or get bombarded with sales flyers, let us pause in prayer for the countless men and women who have made the ultimate sacrifice so that we may enjoy the freedom and prosperity that we do in the United States of America. Please join in spiritual communion with the Bishops of New York State in giving thanks for these brave individuals and praying for their souls and for the loved ones they have left behind. Eternal rest grant unto them, O Lord, and let perpetual light shine upon them. May their souls and the souls of all the faithful departed, through the mercy of God, rest in peace. Amen. May God bless our men and women in uniform, and may God bless America.

Posted: 13:38 2015-05-22 ⋅ Comment

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A great reflection from Bishop Edward B. Scharfenberger of the Diocese of Albany.

Reflections from Bishop Scharfenberger “We are chosen, we are loved, we are blessed“

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Posted: 10:01 2015-05-21 ⋅ Comment

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"There are roughly 4,500 public schools across the state – many of which are at capacity or overcrowded, and some are even utilizing trailers as classrooms. One hundred seventy-eight of those schools are failing, and many of them have been for 10 years or more. Now imagine if the more than 400,000 students who are currently in charter or private schools – representing approximately 15 percent of the state's student population – had to attend one of those at-capacity, overcrowded or failing public schools. Who benefits from that scenario? Surely not the public school students who would find classroom space and resources stretched even further." -Lieut. Gov. Kathy Hochul on the need for Parental Choice in Education Act.

Lt. Gov. Kathy Hochul: Private schools also deserve state support (Commentary)

Cuomo administration knocks down criticisms of Parental Choice in Education Act.

Posted: 7:57 2015-05-21 ⋅ Comment

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More simple wisdom from the Holy Father: "It is even harder for separated parents, who are weighed down by their situation. They have struggled, have been separated and many times the child becomes a hostage. The father speaks ill of the mother and the mother speaks ill of the father. And a lot of damage is done. To you, separated couples, I advise: Never, never, never, take your child hostage. You are separated by so many difficulties and life has tested you. But children should not carry of the burden of your separation.”

Pope Francis advises separated parents on how to educate their children

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Posted: 7:39 2015-05-20 ⋅ Comment