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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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"Despite the ruling, the debate cannot be censored and it will go on. In any case, no decree by a civil authority -- be it from a court, a legislature or a president -- can change what marriage fundamentally is."

'Who am I to judge?' - The Evangelist

Posted: 7:46 2015-07-02 ⋅ Comment

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Pope Francis paid a visit to Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI today to wish him a good stay at Castel Gandolfo, the papal vacation home outside Rome, where the pope emeritus is headed for two weeks. Please pray for the pope and his predecessor.

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Posted: 12:20 2015-06-30 ⋅ Comment

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Assembly Democrats finally put protection of women and girls ahead of abortion politics and passed the non-controversial planks of the Women's Equality Act, which the Senate had passed for three straight years. Governor Cuomo is expected to sign all of the nine measures into law. Kudos to Speaker Carl Heastie, who allowed the votes, and Assembly Member Amy Paulin who led the fight to pass the individual measures.

Quietly, most of Women's Equality Act becomes law

The act was a platform of the governor's campaign

Posted: 8:33 2015-06-30 ⋅ Comment

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The full schedule of Pope Francis's apostolic journey to the United States, including a 36-hour stop in New York City, has been released.

Schedule: 2015 Apostolic Journey of Pope Francis to the United States of America

Schedule: 2015 Apostolic Journey of Pope Francis to the United States of America

Posted: 6:43 2015-06-30 ⋅ Comment

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Bishop Robert Cunningham of the Diocese of Syracuse reacts to Friday's Supreme Court's same-sex marriage ruling.

Reaction to Supreme Court Ruling on Marriage

Most Rev. Robert J. Cunningham Bishop of Syracuse

Posted: 13:58 2015-06-28 ⋅ Comment