My Catholic Life
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.
"In the midst of this debate that will continue over the course of months, one fact remains. We must care for the children. Whether we agree with the method or the circumstance, the fact is that there are 52,000-plus children who are in our country who are in need right now."
Posted: 14:14 2014-07-17 ⋅ Comment
"I cannot help but remember the story from my own family about my “unaccompanied minor” grandfather who spoke about his arrival in the U.S. He left his family at the age of 15 in 1913 and traveled alone to the U.S. He always was very proud that he traveled the first 20 miles barefoot to save the new pair of shoes that his father, a shoemaker, made for him so that he could keep them new for as long as possible." --Bishop DiMarzio
Posted: 4:37 2014-07-17 ⋅ Comment
While NYC schoolchildren suffer in severely overcrowded schools, the public school teachers unions continue to block passage of the Education Investment Tax Credit, that would help children receive scholarships to parochial schools, and also inject new money into public schools. It's surely not about the kids.
Posted: 8:27 2014-07-09 ⋅ Comment
For every Christian, whom Jesus specifically commands to forgive in order to be a good disciple, it ultimately boils down to this question: Do I really want to hold onto Christ or to my hatred and revenge? There is no middle ground. Understood this way, a persistent unwillingness to forgive can be seen as a refusal to be changed by the Lord - even a rejection of God Himself! Of course, this is difficult, if not impossible at times, without the help of God's mercy. Yet it is also absolutely essential for our salvation. --Bishop Edward Scharfenberger of Albany
Posted: 9:50 2014-07-03 ⋅ Comment