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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The Bishops of New York State extend their prayers and condolences to state Comptroller Thomas P. DiNapoli and his family on the loss of his beloved father, Nicholas P. DiNapoli. May he rest in God's eternal peace.

Thomas P. DiNapoli

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Even the Pope sometimes has one of those Mondays.

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“If those pills had been available when I was going through my most difficult time, I can’t say that I wouldn’t have taken them,” he admitted. “According to [the legislation being debated in New York], there would have been no followup, no oversight and no regulation. I would not have had a doctor checking on me to see what I had done with those pills...I would have taken my life prematurely, and that’s the danger here...I just hit my two-year mark from when I was diagnosed—on May 13—and there’s no sign of cancer within the brain,” he said.

J.J. Hanson’s Fight for Life

As Brittany Maynard was preparing to take advantage of Oregon’s assisted suicide law in 2014, former Marine J.J. Hanson was going through the fight of his life. Hanson had the same condition as May…

Posted: 7:41 2016-05-23 ⋅ Comment

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"Why would our elected representatives choose to rush to vote on a brand new bill giving this kind of unprecedented power to physicians who aren’t even seeking it? It is actions like this that have caused New Yorkers to question the way state government operates."

New York Alliance Against Assisted Suicide | Alliance Decries Less-Than-Transparent Process in...

22 May Alliance Decries Less-Than-Transparent Process in Suicide Debate Posted at 10:21h in Press Releases by Kathleen Gallagher 0 Likes Share Albany, NY – With very little notice and few specific details, the Assembly Health Committee has scheduled a vote on a bill to legalize doctor-prescribed sui...

Posted: 10:28 2016-05-22 ⋅ Comment

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"This is about a sense of welcome and inclusion and embracing. And this is American," said Timothy Cardinal Dolan. "This is about as apple pie as you can get. By the way, we couldn't get the apple pie if these guys weren't picking the apples, alright? So this is American. This is, for me, very Catholic. This is, for me, very biblical."

Cardinal Dolan Joins Protesters Demanding Collective Bargaining Rights for New York Farm Workers

Cardinal Timothy Dolan joined hundreds in a march through the city to demand collective bargaining rights for farm workers Saturday.

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