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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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“He’s bonded with me completely. He’s like my shadow when I walk around. Everywhere I go, there he is,” Bishop Malone said. “Even when I go into the chapel in the morning to say my prayers, he comes in and sits right beside me.”

Bishop Malone welcomes black lab

Between polar vortexes in mid January, Bishop Malone picked up a five-year-old black Labrador retriever from a rescue shelter in Salamanca. A lifelong l

Posted: 13:58 2014-04-15 ⋅ Comment

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Here's a great resource for parents and educators to help young people navigate the difficult world of human sexuality from a perspective of chastity and self respect.

Great resources on sex education and real protection | New York State Catholic Conference

Please take a look at the Winter/Spring 2014 issue of Excellence and Ethics, a publication of the SUNY Cortland School of Education and its Center for the 4th and 5th R’s (Respect & Responsibility). It is filled with excellent articles promoting chastity and character-building, as well as informatio...

Posted: 8:40 2014-04-15 ⋅ Comment

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Colorado's version of the NY Abortion Expansion Act is set for debate during Holy Week. Please join Archbishop Aquila's urgent call to prayer. Prayer worked in Albany last year. It can work in Denver now.

Colo. archbishop calls for urgent prayer, action against 'right to abortion' bill

Archbishop Samuel J. Aquila is asking the people of Colorado to spend 10 minutes in prayer and take concrete action over the weekend to support the sanctity of human life in the face of a serious legislative threat.

Posted: 18:34 2014-04-13 ⋅ Comment

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"Human life is sacred and inviolable," the pope said. "Every civil right rests on the recognition of the first and fundamental right, the right to life, which is not subordinate to any condition, neither qualitative nor economic, much less ideological."

Pope to pro-life activists: Defend the unborn, support pregnant women

Posted: 5:12 2014-04-12 ⋅ Comment

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“It’s kind of scary. The lack of inspections is really quite frightening,” said Staten Island state Sen. Diane Savino, a Democrat who supports abortion rights. “These are facilities where women are seeking medical care. We shouldn’t allow these medical facilities to take second fiddle to inspections for tanning salons and restaurants.”

NY health boss resigning after agency failed to inspect abortion clinics

State Health Commissioner Dr. Nirav Shah is stepping down amid criticism over his agency’s failure to conduct regular inspections of abortion clinics and for delays in releasing a long-awaited fracking…

Posted: 14:01 2014-04-11 ⋅ Comment