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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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Pope Francis, who speaks often of the devil and his role in leading Christians astray, leaves no question here about the reality of "the father of lies" and our need to always be on guard against his temptations: "The devil exists and we have to fight against him...I'm not the one saying it. The word of God says it."

CNS STORY: Be ready with God's weaponry; devil is real, pope says

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"What we’re talking about is realism. Families do it, our schools have done it, corporations do it—now our parishes must do it: we merge in the areas where the population has shrunk, and build and expand—both plants and ministries—in areas where the Catholic numbers are bustling." -- Timothy Cardinal Dolan, on the soon-to-be-announced parish consolidation plan in the Archdiocese of New York.

‘Dying ... and Rising’ - Catholic New York

Let me be candid: there will soon be a real sense of grief at some of our parishes as we get set to announce publicly what we’ve been preparing for the last five years, namely, the merging of some …

Posted: 8:08 2014-10-30 ⋅ Comment

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Great stuff from Pope Francis -- insightful, spiritually challenging and humorous -- from his own mouth (and the benefit of subtitles). Worth watching.

Five key points by Pope Francis on marriage, evangelization and the renewal of the Church

October 27, 2014. He answered questions during a meeting with the Schönstatt movement for their centenary.

Posted: 7:19 2014-10-30 ⋅ Comment

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"Anyone who knows anything about Catholic history knows that a statement like this is nothing new. Pope Pius XII wrote an encyclical “Humani Generis” in 1950 affirming that there was no conflict between evolution and Catholic faith. Pope John Paul II reaffirmed that, stressing that evolution was more than a hypothesis, in 1996. Pope Benedict XVI hosted a conference on the nuances of creation and evolution in 2006. There’s an official book on the event for anyone who wants to know more."

Sorry, But Media Coverage of Pope Francis is Papal Bull

The 'Pope Francis supports evolution' story is just the latest example of the press getting the Catholic church completely wrong

Posted: 13:06 2014-10-29 ⋅ Comment

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"I often quote the historic book and movie, 'Love Story,' and its famous line, 'Love means never having to say you’re sorry.' There were never more false words ever spoken. It is exactly the opposite. The more that we love, the more we must forgive." (Published two weeks ago but still timely.)

Family Is Where Society Begins -

The Synod on the Family that has begun in Rome gives me an opportunity to write to you regarding the long tradition of the Church for upholding the family as the basic unit of society and also as the domestic Church. Most importantly, the Church sees the family as the foundation for a civilization o…

Posted: 8:44 2014-10-28 ⋅ Comment