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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.

Voice for Voiceless

Voice for Voiceless

Catholic Charities leaders from across the state gathered at the Capitol in Albany on Monday and Tuesday, Feb. 9-10, to advocate for their 2015-16 state budget priorities. 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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“I like to think that, as citizens of this state, we have to help all of our kids and all of our schools benefit when all of our kids have a chance at the best education possible.” --Timothy Cardinal Dolan

Cardinal Dolan pushes Albany to pass education tax credit

Timothy Cardinal Dolan has the patience of a saint — but not when he sees New York politicians leaving his parochial-school students twisting in the wind. New York’s archbishop said Thursday he has...

Posted: 8:08 2015-03-27 ⋅ Comment

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Bishop Scharfenberger said the governor “has a great deal” of influence to determine what stays on the table during budget negotiations. “Obviously, the positions of local politicians also count, so we’re encouraging pastors to encourage their faithful to be in touch with their local representatives and express their feelings on this matter,”

Cuomo's Political Ploy Could Cost Catholic School Tax Credits

By tying the education tax credit to a proposed state Dream Act, New York’s governor has jeopardized an initiative he has publicly endo...

Posted: 7:43 2015-03-27 ⋅ Comment

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NYSCC Communications Director Dennis Poust provides an update on the fight for the Education Tax Credit on Brooklyn's NET-TV.

Church in New York Urges Passage of Education Tax Credit

As state budget negotiations in Albany come to a close, the Church is pushing for the measure known as the Education Tax Credit be included. If enacted, the ...

Posted: 20:14 2015-03-27 ⋅ Comment

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“Cynics say I’m naive,” New York’s archbishop said. “They tell me, ‘They shake incense at you because they know what you want to hear, but they’re not going to come through at crunch time.’ I told Speaker Heastie we need to see action now.”

Cardinal Dolan ‘discouraged’ tax credit may not make budget

Timothy Cardinal Dolan expressed “discouragement” at the likely exclusion of an education investment tax credit from the state budget.

Posted: 13:26 2015-03-26 ⋅ Comment

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Happy Birthday, Bishop Terry LaValley of Ogdensburg!

Posted: 5:51 2015-03-26 ⋅ Comment