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.
ATTENTION VOTERS: Several organizations that either use the word "Catholic" in their name, or otherwise imply a connection to the Church, have been sending fund-raising mailers designed as "voter surveys" to Catholic citizens around the state. Neither the New York State Bishops nor the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops have approved or otherwise endorsed these mailers, which may lead to voter confusion. We encourage Catholics to consult the document, "Forming Consciences for Faithful Citizenship" as the authoritative voice of the bishops. The document and numerous resources for individuals and parishes are available at the link below. The Catholic Church does not endorse any candidates for political office, but urges Catholics to exercise their right and moral duty to vote.
Posted: 11:51 2016-09-26 ⋅ Comment
"In the past, we have often heard of the 'Melting Pot' theory. Somehow it was thought that all who came to the United States would meld into a generic American culture. That image has been replaced by a better image, I believe, of a 'Mosaic' which allows everyone to keep their distinctive characteristics, while at the same time joining together to form a beautiful picture which is the culture of the United States." - Bishop Nicholas DiMarzio of the Diocese of Brooklyn
Posted: 11:32 2016-09-22 ⋅ Comment
Physician assisted suicide is not merely a religious issue for Catholics. The implications on people with disabilities, those fighting serious illness, the elderly, and the poor make it a moral issue for all. This link provides numerous resources (including statements of several of our bishops) to educate yourself on this difficult issue, as proponents in New York gear up to push for passage of legalization in the 2017 legislative session.
Posted: 8:40 2016-09-21 ⋅ Comment