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.
"St. Valentine’s Day is so commercialized and sentimentalized in our culture. A new look at what family love truly means can help us find the courage to 'put out into the deep' and mend broken relationships." --Bishop Nicholas DiMarzio of the Diocese of Brooklyn #YearOfMercy #ValentinesDay
Posted: 10:40 2016-02-12 ⋅ Comment
Two major Church anniversaries to mark today, one universal and one NYS. Three years ago today, Pope Benedict XVI made history by announcing he was resigning the papacy. Two years ago today, Pope Francis appointed Bishop Edward B. Scharfenberger as Bishop of Albany, accepting the retirement of Bishop Howard J. Hubbard, who had led the diocese for an incredible 37 years. Below is John Allen's recollection of "the single greatest act of papal humility the world has witnessed in at least the last 700 years, and arguably forever."
Posted: 13:53 2016-02-11 ⋅ Comment
A New York Times report on a scientific study on assisted suicide blows the lid off of the myth that abuses are rare: "A new study of doctor-assisted death for people with mental disorders raises questions about the practice, finding that in more than half of approved cases, people declined treatment that could have helped, and that many cited loneliness as an important reason for wanting to die."
Posted: 8:30 2016-02-11 ⋅ Comment