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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Suicide solution?

Suicide Solution?

The bills to legalize assisted suicide in New York State are a recipe for abuse, even requiring doctors to lie about cause of death, and no counseling requirement to screen for depression. HERE.

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.

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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Among the 20 physicians taking part in a news conference against assisted suicide in Albany today was Dr. Michael Brescia, executive medical director of Calvary Hospital in the Bronx, who discussed the issues facing patients at the end of life and how his hospital responds, not with suicide drugs, but with love. Calvary, which is owned by the Archdiocese of New York, is a facility for terminally ill cancer patients.

Dr. Brescia at anti-assisted suicide press conference

Posted: 11:58 2016-05-04 ⋅ Comment

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In a big win for the cause of life, the NYS Supreme Court, Appellate Division, First Department today unanimously ruled against a challenge to the state's ban on assisted suicide, declaring the state prohibition is indeed constitutional. The NYS Catholic Conference had filed an amicus brief in this case supporting the state. You can read the decision below. Alleluia, and thanks be to God!

Myers v Schneiderman (2016 NY Slip Op 03457)

Plaintiffs appeal from the order of the Supreme Court, New York County (Joan M. Kenney, J.), entered October 19, 2015, which granted defendant New York State Attorney General's pre-answer motion to dismiss the complaint.

Posted: 12:09 2016-05-03 ⋅ Comment

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WTEN

LOCKED UP: Currently, there are 4,000 inmates being held in cells about the size of a parking space, for 23 hours per day. More than 500 of them are in New York - but that's all about to change.

Posted: 10:54 2016-05-03 ⋅ Comment

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Best wishes to State Senator Hugh Farley, who has held his Capital Region seat since the 1970s, and who announced today that he will not seek re-election. The Bishops of New York State salute his service and wish he and his wife, Sharon, every blessing as they begin this next phase of their journey. Below is a portion of the senator's announcement.

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Posted: 7:48 2016-05-03 ⋅ Comment