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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Silence and prayer, not drugs and alcohol, should be our response in our darkest moments, Pope Francis counseled today.

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Pope Francis said silence and prayer is the way to overcome our darkest moments, rather than resorting to pills or alcoholic drinks to escape from our woes. His comments came during his homily at the morning Mass celebrated on Tuesday at the Santa Marta residence.

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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.

Forming Consciences for Faithful Citizenship

Introductory Note approved by the USCCB Administrative Committee in 2011

Posted: 11:51 2016-09-26 ⋅ Comment

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"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

We Celebrate Hispanic Presence - The Tablet

My dear brothers and sisters in the Lord, For almost 20 years, the month from Sept. 15 to Oct. 15 has been called Hispanic Heritage Month. Almost 55 million Americans are from an Hispanic-speaking background who come from all of the countries of Latin America and even Spain.

Posted: 11:32 2016-09-22 ⋅ Comment

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Can you believe it has already been one year since Pope Francis' visit to New York City? Relive the Holy Father's amazing couple of days in the Big Apple with the video highlights at the link below. #tbt

Pope Francis in NYC | New York State Catholic Conference

See the full videos of all of Pope Francis' New York City appearances during his historic September 2015 visit.

Posted: 10:02 2016-09-22 ⋅ Comment

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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.

Stop Assisted Suicide | New York State Catholic Conference

Legislation to legalize assisted suicide is bad medicine for all New Yorkers.

Posted: 8:40 2016-09-21 ⋅ Comment