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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God bless you, JJ. Keep up the fight! Semper fidelis.

Cancer-free former Marine continues to fight assisted suicide

J.J. Hanson is no stranger to battle, and some significant battles he has won. The Marine veteran beat cancer, perhaps his biggest victory. He recently saw legislation that would have legalized phy…

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A powerful video by our friends at the California Catholic Conference, as that state's citizens prepare to vote on a proposition that would repeal the death penalty. Whatever your opinion is regarding capital punishment, this is worth your time.

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NEW: Cheryl, Jeanne, Rita, and Ron are all Catholics. And they all oppose California's death penalty. SHARE this video to help spread their message!

Posted: 14:45 2016-09-28 ⋅ Comment

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This Sunday, October, 2, is Respect Life Sunday. Please remember in prayer in a special way women and girls who are suffering as a result of their abortions and are seeking God's loving mercy, which is freely given.

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Posted: 9:08 2016-09-28 ⋅ Comment

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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.

Posted: 8:27 2016-09-27 ⋅ Comment

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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