My Catholic Life
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.
Pope Francis, who speaks often of the devil and his role in leading Christians astray, leaves no question here about the reality of "the father of lies" and our need to always be on guard against his temptations: "The devil exists and we have to fight against him...I'm not the one saying it. The word of God says it."
Posted: 8:30 2014-10-30 ⋅ Comment
"What we’re talking about is realism. Families do it, our schools have done it, corporations do it—now our parishes must do it: we merge in the areas where the population has shrunk, and build and expand—both plants and ministries—in areas where the Catholic numbers are bustling." -- Timothy Cardinal Dolan, on the soon-to-be-announced parish consolidation plan in the Archdiocese of New York.
Posted: 8:08 2014-10-30 ⋅ Comment
"Anyone who knows anything about Catholic history knows that a statement like this is nothing new. Pope Pius XII wrote an encyclical “Humani Generis” in 1950 affirming that there was no conflict between evolution and Catholic faith. Pope John Paul II reaffirmed that, stressing that evolution was more than a hypothesis, in 1996. Pope Benedict XVI hosted a conference on the nuances of creation and evolution in 2006. There’s an official book on the event for anyone who wants to know more."
Posted: 13:06 2014-10-29 ⋅ Comment
"I often quote the historic book and movie, 'Love Story,' and its famous line, 'Love means never having to say you’re sorry.' There were never more false words ever spoken. It is exactly the opposite. The more that we love, the more we must forgive." (Published two weeks ago but still timely.)
Posted: 8:44 2014-10-28 ⋅ Comment