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.

Abortion expansion

Abortion Expansion likely to pass soon

Gov. Cuomo is pledging to pass the Abortion Expansion Act (aka Reproductive Health Act) in the first 30 days of 2019, and he has the votes. View our legislative memo. here.

Pastors, parishes and political responsiblity

Mental health statement

Read "For I am Lonely and Afflicted," the New York State Bishops' statement on a just response to persons with mental illness HERE.