The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops - USCCB - is an assembly of the hierarchy of the United States and the U.S. Virgin Islands who jointly exercise certain pastoral functions on behalf of the Christiam faithful of the USCCB2United States.  The purpose of the Conference is to promote the greater good which the Church offers humankind, especially through forms and programs of the apostolate fittingly adapted to the circumstances of time and place. This purpose is drawn from the universal law of the Church and applies to the episcopal conferences which are established all over the world for the same purpose.

There is a wealth of information on their website; please visit it at www.usccb.org.  

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The U.S. Bishops invite the faithful to join a movement of prayer and sacrifice for the protection of life, marriage, and religious liberty in our country.  Serious threats to each of these have raised unprecedented challenges to the Church and the nation.  When confronted with challenges, our Lord calls us to sacrifice and pray.  Click the "Call to Prayer" icon to learn how you can answer the Call.  Watch the video


Two additional topics for your attention are:

FORMING CONSCIENCES FOR FAITHFUL CITIZENSHIP (see update below*) and STOP CHRISTIAN GENOCIDE (which is hosted by the Knights of Columbus)

*WASHINGTON: Cardinal Timothy M. Dolan and Archbishop William E. Lori – as chairmen of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops’ Committee on Pro-Life Activities and Ad Hoc Committee for Religious Liberty, respectively – commended the U.S. House of Representatives for passing the Conscience Protection Act of 2016 (S. 304) on July 13 in a 245-182 bipartisan vote.
“We now urge Congress to move this vital legislation forward as part of this year’s must-pass appropriations package,” Cardinal Dolan and Archbishop Lori said. 

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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. They 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. They apply the principles of Catholic social teaching to critical issues of the day and encourage citizen involvement in the legislative process.  Please visit their website for details and more information.

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Some of the issues:

ACTION ALERT! 

Bishops urge Senate vote and passage of Born-Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act

On February 4, the U.S. Senate failed to adopt by unanimous consent the Born-Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act -- legislation that would ensure that a child born alive following an abortion would receive the same degree of care to preserve her life and health as would be given to any other child born alive at the same gestational age.

Archbishop Joseph F. Naumann, chair of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops' (USCCB) Committee on Pro-Life Activities, issued the following statement in response:

       "Last night, the United States Senate had an opportunity to unanimously declare to the nation that infanticide is objectively wrong. That they failed to do so is unconscionable. No newborn should be left to suffer or die without medical care. It is barbaric and merciless to leave these vulnerable infants without any care or rights. Congress must take up and pass this bill and ensure that the legacy of Roe v. Wade does not extend itself from killing unborn children to killing newborn babies."

The Archbishop also sent a letter to the U.S. Senate February 5 urging the body to bring the Born-Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act to the floor for a vote and to pass it this week. In his letter, Archbishop Naumann asked the Senate to support the "common-sense legislation" that would protect infants who survived abortion attempts.


Let your Senator know that you are against abortion expansion and codifying Roe vs Wade!

On January 22, the 46th anniversary of Roe V. Wade, Governor Cuomo signed into law the dangerous “Abortion Expansion Act”.  Below is the official statement released on January 17, 2019, from the Catholic Bishops of New York State:

A Statement from the Catholic Bishops of New York State regarding the Abortion Expansion Act

"Words are insufficient to describe the profound sadness we feel at the contemplated passage of New York State’s new proposed abortion policy. We mourn the unborn infants who will lose their lives, and the many mothers and fathers who will suffer remorse and heartbreak as a result.

The so-called “Reproductive Health Act” will expand our state’s already radically permissive law, by empowering more health practitioners to provide abortion and removing all state restrictions on late-term procedures. With an abortion rate that is already double the national average, New York law is moving in the wrong direction.

We renew our pledge to offer the resources and services of our charitable agencies and health services to any woman experiencing an unplanned pregnancy, to support her in bearing her infant, raising her family or placing her child for adoption. There are life-affirming choices available, and we aim to make them more widely known and accessible.

Our Governor and legislative leaders hail this new abortion law as progress. This is not progress. Progress will be achieved when our laws and our culture once again value and respect each unrepeatable gift of human life, from the first moment of creation to natural death. Would that not make us truly the most enlightened and progressive state in the nation?"

Voters can visit the New York State Catholic Conference's Catholic Action Network or the New York State Senate's Find Your Senator page to send messages directly to their representative. 

Go HERE to send a message to your elected officials about their vote. When you sign up with your address, the NYS Catholic Conference advocacy tool will automatically send your Senator and Assembly Member a message based on their vote, expressing either your gratitude or your "grave disappointment."


Maintain Ban on Assisted Suicide
 
Human Life Action Center!
      Cardinal Dolan, Chairman of the USCCB Committee on Pro-Life Activities and Bishop Dewane, Chairman of the USCCB Committee on Domestic  Justice and Human Development have expressed their strong support for H. Con. Res. 80, a resolution expressing the sense of Congress that assisted suicide is a "deadly, discriminatory and non-compassionate practice."  Please join your voice to theirs and urge your Representative to support the resolution which calls on the Federal Government to reject assisted suicide and to ensure that every person facing death has access to the best quality and comprehensive medical and palliative health care.   
Restrict State Funding of Abortion
Abolish the Death Penalty in NYS
Ensure Informed Consent
Fairness for Human Service Providers
Promote and Support Adoption

 

Protecting Children, Preserving Marriage + more
Gianna Center of Long Island: If you or someone you know of is pregnant Catholic Charities and Catholic Health Services, can provide assistance please contact 1 (855) 301-4CHS or visit www.chsli.org/pregnancy-support-services
Gabriel's Courage - Catholic Health Services.  A program for families expecting a child with a life limiting illness. Gabriel's Courage is a family-centered perinatal program, offering a multidisciplinary team approach and continuum of care for families who choose to continue a pregnancy after receiving a life-limiting prenatal diagnosis.  More information on Gabriel's Courage Catholic Health Services