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Catholics at the Capitol — Wednesday, March 19 

Join with the Cardinal Dolan and the Bishops of New York State for a day of workshops and advocacy on issues of grave importance. Many participants will meet with their legislators. Others will be a visible symbol of Catholic unity in the halls of the state Capitol. Everyone will participate in Mass with the Bishops. Lunch will be provided...(more)

NYS Catholic Conference Issue in Brief

Catholics at the Capitol Training Video 2014

Learn about the priority issues for Catholics at the Capitol to be held Wednesday, March 19, at the Empire State Plaza Convention Center. 



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Archbishop Lori Applauds Supreme Court Decision to Hear Two Cases on HHS Mandate

Court to hear challenges from Hobby Lobby and Conestoga Wood Court will decide whether family-owned companies can exercise religion Individuals and families who own businesses seek to practice faith in daily life

WASHINGTON—Archbishop William E. Lori of Baltimore, chairman of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops’ (USCCB) Ad Hoc Committee for Religious Liberty, welcomed the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision today to hear arguments in the cases of Hobby Lobby Stores, Inc. and Conestoga Wood Specialties. The U.S. government and the Hahn family, Mennonite owners of Conestoga Wood, a cabinet-making company, respectively, petitioned the Supreme Court to review these cases. The Court will consider the legality of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) “preventive services” mandate, which requires virtually all employers to include female sterilization and all drugs and devices approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) as contraceptives in their employee health care plans... more

U.S. Bishops Issue ‘Special Message’ on HHS Mandate at Conclusion of General Assembly

WASHINGTON—The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) issued a “Special Message” at the conclusion of their fall General Assembly, November 13, in Baltimore. USCCB regulations regarding statements and publications define a Special Message as a statement, only issued at general meetings, that the general membership considers appropriate in view of the circumstances at the time. The message was passed unanimously... MORE

Memo - Finding a health plan on the state exchanges that excludes abortion coverage

The USCCB Secretariat of Pro-Life Activities has received a number of requests from concerned Catholics who are anxious to know how they can find a health plan without elective abortion coverage on the state exchanges authorized by the Affordable Care Act (ACA).  I imagine some of you have received these requests as well.

At the outset, it is important to note that this memorandum is dealing with deliberately induced abortions performed after implantation – that is, the procedures recognized as abortions by state and federal laws, whether performed by surgery or by drugs such as RU-486.  We continue to seek recourse from the HHS “preventive services” rule requiring almost all health plans to cover drugs and devices approved by the FDA as contraceptives, including some that may act as abortifacients very early in pregnancy; but that threat to conscience is a distinct problem legally and is not addressed here.

The potential pool of Americans interested in the abortion coverage... MORE

Bogus story about Catholic bishops pressing for government shutdown

You may be aware that a claim has circulated on some blogs and online news sites that the Catholic bishops’ conference urged a shutdown of the federal government (and a default on the nation’s debts) if it cannot “get its way on birth control.”  This charge originated with a very ideological web site called “RH Reality Check” (“RH” for Reproductive Health”) and was picked up by some others.  It seems an attempt to revive the “war on women” theme raised by such groups last year to submerge the genuine issue of religious freedom implicated by the HHS contraceptive/abortifacient mandate... More

UPDATE - Cuomo Sending Up 10 Separate Bills on Women's Agenda 

ACTION ALERT: Stop the Cuomo Abortion Expansion Bill

The Reproductive Health Act 

The Top 10 Reasons to Oppose Governor Cuomo's Abortion Expansion Plan


- Cardinal Dolan's March 2012 speech on Catholics and public policy
   almost an hour long, but worth the watch 

- NYS Bishop's statement on "Pastors, Parishes and Political Responsibility"

- Lengthier guidance from the USCCB

- Kathy Gallagher's latest Respect Life blog

New Religious Liberty Bulletin Inserts for June 2012

HHS Bulletin Insert Cover Memo

USCCB Conscience Bulletin Insert (English/Spanish)

Rite for the Blessing of a Child in the Womb now available

WASHINGTON—Following Vatican approval, the “Rite for the Blessing of a Child in the Womb” is now available for use by dioceses in the United States. The text of the blessing is posted online and is being published as a booklet addendum to the Book of Blessings/Bendicional. The blessing will be included in future editions of those liturgical volumes... MORE

Messages to HHS and Congress

Dear Friends,

Please click on the link below to send messages to the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) and Congress telling them to stand up for religious liberty and conscience rights.

On February 10, the Administration adopted as a final rule “without change” a mandate requiring almost all private health plans under the new health care law to include sterilization, all FDA-approved birth control (such as the IUD, Depo-Provera, ‘morning-after’ pills, and the abortion-inducing drug Ella), and “education and counseling” to promote these to all “women of reproductive capacity.” ...more

Bishops Issue Call to Action to Defend Religious Liberty

Urge strong lay involvement
Outline threats to First Freedom at all levels of government and abroad
Call upon dioceses to pursue religious liberty fortnight, June 21-July 4

WASHINGTON -- The U.S. bishops have issued a call to action to defend religious liberty and urged laity to work to protect the First Freedom of the Bill of Rights.  They outlined their position in "Our First, Most Cherished Freedom."  The document was develped by the Ad Hoc Committee on Religious Liberty of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB), approved for publication by the USCCB Administrative Committee March 13, and published in English and Spanish April 12.... more

Cardinal Urges Senate Support of "Respect for Rights of Conscience Act"

Statement of Choose Life License Plate


Bishops' Pro-Life Official Hails House Passage of "Protect Life Act"

Bishops reaffirm Forming Consciences for Faithful Citizenship as guiding teaching in political life

New Institute of Medicine Report on "Preventive Services for Women"

Attached are items I hope you will find useful in more fully understanding this serious issue, addressing media inquiries and other opportunities to comment, and communicating with your elected representatives:

  1. PDF version of Cardinal DiNardo's statement.
  2. New "Q and A" fact sheet on this issue, particularly on the threat to rights of conscience.
  3. Our new letter to Congress endorsing Rep. Fortenberry's HR 1179, to address such conscience problems arising from the health care reform act.
  4. One-pager from Rep. Fortenberry's office explaining the bill.

Also, here are live links to further background material available online: 

Please implement the NCHLA alert urging members of Congress to support HR 1179; House members can be urged to co-sponsor the current bill, and Senators can be urged to help introduce a Senate version. We are also encouraging the writers of op-eds and blogs concerned about this issue, especially about its religious freedom implications, to join the public debate.

Statement of the Bishops of New York State  ... more

House to Vote Soon on the No Taxpayer Funding for Abortion Act!   Take Action NOW!!

STOP the Extreme Abortion Bill: Act Now!

An alert is now posted on the NYS Catholic Conference web site:

Please send e-mails and make phone calls to your elected representatives. And spread the word. Thanks!

Stem Cell Research & Health Care Reform Links

Stem Cell Research Facts -

UPDATED Nationwide on Health Care Reform


Cardinal DiNardo calls for awareness, prayer, healing and action in defense of life
Worldwide ‘Vigil for All Nascent Human Life’ set for November 27

WASHINGTON (September 28, 2010)—In a statement to mark Respect Life Month, October 2010, Cardinal Daniel DiNardo of Galveston-Houston addressed direct threats to human life and called Catholics to “constantly witness to the inestimable worth and dignity of each human life through a loving concern for the good of others.” He also encouraged participation in the worldwide “Vigil for All Nascent Human Life” called for by Pope Benedict XVI at the start of Advent.

Cardinal DiNardo chairs the Committee on Pro-Life Activities of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB). MORE . . .



 - Prayers Before and After an Election

 - Novena for Faithful Citizenship - Start the Novena on any day of the week, whenever people gather, and pray on that day every week

 - Media Resources/Articles/Podcasts

 - Faithful Citizenship Resources

 - Bi-Lingual Resources for Teachers and Catechists, Parish Leaders, Campus and Young Adult Ministers

Tom Grenchik, Executive Director
Susan Wills, Assistant Director for Education & Outreach

USCCB: The mission of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops is to support the ministry of bishops with an emphasis on evangelization, by which the bishops exercise in a communal and collegial manner certain pastoral functions entrusted to them by the Lord Jesus of sanctifying, teaching, and governing. For more information visit

The Secretariat of Pro-Life Activities: The Secretariat of Pro-Life Activities, under the guidance and direction of the Committee on Pro-Life Activities, works to teach respect for all human life from conception to natural death, and organize for its protection. We proclaim that human life is a precious gift from God; that each person who receives this gift has responsibilities toward God, self and others; and that society, through its laws and social institutions, must protect and nurture human life at every stage of its existence. For more information visit

U.S. Catholic Bishops, Pastoral Plan for Pro-Life Activities
National Conference - USCCB: Purpose to educate on current human life issues    


The mission of the New York State Catholic Conference is to identify, formulate and implement the public policy objectives of the Catholic Bishops of New York State. As one body, the Conference provides a unified voice and the means for joint action through which the eight Catholic dioceses in the 58-county state can impact the development of public policies in the areas of health, education, welfare, human and civil rights. MORE

The NYSCC Pro-Life Director’s meet 6 times in Albany,
state’s capital by NYS Pro-Life Director Kathleen Gallagher
New York State Catholic Conference
Writing Public Officials - ongoing
Distributing Legislative Alerts
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