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.  

calltoprayer
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. 

nyscatholicconference

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.

Some of the issues:

Maintain Ban on Assisted Suicide 
Restrict State Funding of Abortion
Abolish the Death Penalty in NYS
Ensure Informed Consent
Fairness for Human Service Providers
Promote and Support Adoption