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.  

For a comprehensive Catholic moral analysis of the use of the new vaccines, we encourage you to read both memoranda from the USCCB and the NCBC, as well as going to the website of the Office of Human Life, Family and Bioethics of the Diocese of Rockville Centre for more information which will be updated periodically: www.drvclife.org or www.vaccinebioethics.com

The Truth about the Equality Act - it's misguided!  Take action now!

The bill is well-intentioned but ultimately misguided. The Equality Act discriminates against people of faith, threatens unborn life, and undermines the common good.  Tell Congress you oppose it!

Everyone deserves to be treated with respect and dignity. The so-called Equality Act, which is being voted on in the U.S. House of Representatives soon, in many ways does the opposite and needs to be opposed. Instead of respecting differences in beliefs about marriage and sexuality, the Equality Act would discriminate against people of faith.

The Equality Act would: punish faith-based organizations, such as charities and schools who serve everyone in their communities, simply because of their beliefs; force girls and women to compete against boys and men for limited opportunities in sports, and to share locker rooms and shower spaces with biological males who identify as women; risk mandating taxpayers to fund abortions; force people in everyday life, and especially health care workers, to support gender transition; and expand what the government considers a “public” place, forcing even some parish halls to host functions that conflict with Catholic beliefs.

The US Conference of Catholic Bishops have made it easy to let your members of Congress know that you oppose the so-called Equality Act.  Visit the USCCB Action Center, enter your information and an email will be sent on your behalf. To read more about the Equality Act visit https://www.usccb.org/equality-act
 
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.

NYS Catholic Conference Action Center

Advocacy in the Palm of Your Hand

You now have the tools to make your voice heard to your elected officials right in the palm of your hand. The Catholic Action Network (CAN) can text critical advocacy alerts directly to your smartphone, with links to quickly send messages to your elected officials on urgent issues of the day. To sign up, just text the word CAN to 50457. You’ll immediately receive a one-time link to complete your registration, which is free. Please consider signing up today.

Some of the issues:

ACTION ALERT! 

New Laws in New York State Threaten Human Life and Dignity
May 2020

At the same time that this pandemic crisis is whirling around us, it is important not to become so distracted so as to ignore the world that continues “in the background.”  For example, the New York State budget passed on April 3 included a measure to legalize commercial gestational surrogacy.  This was a high priority advocated by the governor despite strong opposition by the New York State Catholic Conference.  The law allows monetary compensation for a woman to carry a pregnancy intended for another couple — essentially, a mother’s womb may now be rented in New York... Please read more on this issue and others from our Diocesan Office of Human Life, Family and Bioethics

Catholics Urged To Sign Petition To Keep Hyde Amendment's Protections Against Taxpayer-Funded Abortions

WASHINGTON (CNS) -- Diocesan Respect Life coordinators and the Pro-Life Secretariat of the U.S Conference of Catholic Bishops are encouraging Catholics to speak out against the repeal of the Hyde Amendment, legislation which bans federal Medicaid funding of abortions.
The Hyde Amendment, which first became law in 1976, prohibits use of federal Medicaid dollars for abortion except in cases of rape, incest or when the life of the woman would be endangered.
As the amendment faces an uncertain future, the USCCB's Pro-Life Secretariat is encouraging Catholics to sign the petition asking members of Congress to oppose the Hyde Amendment's repeal at https://www.notaxpayerabortion.com/.
The petition urges members of Congress "to ensure that the Hyde Amendment and all similar life-saving appropriations riders remain in place during the 117th Congress and beyond."  "Do not force Americans to subsidize the taking of innocent life," it adds, urging Congress to "oppose any bill, including any appropriations bill, that expands taxpayer funding of abortion."

Take action on legislative issues through The National Committee for a Human Life Amendment (NCHLA)


Support Pro-Life Pregnancy Centers

Legislation designed to intimidate and silence pro-life pregnancy centers has passed through a Senate Committee and can be voted on by the full Senate at any time. The bill, S.2264 (Senator Hoylman) / A.2352 (Assembly Member Glick), would force pregnancy centers to disclose to prospective clients the services they do not provide (i.e. abortion), or face stiff penalties. This legislation is unnecessary, as it seeks to address a problem that does not exist, and discriminatory, as it seeks to silence all pro-life speech and actions, leaving pregnant women with only the "choice" of abortion. Please urge your lawmakers to oppose this bill. 

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 during or following an abortion attempt 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.

The Born-Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act (BAASPA) insists that doctors must provide the same care as he/she would for any other child born at that same gestational age if an abortion had not been attempted. It also requires the newborn to be immediately transferred to a hospital, thus ensuring the baby is provided with appropriate neonatal care outside the influence of the provider who was paid to end his/her life.

While surviving an abortion is rare, survivors have poignantly told their stories before Congress and urged lawmakers to take a greater interest in protecting other children who are at risk of being killed or allowed to die because they were intended to be aborted.

Learn More - For more information visit usccb.org or www.babiesbornalive.com 


Physician-Assisted Suicide 
  In an important pro-life victory, advocates for the legalization of physician-assisted suicide failed to get a vote on the bill in any committee in either house, despite Gov. Cuomo indicating his support for the first time. The Conference, and our allies in the NY Alliance Against Assisted Suicide, were successful in highlighting the many dangerous consequences of such a policy. Interestingly, both houses passed a number of bills designed to prevent suicide for specific vulnerable populations, such as black and Latina youth, people living in rural areas, veterans, etc.
  
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