Payday Lending, Preserving Life Top Bishops' Issues For Legislative Agenda
The 84th Texas Legislature convenes at noon on Tuesday, January 13, 2015, and the Bishops of Texas have set their agenda for the upcoming session. Their priorities touch upon six broad areas of concern: Protecting Human Life, Children and Families, Health and Human Services, Justice for Immigrants, Protecting The Poor and Vulnerable, and Criminal Justice. The Texas Catholic Conference will provide a unified voice for the state’s fifteen dioceses to work with lawmakers on these public policy issues.
Three Texas Catholic Schools Honored With National Blue Ribbon Awards
Three Texas Catholic schools have been nationally recognized as 2014 Blue Ribbon Schools. On October 1, 2014, U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan announced that St. Gregory Cathedral School in Tyler, St. Laurence the Martyr Catholic School in Sugar Land and St. Thomas More Parish School in Houston were among the fifty private schools in the United States to receive this notable recognition. They were the only private schools in the state of Texas to be acknowledged by the program this year.
Bishops Articulate Church Teaching On End-of-Life Care Reform in Austin
Over 100 guests gathered at St. Edward’s University in Austin on Thursday, October 9, 2014, for the “Principles and Policies for End-of-Life Care” conference. The Texas Catholic Conference teamed up with The National Catholic Bioethics Center to host this in-depth look at end-of-life care issues, including application of the state’s current law, clarification of Church teaching, legislative reform efforts and pastoral care. Bishop Mark Seitz from the Diocese of El Paso, Fort Worth Bishop Michael Olson and Bishop Joseph Strickland of the Diocese of Tyler joined a variety of prominent medical ethics experts for a lively discussion of these divisive issues.
Reflections From The Synod On The Family
By Cardinal Daniel DiNardo
The Holy Father recently opened a first Synod on the Family, a kind of overture to the major Synod on the Family to be convened in October 2015.
Although the press has reported more on debate and polemics relative to a few issues that are a part of the discussions, particularly the question of the admission of some divorced and remarried persons after a period of penance to the reception of Holy Communion, the main thrust of the preparatory document for this mini-synod is about the importance of the family for the culture at large and for the Church herself.
Immigration: A Different Narrative
By Bishop Daniel Flores
Yesterday May 1, I had my annual brunch with members of the local media to help observe the Church's World Communication Day. The topic of immigration arose and I tried to describe the realities I hear about first hand here in the Rio Grande Valley.
These are very painful realities, involving men, women and children who are here because of violence or the fear of violence in their native countries. I do not think that the national discussion on immigration in this country sufficiently reflects the complex realities that cause families to seek security for themselves and for their children. The occasion gives me a chance to talk a little bit about what is on my mind, about what is going on in the Diocese, and to take a few informal questions from the media representatives present.