The Bishops of the Arizona Catholic Conference are grateful for the passage of pro-life legislation (SB 1318) signed into law today. We applaud this effort to make sure that Arizona insurance plans under the federal health care exchange do not include coverage for elective abortions. SB 1318 is a simple bill that better protects taxpayers
Arizona Catholic Bishops’ Statement on Decision Overturning Marriage Amendment
ARIZONA CATHOLIC BISHOPS’ STATEMENT ON DECISION OVERTURNING MARRIAGE AMENDMENT October 17, 2014 A recent court ruling has overturned Arizona’s law defining marriage as the union of a man and a woman. Today’s action overturns the will of Arizona voters and reflects a misunderstanding of the institution of marriage. For centuries, marriage has been recognized as
USCCB Statement on Supreme Court “Hobby Lobby” Decision
To read the USCCB statement on Supreme Court “Hobby Lobby” decision click here.
Arizona Republic: ‘What if Arizona repealed the death penalty?’
Bishop Thomas J. Olmsted was recently asked by The Arizona Republic to weigh in on the use of the death penalty, responding to the question: “What if Arizona repealed the death penalty?”
Arizona Catholic Conference 2014 Legislative Wrap-Up
ARIZONA CATHOLIC CONFERENCE 2014 LEGISLATIVE WRAP-UP By Ron Johnson Arizona Catholic Conference Pro-Life and Conscience Battles Continue On April 24th, the Arizona Legislature adjourned sine die at 1:46 a.m. after spending 101 days in session. Like last year, the number of bills introduced was somewhat lower than normal with just over 1,300 pieces of legislation
Bishops Urge Congress to Seek Non-Violent Solutions in Syria
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE CONTACT: Ron Johnson, Executive Director Arizona’s Catholic Bishops Urge Congress to Seek Non-Violent Solutions in Syria PHOENIX (Sept. 9, 2013) — The Bishops of the Arizona Catholic Conference have written to Arizona’s congressional delegation expressing their concern over potential military actions in Syria. The Arizona bishops urged them not to resort to
Arizona Catholic Conference 2013 Legislative Wrap-Up
ARIZONA CATHOLIC CONFERENCE 2013 LEGISLATIVE WRAP-UP By Ron Johnson Arizona Catholic Conference Governor Brewer Signs Significant Bills Helping the Poor On June 14th, the Arizona Legislature adjourned sine die at 12:59 a.m. after spending 151 days in session. While there were fewer bills introduced this year than usual, the legislative session still went long
Bishops Encourage all to Speak up About Immigration Legislation Now
Comprehensive immigration reform, so needed, has remained elusive for years now. The pattern of past debates is clear. Immediately, sides form and positions harden. Emotions flare and disagreements persist; gridlock sets in. Politicians lose their nerve, become cautious and step back. We have been there several times already since President Reagan signed a legalization bill
Arizona Catholic Bishops’ Statement on Federal Court Lifting SB 1070 Injunction
Read the statement in English and in Spanish.
Freedom of Conscience: A Pastoral Statement from the Bishops of the Arizona Catholic Conference
I. Introduction Today in our state and elsewhere in our nation, healthcare professionals and institutions find themselves struggling to preserve their rights of conscience, especially in matters that would involve the taking of human life. The right to follow one’s religious beliefs and moral convictions is being compromised, undermined, and increasingly disregarded today by those
Arizona Catholic Bishops’ Statement on U.S. Supreme Court’s Ruling on SB 1070
Read the statement in English and in Spanish.
Arizona Catholic Conference 2012 Legislative Wrap-Up
On May 3, the Arizona Legislature adjourned sine die at 8:25 p.m. after spending 116 days in session. While there were many items of historical significance this year, including the celebration of Arizona’s Centennial, perhaps the most significant item is that the 2012 legislative session can be called the best session ever for pro-life and religious freedom issues!
Statement on Governor’s Signing of Religious Liberty Bill
The Bishops of the Arizona Catholic Conference are grateful that Governor Jan Brewer has signed HB 2625 into law.
Arizona Catholic Conference 2011 Legislative Wrap-Up
On the 100th day of the legislative session, the Arizona Legislature adjourned sine die at 5:25 a.m., making it one of the shortest sessions in recent years. Before its completion, however, the 2011 legislative session featured a number of monumental achievements, especially with regard to pro-life legislation.
Arizona Catholic Conference Bishops’ Statement Opposing the Death Penalty
To read the statement click here.
Arizona Catholic Conference Bishops’ Statement on 2011 Legislative Concerns
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