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Re-examine Pennsylvania’s Death Penalty

by Francis J. Viglietta and Rev. Sandra Strauss It’s time to re-examine the death penalty in Pennsylvania. Fifteen diverse, faith-based, legal, and civil rights organizations, including the Pennsylvania Catholic Conference and the Pennsylvania Council of Churches, form the Pennsylvani
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“Pre-K Counts” Proposal Unfair to Religious Pre-Schools

Do we really need government to take more decisions away from parents? This question is being considered right now in Harrisburg. Governor Ed Rendell proposes $75 million on his “Pre-K Counts” initiative for pre-kindergarten education for four-year-olds, but it unfairly discriminates
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Statistics in the Eye of the Beholder

Last month, the Pennsylvania Department of Health (DOH) published its required annual report on abortions in the Commonwealth. The report shows in 2005 there were 34,909 abortions performed in Pennsylvania, a decrease of 3.1% from 2004. The statistics report when the abortions were pe
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Cultivating Pennsylvania’s Catholic Grassroots

The United States Catholic Catechism for Adults (U. S. Conference of Catholic Bishops 2006) states, “Catholics must participate in political life and bring to bear upon it – by their voice and their vote – what they have learned about human nature, human destiny, and God’s will for hu
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Educational Improvement Tax Credits

Parents, in virtue of their participation in the fatherhood of God, have the first responsibility for the education of their children and they are the first heralds of the faith for them. (Compendium of the Catechism of the Catholic Church #460) Education is one of the most important
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Post Election Exhale

The dust has settled; the 2006 election is over. Analysts will debate what happened and why for years; but one thing is for certain, Catholics are a significant voting bloc. But how do Catholic voters properly educated on important issues by the teaching of the Church choose their can
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2005-2006 Legislative Session Comes to an End

Another two-year legislative session is ending in Harrisburg. Hundreds of public policy proposals were discussed and done, or left undone by the Pennsylvania General Assembly. The Pennsylvania Catholic Conference (PCC) and the Pennsylvania Catholic Health Association (PCHA) tracked an
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