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Faith and Politics

Bishop Gainer of Harrisburg Comments on Recent Events Across the Nation

Bishop Gainer Calls for Peace, End to Racism  HARRISBURG, Pa. – Bishop Ronald W. Gainer released the following statement in response to the brutal killing of Mr. George Floyd, a Minnesota man killed while being arrested by a Minneapolis police officer. “As a Catholic, I was shocked an
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PA House Republican Leaders Look to Rein in Spending of Wolf Administration

Press release issued today by Reps. Bryan Cutler and Stan Saylor….. HARRISBURG – Citing cost overruns, inadequate response times, and the failure of programs and services to meet core mission objectives, Majority Leader Bryan Cutler (R-Lancaster) and Appropriations Committ
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Rep. Paul Schemel Talks About Telemedicine; Merit-Selection of Judges

Rep. Paul Schemel (R-Franklin) is an attorney, so it makes perfect sense for him to be involved in crafting legislation that impacts the judicial system in Pennsylvania. In fact, he has indeed authored a measure that would change the way certain judges are selected, from the current p
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PCC Thanks PA House Members for Passage of Human Trafficking Bills

The Pennsylvania Catholic Conference today thanked members of the state House for their near-unanimous approval of a package of bills to address the problem of human trafficking. The pictures here are of a news conference that preceded the votes at the Capitol.  There was a huge turno
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Human Trafficking Bill Racking up Co-Sponsors in Harrisburg

The “Buyer Beware Act” is off to a promising start in the State House and Senate. The bill increases penalties on criminals convicted of certain human trafficking offenses. It was introduced by two York County Republican legislators: Rep. Seth Grove and Sen. Kristin Phillips-Hill as H
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Rep. Frank Ryan Continues Life of Service, this time in Public Service

There are lawmakers who may downplay their faith for whatever reason. PA Representative Frank Ryan of the 101st District in Lebanon County is not one of those folks. His faith has always been a big part of his life and he’s not afraid to say it. “I live in a district where faith is a
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When adoption agencies can turn away gay prospective parents, what happens to the kids?

Religious News Service reporter Bobby Ross, Jr. recently asked this question, “When adoption agencies can turn away gay prospective parents, what happens to the kids?” With conflicts between religious based adoption and foster care agencies and government non-discrimination regulation
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Executive Changes at the Pennsylvania Catholic Conference

There will be a shift at the helm of the Pennsylvania Catholic Conference beginning June 1, 2018. Eric A. Failing, PCC’s current social concerns director, will assume the role upon the retirement of Robert J. O’Hara, Jr. after his 21 years as executive director. Prior to joining the P
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Pennsylvania’s 2018 Primary Election: Is your conscience ready?

In keeping with its mission, the Pennsylvania Catholic Conference (PCC) aims to educate and inform Catholics about a wide range of issues. To that end, we have compiled a series of resources to help to educate you about some of the issues and topics that are important to Catholics. Th
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