Faith and Politics

Merry Christmas from the PCC

The staff of the PCC wishes you and your family a very Merry Christmas. May the joy and peace that the Christ child brings be with you throughout 2012! We’d like to share with you the following column from Sr. Mary Ann Walsh, Director of Media Relations for the United States Con
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Don’t Forget to Vote Tomorrow!

Tomorrow, November 8, Pennsylvanians will head to the polls to vote for state Supreme Court justices and judges on the Superior and Commonwealth Courts. These races do not garner as much attention as national elections, but they are just as important. Please click here to read an arti
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Informing Your Conscience in “Off-Year” Elections

Elections in odd numbered years are sometimes described as “off year.” Instead of voting for a prominent national office, governor, Congress or the state legislature, we elect municipal officials and “lesser known” statewide offices. On November 8, 2011, Pennsylvanians will select or
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Monument to Fallen Jewish Chaplains Visits PA Capitol En Route to Arlington Cemetery

A monument to Jewish military chaplains who died in the line of duty will be dedicated on October 24 at Arlington National Cemetery, but the memorial made a stop today in Harrisburg. Currently on display in the Pennsylvania Capitol Rotunda, the memorial will eventually be placed on Ch
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Governor Corbett Introduces School Choice Plan to Benefit Students, Community

Harrisburg (October 11) – Speaking at a press conference at Lincoln Charter School in York, Governor Tom Corbett today introduced an education reform package that includes two of the Pennsylvania Catholic Conference’s main priorities: a pilot voucher program and an increase to the Edu
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PA Catholic Conference Applauds Governor Corbett’s School Choice Plan

HARRISBURG (October 11) – The Pennsylvania Catholic Conference (PCC) reiterates the Catholic community’s support of school choice and applauds Governor Tom Corbett who today announced his plan to create a school voucher program and increase the already successful Educational Improveme
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Comment Period Ends on HHS Mandate, What Now?

September 30 marked the end of the public comment period on the “preventive services” mandate from the federal Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) which fails to provide conscience protection and requires private health plans to cover female surgical sterilization and contra
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“Respect for conscience rights and personal autonomy has been a part of the fabric of our nation since its inception.”

Steven Bozza, director of the Respect Life Office at the Archdiocese of Philadelphia, has written a letter to the editor in the Philadelphia Inquirer about the HHS mandate and religious liberty. In his letter, “Patient protection act poses serious threat to our autonomy,”
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‘God Has Given You a Mission,’ Archbishop Tells State Legislators in Harrisburg

By Jen Reed The Catholic Witness As the Catholic Bishops of Pennsylvania gathered at St. Patrick Cathedral in Harrisburg Sept. 27 to concelebrate Mass for those who serve in public office, Archbishop Charles Chaput of Philadelphia told Catholic elected officials that God has given the
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