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Life and Dignity

A Portrait of Pennsylvania’s Poor | A series published by the Pennsylvania Catholic Conference

Jesus said, “The poor you will always have with you” (Matthew 26:11); but who are the poor? According to the U.S. Census, approximately 13 percent of Pennsylvanians live under the poverty line. This is a threshold determined by the Census Bureau to be the minimum income necessary for
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A History of Helping the Poor

The Pennsylvania General Assembly passed its 2018-2019 spending plan a full five days before the constitutional June 30 deadline. Part of this year’s $32.7 billion budget includes $12.5 billion for human services that help the poor – Medicaid, Supplemental Nutrition Assistance P
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Statement on Joint State Government Commission Report on Capital Punishment

Just three people have been executed in the past 56 years in Pennsylvania, yet more than 466 death warrants have been signed since 1985.Currently there are 150 inmates on death row. In 2012, the Joint State Government Commission was asked to study the practice and process of capital p
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Bishop Alfred Schlert has Issued a Statement on Immigration

Bishop Alfred Schlert of the Diocese of Allentown has released the following statement calling for our nation’s leaders to treat all people with compassion and respect they deserve as human beings while dealing with the immigration crisis: “Reasonable people may disagree o
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Down Syndrome Protection Act Passes Senate Committee

UPDATE: On June 13, 2018, House Bill 2050 was reported out of the Senate Judiciary Committee with a vote of 10-5. The next step will be a vote on the floor of the Senate. Urge your state Senator to vote YES to protect children with Down syndrome in the womb through the Catholic Advoca
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Lawmakers Gather to Support a Better Life for Human Trafficking Victims

A group of lawmakers are rallying for a change that will lead to a better life for human trafficking victims. Senator Stewart Greenleaf (R – Bucks, Montgomery) spearheaded the call to action for the House of Representatives to pass his legislation, Senate Bill 554 which would pr
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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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Down Syndrome Protection Act Passes House

Legislation that would prohibit the abortion of a child due solely to a diagnosis of possible Down syndrome passed the House of Representatives on April 16 by a vote of 139-56. Under current law, a woman can obtain an abortion prior to 24 weeks gestational age for any reason, except i
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