Serving the Church in Texas

FAQs on how TCCB determines positions on bills (TCV Vol. 85.1)

How are bill positions developed? The bishops of Texas approve a legislative agenda in the spring prior to legislative session. Then, the TCCB staff works with members of the legislature to develop our priority legislation and opposition strategies for negative legislation. In early November, legislative members begin to file bills. In consultation with the bishops,…

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Legislative highlights: Pro-life (TCV Vol. 85.1)

With each issue of Texas Catholic Voice we highlight key legislation for you to monitor. We begin with the foundational principle of the protection of human life from conception to natural death by highlighting the abortion-related legislation that we are supporting. This is not an exhaustive list, but those which we are closely collaborating with bill…

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Bishops call for abolition of death penalty

AUSTIN — The Texas Conference of Catholic Bishops has released astatementcalling for the abolition of the death penalty, denouncing its effects not only on victims and others immediately affected, but also on society. ——— versions of the statement suitable for bulletin inserts ——— “Capital punishment vitiates our hearts’ capacity for mercy and love,” the bishops…

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Capital Punishment: The death penalty does not fulfill justice

Each year during October the Church observes Respect Life Month. During this time, we pray and reflect on the precious gift of life and recommit ourselves to working toward a culture that truly welcomes and protects human life in our society, from conception to natural death. Catholic teaching on abortion and euthanasia is very clear,…

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Catholic Church commits to ongoing work for refugees

AUSTIN — Catholic charitable and social services will continue to work with other nonprofits serving refugees in Texas, as the state government announced its intention to step away from its role. Speaking on behalf of two dozen Catholic organizations and his fellow Catholic bishops in the state, Bishop Michael F. Olson of Fort Worth said,…

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Executive Director provides testimony to state’s Investments and Financial Services Committee

AUSTIN — The Catholic Church’s experience of clients with outstanding payday and auto-title loans has led the Texas bishops to become champions for reform of the unregulated payday and auto-title lending industry. In testimony before the Texas House’s Investments and Financial Services Committee, the executive director of the bishops’ state conference explained that better consumer…

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Texas Bishops encourage tax credit scholarship program

AUSTIN — Texans can benefit from the insights coming from the 20 tax credit scholarship programs which exist around the nation, the executive director of the Texas Catholic Conference testified to the state’s Senate Education Committee in Austin. “We have the opportunity to develop a program that replicates the success in other states while avoiding…

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Statement in response to Catholics for Choice campaign

On Monday, full-page advertisements ran in the San Antonio Express-News, the Houston Chronicle, and the Dallas Morning News from a Washington D.C.-based entity called Catholics for Choice. Despite what is implied by its name, Catholics for Choice is not a member-oriented organization and has no affiliation with the Roman Catholic Church. Instead, it is financed…

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Help stop predatory loan practices

In our charitable ministries we see the high cost of being broke every day. We hear the same stories of debt and despair throughout the state of Texas, where virtually no regulation means thousands of Texans are trapped in the never-ending payday and auto-title lending cycle of debt. Payday loans are marketed as short-term small…

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Stay of execution granted for Jeff Wood

The Texas Court of Criminal Appeals has issued a stay of execution for Jeff Wood. Their action today prevents a gross miscarriage of justice. The public outcry against this execution illustrates broad agreement on the injustice and basic unfairness of the Texas law of parties.

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