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Texas bishops disappointed by Texas attorney general’s request to terminate DACA

DACA termination would punish young adults brought to the U.S. as children AUSTIN — The Catholic bishops of Texas expressed disappointment in Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton’s movement to terminate the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, forcing 117,000 young people to be deported from the United States. “These individuals contribute to the economy,…

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Bishop Daniel Garcia statement on pro-life legislation

The Texas Catholic Conference of Bishops is pleased to support this package of pro-life bills that provides incremental progress to reduce abortion in Texas. In 2015, more than 55,000 unborn children were killed by abortion in our state. Each one of them was made in God’s image. Each one of them was a precious child…

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US Catholic bishops affirm issues around gender identity are best resolved locally

The US Conference of Catholic Bishops has issued two statements regarding the federal government’s guidance on requiring schools to treat “a student’s gender identity as the student’s sex.” Recognizing the complexity of this discussion, the bishops recommend that decisions be made on the local level, in accord with President Trump’s withdrawal of earlier guidance by the…

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Bishop Vásquez: SB 4 Opposition Testimony

My name is Bishop Joe Vásquez of the Diocese of Austin. I am testifying today on behalf of the Texas Catholic Conference of Bishops.  We are opposed to Senate Bill 4. The Catholic Church has a long history of involvement in the immigration issue. Our experience in working with immigrants throughout the years compels us…

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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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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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