Texas Catholic Voice

In this issue of the Texas Catholic Voice: Executive Director Jennifer Carr Allmon discusses how Catholics can help bring civility to our political discourse…. Congratulations to three of our dioceses on their work to promote priestly vocations!… Adoption Awareness Month resources… Our Public Policy Outreach Coordinator visits Corpus Christi… and more… A Message from Jennifer…

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Texas Catholic Voice

In this issue of the Texas Catholic Voice: Executive Director Jennifer Carr Allmon reviews Respect Life Month…. School accreditation visits begin… Comment letter regarding proposed SNAP rule changes… News from the Archives… and more… A Message from Jennifer Allmon, Executive Director October is Respect Life Month for the Catholic Church in the United States and…

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TCCB Comment Letter Regarding Proposed SNAP Rule Changes

The TCCB recently submitted comments to the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) regarding proposed rule changes to the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP). The TCCB called upon the USDA to withdraw the rule changes affecting categorical eligibility or grant a demonstration waiver for state flexibility related to clients in innovative programs on the path to…

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Texas Catholic Voice

A Message from Jennifer Allmon, Executive Director During legislative session advocates trek to Austin to express their wishes, call and write their legislators, and organize others to pass legislation, but too often that is the end of engagement on the issues. Most legislation requires the hard work of state agencies to implement effectively — but…

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How you can help: Immigrants & Refugees

Upon request from Catholics across the state, the TCCB created a new resource page where you can find links to helpful ministry resources in Texas. The first item that we have created a page for is “Immigrants and Refugees.” You can find that link here or under “Pastoral Resources” –> “How You Can Help” in…

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Let doctors practice medicine, not abortion!

From USCCB Pro-Life Action Alerts:  Do you think that doctors should be forced to perform abortions or “gender transition” procedures against their beliefs? Or that taxpayers should be forced to pay for them? If the answer is NO, please send a comment to the Department of Health and Human Services today! A little background: In…

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Sine Die Report for the 86th Legislature

Sine Die Report on Priority Bills in the 86th Legislative Session Educate: Throughout the 2019 session, we educated and mobilized the laity to take an active role in supporting the bishops’ agenda. Specifically, we have published online briefs—available here—of the topics on our legislative agenda to explain Church teaching and how to improve state law.…

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SB 2089: Complex bill still needs agreement

The Texas Catholic Conference of Bishops (TCCB) applauds Sen. Bryan Hughes’ wise acceptance of Sen. Eddie Lucio’s amendment to SB 2089. As Sen. Hughes said with this amendment, SB 2089 is now a better piece of legislation and will ensure appropriate care for Texans facing important end-of-life decisions. The improved engrossed SB 2089 now protects…

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HB 874: Don’t criminalize those who default on usurious loans

Testimony by Rachana Chhin The Texas Catholic Conference of Bishops support HB 874. This bill prevents criminal changes or threats of criminal charges for payday or auto-title loan defaults. The TCCB supports this bill to ensure that consumers who default on usurious loans are not faced with criminal charges. St. Vincent de Paul and Catholic…

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