HB 3899: Don’t override local zoning ordinances

Testimony provided by Jennifer Allmon On its surface, this bill violates the Catholic principal of subsidiarity, which notes that governmental decisions are best made by those closest to those impacted by the decisions. In political terms, this might be translated as legislation through consent of the governed. We recognize it is legitimate to protect the…

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HB 2350: Ban abortions “triggered” by court precedent

Testimony provided by Jennifer Allmon Supporting pro-life laws is part of our history and heritage as Texans. The State of Texas has repeatedly and throughout our history passed legislation to recognize and respect the dignity of unborn human life. Our state’s first prohibition on abortion 1854 remained intact for 120 years until Roe struck it…

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HB 1929: No subsidizing of abortion providers

Testimony provided by Jennifer Allmon HB 1929 will protect tax payers from subsidizing abortion providers through preferential contracts and property deals. Time and time again the people of Texas have made it abundantly clear that our citizens have a tremendous respect for unborn human life. This bill ensures that our tax dollars are not used…

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HB 16: Babies should be given medical care after “failed” abortion

Testimony given by Bishop Patrick Zurek, Amarillo Regardless of the circumstances of his or her birth, any baby merely by virtue of being born is a legally-recognized person. Under this bill, he or she must be treated like any other premature infant and given medical care appropriate to his or her age and needs. Actively…

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SB 22: stop subsidizing abortion providers

Testimony provided by Jennifer Carr Allmon Senate Bill 22 will protect tax payers from subsidizing abortion providers through preferential contracts and property deals. Time and time again the people of Texas have made it abundantly clear that our citizens have a tremendous respect for unborn human life. This bill ensures that our tax dollars are…

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Prayers for Cardinal Daniel DiNardo

AUSTIN — The bishops of Texas offer their prayers and support to Cardinal Daniel DiNardo, who was admitted to the hospital last night after experiencing a mild stroke. Archbishop Gustavo García-Siller, along with the other bishops of the state, ask for people to join with them in praying for his healing as well as asking…

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Positions open in El Paso Catholic schools

EL PASO — The Diocese of El Paso is seeking a superintendent for its Catholic schools system and a principal of the Cathedral high school. The superintendent serves more than 2, 700 students enrolled in 11 schools, three high schools and eight elementary schools. Cathedral is a Catholic high school for young men rooted in…

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Austin, Beaumont teachers recognized as Teachers of the Year

Inaugural year for award taps teachers with deep roots in Catholic education   AUSTIN – Vivian Conway of Austin and Jerrilynn Miller of Beaumont have been honored as the Texas Catholic Conference of Bishops 2019 Elementary Teacher of the Year and High School Teacher of the Year, respectively. “Both Mrs. Conway and Mrs. Miller exemplify…

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Welcome to the 86th Legislature

There are several opportunities for Catholics working in and near the Texas state Capitol to participate in Catholic life in downtown Austin. Every week, more than 50 Masses are celebrated within one mile of the Capitol. Special faith events hosted at the Capitol include: Weekly Rosary On Wednesdays at 8 a.m., Sen. Lucio hosts the…

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Midterms 2018: Catholic Social Teaching and Voting

Election season is in full swing, and many voters are discerning the best candidates to represent them on the local, state, and federal level. For Catholics, voting is not only a civil right, but also a sacred duty and another way we fulfill our responsibilities as citizens of the United States. As the Catechism of…

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