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State Assembly committee OKs NJCC-endorsed anti-hunger bills
Food supplies at Catholic Charities’ food pantries dwindle over the summer in this file photo.

Food supplies at Catholic Charities’ food pantries dwindle over the summer in this file photo.

The New Jersey Catholic Conference – the public policy arm of the Catholic Bishops of New Jersey – participated in a Nov. 29 news conference in Trenton to endorse 13 bills aimed at reducing hunger and food waste in New Jersey. More ...
Thursday, December 13, 2018

Still time to curb worst effects of warmer world, climate scientist says
PHILADELPHIA – An internationally renowned pioneer in climate science and climate change research, in an address at Villanova University, said that rather than "finger-pointing" about the causes of global warming, people need take collective action to slow the process. More ...
Tuesday, December 4, 2018
Assisted suicide bill delayed, more time to contact reps

The New Jersey assisted suicide bill, which was scheduled for a vote Oct. 29, has been postponed to an undetermined later date.

Patrick R. Brannigan, executive director of the New Jersey Catholic Conference, the public policy arm of the state’s bishops, said that the delay is an opportunity for people to call their legislators and let them know why they oppose assisted suicide.

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Saturday, November 3, 2018
Catholic group says neutral stand on assisted suicide 'startling'
PHILADELPHIA – The president of the Catholic Medical Association has responded to the American Academy of Family Physicians' new "engaged neutrality" position on physician-assisted suicide, saying it is "diametrically opposed" to the medical community's long-standing opposition to it. More ...
Monday, October 29, 2018
No shortage of issues piquing voter interest in midterms
WASHINGTON • With the clock toward the Nov. 6 midterm elections ticking away, there are some parallels between the findings of a Sept. 26 Pew Research Center survey on issues of key concern to voters and issues outlined in the U.S. bishops’ “Forming Consciences for Faithful Citizenship,” a document meant to provide a moral framework Catholic voters can use to analyze issues. More ...
Wednesday, October 17, 2018
NJ assisted suicide legislation nears tipping point
Physician-assisted suicide has been considered by the state Legislature without passing for more than six years. Now, with the legislation likely to be brought to a vote soon, there may be enough votes necessary to get it passed.

The “Aid in Dying for Terminally Ill Act” (A1504) is expected to be up for a vote Oct. 29 in the Assembly. The state Senate could move an identical bill (S1072) forward if the Assembly bill passes.

The bill would allow terminally ill adults of sound mind to obtain drugs they could take to hasten their demise. If passed, the bill could be on Gov. Phil Murphy’s desk before end of year.


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Thursday, October 4, 2018

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