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17

Legislative Update – (1/17/14)

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ARIZONA CATHOLIC CONFERENCE Legislative Update (1/17/14) Happy New Year! The legislative session began on Monday, January 13th and there already is significant activity on issues relating to school choice and religious liberty.  On Wednesday of this week, the Senate Finance Committee approved legislation (SB 1048) that would expand the eligible donors under Arizona’s corporate tuition […]

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Bishops Urge Congress to Seek Non-Violent Solutions in Syria – (9/9/13)

Sep

9

Bishops Urge Congress to Seek Non-Violent Solutions in Syria – (9/9/13)

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE  CONTACT: Ron Johnson, Executive Director   Arizona’s Catholic Bishops Urge Congress to Seek Non-Violent Solutions in Syria  PHOENIX (Sept. 9, 2013) — The Bishops of the Arizona Catholic Conference have written to Arizona’s congressional delegation expressing their concern over potential military actions in Syria. The Arizona bishops urged them not to resort to […]

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Jul

1

Arizona Catholic Conference 2013 Legislative Wrap-Up – (7/1/13)

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ARIZONA CATHOLIC CONFERENCE 2013 LEGISLATIVE WRAP-UP  By Ron Johnson Arizona Catholic Conference    Governor Brewer Signs Significant Bills Helping the Poor On June 14th, the Arizona Legislature adjourned sine die at 12:59 a.m. after spending 151 days in session. While there were fewer bills introduced this year than usual, the legislative session still went long […]

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Bishops encourage all to speak up about immigration legislation now – (4/19/13)

Apr

19

Bishops encourage all to speak up about immigration legislation now – (4/19/13)

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Comprehensive immigration reform, so needed, has remained elusive for years now. The pattern of past debates is clear. Immediately, sides form and positions harden. Emotions flare and disagreements persist; gridlock sets in. Politicians lose their nerve, become cautious and step back. We have been there several times already since President Reagan signed a legalization bill […]

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Arizona Catholic Conference Voters Guide 2012 – (10/2/12)

Oct

2

Arizona Catholic Conference Voters Guide 2012 – (10/2/12)

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The Arizona Catholic Conference is the public policy arm of the Diocese of Phoenix, the Diocese of Tucson, the Diocese of Gallup, and the Holy Protection of Mary Byzantine Catholic Eparchy of Phoenix. The ACC is a non-partisan entity and does not endorse any candidates.

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Arizona Catholic Bishops’ Statement on Federal Court Lifting SB 1070 Injunction – (9/19/12)

Sep

19

Arizona Catholic Bishops’ Statement on Federal Court Lifting SB 1070 Injunction – (9/19/12)

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Read the statement in English and in Spanish.

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Freedom of Conscience: A Pastoral Statement from the Bishops of the Arizona Catholic Conference – (7/26/12)

Jul

26

Freedom of Conscience: A Pastoral Statement from the Bishops of the Arizona Catholic Conference – (7/26/12)

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I. Introduction Today in our state and elsewhere in our nation, healthcare professionals and institutions find themselves struggling to preserve their rights of conscience, especially in matters that would involve the taking of human life. The right to follow one’s religious beliefs and moral convictions is being compromised, undermined, and increasingly disregarded today by those […]

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Arizona Catholic Bishops’ statement on U.S. Supreme Court’s ruling on SB 1070 – (6/25/12)

Jun

25

Arizona Catholic Bishops’ statement on U.S. Supreme Court’s ruling on SB 1070 – (6/25/12)

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Read the statement in English and in Spanish.

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May

15

Arizona Catholic Conference 2012 Legislative Wrap-Up – (5/15/12)

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On May 3, the Arizona Legislature adjourned sine die at 8:25 p.m. after spending 116 days in session. While there were many items of historical significance this year, including the celebration of Arizona’s Centennial, perhaps the most significant item is that the 2012 legislative session can be called the best session ever for pro-life and religious freedom issues!

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May

11

Statement on Governor’s signing of Religious Liberty bill – (5/11/12)

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The Bishops of the Arizona Catholic Conference are grateful that Governor Jan Brewer has signed HB 2625 into law.

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