ARIZONA CATHOLIC CONFERENCE Legislative Update (02/07/14) Religious Liberty Legislation Advances This week was an extremely busy and productive week concerning bills of interest to the Arizona Catholic Conference (ACC). On Tuesday, the ACC testified in the House Government Committee on an important religious liberty bill (HB 2153) that provides needed updates to Arizona’s Religious Freedom […]
ARIZONA CATHOLIC CONFERENCE LEGISLATIVE UPDATE (01/31/14) Arizona Bishops Have Productive Visit to the Capitol This week was a very exciting and productive week for the Bishops of the Arizona Catholic Conference (ACC). The Bishops met with a number of key elected officials over two days to discuss important issues ranging from religious liberty, the […]
ARIZONA CATHOLIC CONFERENCE Legislative Update (01/24/14) Catholic Schools Rally Time! Arizona’s Catholic Bishops will visit the State Capitol next week for important meetings with Governor Jan Brewer, House Speaker Andy Tobin, Senate President Andy Biggs, and others. These meetings provide a great opportunity to better understand each other and discuss matters of importance to […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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.
Read the statement in English and in Spanish.
Freedom of Conscience: A Pastoral Statement from the Bishops of the Arizona Catholic Conference – (7/26/12)
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 […]