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    Nebraska Catholic Conference Opposes Discriminatory Policy Proposed by NSAA Member Schools

    January 12, 2017 (Lincoln, Neb.) – The Nebraska Catholic Conference strongly objects to a proposal advanced yesterday by several districts of the Nebraska School Activities Association (NSAA) that would unjustly punish success and discriminate against private religious schools.The proposal would mandate that any high school team branded as too successful over a four-year period be elevated to a higher classification. However, a team would only move up if its school has a low number of...  Read More...

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    Death Penalty Referendum

    Retain Mercy, Retain Justice, Retain Dignity Retain LB 268Nebraska Catholic Conference news conference on the death penaltyRecorded onSeptember 29, 2016 Watch it hereThe Omaha World Herald Midland Voices: Church guidance on death penalty by Tom Venzor, Executive Director of the Nebraska Catholic Conference Lincoln Journal Star Local View: The real cost of the death penaltyby Tom Venzor, Executive Director of the Nebraska Catholic Conference The Nebraska Bishop’s Stateme...  Read More...

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    Textbook Loan Program

    Textbook Loan Program  Nebraska Catholic ConferenceUPDATE: Changes Approved for Textbook Loan Program  After more than two years of advocacy by the Nebraska Catholic Conference, the Nebraska Department of Education has approved long-needed changes to the state’s Textbook Loan Program (TLP). The update finally brings the program into the digital age.Now, parents who send their children to Catholic schools will be able to access publicly-funded digital “textbooks,” including on...  Read More...

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    NSAA Considers Transgender Participation Policy

    The Nebraska School Activities Association (NSAA) has been considering a new policy for whether and how students who experience gender dysphoria (known as transgender students) may participate in NSAA sports and other activities according to their subjective gender identity (in other words, a biological male who identifies as a female and wishes to participate on a girls’ team, or a biological female who identifies as a male and wishes to participate on a boys’ team).On January 6th a...  Read More...

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Nebraska Catholic Conference

 November 8, 2016 

Bishops’ Joint Statement on Reinstatement of the Death Penalty in Nebraska 

We express our disappointment that the death penalty will be reinstated in Nebraska. We will continue to call for the repeal of the death penalty when it is not absolutely necessary to protect the public safety. We hope that the death penalty does not overshadow the complex problems faced by our criminal justice system that can be solved only by true reforms and not by ineffective punishments such as we have experienced with the death penalty in Nebraska. With our prayers for the people of Nebraska, we are sincerely yours in Christ,

Archbishop George J. Lucas, Archbishop of Omaha

Bishop James D. Conley, Bishop of Lincoln 

Bishop Joseph G. Hanefeldt, Diocese of Grand Island 

  • Praying for a culture of life

    Friday, 06 January 2017January is a particularly bittersweet month for the pro-life movement. On the one hand, Jan. 22 marks the anniversary of Roe v.   Read More...

  • President Obama’s parting gift to Planned Parenthood

    Friday, 23 December 2016While politicos and people around the world prepare for President-elect Trump’s “First 100 Days” in office, a recent action by President Obama is a stark reminder to remain vigilant of a president’s final days in the Oval Office. On Dec. 14, President Obama’s administration finalized a rule that would prohibit states from defunding Planned Parenthood’s abortion business.Three months ago, the federal Department of Health and Human S...  Read More...

  • Christ Child: friend of the immigrant

    Friday, 02 December 2016As Catholics, we have a particular call of care and concern for those who are considered “least among us.” Within this category is found the immigrant, whether documented or undocumented. As our nation undergoes a shift in leadership in the White House, it is fitting to consider our social and political attitude toward the immigrant.Rhetoric toward the Immigrant during Election. For those who followed the presidential campaign, it comes as no surprise that the...  Read More...

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