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    2016 Pro Life Conference

    Made in His Image: Human Dignity in a Secular World September 22-24, 2016We live in a society which often obscures, both to healthcare professionals and to families seeking care for loved ones, what can and cannot be ethically and morally provided to people across the lifespan. Medical professionals who attend this bioethics conference will receive continuing education credits and practical insights to better serve those entrusted to their care, while parents and other lay people will gain valua...  Read More...

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    Death Penalty Referendum

    Retain Mercy, Retain Justice, Retain Dignity Retain LB 268Lincoln Journal Star Local View: The real cost of the death penalty, by Tom Venzor, Executive Director of the Nebraska Catholic ConferenceThe Nebraska Bishop’s Statements on the Death PenaltyAugust 27, 2015The Catholic bishops of Nebraska invite all people of goodwill to join them in their continued opposition to the death penalty.Justice requires punishment, but it does not require that those who have committed serious cr...  Read More...

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    Textbook Loan Program

    Textbook Loan Program  Nebraska Catholic ConferenceThe Textbook Loan Program – What is it?  Every year, the Nebraska legislature designates funding specifically for textbooks for private school students. This is one of few government benefits that private school families receive in return for their education tax dollars. The Nebraska Supreme Court has ruled that the Nebraska Constitution allows taxpayer dollars to be used for textbooks for children attending parochial schools.This prog...  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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  • Human dignity in a secular World

    In Psalm 8:4, King David proposes a profound question to God: “Who is man that you are mindful of him, and the son of man that you care for him?” As response to some form of this same question (“Who is man?”), various visions of the human person have been proposed by history’s greatest thinkers.  Read More...

  • The imperfect disciple of the Gospel of Life

    “I won’t do it perfectly, but I will do something. I am not going to keep worrying; but I am going to act. I do not want to come to Jesus empty-handed.”These words were spoken by Bishop David Ricken of the Diocese of Green Bay...  Read More...

  • (More) Lessons learned from abortion dialogue workshop

    Earlier in the summer I wrote about a pro-life dialogue training I attended that was presented by Justice for All (“JFA”). In that piece, I wrote about three essential skills that are fundamental to creating a dialogue on the issue of abortion...  Read More...

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