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    U.S. Supreme Court Finally Hears Historic Religious Freedom Case

    On Wednesday, April 19th, the United States Supreme Court heard a long-awaited oral argument about whether Missouri’s “Blaine Amendment” – i.e., a state law that prohibits public funds from being distributed to private, religious schools – violates the U.S. Constitution.The case is titled Trinity Lutheran v. Comer, and its outcome could have dramatic effects for religious freedom across the country – including right here in Nebraska.Blaine Amendments exist in ...  Read More...

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    NSAA Representatives Decisively Reject Proposal Targeting Private Schools

    The Nebraska School Activities Association (NSAA) Representative Assembly decisively rejected a proposal on April 7, 2017 that would have unjustly punished success and effectively discriminated against students attending private religious schools. It needed 31 favorable votes to pass. The Representative Assembly mustered only 18 votes in favor of the policy, as opposed to 33 votes against.The Nebraska Catholic Conference (NCC) has opposed the policy from the beginning, when it was first introduc...  Read More...

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    “Choose Life” Bill Passes

    UPDATE: On April 3rd, 2017, after three filibusters carried out by Senator Ernie Chambers at each successive round, the Nebraska Legislature finally passed LB 46 authorizing drivers to purchase “Choose Life” license plates for an additional $5 fee.Click here to see how your senator voted on the bill.Click here to see how your senator voted on the “A” bill appropriating a small amount of start-up funds to create the initial batch of plates.The Governor will sign the bill a...  Read More...

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    Title IX Gender Identity Mandate Withdrawn

    UPDATE (March 6th, 2017): Today, the U.S. Supreme Court “vacated and remanded” the case that was expected to decide whether the meaning of “sex” in major areas of federal law actuallymeans “gender identity,” and not biological sex. The decision wipes out last year’s ruling by the 4th Circuit Court of Appeals alleging that “sex” could reasonably be understood to mean “gender identity” and thus that, under Title IX, students may acc...  Read More...

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    LB 173

    On Feb. 22, 2017 the Judiciary Committee of the Nebraska Legislatureheld a public hearing on LB173 that would create new protected classes for sexual orientation and gender identity (“SOGI”) for purposes of employment, housing, and public accommodations.While we, as Catholics, understand that all men and women are created in the image and likeness of God and are deserving of respect and dignity, LB173 goes beyond dealing with arbitrary and unjust discrimination. Instead, LB173 would further allo...  Read More...

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The Catholic Dioceses of Nebraska

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    Archdiocese of Omaha

    The 230,000 Catholics in the Archdiocese of Omaha live at once in the ancient tradition of Roman Catholicism and the young, unique heritage of Northeastern Nebraska The diocese is lead by Archbishop George J. Lucas and is rooted in diverse ethnic and cultural heritages extending from farms and ranches to towns and city centers.    Read More...

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    Diocese of Lincoln

    The Roman Catholic Diocese of Lincoln comprises the majority of the eastern and central portions of the state south of the Platte River with a Catholic population of nearly 97,000. Bishop James D. Conley currently serves the Dioceses 9th Bishop.   Read More...

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    Diocese of Grand Island

    The Diocese of Grand Island operates under the direction of Bishop Joseph G. Hanefeldt in his role as shepherd and teacher. Consisting of over 42,000 square miles in central and western Nebraska the Church is a true cross section of age, race and economic background, yet we are truly one in the faith and family of Christ.   Read More...

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Prayer for the Nebraska Catholic Conference

Prayer for the Nebraska Catholic Conference

Eternal Father, You call us to engage the world so that Your Son, our Lord Jesus Christ, might be made visible in the words and actions of Your servants. Through the good work of the Nebraska Catholic Conference, may the light and grace of the Gospel shine upon the many difficult problems, questions, policies and issues that arise in our secular world, which so often does not recognize what is good and true and beautiful.  Grant to all of those who work in and with the Nebraska Catholic Conference, on behalf of our citizens who are often denied justice in our culture, the charity, courage and perseverance they need to do Your work in serenity, joy and peace.  We invoke the intercession of Blessed Mary and all of the Saints and the Holy Angels, who stand ready to carry out Your divine will. We ask all in the power of the Holy Spirit and through Jesus Christ Your Son our Lord. Amen

St. John Fisher, pray for us.  St. Thomas More, pray for us.  

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  • Pray for persecuted Christians

    Friday, 14 April 2017By Tom Venzor, Nebraska Catholic Conference Last week, we celebrated two significant legislative victories. First, LB46 (Choose Life License Plates) was signed into law by Gov. Pete Ricketts.   Read More...

  • Why does the NCC get involved?

    Friday, 07 April 2017By Tom Venzor, Nebraska Catholic Conference It’s often asked: Why is the Nebraska Catholic Conference involved with [insert any given subject or legislative bill]? Most recently, this happened with a regulation pertaining to the Board of Psychology. I want to offer a summary of the Board of Psychology regulation in question and some key reasons why the NCC gets involved on this and many other issues. Since 2008, the Board of Psychology has tried to update the...  Read More...

  • Catholics at the Capitol: Success!

    Friday, 31 March 2017More than 160 Catholics from across Nebraska—even as far out as Scottsbluff—attended Catholics at the Capitol March 21. The Nebraska Catholic Conference was honored by the turnout and hope the event will continue growing. While this is a once-a-year event, Catholics are always encouraged to make their voices heard at the Capitol.For those unable to attend, I want to highlight some insights.   Read More...

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