Public Policy

Texas Catholic Conference Advocacy Day

Join Catholics from the Diocese of Tyler and fellow Texas Catholics at the Capitol in Austin to promote life, dignity and the common good on April 4, 2017. Catholics from across the Lone Star State will unite for the Texas Catholic Conference’s 2017 Texas Catholic Faith In Action Advocacy Day. This bi-annual rally is hosted by the Texas bishops to promote …

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Coming Together as Faithful Citizens for the Common Good

Bishop Joseph E. Strickland of Tyler joins the statement of Archbishop Joseph E. Kurtz, president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, and encourages all Americans to come together following Tuesday’s election. “With this historic election concluded, I encourage all to pray for President-Elect Trump and our reelected or newly-elected officials from both parties, that they might work together to …

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Texas Bishops highly concerned with ruling that puts women at grave risk

The US Supreme Court has decided, in a 5-3 decision, to strike down key provisions of Texas HB2, a law that protects women’s safety while seeking an abortion. The Texas State Legislature overwhelmingly approved HB2. The Texas Catholic Conference supported the passage of this pro-life law and submitted an Amicus brief to the court in support of the provisions challenged …

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Texas Bishops Statement on Syrian Refugees and Security

The Texas Catholic Bishops encourage all parties—including governmental leaders, political officials, and advocates—to avoid impulsive judgments in setting public policies regarding the placement of Syrian refugees.  The horrors of modern terrorism are frightening, but they demand from us a strong renewal of our faith and our commitment to Christian teachings and the common good. We firmly believe that it is …

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Texas Catholic Conference Training Day Scheduled for Feb. 28

A training session for all interested in participating in the annual Texas Catholic Conference Advocacy Day is scheduled for Feb. 28 at the Cathedral Center in Tyler, Fr. Nolan Lowry has announced. The TCC Advocacy Day is a bi-annual rally at the Texas State Capitol hosted by the Texas Bishops to promote the Church’s values of Life, Justice, Charity, and …

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Bishop Strickland’s Statement on Election 2014

On November 4, 2014, citizens of our great state will again head to the polls to make their choice for candidates to lead Texas and our nation into the future. In the week before the election, the time is opportune for us to reflect on our beliefs and responsibilities as Catholic voters. By our baptism, Christians are committed to following …

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