Catholic News from the Capital

May 28, 2020

Pennsylvania Catholic Conference Calls for Adherence to Governor’s Moratorium on Evictions

The Pennsylvania Catholic Conference responded May 27 to reports of residents facing evictions from their homes for not being able to pay rent during the pandemic. The PCC is urging the Pennsylvania Supreme Court to instruct all courts to continue to follow Governor Wolf’s moratorium on evictions.

“We urge compassion in all instances, but especially now, when people may have lost their livelihoods through no fault of their own,” said Eric Failing, the Executive Director of the PCC.

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May 19, 2020

Wolf Administration Trying to Divert Money Earmarked for Private Schools to School Districts

In late March, Congress passed the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security Act, or CARES Act. In part, it calls for $13.2 billion to be provided for K-12 education across the country, with an estimated $523.8 million for Pennsylvania, according to the U.S. Department of Education. That money has been earmarked for all schools in our state. Yet, there are efforts underway by the Wolf administration to try to exclude private schools from the benefits of the CARES Act.

The Pennsylvania Catholic Conference is reaching out to state and federal lawmakers for support and is urging the U.S. Department of Education not to give in to these demands to squeeze out private school communities, many of which are serving vulnerable children in economically-distressed communities throughout the state. These schools, in particular, will likely feel the devastating effects of the COVID-19 shutdown more than those in wealthier areas.

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April 22, 2020

Pennsylvania Catholic Conference Condemns Hostility Toward Asian-Americans, Planned Parenthood for Offering Abortions during Pandemic

The Pennsylvania Catholic Conference is asking residents to be on the alert for acts of hostility and/or harassment against Asian-Americans in the midst of the Coronavirus outbreak in the United States.

“We are urging everyone to treat others with compassion during this extremely difficult time,” said Eric Failing, the Executive Director of the PCC. “We have to get through this together. Targeting completely innocent people simply because of their ethnicity is contrary to what this country and what God-fearing people should be all about. If you see this happening, please get help immediately.”

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January 10, 2020

PCC Looks at Troubling Numbers in Latest Abortion Report

The Pennsylvania Catholic Conference announced Jan. 6 it was alarmed by many of the numbers contained in the latest comprehensive abortion report released by the Pennsylvania Department of Health. Pennsylvania’s Abortion Control Act requires the state Department of Health to prepare and distribute a report on abortion each year. The report for 2018 was released in late December.

The report showed there were 30,364 abortions in 2018, an increase of 353 from the prior year. The encouraging news for pro-life advocates is that the latest total is less than half of the all-time high of 65,777 abortions in 1980.

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