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July 1, 2020

PCC Financial Update on EITC and the CARES Act

The Pennsylvania Catholic Conference applauds the job that all of our Catholic schools did over the past several months to continue to provide quality education to our students across the state. We thank teachers, students, parents and administrators for their flexibility and sacrifice.

As we look ahead to the upcoming school year, the plan is starting to take shape over how instruction and extra-curricular activities will shake out. We at the PCC are joining education leaders in the dioceses in looking at the financial picture and how much money will be coming in from the state and federal governments.

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June 30, 2020

Catholic Conference Applauds Passing of Legislation to Give Former Inmates a Second Chance

The Pennsylvania Catholic Conference (PCC) applauds both the Pennsylvania House and Senate for the June 24 passage of SB 637 – sponsored by state Sen. John DiSanto (R-Dauphin, Perry) – which will remove certain obstacles that prevent an ex-inmate from getting a professional license.

“This is a great component of the criminal justice reform measures that the PCC has been working on,” said PCC Executive Director Eric Failing. “This is not getting soft on crime, this is helping prior offenders avoid more trouble. Once people have paid their debts to society, we should not block them from becoming productive members of society. We think this will help lower recidivism and will help repair families by giving their loved ones a second chance.”

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June 18, 2020

PCC Commentary: State’s Adoption Law Smacks in Face of Religious Freedom

On Dec. 15, 1791, 39 U.S. delegates signed the Bill of Rights, which was written by future President James Madison. The First Amendment to the relatively new U.S. Constitution was this:

“Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.”

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June 18, 2020

Catholic Conference Official Testifies Before State House Education Committee

The Pennsylvania Catholic Conference highlighted testimony June 17 given to the Pennsylvania House Education Committee by Dr. Philip Fromuth, the Superintendent of Catholic Education for the Diocese of Allentown and the Moderator of the Education Department of the PCC. The committee hosted an informational meeting on safely reopening schools in the fall.

Dr. Fromuth pointed to several important issues affecting the 140,000 Catholic school students across Pennsylvania, with nursing at the top of the list.

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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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