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In Memory of Cardinal William H. Keeler

March 23, 2017

The staff of the Maryland Catholic Conference were saddened to learn today (March 23, 2017) of the passing of William Cardinal Keeler, who served as the Conference's chairman throughout his tenure as Archbishop of Baltimore.  Read the Conference's full statement on the passing of Cardinal Keeler HERE.

Keeler, the 14th archbishop of Baltimore, an international leader in Catholic-Jewish relations and the driving force behind the restoration of America’s first cathedral, died March 23 at his residence at St. Martin's Home for the Aged in Catonsville. He was 86. Read more...

Visit the memorial page for Cardinal Keeler to learn about his international leadership in Catholic-Jewish interfatith relations, view funeral details, read the statement from Archbishop William Lori, and more.

2017 Nonpublic Schools Advocacy Day

More than 1,300 nonpublic school students filled Lawyers Mall and the House and Senate Office buildings on March 2 for Nonpublic Schools Advocacy Day. The students visisted with their lawmakers to advocate for increased funding for their schools, rallied and got to take selfies with Governor Hogan. In his fiscal 2018 budget, Hogan proposed expanding the BOOST (Broadening Options and Opportunities for Students Today) Scholarship program from $5 million to $7 million. In its first year, BOOST helped nearly 2,500 low-income students attend the school best fit for them.

Catholics in Annapolis

 

The Maryland Catholic Conference held our 33rd annual Catholics in Annapolis (formerly Lobby Night) on Feb. 15. Hundreds of Catholics from across the state joined us to advocate on behalf of the Church this session. Your voices are critical to our efforts as we work to represent the views of the three (arch)diocese in Maryland on legislation and we are grateful for everyone who attended. 


Read the Catholic Standard's coverage of the evening HERE.

Read the Catholic Review's coverage of the evening HERE.

Executive Order on Immigration

FEBRUARY 2017 - President Donald Trump issued an Executive Order in January that suspended for 120 days the entry into the United States of foreign nationals from Syria, Iraq, Iran, Sudan, Libya, Somalia, and Yemen. It also reduced the number of refugees to be admitted to the United States, indefinitely suspending the resettlement of Syrian refugees, and called for stricter vetting and review procedures for people in these populations. In the United States, the Catholic Church was founded by immigrant communities who have always found a home in their local parish. Today, the Church in Maryland continues to welcome and embrace newcomers to our country, and to advocate on their behalf. 

Our leaders of the Archdiocese of Washington, the Archdiocese of Baltimore and the Diocese of Wilmington have all issued statements on the Executive Order. Read each one below:

Cardinal Wuerl's reflection on the White House Executive Order
 

Archbishop Lori's letter on the Executive Order
 

Bishop Malooly's statement on the Executive Order on immigration 
 

 

Additional Coverage of the Church's position on this issue:

Bishop Vasquez, chairman of the U.S. Council of Catholic Bishop's committe on migration, welcomes federal appeals court ruling on refugee ban


Ongoing reaction by faith leaders from across the country

Katharina Acosta to serve on National Advisory Council of the USCCB

FEBRUARY 3, 2017 - Katharina Acosta, the Latino Outreach Coordinator for the Maryland Catholic Conference, has been appointed to a four-year term with the National Advisory Council (NAC) of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops. Archdiocese of Baltimore Archbishop William Lori nominated Acosta to represent Region IV as an at-large member. Her term concludes November 2020. The NAC meets every March and September.

 

Each Friday during the Legislative Session and monthly throughout the rest of the year, the Maryland Catholic Conference publishes "The Catholic Voice," an e-letter to keep you informed of our work. 

Read past editions below.
 

April 12, 2017
April 7, 2017
March 31, 2017
March 24, 2017
March 17, 2017
March 10, 2017
March 3, 2017
February 24, 2017

 

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The Most Sacred of All Property

Religious Freedom and the People of Maryland

A Joint Statement by the Bishops of Maryland

 

Maryland’s bishops call on Catholics and all Marylanders to reaffirm and uphold America’s First Freedom and the foundational principles upon which its democratic society is built. “Religious liberty – a right rooted in our human dignity and protected by the First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution – is being silently and subtly eroded,” wrote the bishops of Maryland in the statement. “[I]n recent years there has been a subtle promotion of the idea that religious liberty should be restricted to Sunday morning worship.”

The Most Sacred of All Property: Religious Freedom and the People of Maryland is signed by Washington Archbishop Donald Cardinal Wuerl, Baltimore Apostolic Administrator Archbishop Edwin F. O’Brien, and Wilmington Bishop W. Francis Malooly. The statement was issued with input from a task force chaired by John Garvey, President of The Catholic University of America, that included experts in legal, theological, and historical issues.

A copy of the complete statement along with additional resource materials may be found at www.mdcathcon.org/religiousfreedom.