New Jersey Catholic Conference

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Founded in 1949, the New Jersey Catholic Conference (NJCC) represents the Catholic Bishops of New Jersey on matters of public policy. NJCC serves as a liaison to governmental agencies and institutions and coordinates communications and activities between the Bishops and secular agencies. The Archbishop of Newark is the President of NJCC. There are more than 3.5 million Catholics registered in seven dioceses throughout New Jersey.

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PRESS RELEASE: NEW JERSEY BISHOPS ISSUE STATEMENT ON HUMAN TRAFFICKING

TRENTON -- The Catholic Bishops of New Jersey today called for the New Jersey Senate and General Assembly to pass in-state tuition legislation that would allow certain documented and undocumented immigrants, who meet a set of strict criteria, to access in-state tuition rates at New Jersey’s public colleges and universities.

On Thursday November 14, a representative from the New Jersey Catholic Conference will testify before the Senate Budget and Appropriations Committee in favor of S2479, an in-state tuition bill.

To read the full Press Release CLICK HERE.

 

NJ BISHOPS' STATEMENT ON HUMAN TRAFFICKING (1/14/14)

FThe nanny for your neighbor, the young woman who does your nails, the young man clearing your table at a restaurant, the people who pick the fruit you enjoy - each of these could be a victim of human trafficking – modern day slaves living within our midst.

Human trafficking is a crime against the basic dignity and rights of a person.  Sadly, human trafficking is flourishing throughout the world.

 To read the full statement CLICK HERE.

 

PRESS RELEASE: NEW JERSEY BISHOPS ISSUE STATEMENT ON IN-STATE TUITION

TRENTON -- Today, The Catholic Bishops of New Jersey called for all people of good will to work to eliminate the root causes of human trafficking.  The Bishops encourage communities to give a priority to eliminating the markets that permit traffickers to flourish. 

To read the full Press Release CLICK HERE.

 

NJ BISHOPS' STATEMENT ON IN-STATE TUITION AT PUBLIC INSTITUTIONS OF HIGHER EDUCATION (11/12/13)

For many years, the Catholic Church has spoken out in favor of Comprehensive Immigration Reform.  We do this because Scripture tells us to welcome the stranger, serve the poor, protect human dignity, respect all life, and protect the unity of families. We come with no political agenda. 

In this spirit, we support legislation under consideration that would allow certain undocumented students to qualify for in-state tuition at public colleges and universities if they meet a set of strict criteria.  

To read the full statement CLICK HERE.

 

CATHOLIC TEACHING ON MARRIAGE

The Call to Marriage is Woven Deeply into the Human Spirit:
A Message on Marriage from the Catholic Bishops of New Jersey

God who created man and woman out of love also calls him to love – the fundamental and innate vocation of every human being.  For man is createdin the image and likeness of God who is Himself love.  Since God created him man and woman, their mutual love becomes an image of the absoluteand unfailing love with which God loves man.  It is good, very good, in the Creator’s eyes. [Catechism of the Catholic Church, No. 1604]

A recent study issued by the National Marriage Project at Rutgers University identifies a broad cultural shift away from religion and social traditionalism and toward a belief in personal independence and tolerance for diverse life styles – otherwise known as "secular individualism.”  The same report also indicates that “more children each year are not living in families that include their married, biological parents, which by all available empirical evidence is the gold standard for insuring optimal outcomes in a child’s development.”

One expression of this cultural shift toward “secular individualism” is the recent authorization of “marriage” between individuals of the same sex in a few states and the call for passage of a same sex “marriage” law in New Jersey.

As Catholics, we must not stand by in silence in the face of the many challenges that threaten marriage and, in turn, children and the public good.  We must not shirk our responsibility. 

We must protect and promote marriage.  We must not abandon the teaching of the Catholic Church on marriage and the complementarity of the sexes - a truth that is evident to right reason and recognized as such by the major cultures of the world.  We must pledge our support to all family members, including those who choose to remain single.  We must help those entering marriage to prepare for the challenges, sacrifices and joys to come.  We must reach out with the special compassion of Christ to those married couples and families experiencing difficulties, anxiety, and illness.

In these troubled times, we, the Catholic Bishops of New Jersey, offer here some basic truths to assist people in understanding Catholic teaching about marriage and to enable them to promote and support marriage and families.

Click Here for full statement

Click Here for more Teachings of the Catholic Church on Marriage

 

NJ BISHOPS' STATEMENT ON COMPREHENSIVE IMMIGRATION REFORM

New Jersey always has been a safe haven for immigrants seeking a better life. For well over a century, the Catholic Church in New Jersey has welcomed millions of individuals and families as they began new lives in our parishes.

Today, as our Church continues to minister to hundreds of thousands of immigrants, we, the Catholic Bishops of New Jersey, lend our voice to the growing call for our government to enact comprehensive immigration reform. 

To read the full statement CLICK HERE.

Spanish version CLICK HERE.

For Q & A CLICK HERE.

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BISHOPS' STATEMENT IN THE NEWS

Diocese of Trenton - The Monitor English

Diocese of Trenton - The Monitor Español

Diocese of Paterson - The Beacon pg 7

Diocese of Metuchen - The Catholic Spirit pg 11

Diocese of Camden - The Catholic Star Herald

 

A STATEMENT ON PROTECTING CHILDREN BY
PATRICK R. BRANNIGAN
Executive Director of the New Jersey Catholic Conference

There are few things in life as important as protecting our children and young people.

Any abuse of a child is sinful and must not be tolerated in any way.  Every step must be taken at all times to protect all children entrusted to our care.

Anyone who is aware of inappropriate conduct with a minor by a member of the clergy, a diocesan or parish employee, or anyone else should contact law enforcement immediately.
The names and addresses of the twenty-one County Prosecutors are listed below.

Atlantic
James P. McCLain
Atlantic County Prosecutor’s Office
4997 Unami Boulevard
Mays Landing, New Jersey 08330
Phone: 609-909-7800

 

Middlesex
Andrew Carey
Public Safety Building, Floor 3
25 Kirkpatrick St.
New Brunswick, New Jersey 08901
Phone: 732-745-3332
Fax: 732-745-2791
andrew.carey@co.middlesex.nj.us

 

Bergen
John L. Molinelli
10 Main Street
 Hackensack, New Jersey 07601
Phone: Mon-Fri 201- 646-2300
After Hours: 201- 646-2700
Prosecutor@BCPO.net

 

Monmouth
Christopher J. Gramiccioni
Monmouth County Prosecutor's Office
132 Jerseyville Avenue
Freehold, New Jersey 07728
Phone: (732) 431-7160
Fax: (732) 409-3673
prosecutor@prosecutor.co.monmouth.nj.us

 

Burlington
Robert D. Bernardi
Office of the Prosecutor
Courts Facility - 2nd Floor
49 Rancocas Road
Mt. Holly, New Jersey 08060
Phone: 609-865-5035
Fax: 609-265-5007

 

Morris
Fredric M. Knapp
Morris County Prosecutor's Office
P.O. Box 900 - Court Street
Morristown, New Jersey 07963-0900
Tel: 973- 285-6200
Fax: 973- 285-6226
prosecutor@co.morris.nj.us

Camden
Warren W. Faulk
Camden County Prosecutor's Office
25 North Fifth Street
Camden, New Jersey 08102-1231
Phone: 856- 225-8400
Fax:  856-963-0080

 

Ocean
Joseph D. Coronato
Office of the Prosecutor
119 Hooper Ave
Toms River, New Jersey, 08754
Phone: 732-929-2027
Mailing Address:
P.O. Box 2191
Toms River, New Jersey 08754-2191

 

Cape May
Robert L. Taylor
DN-110, 4 Moore Road
110 Justice Way
Cape May Court House, New Jersey, 08210
Phone: 609-465-1135
prosecutor@cmcpros.net

Passaic
Camelia M. Valdes
Passaic County Administration Building
401 Grand Street
Paterson, New Jersey 07505
Phone: 973-881-4800
Fax: 973-225-0155

 

Cumberland
Jennifer Webb-McRae
43 Fayette Street
Bridgeton New Jersey 08302
Phone: 856-453-0486
Fax: 856-451-1507

 

Salem
John T. Lenahan
The Salem County Prosecutor’s Office
Fenwick Building, 2nd Floor
87 Market Street
P.O. Box 462
Salem, New Jersey, 08073-0462
Phone: 865-935-7510, Ext. 8333

 

Essex
Carolyn Murray
Essex County Prosecutor's Office
Veterans Courthouse
50 West Market Street
Newark, New Jersey 07102
Phone: 973-621-4700

Somerset
Geoffrey D. Soriano
Office of the Somerset County Prosecutor
40 North Bridge Street
Somerville, New Jersey 08876
Phone: 908-575-3300

 

Gloucester
Sean F. Dalton
2 South Broad Street
PO Box 337
Woodbury, New Jersey 08096
Phone: 856-384-5534
gcprosecutor@co.gloucester.nj.us

 

Sussex
David Weaver
Sussex County Prosecutor's Office
19-21 High Street
Newton, New Jersey 07860
Phone 973- 383-1570

Hudson
Gaetano T. Gregory
595 Newark Avenue
Jersey City, New Jersey 07306
Phone: (201) 795-6400
hcpo@hcpo.org

Union
Theodore J. Romankow
32 Rahway Avenue
Elizabeth, New Jersey 07202
Phone: 908-527-4500
Fax: 908-289-1267
ucpo@ucnj.org

 

Hunterdon
Anthony P. Kearns
Hunterdon County Prosecutor's Office
65 Park Avenue
P.O. Box 756
Flemington, New Jersey 08822-0756
Phone: 908-788-1129
prosecutor@co.hunterdon.nj.us

 

Warren
Richard T. Burke
413 Second Street
Belvidere, New Jersey 07823
Phone: 908-475-6275

 

 

Mercer
Joseph L. Bocchini Jr
Mercer County Courthouse
209 South Broad Street, 3rd Floor
Trenton, New Jersey 08650
Phone: 609-989-6351
Mailing Address:
P.O. Box 8068
Trenton, New Jersey 08650-0068
 

Reduce Gun Violence: Protect Life

Testimony Submitted for the Record on behalf of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops before the United States Senate Committee on the Judiciary - "Proposals to Reduce Gun Violence: Protecting Our Communities While Respecting the Second Amendment," February 12, 2013

To read full statement, Click here.

TAKE ACTION NOW - USCCB Action Alert to Stop Gun Violence

Patrick Brannigan's Statement in Opposition of Assisted Suicide

Thank you Doctor Conaway and members of the Committee for the opportunity to testify before you in opposition to Assembly Bill 3328 which we think has serious flaws.  Let me focus on just two.

To read full statement, Click here.

 

STATEMENT BY BISHOP SERRATELLI - The Charitable Works of the Church and the Common Good

In 313 A.D, Constantine issued the Edict of Milan, legitimizing Christianity and ordering the restitution of property confiscated from Christians. Yet, long before that historic day, the Church experienced remarkable growth.

To read the full statement Click Here

 

NJ BISHOPS STATEMENT ON POVERTY

The U.S Census Bureau recently confirmed that over 49 million Americans, or 16% of the population, live in poverty. Similarly, the Legal Services of New Jersey Poverty Research Institute has documented the alarming depth and breadth of poverty in New Jersey – a state that is frequently ranked as the second or third richest state in the country. In 2009, over 799,000 New Jersey residents had incomes lower than the official poverty rate - incomes so low that they were unable to make ends meet and required food stamps to survive.

To read the full statement CLICK HERE.

Statement by Bishop Serratelli: A Time for Truth: The Bold Voice of Religion in Public

This past November, the American Atheists organization provoked a debate. But not without merit. As soon as the Christians began their Advent services in church and their Christmas shopping in the malls, some atheists attacked the very fact that Jesus was born. They put up a billboard on the New Jersey side of the Lincoln Tunnel that boldly declared - You know it's a myth. This season, celebrate reason.

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