Health Care Reform Bill

Bishops seek moral, real national reform

As long-time advocates of health care reform, the U.S. Catholic bishops continue to make the moral case for genuine health care reform that will protect the life, dignity, consciences and health of all, especially the poor and vulnerable. As debate continues in the Senate, the Bishops are keeping a close watch on the issues. Learn more about the health care debate, the latest developments, and what the Church is doing to promote just and moral national health care through the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops.


 
Diocese Reviews Grant Details

Initial check shows awards support Church teachings

On Nov. 12, 2009, the Diocese of Green Bay became aware of concerns involving the Gamaliel Foundation and its state umbrella group called WISDOM. It appears that the groups had been associated with Health Care for American Now (HCAN), which on Nov. 7, 2009, began to advocate for the inclusion of abortion coverage. It is our understanding that, earlier this week, both groups notified HCAN to withdraw their membership. This is of interest to the Diocese of Green Bay because two local groups, JOSHUA and ESTHER, have associations with Gamaliel and WISDOM.
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Pastoral Letter: A New Moment for Catechesis

Bishop Ricken issues his first Pastoral Letter to the Diocese of Green Bay

catholic-catechism-for-adults-20091109GREEN BAY — Bishop David Ricken has written his first pastoral letter to Catholics in the Green Bay Diocese. The pastoral letter, released Nov. 1, focuses on the United States Catholic Catechism for Adults, which was published by the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops in 2006.

Titled "A New Moment for Catechesis in the Diocese of Green Bay," the 3,500-word pastoral letter discusses the adult catechism's use in faith formation and religious instruction in the diocese.
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H1N1/swine flu information
On Oct. 7, 2009, the Diocese of Green Bay distributed to all 158 parishes some additional guidance regarding the Sign of Peace and the Communion Cup during the flu season. At the request of Bishop David Ricken, here are some additional materials to consider:
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Economic downturn

Bishop asks parishes to respond to those in need

bishopBishop David L. Ricken is asking Catholics to help families and individuals who are feeling fearful, uncertain, and anxious because of the economic downturn.

"It is in the face of times like these that the Church, and especially parishes, are called to respond with pastoral care and loving concern in whatever ways that it can," Bishop Ricken said.

To help make this possible, the Diocese of Green Bay has put together a packet of helpful ideas, programs, and resource materials.
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