March 5, 2014
Continued misrepresentations about the Advanced Directives bill from the 83rd Texas Legislature have prompted the Texas bishops to issue a letter correcting the specifics of the reforms and how they comport with Catholic moral teachings. The bi-partisan legislation (H.B. 1444 and S.B. 303) endorsed by the Texas Catholic Conference would have protected the lives of patients, respected the wishes of families, and safeguarded the consciences of medical providers at the end of life. It was a tremendous improvement over existing law, which fails to protect life by allowing unilateral Do Not Attempt Resuscitation orders for patient's without notice, permits withholding of nutrition and hydration to hasten death, and discriminates against the disabled when deciding to end treatment. The reform bill endorsed by the bishops prohibited withholding of food or water, required patients and families be notified of their rights to reject DNARs, and provided a clear, balanced procedure for resolving disputes between doctors and families.
February 28, 2014
Texas' Roman Catholic Bishops issued a statement expressing disappointment at the decision by the Federal District Court in San Antonio to strike down the state’s constitutional ban on same-sex marriage that voters approved in 2005. This is the latest maneuver in an unfortunate campaign to redefine marriage as a legal endorsement of individual lifestyles rather than as a sacred and beneficial social institution between one man and one woman. This campaign totally ignores the rights of children to know their father’s love and their mother’s love.
February 25, 2014
A variety of resources to help Catholics observe Lent, which this year begins on Ash Wednesday, March 5, is being provided by the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB). Bishop Michael Mulvey of Corpus Christi is one of several bishops that will lead a Lenten audio retreat.
November 2, 2013
The Texas Catholic Bishops applauded Thursday’s ruling by a federal appeals court that reinstated a key part of Texas's newest abortion law, considered to be one of the strongest in the country.
June 26, 2013
I join with Cardinal Timothy Dolan, President of the U.S. Catholic Conference of Bishops in calling this morning's Supreme Court decisions on marriage as, "A Tragic day for Marriage and our Nation."