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David Hazen speaks with Archbishop George J. Lucas about the importance of supporting LB295, the Opportunity Scholarships Act, which would create tax credits for donations to nonprofit organizations providing scholarships to private and parochial school students.

Bishop Conley of Lincoln explains the value of Catholic education and gives support for LB295 - Opportunity Scholarships Act.

Bishop Hanefeldt reflects on his time at the Nebraska Legislature and expresses support for LB295 - Opportunity Scholarships Act.

Governor Ricketts proposes a provision in his 2018 budget to block federal Title X funds from going to health clinics that provide abortion services (refer for, counsel or perform abortions).

A Letter to the Editor from Marion Minor, Associate Director for Pro-Life and Family, appeared in the Lincoln Journal Star Opinions page on January 10, 2018.

Tom Venzor's Weekly Column 1.5.18

Choose Life license plates are now available to order.

This year’s Respect Life Program theme, “Be Not Afraid,” was recently announced.

This year’s Respect Life Program theme is “Be Not Afraid.” The Respect Life Program’s purpose is to “help Catholics understand, value, and become engaged with supporting the God-given dignity of every person—which naturally leads to protecting the gift of every person’s life.

This year’s Respect Life Program theme, “Be Not Afraid,” was recently announced.

Every October, the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops’ Secretariat for Pro-Life Activities issues a new theme for the Respect Life Program.

Because of the Respect Life Program’s importance, all my October columns are dedicated to the “Be Not Afraid” theme. This column will discuss the theme in relationship to our duty to protect unborn human life.

United States Department of Education Secretary Betsy DeVos visited Nebraska Sept. 13-14. Secretary DeVos’ visit was part of her “Rethink Schools” tour.

Before I jump into my article, I encourage everybody to attend the annual Bishops’ Pro-Life Banquet and Conference (Sept. 29-30) in Lincoln. You can find more info and register at

I met Jonathan Alexandre last legislative session on a frigid February afternoon. My first impressions of Jonathan: sharply dressed, thoughtful, intelligent.

The Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) was signed into law in December 2015, replacing the No Child Left Behind Act (2002) and serving as the latest iteration of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (1965), which makes federal aid available for the benefit of students in need, whether in public or private school.

The Catholic Bishops of Nebraska support DACA youth. DACA youth have become contributors to our economy, veterans of our military, academic standouts in our universities,and leaders in our parishes. These young people entered the United States as children and know America and our local communities in Nebraska as their only home.

I am thrilled to announce this year’s Bishops’ Pro-Life Banquet and Conference is now open for registration.

LINCOLN, NE (SNR) - The Nebraska Catholic Conference (NCC) hired Marion Miner as the new associate director for pro-life and family, effective Aug. 7.

On the heels of this summer’s Fortnight for Freedom, an Illinois federal court handed down a major victory for religious freedom in America.

Baby Charlie Gard has been in the international media spotlight for several weeks.

With the feast day of Saints Thomas More and John Fischer and the Fortnight for Freedom come and gone, a renewed sense of religious freedom has settled into the hearts of Catholics across the country.

As you’ve likely heard, this week the U.S. Supreme Court issued a major ruling in support of religious freedom.

Friday, 23 June 2017 - Under Nebraska state law, every abortion performed in our state must be reported by the attending abortionist through a reporting form to the Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services (“DHHS”).

The state legislature adjourned their session on May 23. The legislature will not reconvene until early January.

The Nebraska Legislature’s Revenue Committee voted May 18 to advance the Opportunity Scholarship Act (LB295) to General File on a 5-3 vote (see below for information to send a thank you to Senators who supported LB295).

May 23, 2017 (Lincoln, Neb.) – Tom Venzor, Executive Director of the Nebraska Catholic Conference, hosted a press conference to celebrate the historic advancement of the Opportunity Scholarships Act (LB295) from the Revenue Committee.

Thank you, Paul Edwards, for providing clarity on the impact of LB 295. Read about why Opportunity Scholarships will help Catholic schools struggling to survive.

Thank you, Craig Vacek, for explaining why “school choice” benefits all students, whether in public or private schools.

Last year, Patrick Slattery (superintendent of schools for the Archdiocese of Omaha), explained why Opportunity Scholarships are so important. A similar bill (LB 295) has been introduced this year, and Mr. Slattery’s article is still compelling.

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