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In past legislative sessions, my column has maintained a close and keen focus on major legislative proposals the NCC has supported or opposed, such as pro-life, religious liberty, and school choice policies. This year, I hope to provide more commentary on other legislative proposals the NCC is engaging but aren’t our top tier priorities.

Jeremy Ekeler, principal at Cathedral of the Risen Christ School in Lincoln, will join the Nebraska Catholic Conference as its associate director for education policy after he completes the 2019-2020 school year.

Action rooted in prayer is at the core of the Nebraska Catholic Conference’s support of LB814. Introduced by Senator Suzanne Geist of Lincoln (Legislative District 25), LB814 would end the barbaric practice of dismemberment abortion in Nebraska.

...let’s talk about two upcoming events you should put on your calendar and, of course, attend!

Christ, Hope for Humanity. While Christ invites us to suffer with Him and enter into His redemptive work, the burdens and evils of this world were not meant for us to shoulder. From the outset of salvation history, God the Father has promised the Messiah to atone for our sinfulness (see Genesis 3:15).

The political question for DACA youth is whether Congress will have the courage to permanently address their tragic situation by passing something like the DREAM Act, which the U.S Bishops have supported, or whether they will continue to be treated as a political football by a dysfunctional Congress unable to achieve even the slightest degree of immigration reform.

It’s that time of year again where I get to make some “clever” comment about how Advent is not only a time to prepare for the coming of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, but is also a time to prepare for the coming of the Nebraska Legislature!

To be a Christian means to act as a Christian, in imitation of Jesus Christ. Nothing less can be expected.

We think of Kingship restricted to some transcendent religious sphere, which has little to do with the concerns of the world, let alone politics. This could not be further from the truth.

Being a Christian is beautiful for many reasons.

As with every other area of life, good politics is impossible without a proper understanding of the human person.

“An authentic faith…always involves a deep desire to change the world[.]”

“As Catholics, we are called to cherish, defend, and protect those who are most vulnerable, from the beginning of life to its end, and at every point in between.”

While my previous column alluded to the state’s Blaine Amendment, it did not discuss the bigoted history behind the Blaine Amendment. And as the saying goes, “those who do not learn history are doomed to repeat it.”

Espinoza v. Montana Department of Revenue is anticipated to be one for the history books, as it has the potential to have far-reaching implications for nearly 40 states around the country that have Blaine Amendments in their state constitution.

The following are adapted remarks from last week’s Bishops’ Pro-Life Banquet. The banquet featured this year’s Gospel of Life Award bestowed on a person who has demonstrated exemplary efforts within the pro-life movement.

Let us continue praying, fasting, and acting toward the reversal of Roe v. Wade - and to make abortion unthinkable in Nebraska and throughout our country.

As the cultural battle on issues of marriage and human sexuality continues, these cases will not be the last word and the issues presented will soon find their way to the United States Supreme Court.

...the meaning and dignity of work which ought to be at the heart of not only Labor Day but also our daily lives.

Planned Parenthood again tipped its hand in recent weeks to reveal its true character.

Come celebrate 50 years with the Nebraska Catholic Conference.

A religious freedom update.

...religious freedom exists not to provide “special protections” for those who have lost the cultural or legal battles on foundational political issues. Religious freedom is so much more: it is the capacity of every human person to act on the truth as he or she understands it, without undue influence or coercion from the government.

As of May 31, the Nebraska Legislature adjourned sine die (a Latin term meaning without any further day of scheduled business). This marks the completion of the 106th Legislature, First Session.

Lauren provides a beautiful reflection on finding love in the ruins of a broken culture of death and seeing the face of Christ and allowing Him to transform our vision, so that we can assist Him in the work of building a culture of life. - Tom

With the passage of LB209 by the Nebraska Legislature today, the state is now guaranteeing a mother’s right to receive important, life-changing information when prescribed the abortion pill.

As you think about the Legislature winding down, you should consider this as another prime opportunity for grassroots advocacy. For example, reach out to your State Senator ask them how they think this legislative session went. Ask them to provide you a recap and to offer their perspective on what they believed were the highlights and challenges of the session.

Passing legislation like LB670 requires sustained courage, rooted in a strong will-gifts that we know God is willing to bestow upon us, if we but ask for the grace.

LB516 is a critical step forward for Nebraska in combating the modern-day slavery of human trafficking.

LB209 provides for what the introducing Senator, Joni Albrecht, calls a pro-life, pro-information, pro-science, and, yes, a pro-choice policy, as it empowers mothers with the medically accurate information they need to have a second chance at choosing life, if they come to regret their initial decision of abortion.

As we have for over the last 20 years, the Nebraska Catholic Conference voiced its support for the elimination of the death penalty and will continue to engage in public education and lobbying efforts to that end.

LB670 is a policy popularly known as scholarship tax credit legislation.

We ask for your continued prayers as we seek to bear the light of Christ in the public square.

The Nebraska Legislature Revenue Committee advanced LB670, the Opportunity Scholarship Act, from committee by a vote of 5-2-1.

...Our work in building a culture of life must always be met with vigilance. There is no greater cultural and political battle that garners our attention as the fight to protect unborn life.

"We are facing an enormous and dramatic clash between good and evil, death and life, the 'culture of death' and the 'culture of life.' We find ourselves not only 'faced with' but necessarily 'in the midst of' this conflict..."

This legislative session has witnessed an influx of legislative bills seeking to directly attack the life of unborn children, which the NCC has opposed.

...Why Nebraska needs to invest in kids by adopting scholarship tax credit legislation.

This year there has been a marked increase of legislative bills that would seek to redefine the government's conception of human sexuality.

The Nebraska Catholic Conference's annual advocacy day.

Answer the call to defend the dignity of the weakest, most vulnerable, most dependent person in society, the unborn child.

Getting involved makes a difference.

Pending legislation the Nebraska Catholic Conference is following.

Tom reviews the Opportunity Scholarship proposal in the Legislature.

January 18, 2019 - Tom Venzor, Executive Director, writes his weekly column for the Southern Nebraska Register

Abortion Pill Reversal Pill Reversal Informed Consent Bill (LB209)

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