Florida Catholic Advocacy Network Updates

State Given Additional Time to Defend Abortion Reflection Period

Last month, a Tallahassee judge allowed Florida officials more time to present their defense of a 2015 law requiring women to wait 24 hours before having abortions. Leon County Circuit Judge Terry Lewis gave the state an additional 60 days to make its case. In February 2017, the Florida Supreme Court approved a temporary injunction against the law, blocking it from taking effect in light of the pending legal challenge in Gainesville Woman Care v. State of Florida.

FCCB Adds Its Support to National School Choice Campaign

The Florida Conference of Catholic Bishops has joined the USCCB Committee on Catholic Education and numerous other entities in support of #EdTaxCredit50, an advocacy campaign proposing the creation and adoption of a national education tax credit program. In such a program, donations made to certain non-profit scholarship organizations would generate federal tax credits for individuals and corporations. This charitable activity would increase K-12 options for low and middle-income families, including the ability to send their children to faith-based and independent schools…

FCCB Welcomes New Outreach Coordinator

We are pleased to announce that Alejandro (Alex) Capote has joined the Florida Conference of Catholic Bishops as outreach coordinator. Alex will focus on furthering the mission of the FCCB by connecting, educating, and mobilizing Florida’s Catholic community on public policy issues pertaining to life, dignity, and the common good. He will serve as a representative of the Florida bishops’ conference at conventions, meetings, and events throughout the state. Alex will assist Michele Taylor, associate director of communications, with coordination and growth of the Florida Catholic Advocacy Network (FLCAN) and the Campus Ministry Liaison Program. Read more.

Parishes or ministries that are interested in hosting a presentation on the mission and work of the Florida Conference of Catholic Bishops and the duty of Catholic faithful to participate in political life, can contact Alex at: acapote@flaccb.org.