I. The Nebraska Catholic Conference serves as an accessible channel of information between government and the institutional Church, interacting with all three branches:
- Legislative: NCC monitors the actions of the Nebraska Legislature, commenting, when appropriate, on bills and amendments and advocating positions on various proposals. The Conference is registered as a principal with the Clerk of the Legislature and is represented in that capacity by staff members who are registered lobbyists. The Conference is an information resource for legislative committees, individual legislators, and legislative staff.
- Executive: NCC monitors the administrative activities of the Governor’s office and state agencies, giving special attention to rules, regulations and administrative decisions that impact upon the Conference’s areas of interest and concern.
- Judicial: NCC monitors court rulings and other legal advisories (e.g. Attorney General’s opinions). The Conference may on occasion facilitate intervention in court cases or act as a friend-of-the-court by filing legal briefs on behalf of the positions and constituencies it represents.
II. The Nebraska Catholic Conference informs and advises the dioceses, parishes, other Church organizations and interested individuals concerning the public-policy processes, activities of the political community and the moral and social dimensions and implications of public issues.
III. The Nebraska Catholic Conference promotes public understanding of the Church’s teachings and concerns about morality, justice, health, welfare, education, and human rights.
IV. The Nebraska Catholic Conference is active on public-policy issues at the federal level. NCC often communicates with members of the Nebraska delegation in the U.S. Congress, either on behalf of its own particular interest or as a “grassroots” representative of its national counterpart, the United States Catholic Conference.
V. The Nebraska Catholic Conference also operates the state office of the Bishops’ Pastoral Plan for Pro Life Activities.