Minnesota Catholic Conference (MCC) is the public policy voice of the Catholic Church in Minnesota. MCC supports the ministry of our state’s Catholic bishops by:
- Working with political and community leaders to shape legislation that serves human dignity and the common good
- Educating Catholics and the public about the ethical and moral framework that should be applied to public policy choices
- Mobilizing the Catholic community to make its voice heard in the public arena
We exercise the Church’s witness in the public square in the spirit of Benedict XVI’s 2012 reflection on the public role of the Catholic Church in the United States, found here.
The Minnesota bishops themselves constitute the membership of the Conference and are currently served by a staff of six lay people located at the MCC headquarters in St. Paul, Minn., along with three committees comprising lay and religious Catholics representing the six Minnesota dioceses: Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis, Diocese of Crookston, Diocese of Duluth, Diocese of New Ulm, Diocese of St. Cloud and the Diocese of Winona.
The conference of bishops … is a grouping of bishops of a given nation … whereby, according to the norm of law, they jointly exercise certain pastoral functions on behalf of the Christian faithful of their territory in view of promoting that greater good which the Church offers humankind, especially through forms and programs of the apostolate which are fittingly adapted to the circumstances of the time and place. (Codex Iuris Canonici, c. 447)
Our purpose is drawn from the universal law of the Church and parallels the episcopal conferences that are established all over the world, including in many U.S. states, for the same purpose.