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The Visitor: State’s Catholic bishops highlight policy priorities in meetings with governor, legislators

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Bishop Donald Kettler walks with fellow Minnesota bishops as the visit legislators in St. Paul March 5.

(by Joe Towalski)
March 6, 2015

For Bishop Donald Kettler and the other Catholic bishops of Minnesota, spending a “day on the hill” March 5 with Gov. Mark Dayton and state lawmakers was an important opportunity to talk about the church’s public policy priorities, exchange ideas and look for common ground on key issues.

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News Release (USCCB): Bishop Says National Marriage Week USA, World Marriage Day, Provide Opportunities To Celebrate Marriage and Support Married Couples

National Marriage Week observed February 7-14; World Marriage Day February 8
Opportunities to ‘celebrate the gift and blessing of marriage,’ says Bishop Malone
USCCB providing daily virtual marriage retreat for National Marriage Week

 

WASHINGTON, D.C. (February 4, 2015)—In a letter sent to all U.S. bishops on January 16, Bishop Richard J. Malone of Buffalo, New York, chairman of the Committee on Laity, Marriage, Family Life and Youth of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB), hailed National Marriage Week USA (February 7-14) and World Marriage Day (Sunday, February 8) as opportunities “to celebrate the gift and blessing of marriage and to affirm and support engaged and married couples.”

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News Release (USCCB): Pope Francis Announces 2015 Visit to Philadelphia for World Meeting of Families; USCCB President Says Papal Visit Will Be ‘Joyful Moment’

WASHINGTON, D.C. (November 17, 2014)—The visit of Pope Francis to Philadelphia in September 2015 for the World Meeting of Families will be a “joyful moment,” said Archbishop Joseph E. Kurtz of Louisville, Kentucky, president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops. Pope Francis made his intention to travel to the United States public, November 17, in an address to the Colloquium on the Complementarity of Man and Woman at the Vatican.

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News Release (USCCB): USCCB Chairmen Strongly Endorse the Inclusion Act

Religious liberty is for all Americans, including child welfare providers
Inclusion Act remedies unjust discrimination
Parental choice among adoption agencies needs to be protected

WASHINGTON, D.C. (July 31, 2014)–Three chairmen of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) gave their strong support for the Child Welfare Provider Inclusion Act of 2014, which was introduced on July 30 by Rep. Mike Kelly (R-PA) in the U.S. House of Representatives and Sen. Mike Enzi (R-WY) in the U.S. Senate.

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News Release (USCCB): USCCB Subcommittee Chairman Calls Decisions in Oregon and Pennsylvania Travesties of Justice

Archbishop Cordileone says marriage, democracy, children deserve better

Says state attorneys general were derelict in their duties

Reiterates that authentic marriage is the union of one man and one woman

WASHINGTON, D.C. (May 21, 2014)–Responding to the ruling by the federal court in Oregon striking down the state’s voter-approved marriage amendment and the ruling by the federal court in Pennsylvania striking down portions of that state’s domestic relations code, Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone of San Francisco, chairman of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops’ Subcommittee for the Promotion and Defense of Marriage, said, “We stand in solidarity with the Oregon and Pennsylvania Catholic Conferences and all the people of both states. These court decisions are travesties of justice.”

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Homosexuality and Reparative Therapy (NCBC)

Please go here to read this article from the National Catholic Bioethics Center (NCBC).

Written Testimony of Mr. Jason Adkins, Executive Director on HF 2106

HF 2106
House Tax Committee, February 25, 2014  (PDF version)

Chair Lenczewski and Members of the Committee:

The Minnesota Catholic Conference (MCC), the public policy voice of the Catholic Church in Minnesota, supports conforming Minnesota’s tax law to recent changes in the federal tax code that are designed specifically to eliminate marriage penalties. Read More…

Catholic Spirit: ‘Blowing the dynamite’ of the Catholic Church

(by Jason Adkins)
January 16, 2014

In the 1930s, during a time of economic depression and geopolitical upheaval and uncertainty, Catholic Worker movement co-founder Peter Maurin wrote a collection of “Easy Essays” to help people understand and live Catholic teaching in the social and political sphere.

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News Release: USCCB Chairmen Praise Introduction of the ‘Marriage and Religious Freedom Act’ in the Senate

Non-discrimination Act necessary because of intolerance
Those who affirm that marriage is one man and one woman need protection
House and Senate urged to pass Act

WASHINGTON, D. C. (December 12, 2013) —Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone of San Francisco, chairman of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops’ Subcommittee for the Promotion and Defense of Marriage, and Archbishop William Lori of Baltimore, chairman of the Ad Hoc Committee for Religious Liberty, expressed strong support for the Marriage and Religious Freedom Act (S. 1808) introduced today in the U.S. Senate by Senator Mike Lee. Both archbishops previously endorsed the companion Marriage and Religious Freedom Act introduced by Rep. Raúl Labrador in the U.S. House of Representatives on September 19, 2013.

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News Release (USCCB): USCCB Chairmen Applaud Introduction of the ‘Marriage and Religious Freedom Act’

Non-discrimination Act would protect religious liberties

Those who affirm that marriage is one man and one woman need protection

Chairmen urge support for the Act

WASHINGTON, D.C. (September 20, 2013)—Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone of San Francisco, chairman of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops’ Subcommittee for the Promotion and Defense of Marriage, and Archbishop William Lori of Baltimore, chairman of the Ad Hoc Committee for Religious Liberty, gave their strong support for the Marriage and Religious Freedom Act (H.R. 3133) introduced yesterday in the U.S. House of Representatives by Rep. Raúl Labrador.

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