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New York Post: A vital win for religious freedom

(by Joseph E. Kurtz, Archbishop of Louisville, President of USCCB)
June 30, 2014

Pope Francis recently emphasized that “religious freedom is not simply freedom of thought or private worship. It is the freedom to live according to ethical principles, both privately and publicly.”

On Monday, the Supreme Court recognized this basic freedom in the Hobby Lobby case, upholding the rights of Americans to live out their faith in daily life, through the closely held businesses they run.

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News Release (USCCB): Bishop in House Committee Testimony: Nation ‘Must Not Turn Our Back’ on Unaccompanied Children Crossing Border

Children are targeted with violence, seek safety
Says root causes of violence and insecurity must be addressed
Urges for bipartisan cooperation

WASHINGTON, D.C. (June 25, 2014)—Bishop Mark J. Seitz of El Paso, Texas, stated in testimony before the House Judiciary Committee, June 25, that the rise of the number of children crossing the U.S.-Mexico border represents a “test of our moral character” of the nation. “We must not fail this test,” he added. “We must not turn our back on them.”

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Written Testimony of Jason Adkins in Support of Immigrant Driver’s Licenses, H.F. 238

H.F. 238 (PDF Version)
May 16, 2014

Good morning. My name is Jason Adkins and I am executive director of the Minnesota Catholic Conference, the public policy voice of the Catholic Church in Minnesota. MCC wishes to express its strong support for HF 348, the Driver’s Licenses for All bill.

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MCC Letter of Support for the Women’s Economic Security Act

HF 2371, HF 2259, HF 2461, SF 2050
April 22, 2014

Dear Legislator: (PDF Version)

The Minnesota Catholic Conference (MCC), the public policy voice of the Catholic Church in Minnesota, wishes to ensure that women have access to a workplace that supports family economic security and motherhood, and this act is an important step towards those goals. We are grateful to those who have moved this legislation forward and would like to offer our support for three provisions of S.F. 2050 in particular, Article 3 section 2, Article 3 section 4, and Article 3 section 6.

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Written Testimony of Ms. Kathryn Mollen, Policy and Outreach Coordinator, on Women’s Economic Security Act

HF 2371, HF 2259, HF 2461
March 20, 2014

Mr. Chairman and Members of the Committee:

My name is Kathryn Mollen, and I am the Policy and Outreach Coordinator for the Minnesota Catholic Conference, the public policy voice of the Catholic Church in Minnesota. MCC wants to ensure that women have access to a workplace that supports family economic security and motherhood, and this act is an important step towards those goals. We are grateful to those who have moved this legislation forward and would like to offer our support for three provisions of the omnibus bill in particular, HF 2371, HF 2259, and HF 2461.

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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…

News Release (USCCB): Citing “great moral urgency,” USCCB President Calls Upon House of Representatives to Pass Immigration Reform Legislation

November 7, 2013—In a November 7 letter addressed to Speaker of the House John Boehner, Cardinal Timothy Dolan of New York, president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, called upon members of the House of Representatives to address immigration reform legislation “as soon as possible, ideally prior to the end of the calendar year.”

In stating the case for action, Cardinal Dolan cited the ongoing suffering of immigrants and their families caused by a broken immigration system.

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An Open Letter to MN Congresspersons: A Christian Call for Immigration Reform

(PDF Version)

We join our voices together as Christian leaders in Minnesota to urge our state’s congressional representatives to work together to pass just and compassionate immigration reform that provides a roadmap to citizenship for undocumented people of good moral character, creates a temporary worker program, promotes family reunification, ensures due process of law for all people, secures our borders, and strengthens our society.

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A Letter from Bishop Michael Hoeppner on the recent marriage law passage in MN

My Dear Christ’s Faithful of the Diocese of Crookston,

Making “same-sex” unions marriage by law is unwise. Discrimination by definition is denying someone something they have a right to and the reasoning that claims it is discrimination not to recognize same-sex love relationships as marriage is false reasoning. It is false because it equates two different types of love relationships. It fails by treating things not equal as equal, by treating things that are different as the same. All people are created equal but treating them as equals does not mean that we treat them as the same. The male and female partners in a marriage relationship bring specific gifts to their union, gifts that only a man and a woman can bring, gifts that make their unique union a conjugal, marriage union.

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Diocese of Duluth Statement on Legislation to Redefine Marriage

“[Jesus] said in reply, ‘Have you not read that from the beginning the Creator “made them male and female” and said, “For this reason a man shall leave his father and mother and be joined to his wife, and the two shall become one flesh”?’” (Matthew 19:4).

The Catholic Church in the Diocese of Duluth will continue to uphold and propose to the world what we know, through sound reason and through divine revelation, to be the authentic nature of marriage: a permanent union between one man and one woman, uniting a mother and a father with any children produced by their union. Legislation that appears poised to become law in Minnesota attempts to revise and redefine this natural institution, an institution written into our nature by our Creator. But no civil government has the authority or competence to redefine marriage. Civil authorities have the obligation to protect and defend true marriage for the sake of justice and the common good.

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