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Letter from Archbishop Nienstedt on Restore the Vote legislation

April 22, 2015

Dear Legislator,

The Minnesota Catholic Conference, of which I am president, has been proud to play a leading role in the Restore the Vote coalition. We believe that giving those who have offended an opportunity to participate in important decisions affecting their community will 1) help renew the lives of those who have offended; 2) reduce recidivism; 3) help foster the political participation of minority communities disproportionately affected by the current criminal justice system; and 4) conserve public resources.

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The Defense of Marriage and the Right of Religious Freedom: Reaffirming a Shared Witness

An Open Letter from Religious Leaders to All in Positions of Public Service            (PDF Version)

Released April 23, 2015

Dear Friends:

At this significant time in our nation’s history with the institution of marriage before the United States Supreme Court, we reaffirm our commitment to promote and defend marriage—the union of one man and one woman. As religious leaders from various faith communities, we acknowledge that marriage is the foundation of the family where children are raised by a mother and a father together. Our commitment to marriage has been expressed on previous occasions, including the Letter of Shared Commitment and Letter on Marriage and Religious Liberty. This commitment is inseparable from affirming the equal dignity of all people and the necessity of protecting their basic rights.

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Testimony from Kathryn Mollen Opposing Private Divorce Program, H.F. 1348

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Testimony for H.F. 1348 
Cooperative Private Divorce Program
April 21, 2015

Madame Chair 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. I am here today to speak in opposition to HF 1348.

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Letter to legislators regarding MinnesotaCare

April 20, 2015 (PDF Version)

Dear Members of the House HHS Finance Committee:

As you craft and vote on your final omnibus proposal for Health and Human Services funding, we understand that you face difficult choices, a scarcity of resources, and the competing needs of so many important programs.  Therefore, the Catholic Health Association of Minnesota and the Minnesota Catholic Conference urge you to consider the following principles that we believe provide the framework for just and effective healthcare policy.

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Testimony of Bishop Andrew Cozzens in support of H.F. 97, provisional driver’s license for immigrants

House Transportation Policy and Finance Committee (PDF Version)
March 25, 2015

Chairman Kelly and Members of the Committee:

Good afternoon.  My name is Bishop Andrew Cozzens and I am an auxiliary bishop of the Archdiocese of Saint Paul Minneapolis and also serve as the Archdiocese’s chief minister to the Latino community.  I am here today speaking on behalf of the Minnesota Catholic Conference, which is the public policy voice of the Catholic Church in Minnesota.  The Minnesota Catholic Conference supports House File 97.

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St. Cloud Times: Bishop Donald J. Kettler – Your Turn: U.S. is no longer welcoming to new ideas, immigrants

(by Most Rev. Donald J. Kettler)
July 26, 2014

Misconceptions in the area of immigration policy, like in other areas of life, often lead to lack of understanding, resentment and unwillingness to compromise. As people of faith, we must open not only our hearts, but our minds to see the whole story.

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Pioneer Press: Bishop Andrew Cozzens – Immigration reform: a human rights test that provides opportunity for American renewal

(by Bishop Andrew H. Cozzens)
July 23, 2014

The Roman Catholic Bishops of Minnesota and around the United States have long been concerned about the nation’s immigration policy. It is inconsistent, ineffective, and does not promote the common good. The current humanitarian crisis of unaccompanied children fleeing from violence to the U.S./Mexican border is a deeply troubling reminder of how serious the situation has become.

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New Ulm Journal: Bishop John M. LeVoir – Plight of immigrants demands a response

(by Bishop John M. LeVoir)
July 20, 2014

Comprehensive immigration reform is a moral imperative, and one which should not be delayed any longer. Our immigration system lacks a solid moral foundation based on human dignity and is taking a deep toll on immigrants, their families, and our communities. It is inconsistent, ineffective, and does not serve the good of all Americans. The current humanitarian crisis of unaccompanied children fleeing from violence in their countries of origin to the U.S./Mexican border is a stark reminder of how serious the situation has become.

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The Bemidji Pioneer: Bishop Michael J. Hoeppner – America must meet this human rights test

(by Bishop Michael J. Hoeppner)
July 19, 2014

Our nation’s immigration system is broken. It is inconsistent, ineffective and does not serve the common good. On this point, people across the political spectrum are in agreement.

The question is, what are we going to do about it, especially as thousands of children are coming across the border into the United States due to the stark violence in their countries of origin?

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Post-Bulletin: Bishop John M. Quinn – Inaction is not the answer for U.S. immigration reform

(by Bishop John M. Quinn)
July 18, 2014

Pope Francis recently said “the measure of the greatness of a society is found in the way it treats those most in need.” Today, undocumented children and families — who are our neighbors, service providers, co-workers and friends — are among those most in need.

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