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News Release (USCCB): USCCB Committee Chairs Welcome Congressional Initiatives Responding to Pope Francis’ Call to Care for Creation

WASHINGTON, D.C. (October 1, 2015)—Archbishop Thomas Wenski and Bishop Oscar Cantú welcomed new initiatives in Congress that respond to Pope Francis’ call during his visit to the United States to care for our common home “and to avert the most serious effects of the environmental deterioration caused by human activity.”

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News release: Minnesotans gather to discuss local, national response to Pope Francis ecology encyclical

Faith leaders, others discuss ways to nurture ‘ecological conversion’ in churches, homes, and the broader Minnesota community

St. Paul, Minn. (September 9, 2015)—Today more than 350 Minnesotans, including faith, political, and community leaders, gathered for the event “Natural and Human Ecology: a panel discussion on Laudato Si’” at the University of St. Thomas. The event was developed by the Minnesota Catholic Conference in response to the continued conversation about Pope Francis’s encylical, Laudato Si’, released earlier this summer. Event participants discussed ecology and environmental concerns from a range of perspectives, highlighted the inter-connectedness in matters of social and human concern, and reviewed the U.S. bishops’ support of certain federal policies designed to protect our natural resources environmental legislation.

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Catholic Ecology: Laudato Si’ made real in Minnesota

(By Bill Patenaude, Catholic Ecology website)Laudato si event
September 10, 2015

Bishops, clergy, academics, and community leaders joined more than 350 Minnesotans yesterday for a heartland perspective on the global and personal implications of Pope Francis’s eco-encyclical Laudato Si’. The variety and number of those taking part made the gathering the very sort of community, dialogue-centered event that the Holy Father and the Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace want to see more of.

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News Release: USCCB Comments on Medicare’s Proposed Rule on Advance Care Planning

WASHINGTON, D.C. (September 4, 2015)—The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) submitted comments on September 4 to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services. The comments relate to a Proposed Rule to incorporate end-of-life decision making or “Advance Care Planning” into the Medicare program.

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Catholic Spirit: Power politics vs. faithful citizenship

(by Kathryn Mollen)
August 14, 2015

If a decline in the percentage of people who vote is any indication, people are disheartened with our political system. There seems to be a collective feeling that politics is nothing more than a partisan power struggle that serves special interests instead of the common good. People do not believe that their one voice makes a difference amidst a cacophony of competing voices.

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News Release (USCCB): USCCB Domestic Justice Chairman, President of Catholic Charities USA Urge Fair and Just Minimum Wage in Letter to Congress

WASHINGTON, D.C. (July 29, 2015)—Congress can promote the common good and contribute to a more just society by ensuring the federal minimum wage promotes family formation and stability, said Archbishop Thomas G. Wenski of Miami and Dominican Sister Donna Markham, Ph.D., in a letter to Congress, July 27.

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News Release (USCCB): Cardinal O’Malley: Planned Parenthood’s Work Reflects ‘Throwaway Culture’ Decried by Pope Francis

WASHINGTON, D.C. (July 29, 2015)—Cardinal Seán O’Malley, OFM Cap., archbishop of Boston and chairman of the Committee on Pro-Life Activities of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB), responded, July 29, to recent videos showing leaders from Planned Parenthood discussing the provision of fetal organs, tissues, and body parts from their abortion clinics.

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Catholic Spirit: Read the whole encyclical, not just your favorite part

(by Jason Adkins)
July 15, 2015

Pope Francis’ encyclical “Laudato Si’” is a great gift to the Church and the world, calling everyone to an ecological conversion that embraces an ethic of right relationships with God, our bodies, our neighbors and all of creation. Recognizing, with St. Francis of Assisi, that the sun is a “brother” and the water a “sister” requires first embracing God as father.

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Bishop John Quinn’s response to Supreme Court ruling on marriage

July 1, 2015

To the Faithful of the Diocese of Winona: Commit to Faith in Christ Jesus and Our Daily Relationships

Last week on June 26, 2015 the Supreme Court of the United States of America announced, that same sex marriage is legal in every state. This decision has far reaching consequences for our culture and is very divisive and disappointing. The Church however, will continue to teach and uphold the definition of marriage as the union of one man and one woman for the procreation and raising of children. At the same time, the Church will always welcome and reach out to those who are same sex attracted.

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Bishop Hoeppner’s statement regarding the United States Supreme Court decision Obergefell v. Hodges

On June 26, 2015, the Supreme Court of the United States, by a vote of 5-4, ruled that same-sex marriage is a fundamental human right guaranteed by the United States Constitution and by so ruling, legalized same-sex marriage in every state. This decision is a disappointing and tragic mistake. It is disappointing for all who know that God is the Creator of marriage and has given marriage to us as a sacred union between one man and one woman; it is tragic for it undermines the very foundation of society and its consequences will negatively impact the life of our nation for years to come; it is a mistake for according to both natural law and divine law, marriage is a union between one man and one woman and this decision making human law denies the truth and promotes a lie.

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