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Catholic Spirit: Affordable housing in interest of common good

(by Ben Jones)
February 25, 2015

This year, the Minnesota Catholic Conference has joined other organizations in supporting the Homes for All agenda currently before the Minnesota Legislature.

The Homes for All proposal invests $39 million to address a spectrum of housing needs, such as developing more affordable housing, providing services to prevent homelessness and making available rental assistance to low income families.

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Catholic Spirit: Dangers of surrogacy should prompt preventative action

(by Kathryn Mollen)
February 12, 2015

In 2014, the Minnesota Catholic Conference worked to successfully stop problematic legislation that would have legitimized commercial surrogacy contracts, which are currently not recognized under Minnesota law. This session, MCC is advocating for legislation that would establish a commission to study the issues and concerns associated with surrogacy arrangements, including how to ensure that we protect vulnerable women and children from potential exploitation and commodification.

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News Release (USCCB): USCCB and Other Religious and Pro-Life Organizations Urge Congress to Protect Fundamental Freedoms in the District of Columbia

Recently enacted laws in the city are “unprecedented assaults”
Violate freedoms protected by the First Amendment, federal laws
Prevent religious and pro-life employers from making employment decisions consistent with their mission


WASHINGTON, D.C. (February 6, 2015)—Two recently enacted laws in the District of Columbia are “unprecedented assaults upon our organizations” and “violate the freedom of religion, freedom of speech, and freedom of association protected by the First Amendment and other federal law,” said representatives of a number of national and local organizations, including the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB), in a February 5 letter to Congress.

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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): Cardinal O’Malley and Archbishop Wenski Welcome Supreme Court Decision To Review Protocols for Use of Lethal Injection

WASHINGTON, D.C. (January 27, 2015)—The chairs of the Committee on Domestic Justice and Human Development and Committee on Pro-life Activities welcomed the U.S. Supreme Court’s January 23 announcement that it would review the drug protocols of lethal injection executions in the state of Oklahoma. The court will consider whether the procedures violate the U.S. Constitution’s ban on cruel and unusual punishment.

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News Release (USCCB): Cardinal O’Malley Welcomes House Passage of ‘No Taxpayer Funding for Abortion Act’

USCCB Pro-Life Activities chair says House took ‘decisive step’ toward respect for unborn human life
‘No Taxpayer Funding for Abortion’ policy reflects will of the people, says Cardinal
Disclosure policy lets Americans ‘choose health coverage that reflects their values’

WASHINGTON, D.C. (January 23, 2015)—Cardinal Seán O’Malley, Archbishop of Boston and chairman of the USCCB Committee on Pro-Life Activities, welcomed passage of the “No Taxpayer Funding for Abortion and Abortion Insurance Full Disclosure Act of 2015” (H.R. 7) by the U.S. House of Representatives. “By passing this legislation, the House has taken a decisive step toward respect for unborn human life, reflecting the will of the American people,” he said.

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News Release (USCCB): February 8 is the First International Day of Prayer and Awareness Against Human Trafficking

WASHINGTON, D.C. (January 23, 2015)—The feast day of St. Josephine Bakhita, February 8, has been designated as the first International Day of Prayer and Awareness against Human Trafficking. Last year, the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops’ (USCCB) Committee on Migration designated such date as an annual day of prayer for survivors and victims of human trafficking. Later that year, the Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace and the International Union of Superiors General at the Vatican, announced that the 2015 event will also be observed internationally.

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Catholic Spirit: Living ‘life’ in a throw away culture

(by Shawn Peterson)
January 15, 2015

There is an increase today in the demand for convenience, a growing disdain for anything that causes us any sort of burden or pain. Where once our culture valued and even celebrated someone facing obstacles and admired someone who endured suffering, we now find every means imaginable to avoid these at all costs, even by choosing death that masquerades as “compassion” or “love.”

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Catholic Spirit: Building bridges: Minnesota Catholic Conference expects Church-supported bills to draw support from both sides of the aisle

(by Joe Towalski)
January 14, 2015

With the state House of Representatives switching to Republican control after last fall’s elections and the Senate and governor’s office still in DFL hands, one might expect a fair amount of gridlock during the 2015 legislative session.

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Catholic Spirit: MN bill would help families of babies with chromosomal disorders

(by Jessica Trygstad)
January 14, 2015

As difficult as it was for Kelly and Justin Hodges to learn that their baby would be born with Trisomy 21, the information and support they received upon diagnosis and throughout the pregnancy was crucial. Without it, Kelly says, their family would have been unprepared to deal with the stress of the diagnosis in addition to the birth of their baby.

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