RSSFaith in the Public Arena

Border children and a consistent ethic of life

Border children and a consistent ethic of life

| Jason Adkins | August 13, 2014 | 0 Comments

The humanitarian crisis on the Mexican border has become a major issue in the public discourse. It has generated a heated political debate that has sometimes obscured the human face of the problem and the actual needs of the unaccompanied minors.

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Environmental debates need prudence, principles

Environmental debates need prudence, principles

| Jason Adkins | July 16, 2014 | 0 Comments

Americans are more conscious than ever of their responsibility to be good stewards of the environment. Years of successful public relations campaigns and the work of tireless activists have ensured that protecting Creation is at the forefront of public discourse.

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Religious liberty means ‘freedom to serve’

Religious liberty means ‘freedom to serve’

| Jason Adkins | June 19, 2014 | 0 Comments

According to a recent Pew Research study, the U.S. level of government restrictions on religion (3.7 on a 10-point scale) is 54 percent higher than the world median (2.4) in 2012, the latest year for which data are available.

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There’s still hope for immigration reform this year

There’s still hope for immigration reform this year

| Jason Adkins | May 8, 2014 | 0 Comments

Though immigration reform has not passed, steps can be taken in the meantime to safeguard the dignity of aspiring citizens.

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Victim of payday lending debt trap speaks out

Victim of payday lending debt trap speaks out

| Jessica Zittlow | April 25, 2014 | 0 Comments

Sherry Shannon needed a little extra money to get her car fixed. On Social Security disability, Shannon needed every dollar to pay her rent, utilities, and phone bills — leaving room for little else each month.

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Overcoming a false understanding of freedom

Overcoming a false understanding of freedom

| Jason Adkins | April 10, 2014 | 0 Comments

As America secularizes, a false understanding of freedom is becoming increasingly pervasive in public life. Two current issues being considered by the Legislature — payday lending reforms and the legalization of a commercial surrogacy business — provide an opportunity to examine the social ramifications of this newfound “freedom.”

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Join MCC in talking with your legislators during the legislative session

Join MCC in talking with your legislators during the legislative session

| March 27, 2014 | 0 Comments

“Say NO to the Commercial Surrogacy Bill, SF 2627/HF 291. The bill has many implications for women and children. It is irresponsible for the Minnesota Legislature to not fully examine the significant concerns surrogacy raises.”

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‘Wombs for rent’ industry now legal in Minnesota?

‘Wombs for rent’ industry now legal in Minnesota?

| Kathryn Mollen | March 27, 2014 | 0 Comments

Without any significant consideration, the Minnesota Legislature is poised to create a commercial surrogacy business that would essentially legitimize the buying and selling of children between two contracting parties.

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The Church and the minimum wage

The Church and the minimum wage

| Jason Adkins | March 13, 2014 | 1 Comment

This session, state legislators are considering raising the minimum wage to $9.50 for large businesses (those businesses with over $500,000 in annual gross revenue), which was a recommendation of the 2010 bi-partisan Legislative Commission to End Poverty.

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Regulating payday loans promotes human flourishing

Regulating payday loans promotes human flourishing

| Kathryn Mollen | February 13, 2014 | 0 Comments

Recently, Pope Francis has denounced usury as contrary to human dignity and a “dramatic social ill” because it takes advantage of another person in desperate financial situations.

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‘Blowing the dynamite’ of the Catholic Church

‘Blowing the dynamite’ of the Catholic Church

| January 16, 2014 | 0 Comments

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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Finishing prison sentence should bring back voting rights

Finishing prison sentence should bring back voting rights

| Jason Adkins | December 18, 2013 | 0 Comments

The Compendium of the Social Doctrine of the Church states that “participation in community life is not only one of the greatest aspirations of the citizen, called to exercise freely and responsibly his civic role with and for others, but is also one of the pillars of all democratic orders and one of the major guarantees of the permanence of democratic life.”

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