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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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Immigration and the Next America

Immigration and the Next America

| Jason Adkins | November 7, 2013 | 0 Comments

The story of America is the story of immigration. That is the message of Los Angeles Archbishop José Gomez’s important and timely book entitled, “Immigration and the Next America” (Our Sunday Visitor). In it, Archbishop Gomez argues that the immigration debate is about much more than immigration.

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Education policy must focus on results versus revenue

Education policy must focus on results versus revenue

| Peter Noll | September 12, 2013 | 0 Comments

The Minnesota Catholic Conference applauds lawmakers’ attempts to close the achievement gap, yet there are pragmatic questions regarding how achievement will be measured, consequences and alternative learning options for students.

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Job creation and the right of economic initiative

Job creation and the right of economic initiative

| Jason Adkins | August 28, 2013 | 0 Comments

The last edition of this column highlighted the main themes of the U.S. bishops’ 2013 Labor Day statement. The bishops are particularly concerned about rising economic inequality and persistent unemployment.

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Bishops’ Labor Day statement notes growing inequality

Bishops’ Labor Day statement notes growing inequality

| Jason Adkins | August 15, 2013 | 0 Comments

It’s necessary for the Church’s pastors to remind again both Catholics and society of what it means to put the person and the family at the center of economic life

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