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The Catholic Church doesn’t believe in human rights — Huh?

The Catholic Church doesn’t believe in human rights — Huh?

| Jessica Zittlow | October 11, 2011 | 0 Comments

I found the reckless accusation, “The Catholic Church simply doesn’t believe in human rights” wedged between several other statements of supposed “facts” about the Catholic Church in the comment section of a recent online op-ed posting.

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Practicing Christ’s message: Antidote to bullying pandemic

Practicing Christ’s message: Antidote to bullying pandemic

| Peter Noll | September 28, 2011 | 1 Comment

As I have loved you, so you should love one another. This is how I will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another. (John 13:34-35)

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The economy and the justice owed to God

The economy and the justice owed to God

| Jason Adkin | September 15, 2011 | 0 Comments

It has long been a tradition within the church on the anniversary of a noteworthy event or document to reflect on it and view its contents again with hindsight and some historical distance. This is especially true of papal social encyclicals — teaching documents that treat a specific topic or theme and apply ancient wisdom to “the signs of the times.”

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The DREAM Act and the need for moral creativity

The DREAM Act and the need for moral creativity

| Jessica Zittlow | August 31, 2011 | 0 Comments

American immigration reform remains a heated political issue. But it is not just a theoretical political issue; it is a humanitarian one that impacts the basic dignity and life of a person, and at a broader level, the common good. It is foremost a moral issue.

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Stand up for marriage, the center of social life

Stand up for marriage, the center of social life

| Jason Adkins | August 17, 2011 | 3 Comments

In November 2012, Minnesota voters will have a chance to defend marriage as the union of one man and one woman from rogue courts and legislators who believe it is their right to redefine and undermine this vital social institution

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School choice legislation enacted across U.S., but sputters locally

School choice legislation enacted across U.S., but sputters locally

| Peter Noll | August 4, 2011 | 1 Comment

All parents, no matter the size of their pocketbook or where they live, should have the opportunity to send their children to a quality school that best serves their needs.

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Minnesota’s Catholic bishops ask legislature and governor to put the common good first in budget negotiations

Minnesota’s Catholic bishops ask legislature and governor to put the common good first in budget negotiations

| July 14, 2011 | 0 Comments

Minnesota’s Catholic bishops have been watching the State’s budget negotiations unfold with great concern, and hope Gov. Dayton and legislative leaders overcome their differences and achieve a just solution soon.

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State government shutdown: A wake-up call to mend our civic culture

State government shutdown: A wake-up call to mend our civic culture

| Tim Marx | July 7, 2011 | 3 Comments

Now that our elected leaders have collided in a game of “chicken” and significant portions of state government are idled, a pall has been cast over Minnesota.

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The church will not remain silent in public square

The church will not remain silent in public square

| Jason Adkins | June 22, 2011 | 5 Comments

We hear it in various forms. Some complain that the church should not be speaking out on divisive issues, but in­stead should spend its time and resources feeding the poor and spreading God’s love.

Others say the church as a religious organization should have no role in the formation of civil laws. Still others complain that the church should not be weighing in on so many issues where there seems to be legitimate room for disagreement.

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Religious coalition statement: We will not remain silent

Religious coalition statement: We will not remain silent

| June 22, 2011 | 0 Comments

“If the church does not recapture its prophetic zeal, it will become an irrelevant social club without moral or spiritual authority. If the church does not participate actively in the struggle for peace and for economic and racial justice, it will forfeit the loyalty of millions and cause men everywhere to say that it has atrophied its will.” — Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., from A Knock at Midnight, 1963

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Government shutdown could impact Catholic service providers

Government shutdown could impact Catholic service providers

| June 22, 2011 | 3 Comments

Catholic health care facilities and Catholic Charities could be among service providers that would feel the impact of a state government shutdown if Republican legislators and Gov. Mark Dayton fail to solve the state budget impasse by July 1.

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