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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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State budget solution must not harm poor, vulnerable

State budget solution must not harm poor, vulnerable

| Katie Conlin | June 7, 2011 | 0 Comments

The following is a legislative update provided by the Minnesota Catholic Conference, which advocates on behalf of the state’s bishops for public policies and programs that support the life and dignity of every human person.

Minnesota’s legislative session ended on May 23 without a state budget for fiscal years 2012-2013 that both the Legis­lature and the governor could agree to, which means that a special session will have to be scheduled to create new finance bills.

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Families voice support for parental choice in education bills

Families voice support for parental choice in education bills

| Peter Noll | May 24, 2011 | 1 Comment

Last Monday was the final day of the 2011 regular session of the Minnesota Legislature with lawmakers and the governor at a virtual impasse regarding finance and revenue bills.

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Minnesota Catholic Conference decries the choice of Bradlee Dean to deliver opening prayer in house of representatives

Minnesota Catholic Conference decries the choice of Bradlee Dean to deliver opening prayer in house of representatives

| May 20, 2011 | 2 Comments

The Minnesota Catholic Conference (MCC), the public policy voice of the Catholic Church in Minnesota, today decried the invitation of Bradlee Dean to give the prayer at the opening of today’s House session. “It was wrong to have a person with extremist views, like those attributed to Dean, deliver the prayer in the House,” said Jason Adkins, MCC executive director.

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Budget threatens basic needs of vulnerable and disabled Minnesotans

Budget threatens basic needs of vulnerable and disabled Minnesotans

| May 20, 2011 | 1 Comment

More than 40,000 poor Minnesotans with disabilities and serious illnesses would be at risk of losing some or all of their basic needs assistance under the health and human services state budget passed by the legislature this week.

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Immigration reform must protect families, human dignity

Immigration reform must protect families, human dignity

| Katie Conlin | May 10, 2011 | 0 Comments

The following is a legislative update provided by the Minnesota Catholic Conference, which advocates on behalf of the state’s bishops for public policies and programs that support the life and dignity of every human person.

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Move budget talks from ideology to priorities

Move budget talks from ideology to priorities

| Katie Conlin | April 27, 2011 | 0 Comments

All the discussion around Minne­sota’s $5 billion budget deficit seems to suggest that Minnesotans face an either/or choice of how to understand the budget: “Government and Taxes Are Good” vs. “Government and Taxes Are Bad.”

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