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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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New same-sex ‘marriage’ legislation imperils religious liberty

New same-sex ‘marriage’ legislation imperils religious liberty

| July 31, 2013 | 6 Comments

The legal landscape has changed. The bottom line is that, on Aug. 1, acting on your belief that marriage is between a man and a woman could get you punished in Minnesota.

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Uniting mercy, justice in immigration reform debate

Uniting mercy, justice in immigration reform debate

| Jessica Zittlow | July 17, 2013 | 0 Comments

Providing a road map to citizenship that is attainable for immigrants without legal status is key.

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Why we need conscience rights in health care

Why we need conscience rights in health care

| Sarah Schaefer | July 2, 2013 | 0 Comments

No health care professional should have to leave her conscience at the door when she goes to work

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Religious liberty:  Protecting conduct rooted in conviction

Religious liberty: Protecting conduct rooted in conviction

| Jason Adkins | June 19, 2013 | 0 Comments

Pope Francis recently said that religious liberty is talked about more than it is proactively protected. And he is right. Religious liberty is increasingly given lip service, but in practice it keeps shrinking.

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Same-sex marriage: Why the French protest and Americans shrug

Same-sex marriage: Why the French protest and Americans shrug

| Jason Adkins | June 6, 2013 | 0 Comments

Minnesota and France redefined marriage in the same week, yet the differences in public reaction to this decision in both places could hardly be starker.

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No compromise between same-sex ‘marriage,’ religious liberty

No compromise between same-sex ‘marriage,’ religious liberty

| Jason Adkins | May 8, 2013 | 1 Comment

The House of Representatives will vote on same-sex marriage legislation on Thursday, May 9.

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