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Dangers of surrogacy should prompt preventative action

Dangers of surrogacy should prompt preventative action

| Kathryn Mollen | February 12, 2015 | 0 Comments

In 2014, the Minnesota Catholic Conference worked to successfully stop problematic legislation that would have legitimized commercial surrogacy contracts, which are currently not recognized under Minnesota law. This session, MCC is advocating for legislation that would establish a commission to study the issues and concerns associated with surrogacy arrangements, including how to ensure that we protect vulnerable women and children from potential exploitation and commodification.

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Courage and conviction: Catholic saves 2,500 kids

Courage and conviction: Catholic saves 2,500 kids

| Christina Capecchi | February 12, 2015 | 0 Comments

Irena Sendler was 29 years old when Nazi tanks slithered into Warsaw, casting a shadow of fear over the city and slicing it apart with a walled-off ghetto for the Jewish residents.

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Action Alert: Restore the Vote

Action Alert: Restore the Vote

| Minnesota Catholic Conference | January 29, 2015 | 0 Comments

Urge your state representative to support HF 342.

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Education: a fundamental right

Education: a fundamental right

| Jessica Zittlow | January 29, 2015 | 0 Comments

The education debate often sees public and private education pitted against one another, as if they are competing entities. Yet, both traditional public and private schools share the same fundamental goal: fulfilling the fundamental right of every person to be educated.

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Don’t let Super Bowl Sunday hijack Sabbath celebration

Don’t let Super Bowl Sunday hijack Sabbath celebration

| Robert Brennan | January 29, 2015 | 1 Comment

America’s new high holy day is fast approaching. To add grandeur and importance to this already super-hyped event, the NFL affixes Roman numerals to each of these contests. So as we near Super Bowl XLIX, it might be a good time to look back to see how we got here.

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Living ‘life’ in a throw away culture

Living ‘life’ in a throw away culture

| Shawn Peterson | January 15, 2015 | 0 Comments

Today almost everything is tossed away with little thought and replaced by a new, better “object.” Our attitude is: If something or someone is not perfect or wanted, it has no value and can be discarded.

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An epic love story atop the family tree

An epic love story atop the family tree

| Christina Capecchi | January 15, 2015 | 1 Comment

It had an echo of Nicholas Sparks to it, but it was real life, and the story went viral: An Ohio couple married for 73 years died just 28 hours apart. But the part that wasn’t reported, the part that the Catholic reader might have sniffed out based on the names, the location or the family size, was the Catholic faith that undergirded Helen and Joe’s union.

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Obits shed light on volume, variety and value of life

Obits shed light on volume, variety and value of life

| January 15, 2015 | 0 Comments

Along with missing having known these individuals, I realized I missed the stories they could have told, too, the sorrows and joys they might have shared, the pieces of wisdom their life experiences taught them.

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If you want to be a good person, it matters what you believe

If you want to be a good person, it matters what you believe

| Father Robert Barron | December 17, 2014 | 1 Comment

A team of sociologists, led by Catholic University professor William D’Antonio, published a survey a few years ago that received quite a bit of media attention, for it showed that many Catholics disagree with core doctrines of their Church and yet still consider themselves “good Catholics.”

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Challenges in the face of Obama’s executive action on immigration

Challenges in the face of Obama’s executive action on immigration

| Jason Adkins | December 17, 2014 | 12 Comments

The confusion surrounding the executive action is emblematic of an immigration debate that has been distorted. Avoiding that trap requires more from us as Catholics, including: 1) reading broadly; 2) listening faithfully; and 3) seeking to “encounter” with people affected by our choices, all of whom are made in the image and likeness of God.

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Circumstances of donor and recipient crucial in discerning ethical appropriateness

Circumstances of donor and recipient crucial in discerning ethical appropriateness

| Father Tad Pacholczyk | December 11, 2014 | 0 Comments

Could a transplanted womb from a post-menopausal woman be “triggered” back into action once it had been introduced into the body of a younger woman? Could a transplanted uterus effectively provide nourishment to a growing baby? Are such transplants ultimately ethical?

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Mary’s quiet faithfulness, Joseph’s quiet devotion

Mary’s quiet faithfulness, Joseph’s quiet devotion

| Tony Rossi | December 11, 2014 | 0 Comments

Author and theologian Edward Sri knows we’re all familiar with the Christmas story. But he also thinks we can be so familiar with it that we miss a lot of its important points. That’s why he wrote “The Advent of Christ: Scripture Reflections to Prepare for Christmas.”

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