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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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New translation is a plus for Catholics

New translation is a plus for Catholics

| James Breig | May 23, 2011 | 0 Comments

Microsoft Vista and “New Coke” have proven that not every change is for the better. Furthermore, when change comes to important elements of life, it is often resisted with the cry of “we never did it that way before.”

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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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Why a new missal?

Why a new missal?

| Father John Paul Erickson | May 11, 2011 | 0 Comments

The Second Vatican Council was one of the singular gifts of God’s grace in the 20th century. In a century of unprecedented bloodshed, genocide, war and ethical upheavals, the Catholic Church boldly proclaimed in the texts of the council truths ever ancient, ever new: the singularity of Jesus Christ and his church; the universal call to holiness; the profound importance of Sacred Scripture in Christian discipleship; and the truth that the liturgy is the source and summit of the Christian life.

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Pro-life is more than just a platform for this year’s Miss America

Pro-life is more than just a platform for this year’s Miss America

| Christina Capecchi | May 11, 2011 | 0 Comments

Being Miss America is a lot of pressure for 18-year-old Teresa Scan­lan.

But then, when her mom was 18, she faced a lot of pressure, too: She was pregnant and unwed.

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Marriage amendment not about ‘fringe’ politics, hate

Marriage amendment not about ‘fringe’ politics, hate

| May 11, 2011 | 1 Comment

The Minnesota Independent noted in a recent article that newspapers throughout the state are coming out against a bill seeking to place a constitutional amendment on the ballot that would define marriage as a union between one man and one woman. No editorial boards, it said, are supportive of the amendment.

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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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Series to explain changes coming with new Roman Missal

Series to explain changes coming with new Roman Missal

| Father John Paul Erickson | April 27, 2011 | 1 Comment

“Lift up your hearts!”

These are pivotal words in the Mass, words spoken by the celebrant to the congregation during what is referred to as the “preface dialogue.”

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Litany of sonnets by street kids

Litany of sonnets by street kids

| Kevin Ryan | April 27, 2011 | 0 Comments

But at Covenant House in New York City, where we have a chapel with a red carpet and tiny altar in our shelter for homeless, trafficked and runaway young people, there is a simple, cloth-bound book the kids write their prayers in. Its contents are worth contemplating.

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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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