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Health Care

Health Care

| September 11, 2016 | 0 Comments

The Catholic Church has spoken in favor of health care access for nearly 100 years, first becoming active on the issue as far back as 1919. The social doctrine of the Church considers health care a basic human right, one that is necessary for the proper development of life and important for full human dignity.

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Restorative Justice

Restorative Justice

| September 11, 2016 | 0 Comments

In addressing the criminal justice system, the Church has called for an approach that promotes redemption, restoration, and rehabilitation rather than simply a mechanism of punishment.8 Offenders should be held accountable for their crimes, but also given the opportunity to grow, take responsibility, and demonstrate remorse for what they have done. Greater support needs to be given to programs that prevent crime, engage at-risk youth, and treat substance abuse.

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Immigration

Immigration

| September 11, 2016 | 0 Comments

In his 2014 message for World Day of Migrants and Refugees, Pope Francis offers a reminder that Jesus, Mary and Joseph — the Holy Family — experienced first-hand the life of migrants. Today, many families migrate to the United States to flee religious persecution, economic depression, lack of resources and employment, unstable governments and dire poverty.

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Labor & Economy

Labor & Economy

| September 11, 2016 | 0 Comments

According to the United States Bureau of Labor Statistics, unemployment in the State of Minnesota has continued its gradual decline from 5.1 percent in June 2013 to 4.5 percent in June 2014. Although unemployment has decreased and the economy continues to slowly recover, most of the economic gains have not been distributed across the socioeconomic spectrum.

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Human Life

Human Life

| September 11, 2016 | 1 Comment

Though Minnesota has historically been a leader in enacting pro-life legislation, those efforts have stalled in recent years. Bills that would have banned most abortions after 20 weeks; ended taxpayer funding of abortion; licensed and regulated abortion clinics; and prohibited coverage of abortion in the Minnesota health insurance exchange (MNSure) have either died in our state Senate or been vetoed by the governor.

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Children and Families

Children and Families

| September 11, 2016 | 0 Comments

In May 2013, the Minnesota Legislature redefined the state’s civil marriage laws to include same-sex couples. In many states around the country, federal judges are striking down marriage laws that limit marriage to the union of one man and one woman. Both are troublesome developments that favor altering the purpose and structure of the civil institution of marriage, changing it from an institution that primarily protects a child’s right to be known and cared for by his or her mother or father to one that is instead focused on merely endorsing the romantic inclinations of adults.

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Education

Education

| September 11, 2016 | 0 Comments

Providing a child with a quality education is one of the most important responsibilities of parents. In Catholic teaching, parents are the primary educators of their children. Policies are necessary that give parents the option to choose the educational setting they decide is best for each individual child. School choice programs are exploding around the country, with 18 states and the District of Columbia having enacted programs that give parents more educational options than just public schools. Almost every state in the Midwest is expanding parental choice in education, but Minnesota is lagging behind. The consequences of Minnesota’s failure to create educational opportunity are having enormous consequences on the most vulnerable.

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Agriculture and the Environment

Agriculture and the Environment

| September 11, 2016 | 0 Comments

Americans are more conscious than ever of their responsibility to be good stewards of the environment. Years of successful public awareness campaigns and the work of tireless advocates have ensured that protecting creation is at the forefront of public discourse. Many landmark pieces of legislation have been passed in the last 50 years, including the federal Wilderness Act, the Clean Water Act and the Clean Air Act. Yet, debates continue at the local, national and international levels about how to address environmental challenges such as climate change, the byproducts of hydraulic fracturing, soil and water contamination, air quality and the global competition for scarce natural resources.

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Bury the dead

Bury the dead

| Father Michael Van Sloun | September 7, 2016 | 0 Comments

The seventh corporal work of mercy is to bury the dead. It is different from the other six because it is not given by Jesus with his set of judgment criteria (Mt 25:35-36), but was added later to round out the list to the biblical number of seven. Also, it isn’t directed to the bodily needs of someone who is living, but rather to the body of someone who has died.

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Delano deacon devotes decades to digging graves as he prays for those laid to rest

Delano deacon devotes decades to digging graves as he prays for those laid to rest

| September 7, 2016 | 0 Comments

Deacon Joe Kittok digs holes for a living. He spends an hour and a half several times a week removing about 4 cubic yards of dirt, which he takes to his 35-acre property in Delano and spills onto the ground. He gets $400 per hole, which adds up to a decent living.

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Counsel the doubtful

Counsel the doubtful

| Father Michael Van Sloun | August 3, 2016 | 0 Comments

To counsel the doubtful is a spiritual work of mercy. Doubt is a spiritual burden, and it is an act of mercy to offer counsel and help lighten the load.

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Campus missionary says love can help young people overcome doubt

Campus missionary says love can help young people overcome doubt

| August 3, 2016 | 0 Comments

Part ten in a 14-part series highlighting local Catholics who live out the corporal and spiritual works of mercy.

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