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Citizen advocacy key to MCC’s 2018 legislative efforts

Citizen advocacy key to MCC’s 2018 legislative efforts

| June 6, 2018 | 0 Comments

The work of state lawmakers may be over following the end of the 2018 legislative session. But the work of citizens concerned about human dignity and the common good must continue, particularly with an eye toward elections this fall, said Jason Adkins, executive director of Minnesota Catholic Conference.

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ACCW Legislative Day headed to State Capitol for first time

ACCW Legislative Day headed to State Capitol for first time

| February 8, 2018 | 1 Comment

Inspired by last year’s Catholics at the Capitol event, the Archdiocesan Council of Catholic Women will take its Feb. 22 Legislative Day to the Minnesota Capitol this year.

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Catholic Advocacy Network district leader reflects on new role

Catholic Advocacy Network district leader reflects on new role

| February 7, 2018 | 1 Comment

Cathy Frazier grew up in a home where religion and politics were discussed around the dinner table, and she and five of her siblings were known to divide into partisan camps. Decades later, she’s decided to delve more deeply into influencing policymaking by volunteering as a district leader with the Catholic Advocacy Network.

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MCC’s 2018 legislative agenda shows relationship between issues

MCC’s 2018 legislative agenda shows relationship between issues

| February 6, 2018 | 1 Comment

Adkins identified two themes — fighting the commodification of the human person and caring for “our common home” — that will shape the crux of the MCC’s work this session.

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School choice legislation fails to pass, but MCC sees ‘marriage-friendly’ welfare win at session’s end

School choice legislation fails to pass, but MCC sees ‘marriage-friendly’ welfare win at session’s end

| May 31, 2017 | 0 Comments

The final omnibus bills demonstrated concessions from both major parties, but they were “geared to reach certain electoral constituencies or serving special interests,” Adkins said, pointing the finger at both sides of the aisle.

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Encouraging new growth in family farming

Encouraging new growth in family farming

| Shawn Peterson | March 22, 2017 | 1 Comment

The decline of small, family farms and rural communities isn’t just a problem for small-town residents or American Gothic enthusiasts. It carries with it consequences for all Minnesotans that we should address.

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Catholics at the Capitol draws 1,000 from across Minnesota

Catholics at the Capitol draws 1,000 from across Minnesota

| March 9, 2017 | 0 Comments

Ione Duff doesn’t consider herself a political person, but a decision she’s made to put her faith into action compelled her to join 1,000 other Catholics from across Minnesota for the first-ever Catholics at the Capitol in St. Paul.

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Bishop Conley: ‘Your state needs your faith and your witness’

Bishop Conley: ‘Your state needs your faith and your witness’

| March 9, 2017 | 0 Comments

“Our faith in the Gospel of Jesus Christ is teeming with political implications, and we cannot live our faith in Jesus Christ as a private affair. We cannot be afraid to challenge our democracy with the truths of the Gospel. In fact, our democracy depends on that challenge,” said Bishop James Conley of Lincoln, Nebraska.

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Solidarity, education draws for Catholics at the Capitol

Solidarity, education draws for Catholics at the Capitol

| February 17, 2017 | 1 Comment

In the past, Lucy Johnson might have waffled about attending the Minnesota Catholic Conference’s Catholics at the Capitol event March 9, but not now.

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‘Catholics at the Capitol’ aims to inspire public policy participation

‘Catholics at the Capitol’ aims to inspire public policy participation

| January 9, 2017 | 8 Comments

“Most Catholics don’t know who their state legislators are, so what we’re really trying to do here is not just to go and tell legislators what the Church thinks about an issue, but really help Catholics — on whatever issue they’re concerned about — be better public servants and faithful citizens,” Adkins said.

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Legislature faces decisions on health care, school choice, family poverty

Legislature faces decisions on health care, school choice, family poverty

| Joe Towalski | January 3, 2017 | 1 Comment

After a contentious U.S. presidential campaign that highlighted the nation’s deep political divisions, the Minnesota Catholic Conference is hoping that state Republicans and Democrats can rise above partisan differences to pass legislation consistent with the conference’s 2017 public policy priorities.

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MCC’s Adkins: With the election over, Catholics need to roll up their sleeves

MCC’s Adkins: With the election over, Catholics need to roll up their sleeves

| November 9, 2016 | 2 Comments

Donald Trump’s win of the presidency and the Republicans gaining a majority in Congress stunned the U.S. in a historic Nov. 8 election.

In Minnesota, Republicans grabbed a majority from the Democrats in both the state House and Senate.

None of it alters the mission for Catholics in politics according to Minnesota Catholic Conference Director Jason Adkins. A St. Paul-based organization, the MCC works to further the common good in public policy for Minnesota and beyond.

Adkins took time Nov. 9 to visit with The Catholic Spirit about what the election results mean for Catholics.

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