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Seminar speakers: ‘Gender ideology’ spreads false idea of human person, doesn’t belong in Catholic education 

Seminar speakers: ‘Gender ideology’ spreads false idea of human person, doesn’t belong in Catholic education 

| February 24, 2020 | 0 Comments

In a culture where public school policies are increasingly pushing parents out of important conversations about their child’s sexual identity and gender expression, Catholic educators need to take an opposite approach, speakers told two gatherings of pastors, Catholic school leaders and religious education directors Feb. 20-21.  Sponsored by the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis’ […]

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MCC outlines priorities, expectations in legislative session

MCC outlines priorities, expectations in legislative session

| February 19, 2020 | 0 Comments

A divided state government and looming November elections will flavor initiatives and debate in the Minnesota Legislature as lawmakers convene at the State Capitol in St. Paul over the next four months.
A bonding bill is likely to pass; finding compromises and common ground in other areas in an election year will determine how much more gets done, said Jason Adkins, executive director and general counsel of the Minnesota Catholic Conference, the public policy arm of the state’s bishops. 

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Ready to caucus? Catholics, start your engines

Ready to caucus? Catholics, start your engines

| February 11, 2020 | 0 Comments

When her children were young, Jean Stolpestad brought them to caucuses to introduce them to the process — just as her mother did when she was growing up. Her mom was an avid caucus-goer and often exclaimed, “This is how we make change.”

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MCC’s booklets provide Catholic perspective on end-of-life decisions

MCC’s booklets provide Catholic perspective on end-of-life decisions

| October 23, 2019 | 0 Comments

Joe Stanislav, CEO of Our Lady of Peace hospice and home health care in St. Paul, can vouch for the Minnesota Catholic Conference’s primers on health care directives and end-of-life care.

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Public is invited to learn and discuss alongside Minnesota bishops

Public is invited to learn and discuss alongside Minnesota bishops

| August 16, 2019 | 0 Comments

When Tim Carney, commentary editor of the Washington Examiner, traveled the United States, he found areas facing marked declines in marriage, voting, church attendance and volunteer work.

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Promoting the common good is not a spectator sport

Promoting the common good is not a spectator sport

| Shawn Peterson | July 22, 2019 | 0 Comments

After five very blessed years as associate director for public policy with the Minnesota Catholic Conference, I have decided to pursue a new opportunity with Catholic Education Partners, an organization whose mission is to advance public policies that empower families and children to enjoy the benefits of a Catholic education. I firmly believe that giving more children the opportunity to receive a great Catholic education through parental choice is one of the best ways we can spread the Gospel, bring more people to Christ, and build a better and just society.

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Panel to focus on religious freedom issues

Panel to focus on religious freedom issues

| June 19, 2019 | 0 Comments

Theologian William Stevenson believes religious divisions won’t help defend religious freedom in the U.S., where hostility toward religion has been growing.

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School choice advocates drive home arguments

School choice advocates drive home arguments

| March 29, 2019 | 0 Comments

“The Opportunity Scholarship will break down financial barriers for low- and middle-income families, allowing them to select the best schools based on the needs of their sons and daughters,” Gazelka said.

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More than 1,000 Minnesota Catholics bring voices to State Capitol

More than 1,000 Minnesota Catholics bring voices to State Capitol

| Dianne Towalski | February 22, 2019 | 0 Comments

“Be bold, be brave, be Catholic.”

That’s how Gloria Purvis of the Eternal Word Television Network summed up the keynote address by Archbishop Charles Chaput of Philadelphia at Catholics at the Capitol Feb. 19 in St. Paul.

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Legislature considers counseling ban that could affect faith-based therapy options

Legislature considers counseling ban that could affect faith-based therapy options

| Susan Klemond | February 20, 2019 | 0 Comments

While condemning the abuse some have suffered through so-called “conversion therapy,” Catholics and others who testified before a Minnesota legislative committee Feb. 13 said a bill to ban some counseling of children and vulnerable adults on same-sex attraction or gender dysphoria is overly broad and would limit patients’ treatment options. It would also violate First Amendment rights of therapists and other providers, they said.

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MCC stresses state budget as moral document

MCC stresses state budget as moral document

| January 4, 2019 | 0 Comments

A divided state government during the legislative session that began Jan. 8 creates opportunities for moderation and compromise, which is a good place to forge legislation that might be overlooked in a highly partisan environment, said Jason Adkins, executive director and general counsel of the Minnesota Catholic Conference.

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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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