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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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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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