Tag: Minnesota Catholic Conference

Hundreds pack hearing on ‘End-of-Life Options Act’

Hundreds pack hearing on ‘End-of-Life Options Act’

| September 13, 2019 | 0 Comments

Imam Asad Zaman expressed several concerns about a bill that would allow health care providers to prescribe lethal drugs to people deemed terminally ill. Among them is the need to maintain — and not undermine — the basic moral norm of defending life, the executive director of the Muslim American Society of Minnesota in St. Paul told a legislative committee Sept. 11.

Continue Reading

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.

Continue Reading

MCC director: Lawmakers rise above divisions in budget compromise

MCC director: Lawmakers rise above divisions in budget compromise

| June 12, 2019 | 0 Comments

Three new sources of state funding will help protect life from conception to age 2 — the first 1,000 days of life.

Continue Reading

MCC director decries lawsuit challenging abortion measures

MCC director decries lawsuit challenging abortion measures

| June 5, 2019 | 0 Comments

A lawsuit challenging health and safety measures related to abortion in Minnesota is an attack on bipartisan legislation that protects and respects life, the executive director of the Minnesota Catholic Conference said.

Continue Reading

MCC document: For Catholics, there’s no divide between human, environment issues

MCC document: For Catholics, there’s no divide between human, environment issues

| April 16, 2019 | 0 Comments

Jason Adkins, MCC executive director, said the document, “Minnesota, Our Common Home,”  challenges the false dichotomy between “life issues” and “social justice issues” when it comes to public policy and personal decision-making, and he expects to compel every Catholic to reconsider his or her policy stances and lifestyle choices.

Continue Reading

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.

Continue Reading

Let’s not miss ‘the opportunity of a generation’

Let’s not miss ‘the opportunity of a generation’

| Christopher Nelson | March 7, 2019 | 0 Comments

On Feb. 19, the Minnesota Catholic Conference gathered hundreds of Catholics at our state’s Capitol to advocate for policies that uphold the values of our shared faith. The energy of the attendees was palpable as they prepared to discuss a wide variety of important topics with their state representatives.

Continue Reading

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.

Continue Reading

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.

Continue Reading

Legislature considers counseling ban that could affect faith-based therapy

Legislature considers counseling ban that could affect faith-based therapy

| Susan Klemond | February 15, 2019 | 0 Comments

The Minnesota Catholic Conference opposes the bill, in part because it could impact settings far beyond professional counseling, said Jason Adkins, MCC executive director.

Continue Reading

Catholics at the Capitol to include speakers Archbishop Chaput, actor Caviezel

Catholics at the Capitol to include speakers Archbishop Chaput, actor Caviezel

| January 4, 2019 | 0 Comments

Advocating for public policy that protects life and human dignity is the mission of the Minnesota Catholic Conference, and that mission will underscore all discussions at the conference’s Catholics at the Capitol event Feb. 19 in St. Paul.

Continue Reading

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.

Continue Reading