Rob Hahn’s film about late US Senator Eugene McCarthy’s presidential campaign, which will air for the first time on Twin Cities Public Television Jan. 29 at 11 p.m. The film “Hi, Gene. Meet the Real Senator McCarthy” recounts McCarthy’s 1968 campaign through interviews with McCarthy in the 1990s and people who knew him in the both 1990s and again in more recent interviews. The film also highlights McCarthy’s Catholic faith and how it influenced his political work.
“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.
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.
Father Joseph Johnson made a surprising connection in Rome with Mother Teresa in the 1990s before his ordination.
Mother Teresa inquired about his studies and where he would serve as a priest. Father Johnson, now pastor at Holy Family in St. Louis Park, shared it with her not expecting her to know about Minnesota.
“Her eyes lit up, and she repeated the word ‘Minnesota’ with such love,” Father Johnson said. “I never heard anyone say the name of our state with such love. You could tell that there is a real connection that, in her mind, she was remembering all the times that she had been here visiting the Kumps.”
More than 150 years after Father Louis Hennepin traveled down the Mississippi River and first saw what in 1680 he named St. Anthony Falls — the site of present-day Minneapolis — French missionaries came to Minnesota filled with zeal to bring the faith to native tribes.
Governor said he’s impressed by the learning environment at northside Minneapolis Catholic school.
As Pope Francis says, a good Catholic meddles in politics. We’re called to be good citizens not just of the next life as Catholics, but good citizens of this life. We’re called to try to bring about what’s going to serve the good of the person, the dignity of the person.
The likelihood that Minnesota would receive an influx of Syrian refugees is low, said Catholic Charities experts who work with refugee resettlement, but that shouldn’t diminish Christians’ willingness to help and welcome Syrians, or overshadow the needs of refugees from other countries who arrive in Minnesota.
The new Minnesota Military Families Tribute on the State Capitol Mall in St. Paul will be dedicated Saturday, June 13, during a ceremony that will include Jearlyn Steele and The Steeles as well as other entertainment following the formal program.