How does mercy apply to public policy in the Year of Mercy?

By Maria Wiering For The Visitor As the public policy voice of the state’s Catholic bishops, the Minnesota Catholic Conference is also working on broader issues — including how, in the Year of Mercy, to apply mercy to public policy. When speaking about mercy, Jason Adkins, MCC executive director, is quick to distinguish between “true…

State Catholic conference identifies legislative priorities

Family aid, surrogacy and school choice among issues receiving attention during 2016 session By Maria Wiering For The Visitor The Minnesota Legislature reconvenes March 8 for its 2016 session, scheduled to end May 23. For the Minnesota Catholic Conference, the public policy voice of the church in Minnesota, a shorter session than last year’s means…

Politics in the Year of Mercy

The current Year of Mercy proclaimed by Pope Francis is an opportunity to reconsider how the creative force of mercy can be extended to the realm of public policy. Though the aim of law is to establish justice, it can be enriched by a life-giving mercy that seeks to restore and maintain right relationships —…

Read the whole papal encyclical, not just your favorite part

Pope Francis’ encyclical “Laudato Si’” is a great gift to the church and the world, calling everyone to an ecological conversion that embraces an ethic of right relationships — with God, our bodies, our neighbors and all of creation. Recognizing, with St. Francis of Assisi, that the sun is a “brother” and the water “a…

MCC ‘very proud’ of passage of prenatal diagnosis bill

Other legislation supported by Minnesota Catholic Conference didn’t fare as well during 2015 state legislative session The Visitor Thanks to the work of the Minnesota Catholic Conference and a coalition of disability advocacy groups, expectant parents whose babies are diagnosed with certain prenatal conditions will receive accurate and supportive information from local and national organizations….

Ongoing education efforts needed

by Joe Towalski In addition to the work it does at the State Capitol, the Minnesota Catholic Conference also is involved in educational efforts to help Catholics and others gain a better understanding of important issues with public policy ramifications. Jason Adkins, MCC executive director, identified three topics that he said need further attention at…

Legislature 2015

Choice in education, surrogacy, voting rights for ex-offenders among issues Minnesota Catholic Conference is focusing on this session By Joe Towalski The Visitor With the state House of Representatives switching to Republican control after last fall’s elections and the Senate and governor’s office still in DFL hands, one might expect a fair amount of gridlock…

Religious liberty means ‘freedom to serve’

June 20, 2014, edition By Jason Adkins From June 21-July 4, 2014, the Catholic Church in the United States will again observe the “Fortnight for Freedom,” which is dedicated to two weeks of prayer and education related to the importance of preserving religious liberty for all Americans. This year’s theme is “Freedom to Serve” and…