Courting Catholics: Five out of six ain’t bad

(by Shawn) The other night before going to bed, I did what I usually do: I gave Facebook a quick look to see if anyone had posted anything interesting. What caught my eye that night and compelled me to read further was an article titled, The Uncomfortable Question: Should We Have Six Catholic Justices on […]

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Kids win with school choice in North Carolina

(by Shawn) North Carolina gets it right in the area of school choice, and the kids are the winners. For Cynthia Perry, whose 8-year-old daughter, Amiyah, struggles with reading, the voucher could mean smaller class sizes and more attention. “This would probably be my only shot,” Perry said. “I’m a single parent. With the voucher, […]

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Work is more than profit, a takeaway from Hobby Lobby ruling

(by Kathryn) The Hobby Lobby victory on Monday sent a signal to Americans that the faith they practice in their houses of worship is protected in the businesses that they own and operate. The court rightly pointed out that there is no reason to think that a business’s sole purpose is to seek profits. Rather, […]

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A Victory! Hobby Lobby decision Q&A

(re-posted by Jessica) From our First Freedom Project blog… In a dramatic end to its session, the U.S. Supreme Court released two decisions this morning, including the highly-awaited Burwell v. Hobby Lobby Stores, Inc., whose oral argument and decision were joined with Sebelius v. Conestoga Wood Specialties. The owners (Evangelical Christians and Mennonites, respectively) of […]

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Religious liberty means ‘freedom to serve’

(posted by Jessica) Jason Adkins’ recent Faith in the Public Square commentary in the Catholic Spirit… From June 21 to July 4, the Catholic Church in the United States will again observe the “Fortnight for Freedom,” dedicated to two weeks of prayer and education related to the importance of preserving religious liberty for all Americans. […]

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‘Surprising allies’ in commercial surrogacy battle

(by Jessica) During this past Legislative Session, MCC received some attention for its coalition of  “unlikely allies” in the fight against commercial surrogacy. Yet, women are not for rent, and children are not for sale is a truth that easily transcends partisan politics. And sometimes focusing on similarities rather than our differences can provide opportunities […]

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Immigration reform and driver’s licenses

(by Jason) Written in response to two questions: 1. Where can one find a bishop’s assessment that condemns the USA immigration laws, as they stand, as immoral?, and 2. Why is it “social justice” to reward people who break the laws of a country by making life easier for them, in a direct affront to the […]

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Anti-bullying measures must focus on the family

(by Elliot) Defending the then un-passed “Safe and Supportive Minnesota Schools Act,” the Star Tribune editorial board cited two justifications: The current state statute against bullying was not strong enough, and new legislation would “set a tone, raise awareness and send an important message that bullying won’t be tolerated.” As well intentioned as this now […]

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Victim of payday lending debt trap speaks out

(by Jessica) Sherry Shannon needed a little extra money to get her car fixed. On Social Security disability, Shannon needed every dollar to pay her rent, utilities, and phone bills — leaving room for little else each month.   When someone suggested she take out a small payday loan to finance her car repairs, she […]

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The Injustices of the Surrogacy Industry

(by Jessica) The end of the 2014 Minnesota legislative session is in sight. And during the course of this session MCC has been earnestly talking with legislators and our Catholic Advocacy Network members about the many social, moral, and bio-ethical concerns associated with commercial surrogacy. Specifically, about the problems with the Commercial Surrogacy bill (SF […]

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