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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Fruit of the earth and work of human hands

(Jason) From the National Catholic Rural Life Network: In 1989 the Social Affairs Commission of the Ontario Catholic Bishops issued a document about the agricultural community entitled “The People and the Land”. Now, twenty five years later, they take a renewed look at farming issues in their reflection Fruit of the Earth and Work of Human […]

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Marriage: the choice to persevere

(by Mary Jane) Recent headlines on the marriage front are very troubling, to say the least. In Kentucky, for example, U. S. district judge John G. Heyburn II ruled a few weeks ago that his state must recognize same-sex marriages performed in other states, despite Kentucky’s own constitutional ban on such proceedings. If upheld, this […]

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“Missionary discipleship” calls us to conversation

(by Rachel) With so many hot-button issues coming to a head over these past few years, we Catholics have engaged in many challenging conversations. Whether it’s been a conversation with a neighbor about religious freedom or talking about the social consequences of redefining marriage, there have been opportunities for discussion about the whats, whys and […]

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The mother-free money tree

(by Jessica) Earlier this year on The Public Discourse, Alana Newman provided a behind-the-scenes look at a conference in Charleston, South Carolina, on third-party reproduction sponsored by the American Association for Adoption and Reproductive Technologies Attorneys (AAARTA). Until recent years, I had not given much thought to the broader social consequences and numerous issues associated […]

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First they redefined the words “marriage,” “tolerance,” and “hate.” Next up: “rehabilitation”

(by Jessica) From our First Freedom Project blogger, Jeanette: Protests and death threats against their children forced a family bakery on Oregon to close after owner Aaron Klein declined to bake a cake for a same-sex couple last January because of his Christian faith. His refusal to make a wedding cake for the lesbian couple […]

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Keeping the pressure on Congress to pass immigration reform

(by William) The comprehensive immigration reform bill passed in the U.S. Senate last summer should be supported for many reasons: it would grow the economy; it would reduce federal deficits; and it would even help the United States avoid a demographic collapse.              However, the most important reason for Catholics to support reform is that […]

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Advocate for voting restoration as Catholics

(by Jessica) Reprinted  from the The Catholic Spirit: The day Rob Stewart decided to get his life back on track is the day he wound up in jail after police found his girlfriend’s drugs in their shared apartment. Stewart said at other times in his life, the drugs would have been his, but not then. […]

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Pope Francis issues letter to families

Pope Francis recently wrote a letter to every family throughout the world, asking for prayers for the upcoming Synod in October. He begins, “With this letter, I wish, as it were, to come into your homes to speak about an event which will take place at the Vatican this coming October. It is the Extraordinary […]

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Threats to religious liberty remain top concern

(by Jessica) This year is going to be a busy one for religious liberty issues, including two Supreme Court cases concerning the contraception mandate in the Affordable Care Act. While the U.S. bishops and many other faith leaders continue to voice their concerns about emerging threats to religious liberty in the U.S. and abroad, a […]

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