Name
Michigan Catholic Conference
Phone
(800) 395-5565
Fax
(517) 372-3940
Address
510 S. Capitol Ave.
Lansing, MI 48933

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Lansing Update: November 17, 2017

Lansing Update publishes on Fridays when the Michigan Legislature is in session and chronicles legislative activity of interest to Michigan Catholic Conference. Join the Catholic Advocacy Network to receive Lansing Update in your inbox. This week: Beatification for Detroit's Fr. Solanus Casey Will Take Place 11/18; Governor Signs POST Measures Into Law; The Word from Lansing Column: Promoting a Respect for Life. Read more…

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The Word from Lansing: Promoting a Respect for Life

While society seems to link one’s value to his or her abilities or independence, the Catholic Church recognizes that each person has dignity and welcomes all with warmth, compassion, and assistance. The Word from Lansing column for November highlights a few areas of ministry within the Church that reinforce this idea, including assistance for women with unexpected pregnancies, post-abortive counseling, and life-affirming care for the terminally ill. Read more…

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Lansing Update: November 10, 2017

Lansing Update publishes on Fridays when the Michigan Legislature is in session and chronicles legislative activity of interest to Michigan Catholic Conference. Join the Catholic Advocacy Network to receive Lansing Update in your inbox. This week: Interfaith Conference Highlights Value of Religious Freedom and Collaborative Efforts; New FOCUS Publication: Promoting a Respect for Life; MCC Testifies Against Allowing Concealed Carry in Gun-Free Zones; House of Representatives Votes to Move Sentencing Bill Forward; Employment Security Package Supported by MCC Passes House Unanimously; MCC Presents on Shared Time in House K–12 Appropriations Subcommittee. Read more…

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Focus: Promoting a Respect for Life

Creating a society that recognizes the dignity of every person is a task for all people of faith. The Catholic Church and Catholics across Michigan live this teaching in a number of ways, including by providing alternatives to abortion for expectant mothers, post-abortive counseling, and compassionate and life-affirming care at the end of one’s life. Michigan Catholic Conference’s latest FOCUS publication examines these services, highlights legislative successes that protect human life, and offers ways that Michiganders can recognize the dignity of all persons in their own communities. Read more…

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Interfaith Religious Freedom Conference Highlights Value of Religious Freedom & Collaborative Efforts

On Tuesday, November 7, Michigan Catholic Conference and the J. Reuben Clark Law Society Detroit Chapter sponsored an Interfaith Religious Freedom Conference, to explore the importance of religious freedom and ways to defend this cherished right. Most Reverend Allen Vigneron, Archbishop of Detroit, and Elder Von Keetch, General Authority and Executive Director of Public Affairs of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, joined with several scholars of religious freedom in addressing the crowd of over three hundred people at SS. Peter and Paul Jesuit Church in Detroit. The event included representatives from almost a dozen faiths. Learn more about the event…

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Lansing Update: November 3, 2017

Lansing Update publishes on Fridays when the Michigan Legislature is in session and chronicles legislative activity of interest to Michigan Catholic Conference. Join the Catholic Advocacy Network to receive Lansing Update in your inbox. This week: Safe Delivery Update Becomes Law; Prohibition on Local Excise Taxes for Food Becomes Law; POST Package Continues Forward to Governor's Desk; Michigan Legislature Continues Discussion and Movement on Opioid Measures; Unemployment Insurance Package Clears House Committee, Continues to Full House. Read more…

Celebrating Blessed Solanus Casey with Catholics Across Michigan

Celebrating Blessed Solanus Casey with Catholics Across Michigan

During a beatification ceremony in Detroit on November 18, Michigan’s own Fr. Solanus Casey O.F.M. will become one step closer to becoming a saint. This Capuchin friar was known for his humility, compassionate counsel, and dedicated service of those most in need in the Detroit area. Fr. Solanus co-founded the city’s Capuchin Soup Kitchen. His beatification ceremony will be held at Ford Field, and he will be only the second American-born male in history to be beatified. Michigan Catholic Conference welcomes this exciting news for the Catholic Church and for the city of Detroit. Read more…

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The Word from Lansing: Freedom of Religion and the Value of Interfaith Collaboration

The freedom of religion has long been upheld in America as a right for every person, regardless of their religious beliefs. This month’s The Word from Lansing column focuses on the importance of defending religious freedom for all people, as well as the importance of coming together in interfaith collaboration to address pressing issues in society. Read more…

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Lansing Update: October 20, 2017

Lansing Update publishes on Fridays when the Michigan Legislature is in session and chronicles legislative activity of interest to Michigan Catholic Conference. Join the Catholic Advocacy Network to receive Lansing Update in your inbox. This week: Catholic Church in Michigan Welcomes Settlement to End Five-Year HHS Mandate Fight; ACTION ALERT: Urge Passage of the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act; Safe Delivery Update Moves Forward to Governor's Desk with Wide Legislative Support; State House of Representatives Approves Dual Enrollment Expansion; Catholic Conference Supports Spina Bifida and Perinatal Hospice Legislation; The Word from Lansing Column: Freedom of Religion and the Value of Interfaith Collaboration. Read more…

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News Release: Catholic Church in Michigan Welcomes Settlement Over HHS Mandate Litigation

Five-Year Lawsuit Ends with Religious Liberty Protections Intact

Michigan Catholic Conference (MCC) announced today that a favorable settlement has been reached with the U.S. Department of Justice regarding its lawsuit against the Health and Human Services (HHS) mandate. The lawsuit, originally filed in May 2012, responded to regulations from the Affordable Care Act that required all employers to include coverage for contraceptives, sterilizations, and abortion-inducing drugs in their health benefit plans, including those with religious objections. MCC’s President and CEO, Paul Long, called the settlement a “victory for religious liberty.” Read more…

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Lansing Update: October 13, 2017

Lansing Update publishes on Fridays when the Michigan Legislature is in session and chronicles legislative activity of interest to Michigan Catholic Conference. Join the Catholic Advocacy Network to receive Lansing Update in your inbox. This week: Conversation on MI-Post Returns, Moves to Full State Senate; More Opioid Measures Approved in Senate Committee; Michigan Senate Passes Prohibition on Local Food Excise Taxes; U.S. Bishops Call for Congressional Action to Protect Dreamers; USCCB Calls for Renewed Carbon Emissions Solutions. Read more…

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News Release: Michigan Catholic Conference Comments on Revised HHS Mandate

Today the Trump Administration announced broad religious and moral exemptions from the federal HHS mandate, which required health insurance coverage of morally objectionable drugs and devices. Michigan Catholic Conference commented on the decision, saying the mandate has been “divisive and unnecessary” and these revisions should provide greater assistance to religious entities that have been forced to defend their First Amendment rights in federal court. Read more…

Name
Michigan Catholic Conference
Phone
(800) 395-5565
Fax
(517) 372-3940
Email
Address
510 South Capitol Avenue
Lansing, Michigan 48933
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