Open Enrollment This Year is October 15–31, 2016
Michigan Catholic Conference
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510 S. Capitol Ave.
Lansing, MI 48933

Focus Essay: The Issues, the Candidates and Your Vote: Calling for Dignity in the Public Square

On Tuesday, November 8, Michiganders will vote on candidates and issues at the local, state, and federal level. It is important for Catholics especially to consider the impact of their choices at the ballot box, especially as it pertains to protecting the dignity of human life, providing for the poor and vulnerable, and promoting the common good. In The Issues, the Candidates and Your Vote: Calling for Dignity in the Public Square, MCC provides information about the upcoming election, discusses conscience formation, and lists questions to consider before voting. Read more…

President of U.S. Bishops Conference Urges Respect for Religion

Archbishop Joseph Kurtz, president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, has released a video message encouraging all to take a moment and reflect upon one of the founding principles of our republic: the freedom of religion. Archbishop Kurtz notes recent political comments seeking to interfere with the internal life of the Church for short-term political gain and says “If this is true, it is troubling.” Read more…

Presidential Election 2016

The Word from Lansing Column: Calling for Dignity in the Public Square

Frustrated or tired of the 2016 election? While many Michiganders are, voting and political engagement matter. Through these avenues, individuals can contribute to the creation of a better world, and people of faith have the opportunity to promote the common good at all levels of government and draw attention to the needs of the vulnerable in society. The Word from Lansing for October highlights why Catholics should head to the ballot box with a well-formed conscience on November 8. Read more…

USCCB President Says the Gospel Serves the Common Good, Not Political Agendas

A lack of civility has at times overtaken discussion about real issues in the 2016 election. Recently, reports indicating a desire by some to interfere in the internal life of the Church for political gain, as well as comments demeaning women, have raised further concerns for the American people. In an October 13 statement, the president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, Archbishop Joseph Kurtz of Louisville, emphasized a clear message: “The Gospel serves the common good, not political agendas.” He continues in the message to call on politicians, their staffs, and volunteers to hold themselves to higher standards and to respect the rights of people to live their faith without interference from the state. Read more…

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U.S. Bishops to President and Congress: Reject Biased Religious Liberty Report

Last month, the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights issued a report called Peaceful Coexistence: Reconciling Non-Discrimination Principles With Civil Liberties. Archbishop William E. Lori, Chairman of the USCCB’s Ad Hoc Committee for Religious Liberty, and Bishop Gregory J. Mansour of the Eparchy of Saint Maron of Brooklyn, joined leaders from diverse faiths in writing to President Barack Obama, Senate President Pro Tempore Orrin Hatch, and House Speaker Paul Ryan with concerns that the report stigmatizes religious individuals, communities, and faith-based institutions. Read more…

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News Release: State Funding for Nonpublic Schools Moves Forward

This morning the Michigan Supreme Court denied Governor Rick Snyder’s request for an advisory opinion regarding Section 152b of the State of Michigan’s 2016-2017 education spending budget. Section 152b appropriates $2.5 million to reimburse nonpublic schools for expenses associated with completing health and safety mandates required by the State. Michigan Catholic Conference (MCC) offered the following response: “It is important to note that despite the Court’s denial of the advisory opinion, it did not find the funding unconstitutional as the opponents had argued, meaning the appropriation will continue and nonpublic schools are entitled to funding. Read more…

Moved by Mercy: October Marks Respect Life Month

Each year in October, the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) launches its Respect Life Program, which highlights the value of all human life. Cardinal Dolan, Archbishop of New York and chairman of the USCCB Committee on Pro-Life Activities, announced this year’s theme as Moved by Mercy, saying “everyone should be cherished and protected.” Materials developed for the program address assisted suicide, infertility, post-abortion healing, end-of-life care, attentiveness to God’s creation, and support for birthmothers. Read more…

Advocates of legislation to grant undocumented persons driver’s licenses gather on the steps of the State Capitol Tuesday, September 20, 2016

News Release: MCC Advocates for Immigrant Legislation

Denying an undocumented resident of the state access to a driver’s license not only harms the dignity of that person but also makes life’s daily routines excessively difficult, Michigan Catholic Conference said on Tuesday, September 20th during a press event in Lansing on the steps of the State Capitol. The event included State Representatives Harvey Santana (D-Detroit) and Stephanie Chang (D-Detroit), MCC and several organizations that support policies that improve the lives of immigrants. Read more…

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The Word from Lansing Column: Opportunities for Work and its Impact on Society

The celebration of Labor Day at the beginning of this month brought attention to the dignity and sense of identity that work brings to individuals. At the same time, the day also highlighted the real economic struggles individuals and families are experiencing. The Word from Lansing for September examines the current status of employment in Michigan, the impact of work on the life of the family, and the efforts that are needed to build a more just economy. Read more…

News Release: MCC Responds to State Board of Education Vote

Earlier this year, the State Board of Education developed voluntary guidelines regarding learning environments for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and questioning (LGBTQ) students. Michigan Catholic Conference submitted public comments to the Board’s initial draft in May. On Wednesday, September 14, the Board of Education approved a final version of its document by a 6-2 vote. MCC has issued a statement after the vote opposing the guidance. Read more…

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USCCB Urges Amicable Resolution in Little Sisters of the Poor HHS Case

On September 9, 2016, the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops submitted comments to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services objecting to mandated coverage of abortifacients, contraceptives and sterilizations in employer health plans. The comments responded to a request from the Department about how best to accommodate those organizations with religious objections to the coverage while still allowing those with no religious objections to obtain it. Read more…

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U.S. Bishops Issue Annual Labor Day Statement

In honor of the celebration of Labor Day, the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops have released a statement recognizing the dignity of work and highlighting the connection between current economic pressures and stresses on the family. The statement from Archbishop Thomas Wenski of Miami, chairman of the Committee on Domestic Justice and Human Development, provides a message of hope and solidarity from the Catholic Church for those experiencing isolation in today’s economy. Read more…

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