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Bishop Walkowiak Opens Senate Session With Prayer

On Tuesday, November 29th, Most Reverend David Walkowiak, Bishop of the Diocese of Grand Rapids, offered the opening invocation to start the day’s session of the Michigan Senate. Bishop Walkowiak was a guest of State Senator Dave Hildenbrand, whose legislative district lies within the Grand Rapids diocese. Bishop Walkowiak was joined during the invocation by Lieutenant Governor Brian Calley, who is also from the Grand Rapids area and is president of the Senate. During his invocation, Bishop Walkowiak stated that “all authentic service on behalf of the common good and the dignity of all is based upon justice, truth, and love.”

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The Word from Lansing Column: Seek Compassionate Care, Not Assisted Suicide

In early November, Colorado voters legalized assisted suicide and joined a handful of states that allow for the practice. While Michigan banned assisted suicide in 1998, conversations about so-called “Death with Dignity” measures remind of the need to remain committed to end-of-life care that is truly compassionate and respectful of the human person. The November column of The Word from Lansing discusses Catholic teaching on assisted suicide, which undermines the medical profession, leaves all vulnerable, and devalues the human person. Read more…

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USCCB President Urges All To Come Together for the Common Good After Election

Archbishop Joseph Kurtz of Louisville, the president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, congratulated President-Elect Donald Trump and others who were elected by the American people in the November 8th General Election. He also called for all to come together and heal divisions, saying that "now is the time to move toward the responsibility of governing for the common good of all citizens." Read more…

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ELECTION 2016: Vote on Tuesday, November 8

On Tuesday, November 8, Michiganders will vote on a number of races and ballot issues. Every candidate chosen on November 8 will make decisions that impact our communities, whether at the local, state, or federal level. Selecting candidates who are concerned with those most in need, the protection of human dignity, and the promotion of the common good should be an important priority. The Candidates, the Issues, and Your Vote provides some helpful questions to reflect upon before voting. View your local ballot…

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.”

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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…

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…

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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…

Michigan Catholic Conference
(800) 395-5565
(517) 372-3940
510 South Capitol Avenue
Lansing, Michigan 48933
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