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Catholic Conference Praises Signing of Human Trafficking Bill Package

Michigan Catholic Conference today offered its appreciation for the state’s effort to curb the practice of human trafficking as Governor Rick Snyder signed into law this morning nearly two dozen bills that seek to restrain this modern day form of slavery. The signing of the bills is a culmination of nearly two years of conversation and work that sought to uphold and defend human dignity by creating new protections and services for survivors of human trafficking. “Human trafficking is an affront to the dignity of the human person, and vulnerable women, men and children deserve greater protection from its harm,” said Rebecca Mastee, Michigan Catholic Conference Policy Advocate. An event that witnessed Governor Snyder sign the bills into law took place today in Troy, Michigan at Walsh College with Michigan Catholic Conference staff in attendance. Read more…

Bishop Steven J. Raica Joins MCC Board of Directors

“We are blessed to have Bishop Raica and his many talents, keen insights and invaluable experience join with his brother bishops, religious and lay persons at the MCC Board of Directors,” said MCC President and CEO Paul A. Long. “With deep appreciation for his service both overseas and as a priest in the Diocese of Lansing, Bishop Raica will be instrumental toward helping to guide the work of the Michigan Catholic Conference in its mission to promote sound public policy for the common good of all and to administer benefit programs for the Catholic Church in Michigan. As a longtime friend and collaborator of the MCC, we wish Bishop Raica prayerful best wishes for his Episcopal ministry in the Diocese of Gaylord and look forward to his service to the Church in the Province of Detroit.” Read more…

Cardinal Edmund Szoka, Former Chairman of MCC Board of Directors, Has Died

His Eminence Edmund Cardinal Szoka, former Archbishop of Detroit and Chairman of the Michigan Catholic Conference Board of Directors from 1981–1990, died last night at the age of 86. "We mourn the loss of a dedicated shepherd," said current Detroit Archbishop Allen H. Vigneron, who had served as a priest under Cardinal Szoka in the 1980s. "For sixty years Cardinal Szoka gave himself totally to his priestly service of Christ and his Church. He has gone home to the Heavenly Father with our prayers. May the Lord give him the reward of his labors." Cardinal Szoka oversaw the Vatican City State under both Pope John Paul II and Pope Benedict XVI. He was made President of the Governatorate of Vatican City State in 1997, and president of the Vatican City State in 2001. Funeral arrangements for Cardinal Szoka are still pending. Eternal rest grant unto him, O Lord, and let perpetual light shine upon him. Requiescat in pace. Read more…

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The Word from Lansing Column: Respect Life Month

On Sunday, October 5th, parishes and dioceses began promotion of the annual Respect Life Program, a month long series of events to highlight human dignity issues and to distribute materials developed by the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB). This year’s Respect Life Program specifically emphasizes topics such as advanced directives and end-of-life care, commercial surrogacy, and abortion and its connection to poverty. Through its teaching on these and other life issues, Catholic Church emphasizes the importance of standing up for all life, from conception until natural death. The Word from Lansing column for October delves into the Catholic teaching on human life and its relation to the public realm and the November elections. Read more…

Respect Life Month: October 2014

The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops annually declares the first Sunday in October as Respect Life Sunday. Correspondingly, a Respect Life Program is developed and highlighted in liturgies and marked by special events in parishes and dioceses across the country. The USCCB Secretariat of Pro-Life Activities publishes a program packet each year to call attention to numerous human life issues. These materials may be found especially helpful for priests, parish groups, schools and other organizations. The 2014–15 Program highlights adoption, advance medical directives, poverty and abortion and other important life issues. Read more…

The Word from Lansing Column: Voting—Overcoming Obstacles to Participation and Why It Matters

In August, the State of Michigan held its primary election to determine the candidates that will appear on the November 4th ballot. During this election, only eighteen percent of the registered Michigan voters cast their vote. As elected officials make decisions that impact issues such as human life, poverty, jobs, marriage, and immigration, it is important for Catholics to make sure their voice is heard in the during the political process. This month’s column addresses obstacles to voting and offers some helpful resources for Catholics as they register to vote and choose their candidates and ballot positions. More resources related to the November 4th election will also be available on the Michigan Catholic Conference website starting October 1st. Read more…

Lansing Update

Lansing Update, October 17, 2014

Governor Signs Human Trafficking Bills Into Law; Governor Signs “Right To Try” Legislation; The Word from Lansing Column: Respect Life Month; Reminder: Election Materials Available At MCC Website. Read more…

Lansing Update, October 3, 2014

Michigan Catholic Conference Launches 2014 Election Website; Human Trafficking Bills Close to Governor’s Desk; Michigan House Approves Non-Public School Professional Development Legislation; Bill Addressing Adoption Assistance for Disabilities Passes Legislature; Michigan Likely to Become Fourth State to Enact “Right to Try” Legislation; House Committee Considers Legislation to Create Interagency Council on Homelessness; Michigan Legislature on Fall Break. Read more…

Lansing Update, September 19, 2014

Government Report Highlights Abortion Coverage in Affordable Care Act; Non-Public School Professional Development Bill Passes House Committee; Michigan House Approves Child Support Package With Wide Bipartisan Support; Asset Forfeiture Bill Passes Michigan House; The Word from Lansing Column Addresses Overcoming Obstacles to Voting. Read more…