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MCC Applauds Bipartisan Passage of Faith Based Child Placement Legislation

Michigan Catholic Conference released the following comments this afternoon after the Michigan House of Representatives passed legislation with bipartisan support, House Bills 4188–4190, that recognizes diversity in child placement and protects the right of faith-based adoption and foster care agencies to operate according to their religious mission: “We are grateful to the House for passing this legislation and now encourage the Senate to address these important measures soon,” said Tom Hickson, Vice President for Public Policy and Advocacy. “Securing diversity in child placement and protecting religious liberty rights for faith based agencies will move children out of the foster care system.” Read more…

Adoption Legislation Good for Kids, Diversity in Child Placement

Child placement legislation that passed out of the House Families, Children and Seniors Committee this morning is in the best interest of vulnerable children and will help to secure a wide network of faith-based and secular providers in the state, Michigan Catholic Conference stated today regarding House Bills 4188-4190. According to Tom Hickson, Vice President for Public Policy and Advocacy: “This legislation helps to preserve diversity in child placement and ensures children are of first and foremost concern. Solidifying the state’s long-standing relationship with faith-based child placement agencies will result in more providers, which means more placement of foster children into ‘forever families.’ Read more…

MCC Urges House Committee to Support Conscience Rights in Child Placement

Protecting faith-based child placement agencies in Michigan will benefit children, help to ensure diversity in adoption and foster care and solidify the long-standing relationship between these agencies and the state, Michigan Catholic Conference (MCC) testified this morning before the House Families, Children and Seniors Committee in support of House Bills 4188, 4189 and 4190. “Supporting diversity in child placement protects the presence of faith-based entities, which in turns guarantees more placements and moves more children out of the foster care system,” said Tom Hickson, MCC Vice President for Public Policy and Advocacy. Read more…

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Memorial Day 2015

Every day, men and women in the nation’s military put their lives on the line in order to protect America’s freedom. This Memorial Day, Archbishop Timothy Broglio of the Archdiocese of Military Services, USA calls on all to remember those that have sacrificed so much for this country, especially those who have died during the course of their service. In honor of these service men and women, Eternal Word Television Network (EWTN) is televising a Memorial Mass at the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception in Washington, D.C. at noon on May 25th, with a second showing at midnight on the 26th. Find additional prayers for those in the military and for their families and friends…

USCCB Committee on Migration Issues Report on Immigrant Detention, Calls For a ‘Transformation’ of the System

WASHINGTON—The U.S. immigrant detention system, which treats vulnerable immigrant detainees as criminals, needs extensive reforms, said representatives of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) and the Center for Migration Studies, May 11, as they released a report and policy recommendations. They urged Congress and the administration to build a system that affords due process protections, honors human dignity and minimizes the use of detentions. “It is time for our nation to reform this inhumane system, which unnecessarily detains persons, especially vulnerable populations, who are no threat to us and who should be afforded due process and legal protections,” said Bishop Eusebio Elizondo, auxiliary bishop of Seattle and chairman of the USCCB Committee on Migration. Read more…

Faith Leaders Reaffirm Commitment to Marriage and Religious Freedom in Open Letter

Over thirty diverse religious leaders have issued an open letter on marriage and religious liberty, just days before the U.S. Supreme Court will hear oral arguments on the right of states to define marriage as the union of one man and one woman. The letter, “The Defense of marriage and the Right of Religious Freedom: Reaffirming a Shared Witness,” highlights marriage as “integral to a healthy and free society” because it brings children together with their mother and father. Additionally, the letter calls for civility and mutual respect during the discussion to ensure that people of faith will be able express their beliefs and convictions about marriage without fear of intimidation or marginalization. Several Catholic leaders signed onto the letter, including Archbishop Joseph Kurtz of Louisville, President of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops. Read more…

Lansing Update

Lansing Update, May 22, 2015

Watch Memorial Mass This Coming Monday on EWTN; Bill Prohibiting Religious Censorship in Schools Continues to Full Senate; House Committee Considers Bills Addressing Domestic Violence; Testimony Heard on Shared Time Services for Kindergarteners; Governor Issues Special Criminal Justice Message; Federal Human Trafficking Legislation Before President For Final Approval. Read more…

Lansing Update, May 15, 2015

Third Commercial From Michigan Celebrates Marriage Now Available Online; Road Funding Discussions Continue; House Republican Plan Announced; Revenue Estimating Conference Shows Increased Revenues for State; Bill to Stop Expansion of Nude Bars in Michigan Passes Senate Committee; E-Cigarette Legislation Approved by Senate Committee; USCCB Report on Immigrant Detention Calls for Reform; U.S. House Passes Pain Capable Unborn Child Protection Act. Read more…

Lansing Update, May 8, 2015

Michigan Voters Overwhelmingly Reject Road Funding Proposal; Senate Passes State Budget Proposal, Conference Committees on the Horizon; Two Anti-Religious Liberty Measures Become Law in DC. Read more…