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Michigan's Bishops Respond to Supreme Court Decision to Redefine Marriage

"Today’s decision from the U.S. Supreme Court to redefine marriage represents a profound legal turning point in the contemporary and cultural understanding of spouses and family. We continue to teach that every human person deserves respect and compassion. The experience of same-sex attraction is a reality that calls for attention, sensitivity and pastoral care. While every person is called to love and deserves to be loved, today’s momentous decision will not change the truth of the Church’s teaching on marriage." Read more…

Governor Snyder Signs Critical Faith-Based Child Placement Bills

Today Governor Rick Snyder signed House Bills 4188–4190 into law to uphold religious liberty rights for faith-based adoption and foster care agencies in Michigan. Michigan Catholic Conference applauds Governor Snyder and the Legislature for their support of these bills, which will maintain the State’s long-standing partnership with faith-based child placement agencies that has been successful in serving Michigan’s vulnerable children. “House Bills 4188–4190 will not only promote a diverse range of child placement providers, they will ensure the state does not discriminate against social service agencies that serve the poor and vulnerable while providing foster care and adoption services to the general public,” said President and CEO Paul Long. Read more…

MCC: House Vote to Eliminate EITC ‘Disappointing’

The Michigan House of Representatives today voted to eliminate the Michigan Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) in an effort to divert some $117 million toward road repair and improvement across the state. The EITC, which qualified recipients can claim on their state return in the amount of six percent of the federal EITC, is an important anti-poverty tool that recognizes the tax burden on low-income workers. “While almost every Michigander recognizes the need to finance road repairs, we are disappointed to see these funds shifted away from the working poor,” said MCC Vice President for Public Policy Tom Hickson. Read more…

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The Word from Lansing Column: Breaking the Cycle of Crime

In May, Governor Rick Snyder presented his special message on criminal justice, calling for improvements to address the issue of crime throughout the state. MCC was pleased to see attention drawn to several aspects, including the treatment of juvenile offenders, the importance of prisoner reintegration, and support for victims. The Catholic Church teaches that the justice system must address the needs of all impacted by crime, including rehabilitating offenders, restoring victims, and keeping the public safe. The Word from Lansing column this month discusses the importance of a criminal justice system that truly meets the needs of those impacted by crime and highlights the role the faith community can play in the process. Read more…

U.S. Bishops’ Conference President Welcomes Pope Francis’ Encyclical Laudato Si

WASHINGTON—Archbishop Joseph E. Kurtz of Louisville, Kentucky, president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB), welcomed the release of Pope Francis’ encyclical on ecology, Laudato Si, June 18. “With an open heart and gratitude I, along with my brother bishops in the United States, welcome Laudato Si’. In this beautiful and extensive treatment on care for our common home, the Holy Father calls all people to consider our deep and intertwined relationships with God, our brothers and sisters, and the gifts that our Creator has provided for our stewardship.” Read more…

VIDEO: Support the Work of Faith-Based Child Placement Agencies

Three bills currently await approval from Michigan lawmakers to protect the religious liberty rights of faith-based child placement agencies. House Bills 4188, 4189, and 4190 allow agencies such as Catholic Charities to operate according to their faith tradition, and they prohibit the state from discriminating against an agency for providing services in accordance with their beliefs. To learn more, watch a brief video from executive directors and staff of three of Michigan's Catholic adoption and foster care agencies — Catholic Charities of Jackson, Lenawee and Hillsdale Counties, St. Vincent Catholic Charities, and Catholic Charities of Shiawassee and Genesee Counties — and see why the work they do is so important in helping Michigan's vulnerable children. Watch video…

Lansing Update

Lansing Update, June 12, 2015

MCC Applauds Signing of Faith-Based Adoption Bills by the Governor; MCC Disappointed in House Passage of Bill Eliminating the State EITC; Senate Passes Bill Prohibiting Religious Censorship in Historical Instruction; Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault Legislation Continues to House. Read more…

Lansing Update, June 5, 2015

MCC Testifies on Behalf of EITC, Action Needed to Protect This Vital Anti-Poverty Tool; Michigan Legislature Approves Final Budget Proposals, Now Await Governor’s Signature; Expanded Shared Time Services Bill Continues to Full Michigan House. Read more…

Lansing Update, May 29, 2015

2015–2016 State Budget Almost Final; MCC Will Testify Against Bill Eliminating Earned Income Tax Credit; The Word from Lansing Column Highlights Foster Care Awareness Month; Spanish Resources Now Available on Michigan Celebrates Marriage Website. Read more…