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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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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…

The Word from Lansing Column: Serving Michigan’s Greatest Gift—Our Children

Whether looking to be reunited with their biological family or looking to be placed with an adoptive family, Michigan’s 13,000 children in the foster care system require care and support during their time of need. Faith-based agencies, including those that are Catholic, have been a critical partner to the State of Michigan in this work, providing adoption and foster care services, recruiting quality families, and ensuring that the best interests of the child are being met. Unfortunately, in other states, Catholic agencies have been forced out of adoption and foster care services because they would not agree to abandon their religious beliefs. MCC’s latest The Word from Lansing column highlights the importance of legislation that would preserve the right of faith-based agencies to operate in accordance with their religious mission. Read more…

Pope Francis: “The Death Penalty is a Failure”

“For a State of Rights, the death penalty is a failure, because it obliges the State to kill in the name of justice”. The Pope wrote this in a letter on Friday, 20 March, to the President of the International Commission against the Death Penalty. The Holy Father underlined that “States can kill by action when they apply the death penalty, when they lead their people to war or when they perform extrajudicial or summary executions”, but “they can also kill by omission, when they do not guarantee their people access to essential means for life.” Legislation was recently introduced in Michigan that would have allowed for the death penalty in certain circumstances, a policy to which Michigan Catholic Conference is strongly opposed. Read more…

Lansing Update

Lansing Update, March 27, 2015

Key Budget Priorities Move Forward to Appropriations Committees; ACTION ALERT! Speak Out for the Protection of Life and Liberty in DC; Michigan State Police Issues School Safety Grants; Several Catholic Schools Among Winners; STEM Diploma Recognition Bills Await Action in Michigan Senate. Read more…

Lansing Update, March 20, 2015

MCC Applauds Passage of Faith-Based Adoption Bills; “Choose Life” License Plates Continue to House Committee After Senate Approval; Watch the Telephone Town Hall on School Choice. Read more…

Lansing Update, March 13, 2015

Action Will Soon Be Needed to Pass Critical Faith-Based Adoption and Foster Care Bills; School Choice Telephone Town Hall to Be Held Next Wednesday; MCC Interview with Michigan Talk Radio Highlights Current Legislative Issues. Read more…