A decision rendered by the Michigan Supreme Court yesterday usurps the legislature’s role in the democratic process, presents constitutional problems for people of faith, and places in jeopardy religious persons and entities who wish to serve others in the public square, Michigan Catholic Conference said in a statement today in response to the ruling made in the Rouch World v. Department of Civil Rights case.
With the official signing of next year's state budget, Michigan Catholic Conference highlighted the inclusion of resources to help the needy and students in nonpublic schools, but also lamented the veto of funding aimed at helping women and their unborn children.
Michigan Catholic Conference has responded to reports that Gov. Whitmer plans to veto more than $20 million to assist pregnant women in need, to promote adoption as an alternative to abortion, and to support pregnancy centers that help women who choose to carry their children to term.
Following the momentous and historic ruling from the Supreme Court in Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization that overturns the 1973 Roe v. Wade decision — which to this day has resulted in the tragic loss of some 63 million unborn children nationally and more than 1.5 million children in Michigan — the eleven Catholic bishops in the state of Michigan have released a joint statement that expresses joy with the Court’s majority opinion while reaffirming the Catholic Church’s compassion and support for mothers in need.
Michigan Catholic Conference (MCC) is urging state authorities and elected officials from both parties to take note of recent violence toward religious communities and pro-life organizations at a time when extremist organizations are promoting violence and riots should the U.S. Supreme Court overturn Roe v. Wade. “The Catholic community in Michigan is calling for peace and civility ahead of and following the Dobbs decision,” said MCC President and CEO Paul A. Long.
The U.S. Supreme Court ruled today in Carson v. Makin that the State of Maine’s refusal to provide funds for students to attend schools that provide religious instruction violates the Constitution. According to the ruling, the state must allow for students to use funds at religious schools because the state provides funds for students to attend private, non-religious schools. Michigan Catholic Conference noted in a statement today that while the opinion requires further examination for any potential impact here, it does bring us closer to the day when families in all 50 states have access to full educational choice.
Michigan Catholic Conference has formally announced it is helping to steer a statewide ballot question committee in opposition to a proposed “anything goes” constitutional amendment that would permit unrestricted abortion throughout pregnancy and prevent parental participation in their children’s lives related to human sexuality. “This is an historic occasion for the pro-life community and indeed all people in Michigan to oppose such an extreme amendment to the state constitution,” said Michigan Catholic Conference President and CEO Paul A. Long. “We are eager to engage with all people of goodwill to clarify how dangerous this proposal is for unborn children, vulnerable women and families.”
Michigan Catholic Conference responded to a lawsuit filed by Gov. Gretchen Whitmer today attempting to overturn longstanding state law that prohibits abortion in Michigan other than to save the life of the mother.
Bishop Emeritus of the Diocese of Grand Rapids Most Rev. Robert J. Rose went home to be with the Lord on Ash Wednesday, March 2. He was 92 years old. Bishop Rose was a dear friend to the MCC, having served the Conference both as a Board member and Chair of the MCC Finance Committee during his time in episcopal office in the Diocese of Gaylord and the Diocese of Grand Rapids. “He was a strong supporter of the work and mission of MCC and was passionate about its advocacy for human life, social justice and the common good,” said Paul A. Long, MCC President and CEO.