Name
Michigan Catholic Conference
Phone
(800) 395-5565
Fax
(517) 372-3940
Address
510 S. Capitol Ave.
Lansing, MI 48933

Advocacy News

Focus: Promoting a Respect for Life

Creating a society that recognizes the dignity of every person is a task for all people of faith. The Catholic Church and Catholics across Michigan live this teaching in a number of ways, including by providing alternatives to abortion for expectant mothers, post-abortive counseling, and compassionate and life-affirming care at the end of one’s life. Michigan Catholic Conference’s latest FOCUS publication examines these services, highlights legislative successes that protect human life, and offers ways that Michiganders can recognize the dignity of all persons in their own communities. Read more…

Interfaith Religious Freedom Conference Highlights Value of Religious Freedom & Collaborative Efforts

On Tuesday, November 7, Michigan Catholic Conference and the J. Reuben Clark Law Society Detroit Chapter sponsored an Interfaith Religious Freedom Conference, to explore the importance of religious freedom and ways to defend this cherished right. Most Reverend Allen Vigneron, Archbishop of Detroit, and Elder Von Keetch, General Authority and Executive Director of Public Affairs of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, joined with several scholars of religious freedom in addressing the crowd of over three hundred people at SS. Peter and Paul Jesuit Church in Detroit. The event included representatives from almost a dozen faiths. Learn more about the event…

Celebrating Blessed Solanus Casey with Catholics Across Michigan

During a beatification ceremony in Detroit on November 18, Michigan’s own Fr. Solanus Casey O.F.M. will become one step closer to becoming a saint. This Capuchin friar was known for his humility, compassionate counsel, and dedicated service of those most in need in the Detroit area. Fr. Solanus co-founded the city’s Capuchin Soup Kitchen. His beatification ceremony will be held at Ford Field, and he will be only the second American-born male in history to be beatified. Michigan Catholic Conference welcomes this exciting news for the Catholic Church and for the city of Detroit. Read more…

U.S. Bishops Launch 2017–2018 Respect Life Program

Cardinal Timothy Dolan, Archbishop of New York and Chairman of the Committee on Pro-Life Activities for the U.S. bishops, urged Catholics in an October statement to continue building up a culture of life. In the midst of violence and other threats, such as abortion and assisted suicide, reaching out to one another is a critical step in recognizing the inherent worth of all people. In October, the Catholic Church in the United States launches a new year of materials and resources to help promote a respect for life with the theme “Be Not Afraid.” Learn more…

Focus: MCC Promotes the Freedom to Serve

This FOCUS publication examines why protecting the Freedom to Serve in the public realm is important for the common good, and how the people of Michigan—especially the vulnerable and marginalized—rely on the education, health care, and charitable services provided by the Catholic faithful and entities across the state. Parishes, schools, and other Catholic institutions are invited to request copies of this edition from MCC at no cost. Read more…

The Catholic Church Responds to Hurricane Harvey

Hurricane Harvey has caused significant damage on the Texas coastal area. The bishops of the fifteen dioceses in the state are working together to coordinate the Catholic Church’s response to this disaster. Individuals looking to help relief efforts may donate to any Texas Catholic Charities or local St. Vincent de Paul Society, which will be used to assist evacuees and contribute to local needs. Catholic Charities USA is also accepting donations via text (text CCUSADISASTER to 71777) and online that will be directed to the area, and the U.S. bishops are calling for a special collection across the country to help victims on the weekend of September 1–2 or September 8–9. For continued updates on how to help those in need as the storm develops, please visit http://txcatholic.org/harvey/…

MCC Urges Religious Liberty Protections in Letter to Civil Rights Commission

During a recent public comment period in response to a request of the Commission to reinterpret the state’s Elliott-Larsen Civil Rights Act, MCC writes: “A reinterpretation of the state’s Civil Rights law — without religious liberty protections — would set Michigan to an extreme end of state civil rights laws, resulting in prejudice and indeed discrimination against people and institutions of faith.” Read more…

U.S. Bishops Provide Senators With Moral Principles for Health Care Reform

As the U.S. Senate turns its attention to federal health care reform, the U.S. bishops have provided lawmakers with a series of moral principles to consider in their discussions. In a letter sent to all senators on June 1, the U.S. bishops wrote of the Church’s continued commitment to ensuring all have access to medical care and outlined their concerns with the legislation passed by the U.S. House, the American Health Care Act (AHCA). The five principles emphasized by the U.S. bishops for a good reform policy include universal access, respect for life, true affordability, the need for high quality and comprehensive medical care, and conscience protections. Read more…

Focus: Confronting the Opioid Crisis in Michigan

The statistics surrounding opioid abuse are distressing, but even more distressing is the human face of addiction, which includes relatives, neighbors, friends, parishioners, and community members. This issue of FOCUS explores the growing opioid crisis — abuse of prescription drugs and use of heroin — and efforts to address addiction by the Catholic Church and the State of Michigan. Contact MCC to order additional copies of this publication at no cost to the parish, school, or other Catholic entity. Read more…

U.S. Bishops Urge Consideration of Moral Criteria in Congressional Health Care Debate

Lawmakers in Washington, D.C. are discussing possible changes to the federal Affordable Care Act, which could have a significant impact on the U.S. health care system. As health care is a critical issue for the American people and for the Catholic Church, the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) is calling for lawmakers to consider several moral principles in any new proposed measure. In a letter to Congress, the U.S. bishops encourage lawmakers to prioritize federal health care policy that respects life and dignity, honors conscience rights, provides comprehensive and high-quality access for all, and that is truly affordable. Read more…

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Name
Michigan Catholic Conference
Phone
(800) 395-5565
Fax
(517) 372-3940
Email
Address
510 South Capitol Avenue
Lansing, Michigan 48933
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