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Ruling Prioritizes Abortion Business Over Women’s Health

In June Medical Services v. Russo, the U.S. Supreme Court narrowly ruled to strike down a Louisiana law requiring abortion doctors to have hospital admitting privileges. The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) decried the decision and its disregard for the health and safety of women. At the same time, USCCB renewed its commitment to fight for justice for mothers and children. Read more…

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USCCB Issues Statement on George Floyd and the Protests in America

The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) commented yesterday on the death of George Floyd and the protests which have broken out in Minneapolis and in other cities in the United States. In this statement, the USCCB highlights the importance of listening to the experiences of those who have historically been disenfranchised, recognizing and calling out injustice, and taking actions against racism. Read more…

Cover of the February 2020 issue of FOCUS, entitled 2020 Census—Counting Our Communities

Focus: 2020 Census—Counting Our Communities

Every ten years, the United States conducts a nationwide census, or count, of its population. The 2020 Census will begin in mid-March, and all individuals living in the country as of April 1, 2020 are invited to respond by phone, by mail, and for the first time ever, online. This edition of FOCUS addresses the significance of the 2020 Census—including its impact on legislative representation and the distribution of federal funding—and encourages efforts to ensure all Michiganders are counted. Read more…

Front cover of FOCUS essay “Advocacy on Behalf of Those in Need”

Focus: Advocacy on Behalf of Those in Need

MCC’s advocacy agenda places a heavy emphasis on supporting policies that positively impact vulnerable persons and others in need. From protecting the Children’s Clothing Allowance to expanding Medicaid coverage, to weatherization assistance and prioritizing marriage in state assistance programs, MCC is an advocate for the poor and vulnerable. This edition of FOCUS touches on these subjects while highlighting the Michigan Earned Income Tax Credit for low-income workers. Read more…

Front page of MCC's Focus Essay for August 2019: Catholic Charities—Uniting Children with Loving Families

Focus: Catholic Charities—Uniting Children with Loving Families

For decades, Catholic agencies have partnered with the State of Michigan to place children in loving homes. Despite their exemplary work in this area, governments and other hostile organizations have sought to push Catholic adoption and foster care programs—in Michigan and across the country—out of the public realm. MCC’s latest FOCUS publication delves into current religious freedom challenges for these agencies and ways the Catholic Church is responding. Read more…

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Honoring Sr. Mary Maurita Sengelaub, RSM

Upon learning of the death of Sr. Mary Maurita Sengelaub, RSM, a member of the Michigan Catholic Conference Board of Directors from 1977–1983, MCC President and CEO Paul Long offers a brief reflection on her “full life dedicated to the Lord.” Read more…

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MCC Joins Petition Drive to Prohibit Dismemberment Abortion

At a press conference today, Michigan Catholic Conference and other pro-life groups began a signature gathering effort to ban dismemberment abortion in this state. Per the Michigan Constitution, the Michigan Values Life Coalition will now have 180 days to gather the signatures of approximately 340,047 registered voters. In its comments, MCC emphasized the brutal nature of the procedure and encouraged all Michiganders to participate in the initiative, which values life and upholds the dignity of women and the unborn. Read more…

Front cover of FOCUS for May 2019: Clean and Affordable Water for All

Focus: Clean and Affordable Water for All

Water is an essential resource within the Great Lakes State, impacting so many aspects of life: cleaning, growing and cooking food, transportation, entertainment, and especially, nourishment. The latest FOCUS publication, “Clean and Affordable Water for All,” details the importance of water safety, affordability, and accessibility for each Michigander, as well as the Church’s insights from the Gospel teaching to “give drink to the thirsty.” Read more…

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USCCB Supports Freedom to Serve in Child Placement Services

The Catholic Church offers assistance to those most in need, including through foster care and adoption services. On February 1, the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) announced support for the bipartisan “Child Welfare Provider Inclusion Act of 2019” introduced in the U.S. House of Representatives. This legislation would allow faith-based providers to continue serving vulnerable children in accordance with their religious beliefs, without fear of adverse action from the federal or state government. Read more…

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USCCB Recognizes MLK’s Example for Society in Advance of Holiday

On Monday, January 21, Americans will celebrate the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., including his commitment to racial equality and justice. In a statement, the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) highlighted the positive impact of this dedicated civil rights leader, calling him a “messenger and true witness to the power of the gospel lived in action through public life.” The bishops also urged Catholics and people of good will to continue Dr. King’s work, fighting racism in the Church and in society. Read more…

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