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

Children and Families

Whoever does not provide for relatives and especially family members has denied the faith

Family is the critical societal structure. It is where an individual’s values and character are first formed, where children learn about love and happiness, where memories and traditions begin and continue into future generations. It is also where individuals learn to resolve differences, to express their emotions in a healthy way, to recognize unhealthy behavior, to respect others, and to apply virtues. Recognizing the role a committed husband and wife in marriage play in the lives of their family and the community as a whole, MCC supports:

  • Promoting the traditional definition of marriage as the union of one man and one woman.
  • Policies that protect and promote the stability of marriage and the institution of the family.
  • Policies that strengthen the long-standing relationship between the State of Michigan and nonprofit agencies in the provision of child placement services.
  • Amending Michigan’s no-fault divorce laws.
  • Policies that combat human trafficking, domestic violence, and abuse of vulnerable persons.
  • Michigan Celebrates Marriage: Promoting the Family, Strengthening Society

    “It is very important to reaffirm the family, which remains the essential cell of society and the church.” — Pope Francis, 7/28/13

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    News Releases

    1. Michigan Catholic Conference Helps Launch Statewide Campaign to Oppose Abortion-on-Demand Constitutional Proposal (05/24/22)
    2. To Promote Dignity and Work, MCC Encourages Support for Proposed Increase to Michigan Earned Income Tax Credit (01/26/22)
    3. Statement on Proposed Ballot Effort to Enshrine Abortion in Michigan’s Constitution (01/07/22)
    4. After ESA Veto, Gov. Whitmer and Lawmakers Encouraged to Direct Billions in Federal Resources to Students Impacted by Covid (11/08/21)
    5. To Provide Michigan Families with Greater Educational Options, MCC Urges Gov. Whitmer to Sign ESA Legislation (10/27/21)

    Additional Resources

    1. The Word from Lansing Column:
      1. Could Roe Go? What Dobbs Case Could Mean For Abortion In Michigan (12/02/21)
      2. So-Called ‘Equality Act’ Threatens Society and Religious Communities (05/21/21)
      3. Small Steps of Love in the State Budget Process (03/12/21)
      4. Catholic Advocacy in 2021—Be a Light (02/26/21)
      5. Catholics Emboldened to Fight Abuse, Encourage Healing (11/20/20)
    2. Proposal 1—Say No to Recreational Marijuana (Focus Essay, 10/2018)
    3. Transportation, Community, and the Common Good (Focus Essay, 7/2016)
    4. Confronting Violence in Society (Focus Essay, 9/2015)
    5. Statement Regarding Decision Overturning Michigan’s Marriage Amendment (Michigan Bishops, 3/21/14)
    6. Human Trafficking: Modern Day Slavery in Our Midst (Focus Essay, 2/2014)
    7. A Call to Prayer for Life, Marriage, and Religious Liberty (USCCB Prayer Intention, 2013)
    8. USCCB Initiative: For Your Marriage
    9. USCCB Initiative: Por tu Matrimonio
    10. USCCB Initiative: Marriage: Unique for a Reason

    MCC in the News

    1. Faith Leaders Embrace New Mission: 2020 Census (Detroit News, 05/28/20)
    2. Michigan Supreme Court May Settle Issue of Public Aid for Private Schools (Detroit News, 06/25/19)
    3. Organizations Push for Increased Earned Income Tax Credit (Michigan Radio, 06/12/19)
    4. Opinion: Nessel Threatens Religious Freedom (Detroit News, 04/30/19)
    5. Religious Discrimination is Wrong Too (Detroit News, 04/22/19)
    6. Opponents Speak Out Against Mich. Pot Legalization Proposal (Detroit News, 10/24/18)
    7. MCC CEO Long Elected to National Leadership Post (The Michigan Catholic, 09/20/18)
    8. ACLU’s ‘Petty Lawsuit’ Won’t Help Foster Children, Families Tell Court (Catholic News Agency, 03/08/18)
    9. Michigan Lawsuit Could Imperil Religious Adoption Agencies (Catholic News Agency, 09/24/17)
    10. ACLU Sues Michigan on Adoption Legislation (MLive, 09/20/17)


    Michigan Catholic Conference
    (800) 395-5565
    (517) 372-3940
    510 South Capitol Avenue
    Lansing, Michigan 48933
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