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Focus: Catholic Education: Developing Hearts and Minds of Faith

Catholic schools throughout the country and the State of Michigan are invaluable institutions dedicated to spreading the teachings and mission of the Church. Through Catholic schools, students learn values and are taught virtues that remain with them for the rest of their lives. In 2012–2013, 6,685 Catholic schools across the country educated 2,001,740 children; 19.6% of whom were racial minorities and 15.9% were non-Catholic. Roughly 54,832 students were educated in Michigan Catholic schools. Today, the Church is successfully continuing her historical traditional of cultivating faithful and service-oriented men and women in the classroom. Read more…

Michigan Bishops’ 2011 Statement on Immigration Reform

In June 2011 Michigan Catholic Conference released a statement from the Michigan bishops in support of comprehensive immigration reform. As attention returns to immigration reform in Congress this fall, the bishops’ statement articulates the Church’s teaching in support of human dignity for all persons, recognizes the impact that migrants have made in our nation and especially our state, and calls on policy-makers to promote and give priority to the reunification of families. The statement further calls on Michigan lawmakers to reject any proposed measure that impugns immigrants, especially the undocumented, and encourages Michigan’s congressional delegation to contribute to congressional attempts to fix the nation’s immigration system. Read more…

Federal Judge Schedules 2014 Hearing to Decide Michigan's Marriage Amendment

After much speculation about the fate of Michigan's 2004 constitutional amendment that defines marriage between one man and one woman, Federal District Judge Bernard Friedman has called for expert witnesses to appear before his court on February 25, 2014. The 2004 amendment, which passed a statewide ballot with 60 percent of the vote, is being defended by the state Attorney General's office after a legal challenge was presented last year. Michigan Catholic Conference strongly supports the state's position in defense of the amendment and will continue to promote natural marriage both legally and legislatively. Over the next few months, take a moment to visit the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops' website "For Your Marriage," a tremendous resource that seeks to assist couples and to promote marriage in our society. [Link no longer available —Ed.]

U.S. Bishops Applaud Introduction of Federal "Marriage and Religious Freedom Act"

WASHINGTON—Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone of San Francisco, chairman of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops’ Subcommittee for the Promotion and Defense of Marriage, and Archbishop William Lori of Baltimore, chairman of the Ad Hoc Committee for Religious Liberty, gave their strong support for the Marriage and Religious Freedom Act (H.R. 3133) introduced in the U.S. House of Representatives by Rep. Raúl Labrador.“This non-discrimination bill is significant, indeed, very important,” said Archbishop Cordileone. “It would prevent the federal government from discriminating against religious believers who hold to the principle that marriage is the union of one man and one woman. This is of fundamental importance, as increasingly such individuals and organizations are being targeted for discrimination by state governments – this must not spread to the federal government.” Read more…

USCCB Releases Statement for 50th Anniversary of March for Jobs

The 50th anniversary of the August 28, 1963 March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom calls people to address poverty, racism and class inequality, said the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops' Committee on Cultural Diversity. The committee, which is chaired by Bishop Daniel Flores of Brownsville, Texas, issued its statement August 13, as the nation prepares to commemorate the event at which Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. gave his “I Have a Dream” speech on the National Mall. “We join our voices to those who call for and foster continued dialogue and non-violence among people of different races and cultures, and who work tirelessly for the transformative, constructive actions that are always the fruit of such authentic dialogue,” the bishops said. Read more…

Grassroots Advocates Urged to Contact State Senate in Support of Medicaid Reform

Michigan Catholic Conference (MCC) recently asked for members of the Catholic Advocacy Network to contact their State Senator in support of legislation that will reform Medicaid in Michigan. MCC believes this policy is important as the Church has, for decades, supported access to health care for all. The proposed Medicaid expansion legislation would bring health care coverage to around 450,000 of Michigan’s uninsured, primarily the working poor. Now, a Senate work group has drafted an amended bill that will be addressed by the Senate Government Operations Committee this week. [Link no longer available —Ed.]

HHS Final Rule Still Requires Action in Congress, Courts Says Cardinal Dolan

WASHINGTON—The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services' final rule on its mandate that requires employee health insurance for contraceptives, including abortion-causing drugs, and female sterilization does not appear, on first analysis, to eliminate "the need to continue defending our rights in Congress and the courts," Cardinal Timothy Dolan of New York said July 3. Cardinal Dolan issued the statement after reviewing the ruling HHS made public June 28. Read more…

Focus: Conscience Rights, A Foundation for Democracy

This latest publication of FOCUS identifies individual and institutional conscience protections that are in place at the federal level. The document provides a timeline of when the policies were enacted and what rights they seek to protect. Despite a thirty year history of bipartisan agreement on conscience rights, recent actions from the administration have presented significant concern for religious liberty moving forward. Along with a timeline, the document includes Archbishop Carroll's "prayer for government" and an excerpt from the USCCB document "Our First, Most Cherished Liberty." Read more…

2013 Fortnight for Freedom: June 21–July 4, 2013

The U.S. bishops have called for a Fortnight for Freedom, a two-week period of prayer and action, to address many current challenges to religious liberty, including the August 1, 2013 deadline for religious organizations to comply with the HHS mandate; Supreme Court rulings that could redefine marriage in June, and religious liberty concerns in areas such as immigration and humanitarian services. Read more…

Memorial Day 2013: Prayer of the Archdiocese for the Military Services

Almighty God and Father, look with love upon our men and women in uniform and protect them in their time of need. Give them health and stability and allow them to return to their loved ones whole and unshaken. Be with their families and sustain them in these uncertain times. Grant strength and peace of mind to the Veterans who have given their best for the country they love. Support them in infirmity and in the fragility of old age. Teach us to remember their sacrifices and to express our gratitude. Manifest your tender care to those in the Military Academies who prepare for future service and to those who serve our Nation far from home. Teach us to remember the sacrifices of those whose efforts contribute to ensuring our way of life. Bless and multiply the priests who minister to the faithful of the Archdiocese for the Military Services. Reward their generosity and keep them faithful. Hear us as we present our prayers to You through Christ our Lord. Read more…

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