Quality of life is not defined in isolation solely by symptoms and pain scales; it is determined in no small measure by the kindness and mercy of those around the person in need. These often emerge at the end of life’s story in ways we never knew before.
More than 1,000 Minnesota Catholics — including 73 from the Diocese of St. Cloud — came to St. Paul March 9 to deliver a heartfelt message to their elected representatives: “Catholic voices count!”
What are the primary responsibilities of lawmakers? And what guiding lights can politicians look toward to know with confidence that they are following a prudent course?
The event is meant to be more than an issue lobbying day, said Jason Adkins, MCC executive director. He hopes participants gain a deeper understanding of how Catholic teaching can shape their approach in the public square.
The election Nov. 8 changed the makeup of the Minnesota Legislature as well as Congress and the White House. Here’s what the impact might be.
Editor’s note: This is the second story in a series on surrogacy, which a Minnesota State Legislature commission is studying as it prepares to make public policy recommendations on the practice. Follow the series at www.stcloudvisitor.org. By Bridget Ryder When California surrogate mother Melissa Cook reached Harold Cassidy on Thanksgiving morning in 2015, he was […]
By Maria Wiering / For The Visitor The establishment of a surrogacy commission, passage of drug sentencing reform legislation and withdrawal of a bill to legalize physician-assisted suicide are among the victories the Minnesota Catholic Conference is celebrating following the end of the Minnesota State Legislature’s 11-week session May 23. “A lot of good things […]
For those without kids in school, it may be difficult to see why expanding parental choice in education is a policy goal deserving of widespread public support. After all, one might ask, “How does it benefit me?” The church’s support for school choice is rooted in the rights of parents to determine the type of […]
When the bishops of Minnesota had breakfast with Gov. Mark Dayton and met with legislators at the State Capitol in mid-March, they weren’t just “keeping up appearances.” Beyond the pleasantries and the occasional photo-op, the day was a powerful encapsulation of the mission of the Minnesota Catholic Conference: to protect human dignity and advance the […]
Family aid, surrogacy and school choice among issues receiving attention during 2016 session By Maria Wiering For The Visitor The Minnesota Legislature reconvenes March 8 for its 2016 session, scheduled to end May 23. For the Minnesota Catholic Conference, the public policy voice of the church in Minnesota, a shorter session than last year’s means […]