Keynote address of Apostolic Nuncio at MCC’s 50th anniversary

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Catholics throughout Missouri flocked to Jefferson City for the 50th Anniversary of the Missouri Catholic Conference (MCC) held on Sat., Oct. 7. Since 1967, the Missouri Catholic Conference, the public policy agency for the Catholic Church in Missouri, has been the voice of Missouri’s Catholic Bishops and Catholic citizens in the halls of the State Capitol. Papal Apostolic Nuncio to the US Archbishop Christophe Pierre was the keynote speaker for this momentous Annual Assembly and offered a special message from Pope Francis in his remarks.

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MO Bishops issue statement on Executive Order on refugees

MO Bishops statement in Spanish.

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The recent executive order to turn away refugees and to narrow or close our nation’s doors to our migrant sisters and brothers who are fleeing hunger, hardships, violence and persecution does not represent the best of our Catholic and American values and ideals. As Catholics, we appreciate the concern shown to Christians, many of whom have been violently targeted because of their faith, murdered, and seen their churches destroyed, but we are disheartened and alarmed by actions that target and profile others because of the color of their skin, the language they speak, the religion they profess and the land they call home.

We understand and strongly support efforts to make our country safe from terrorism and violence. Every country has a right and a duty to protect its citizens and secure its borders. But our safety will not be achieved by isolation. America will be safer by seeking to create a more just and peaceful world. Read more

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For MO bishops, limitless concealed carry is a bad idea

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The Missouri legislature should let stand the governor’s veto of a bill that would allow concealed carry of firearms without a permit or background check, the state’s Catholic bishops have said.

“Catholic Church teaching recognizes the right to self-defense as a way of preserving one’s life and in defense of others in the face of an imminent threat,” the Missouri Catholic Conference said.

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Don’t stop believing: Missouri religious liberty bill beats filibuster

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FILIBUSTER DEFEATED—Missouri State Capitol which houses the legislative and executive branches of the government. A bill in the MO Senate has advanced that protects religious conscience objections. (Photo by Henryk Sadura via www.shutterstock.com)

A constitutional amendment to strengthen religious freedom protections will likely go to voters after the Missouri Senate ended a 39-hour filibuster by the proposal’s foes.

The measure would specially protect churches and other organizations with objections to same-sex marriage. The Missouri Catholic Conference has called it “a good faith effort to protect the dignity of all persons and uphold religious liberty.”

Senate Democrats led a filibuster to block the proposed amendment until Senate Republicans used a procedural move to end the debate March 9. The proposal passed the Senate by a final vote of 23-9 on March 7. Read more

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2016 Public Policy Priorities for the MCC

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In faithfulness to the Good News of Jesus Christ, the Missouri Catholic Conference (MCC) seeks to create a culture that respects the dignity of all human life, especially the most vulnerable among us. Speaking together as the MCC, the Missouri bishops call citizens to a respectful discourse about the challenges facing our state and nation. In 2016, the MCC will support and give special emphasis to the following priorities.

WITNESS TO LIFE—Members of the Springfield Chapter of Missourians for Alternatives to the Death Penalty recently held a peaceful protest against executions in Missouri and remembrance of families of victims. The Death Penalty Information Center’s 2015 Year End Report, released Dec. 16, 2015, demonstrates that by every measure—public opinion, death sentences, and executions—the death penalty declined in 2015 nationwide. However, Missouri had six executions in 2015, one of the highest rates of capital punishment in the nation. (The Mirror)
WITNESS TO LIFE—Members of the Springfield Chapter of Missourians for Alternatives to the Death Penalty recently held a peaceful protest against executions in Missouri and remembrance of families of victims. The Death Penalty Information Center’s 2015 Year End Report, released Dec. 16, 2015, demonstrates that by every measure—public opinion, death sentences, and executions—the death penalty declined in 2015 nationwide. However, Missouri had six executions in 2015, one of the highest rates of capital punishment in the nation. (The Mirror)

Protect human life

The MCC will work for a culture that protects the sanctity and dignity of every human life, from the child in the womb, to the prisoner on death row, to the elderly patient in the nursing home. The MCC will support legislation that studies the cost of the death penalty and seeks to repeal capital punishment, as well as oppose efforts to legalize assisted suicide. The MCC will support legislation to protect women from human trafficking. Finally, the MCC will support all efforts to ensure taxpayer dollars are not used to assist the abortion industry, including defunding Planned Parenthood.

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Missouri bishops on terror in Paris and Syrian refugees

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We, the Catholic bishops of Missouri, write to express our solidarity with all those terrorized by ISIS and other violent extremists who falsely invoke the name of God to justify their bloody attacks on innocent people. Our concern especially goes out to the French people as they cope in the aftermath of the November 13 terrorist attacks and to the many Syrians also terrorized by ISIS who are fleeing their country for the safety of new lands. Read more

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Abortionist for Columbia Planned Parenthood Center​ recruited by MU professor

 

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At a ​recent ​hearing before the Senate Interim Committee on the Sanctity of Life, ​E​mails produced by the University of Missouri pursuant to a Senate subpoena show how actively involved MU staff was in recruiting abortionist Dr. Colleen McNicholas to Columbia to perform abortions.

Those ​E​mails reveal that Kristin Metcalf-Wilson, an Assistant Teaching Professor at MU and a nurse practitioner for Planned Parenthood of Kansas and Mid-Missouri, actively recruited Dr. Colleen McNicholas, and facilitated her efforts to get privileges with University of Missouri Health Care.

According to the ​E​mails, the two ​women ​first met in Orlando, where McNicholas was giving a presentation. Using her University ​E​mail account, Metcalf-Wilson sought out McNicholas at the event, and together they made “a plan” for McNicholas to begin providing abortions in Columbia.

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