The Jubilee Year of Mercy will conclude on Nov. 20, but the Church’s renewed emphasis on mercy must not.
“If it does come to an end, shame on us!” Bp. Edward Rice of Springfield-Cape Girardeau proclaimed from the ornate dais of the House Chamber in Missouri’s Capitol Oct. 8.
Bishop Rice addressed 400 Catholics from all over the state at the Missouri Catholic Conference’s 2016 Annual Assembly. The assembly’s theme, borrowed from Pope Francis, was: “A little bit of mercy makes the world less cold and more just.” Read more
Jubilee Year of Mercy, Missouri Catholic Conference keynote, Jefferson City, MO, Oct. 8, 2016
“Open unto me the gates of justice.” With that little verse from the Psalms, Pope Francis opened the dedicated Holy Door at St. Peter’s Basilica—in Rome. Traditionally the Holy Door is opened every 25 years.
The fact that the door is closed can be symbolic of the human heart—one perhaps closed off from God’s mercy. And, the fact that the door will be opened can be symbolic of the human heart, a heart open to God’s mercy. Read more
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
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.
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.
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
It’s very important to go to Mass. Only you can bring your unique gift of yourself to the altar.
That is one of the key teachings of the Second Vatican Council that many Catholics seem to have forgotten or perhaps never learned, said Dr. Lawrence Feingold, associate professor of philosophy and theology at Kenrick-Glennon Seminary.
“Christ does not want to be offered alone,” Feingold said Oct. 3 in his keynote address at the Missouri Catholic Conference Annual Assembly in the Missouri State Capitol building.
At a recent hearing before the Senate Interim Committee on the Sanctity of Life, Emails 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 Emails 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 Emails, the two women first met in Orlando, where McNicholas was giving a presentation. Using her University Email account, Metcalf-Wilson sought out McNicholas at the event, and together they made “a plan” for McNicholas to begin providing abortions in Columbia.
Over the past two weeks, The Center for Medical Progress has released undercover videos showing Planned Parenthood personnel apparently discussing the sale of parts of aborted babies for research, and ways the abortion procedure can be altered to preserve specifically requested body parts. Planned Parenthood denounced the videos, which quickly spread through social media, and denied making a profit on the sale of aborted baby parts. In Missouri, Planned Parenthood said it does not participate in tissue donation programs and follows applicable laws and sends tissue to pathology and then for medical disposal.
The undercover videos have raised questions regarding the legal, ethical, and psychological implications of using fetal body parts procured from abortions.
In one of the videos, Dr. Deborah Nucatola, senior director of medical services for Planned Parenthood Federation of America, mentions the Planned Parenthood affiliate in St. Louis as an “untapped” place to obtain specimens.
On April 15, the Missouri bishops issued an open letter to the Missouri Governor, Missouri Attorney General, Justices of the Missouri Supreme Court, and members of the Missouri General Assembly regarding the use of the capital punishment in Missouri. For more information, please contact Rita Linhardt at the Missouri Catholic Conference, www.mocatholic.org.