In faithfulness to the Good News of Jesus Christ, the Missouri Catholic Conference (MCC) seeks to create a culture that respects the sanctity and dignity of all human life, especially the most vulnerable among us. The MCC and the Missouri bishops call government officials, legislators, and all citizens to a respectful discourse about the challenges facing our state and nation. This agenda does not reflect all of the MCC’s concerns, but those that require attention at this time. Read more
Catholic school parents may benefit from the recent changes to the federal tax code. The recently passed federal tax law allows parents to make contributions to a child’s Missouri 529 MOST account for K-12 tuition, in addition to expenses for higher education that are already permitted.
The Missouri 529 MOST account is an investment program sponsored by the Missouri State Treasurer’s office. Anyone can open a MOST account, including parents, grandparents, or friends of K-12 or college-aged students. In this way, if parents lack financial resources, others can contribute to the family’s MOST account. Read more
Pope Francis has named Fr. Shawn McKnight, a priest of the Diocese of Wichita, as the new bishop of Jefferson City after accepting the resignation of Bp. John R. Gaydos.
The appointment was publicized in Washington on Nov. 21, 2017 by Abp. Christophe Pierre, apostolic nuncio to the US. Read more
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.
His keynote remarks follow: Read more
MO Bishops statement in Spanish.
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
Read text of Bishop Rice’s presentation here.
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
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.
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.
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