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Catholics Join in Clean-up of Vandalized Jewish Cemetery

Catholics Join in Clean-up of Vandalized Jewish Cemetery

St. Louis Catholics joined Vice President Mike Pence, Missouri Governor Eric Greitens, and others in a cleaning up a historic Jewish Cemetery in University City this week. Vandals toppled more than two dozen grave stones and damaged 200 more. Jews, Christians, Muslims and others denounced the vandalism and warned of the need to resist anti-Semitism […]

Pope Francis Reaffirms Need to Repel Anti-Semitism

Pope Francis Reaffirms Need to Repel Anti-Semitism

Earlier this month Pope Francis met with members of the Jewish Anti-Defamation League. The Holy Father said anti-Semitism in all its forms is contrary to Christian principles: “I reaffirm that the Catholic Church feels particularly obliged to do all that is possible with our Jewish friends to repel anti-Semitic tendencies.” And this week Pope Francis […]

Missouri House Committee Approves Bill Preempting Abortion Sanctuary Cities

Missouri House Committee Approves Bill Preempting Abortion Sanctuary Cities

This week, the Missouri House Children and Families Committee voted 7-3 “Do Pass” HB 174, sponsored by Rep. Tila Hubrecht (R-Dexter), that would prevent local municipalities from passing ordinances forcing local citizens to participate, directly or indirectly, in abortion. HB 174 was filed earlier in the legislative session to protect pregnancy resource centers and maternity […]

Watered-down Prescription Drug Registry Bill Gets First Round Approval in Senate

Watered-down Prescription Drug Registry Bill Gets First Round Approval in Senate

This week the Missouri Senate gave first round approval to a prescription drug monitoring program (PDMP) that advocates say won’t work to stop doctor shopping for painkillers. SB 74 is sponsored by Senator Rob Schaaf (R-St. Joseph), who for the past five legislative sessions has simply opposed PDMP bills. This year, sensing gaining support for […]

Strong Funding Proposed for ATA, Show-Me Healthy Babies

Strong Funding Proposed for ATA, Show-Me Healthy Babies

Budget committees of the Missouri Senate and House are developing funding proposals for the fiscal year 2018 state budget. The process formally begins in the House where the budget bills are filed by the House Budget Chair, which at this time is State Representative Scott Fitzpatrick (R-Shell Knob). Of particular interest to the Missouri Catholic […]

Senate Committee Hears Bill to Ban Shackling

Senate Committee Hears Bill to Ban Shackling

This week the Senate Transportation, Infrastructure and Public Safety Committee  heard a bill that would ban shackling for women offenders in later term pregnancy and postpartum. SB 180, sponsored by Sen. Jamilah Nasheed (D-St. Louis), was written in response to a lawsuit in Missouri in which a female offender delivered a stillborn baby after being in […]

New Catholic High School Taking Shape in Lee's Summit

New Catholic High School Taking Shape in Lee’s Summit

The first new Catholic high school the Diocese of Kansas City-St. Joseph has built in 50 years will welcome its first group of students in the fall of 2017. St. Michael the Archangel High School in Lee’s Summit is expected to have around 350 9th-12th grade students in its first year. Its full student capacity is around […]

Seven Earthlike Planets Discovered

Seven Earthlike Planets Discovered

Is there life on other planets? That question may be answered in the next several years. Astronomers have discovered seven earth-like planets that circle a tiny star about 39 light years away. The planets are at the right distance from the star to possibly sustain life. In 2018, after the launch of a new telescope, […]

Missouri House Committee Hears Bill Addressing St. Louis “Abortion Sanctuary” Ordinance

Tuesday night in Jefferson City, the Missouri House Committee on Children and Families heard HB 174, sponsored by Tila Hubrecht (R-Dexter), that would protect the first Amendment rights of pregnancy resource centers and maternity homes, and would also preempt the recently enacted St. Louis ordinance that purports to make St. Louis an “abortion sanctuary.” The effect […]