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Merry Christmas and Happy New Year! Last MCC Weekly Update of 2017

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year! Last MCC Weekly Update of 2017

The MCC staff wishes you and yours a blessed and joyous Christmas and New Year! This will be the last MCC Weekly Update of 2017; we’ll return in the new year with the first edition of 2018 on Friday, January 5th. We send our sincere thanks to our many readers who check in with us […]

Signatures Sought for Increase in State Minimum Wage

Signatures Sought for Increase in State Minimum Wage

An effort is underway to place a proposal on the November 2018 ballot that would raise Missouri’s minimum wage, which currently stands at $7.70 an hour. Under the “Raise Up Missouri” ballot initiative, the minimum wage would go up to $8.60 an hour in 2019, then increase 85 cents per year until 2023, when the […]

Justice Reinvestment Task Force Proposes Policy Change

Justice Reinvestment Task Force Proposes Policy Change

The Justice Reinvestment Task Force met for the final time this week. Andy Barbee of the Council of State Governments reviewed the findings of the six-month review of Missouri. Among them were that Missouri’s incarceration rate is the eighth highest in the nation, the Missouri female prison population is the fastest growing in the country, […]

Department of Justice Begins Investigation Into Sale of Fetal Remains

The Department of Justice (DOJ) has asked U.S. Senator Charles Grassley (R-Iowa) to turn over redacted files relating to the Senate Judiciary Committee’s investigation of Planned Parenthood’s sale of fetal remains. The Senate Judiciary Committee conducted an investigation after undercover videos were published showing Planned Parenthood officials discussing harvesting fetal remains from aborted fetuses for […]

Catholics Celebrate Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe

Catholics Celebrate Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe

One of the most celebrated days on the Mexican calendar is the feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe, Patroness of the Americas and the Unborn. This feast day commemorates when Mary appeared to Juan Diego in Mexico in 1531. Fiestas, or public celebrations, are held in honor of Mary on December 12. Catholics across Mexico and other […]

Blessing of a Christmas Tree

Blessing of a Christmas Tree

It’s a favorite holiday tradition for many: the Christmas tree. According to the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB): “The use of the Christmas tree is relatively modern. Its origins are found in the medieval mystery plays that depicted the tree of paradise and the Christmas light or candle that symbolized Christ, the Light of […]

Devils Banished from Santa Fe's Las Posadas

Devils Banished from Santa Fe’s Las Posadas

For the first time in 30 years, the Las Posadas celebration in Santa Fe Plaza did not feature taunting devils on the Plaza rooftops. Organizers returned to the more traditional story of innkeepers refusing to open their doors to Mary and Joseph. See this story from the Santa Fe New Mexican.

U.S. Supreme Court Hears Wedding Vendor's Religious Liberty Case

U.S. Supreme Court Hears Wedding Vendor’s Religious Liberty Case

This week, the U.S. Supreme Court heard oral arguments in a case addressing whether a wedding vendor has the right to refuse to participate in a same-sex wedding by baking a cake for the ceremony. The case has implications for conscience rights and religious liberty. Jack Philips, owner of Masterpiece Cakes in Colorado, declined a […]

"Raise the Age" Bill Filed

“Raise the Age” Bill Filed

Rep. Nick Schroer (R-O’Fallon) held a press conference last Friday to introduce a bill that would require children up to the age of 18 to be prosecuted for most criminal offenses in juvenile court unless the child is certified as an adult. Known as “Raise the Age,” Missouri is still one of only five states that […]