After almost two decades of advocacy by the Missouri Catholic Conference (MCC), Governor Nixon has signed legislation ending discrimination in the A+ scholarship program. Since the program’s start in 1993, only public high schools have been able to become A+ schools, but once SB 638 takes effect onAugust 28th, Catholic and other nonpublic high schools will have […]
Governor Jay Nixon this week signed into lawHB 1562, sponsored by Elijah Haahr (R-Springfield). The legislation amends Missouri law to criminalize advertising a minor for a commercial sex act. The law mirrors a similar measure passed at the federal level. The MCC was actively involved in supporting HB 1562 and applauds the governor for signing this bill, which passed the […]
The U.S. Supreme declined this week to take up a challenge to New York and Connecticut laws banning assault weapons and large capacity ammunition magazines. The laws were passed in the wake of the Sandy Hook Elementary School shootings in Newtown, Connecticut, that left 20 young children dead. The decision not to hear the case means the laws will remain in […]
This week, the U.S. Supreme Court issued a 4-4 decision on a Texas case involving undocumented immigrants living in the U.S. The ruling effectively upholds a lower court ruling that bars enforcement of two Executive Orders issued by President Obama, clearing the way for those living in the U.S. illegally to be deported. The U.S. Catholic […]
During this year’s Fortnight for Freedom, the U.S. Bishop’s annual vigil for religious liberty, the relics of St. Thomas More and St. John Fisher are making the rounds in the U.S. More and Fisher were both beheaded by King Henry VIII of England for their refusal to assent to the king’s demand to divorce his […]
Sometimes when politicians are arguing a point, they will challenge an opponent’s position not by addressing the point being argued, but by moving the standard by which the point is measured. For example, one could argue that gas prices are currently low relative to 2008, when the average price per gallon was $3.50, so Missourians […]
In this essay, Bishop Robert Barron argues that in our sound bite world, we could learn a thing or two from those who engaged in debate in the Middle Ages, when robust debate occurred even on sensitive issues. Read the essay here.
The mass shooting in Orlando is a stark and vivid reminder of how precious life is and how violence seems to know no bounds in current American culture. The MCC offers its prayers for the victims, their families, and those in the LGBT community at large impacted by this senseless act. Archbishop Kurtz, President of […]