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MCC Annual Assembly Keynoter Calls for Culture of Mercy

MCC Annual Assembly Keynoter Calls for Culture of Mercy

At last Saturday’s MCC Annual Assembly, St. Louis theologian Ed Hogan offered a sharp contrast between tolerance and mercy: “With tolerance: 1) nothing is wrong; and, 2) no one needs to be forgiven. Pope Francis, however, has been promoting mercy. With mercy: 1) something is wrong; and, 2) someone needs to be forgiven.” In commenting [...]

Pope Francis Pens Short Book on Family Life

Pope Francis Pens Short Book on Family Life

Pope Francis has written a short 86-page reflection on the importance of marriage and family life. To order a copy, click Pope Francis and the Family.

U.S. Supreme Court Clears Way for "Same-sex Marriage" in 11 More States

U.S. Supreme Court Clears Way for “Same-sex Marriage” in 11 More States

This week, the U.S. Supreme Court declined to review lower court rulings striking down state marriage amendments, effectively expanding “same-sex marriage” to Indiana, Utah, Oklahoma, Virginia, and Wisconsin.  The decision also clears the way for the “same-sex marriage” bans in Wyoming, Colorado, Kansas, West Virginia, South Carolina and North Carolina, which lie in the federal [...]

USCCB Committee Chairs Speak Out

USCCB Committee Chairs Speak Out

This week, the chairman of the USCCB committee on Laity, Marriage, Family Life and Youth, Bishop Richard J. Malone of Buffalo, New York, and the chairman of the USCCB’s Subcommittee for the Promotion and Defense of Marriage, Archbishop Salvatore J. Cordileone of San Francisco, expressed their serious disappointment with the Supreme Court’s decision not to [...]

KC Judge: Missouri Must Recognize Out of State "Same-Sex Marriages"

KC Judge: Missouri Must Recognize Out of State “Same-Sex Marriages”

Jackson County Circuit Judge J. Dale Youngs entered an order this week requiring Missouri officials to recognize “same-sex marriages” entered lawfully in other states.  In the order, Judge Youngs ruled that Missouri law defining marriage as the union of one man and one woman is unconstitutional to the extent that it denies recognition to legal [...]

AG Koster Won't Appeal Ruling

AG Koster Won’t Appeal Ruling

After Judge Youngs’ ruling, Attorney General Chris Koster announced that he will not seek an appeal.  The MCC is profoundly disappointed with AG Koster’s decision not to appeal the decision, given the stakes involved and the implications for Missouri’s Constitutional Amendment.  Missouri is not required under the current federal Defense of Marriage Act to recognize [...]

Death Row Exonerations Continue to Grow

Death Row Exonerations Continue to Grow

This week, Manuel Velez was exonerated and released from a Texas prison after serving nine years behind bars-four of them on death row-for a murder he didn’t commit.  His conviction was overturned due to missed evidence that showed he was 1,000 miles away when his son sustained injuries that led to his death. Since 1973, [...]

Poverty May Affect Brain Development in Children

Poverty May Affect Brain Development in Children

How poverty may affect brain development in young children is a relatively new field of inquiry, but studies are emerging that suggest poor children end up with less gray matter by the time they are toddlers than other children. Lack of gray matter in the brain can impede learning by children. For example, researchers believe [...]

Tomorrow and Saturday

Tomorrow and Saturday

We’re sending you this Autumn Update today, Thursday, instead of Friday because the MCC will be setting up for the Annual Assembly on Friday at the State Capitol. It’s getting a little late for registrations, but walk-ins are welcome! Just come to the third floor rotunda of the Missouri Capitol a little before 10:00 a.m. [...]