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Pending Execution Case Had no Federal Review

Pending Execution Case Had no Federal Review

If a state is to carry out the death penalty, all assurances should be made that the inmate’s due process rights are protected. Inmates that receive a death sentence are entitled to a federal review of their case to ensure that errors in the trial are not missed. Mark Christeson is scheduled for execution on [...]

Join Religious Leaders in Asking for Clemency for Mark Christeson

Join Religious Leaders in Asking for Clemency for Mark Christeson

This week religious leaders across the state, including the Catholic bishops, sent a clemency letter to Governor Nixon asking that he show mercy to Mark Christeson.  Acknowledging that the deaths of Susan Brouk and her children, Adrian and Kyle, were a tragic act of senseless violence, the leaders note that the death penalty does not [...]

Pray for Nurse Nina Pham

Pray for Nurse Nina Pham

The family of nurse Nina Pham is requesting your prayers for her continued healing.   Pham is the Dallas nurse who contracted Ebola after caring for Liberian Thomas Eric Duncan, who died of the deadly disease on October 8th.  This week, the National Institute of Health, which operates the facility where Pham remains in isolation in [...]

From Unborn to Born to Toddler - The Wonders of the Developing Brain

From Unborn to Born to Toddler – The Wonders of the Developing Brain

From unborn to born to toddler, a baby’s brain goes through amazing developments in the first years of life. These developments come about due to a subtle dance between the baby’s genes and influences from the surrounding environment which encompass both what happens in the womb and what happens after birth, in the baby’s home [...]

 Nature or Nurture? Not the Right Question, Brain Scientists Say

Nature or Nurture? Not the Right Question, Brain Scientists Say

One of the oldest debates among thinkers is what is more important to human development, nature or nurture. By nature, these thinkers mean the physical development of the person, especially the genes that contain information necessary for biological development. By nurture is meant all those external factors, both in the womb and later outside the [...]

Parents as Teachers: Some Catholic Perspectives

Parents as Teachers: Some Catholic Perspectives

Increasingly, child psychologists, neuroscientists, and educators stress the importance of a nurturing home environment for a child’s early learning. The teachings of the Catholic Church underscore this point: The role of parents in education is of such importance that it is almost impossible to provide an adequate substitute. The right and the duty of parents [...]

Orion Rising - Look Up and See the Stars

Orion Rising – Look Up and See the Stars

In the midst of so many alarming developments, from the spread of Ebola to the unfolding crisis in the Middle East, prayer is the ultimate response and this prayer can take many forms, including the quiet contemplation of God’s Creation. Every autumn the beautiful constellation Orion rises in the night sky. Orion reaches its full [...]

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.