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Tough Decisions and Soul-Searching in Diehl Scandal

Tough Decisions and Soul-Searching in Diehl Scandal

When the Kansas City Star broke the story about the sexually charged texting between House Speaker John Diehl and a legislative intern, many wondered whether the Speaker would resign or try to ride out the storm. St. Louis Post-Dispatch reporter Virginia Young offers a close-up look at how the House Republican caucus dealt with the […]

Aetna Agrees to Pay $4.5M in Fines for Illegally Covering Abortions

Aetna Agrees to Pay $4.5M in Fines for Illegally Covering Abortions

Marking the largest insurance fine in state history, Aetna has agreed to pay $4.5 million in fines to the state of Missouri for paying for abortions for women who had no such coverage in their policies, and for failing to include coverage for autism disorders in policies issued here. Missouri law requires any women requesting […]

Nebraska Lawmakers Vote to Abolish Death Penalty

Nebraska Lawmakers Vote to Abolish Death Penalty

This week Nebraska lawmakers gave final approval to a bill abolishing the death penalty in their state. The vote was 32-15, which is enough in their unicameral legislature to override a promised veto from Republican Gov. Pete Ricketts. If that vote holds in a veto override, Nebraska would become the first conservative state to repeal […]

Catholic Relief Groups Examine Causes of World Hunger

Catholic Relief Groups Examine Causes of World Hunger

A new report by Caritas – a confederation of Catholic relief and development organizations – finds that helping small farmers adapt to climate change is critical to combating world hunger. Caritas surveyed 99 organizations operating in countries around the world. “The findings of this survey are a window into the struggles of impoverished small famers, […]

Saturday the Church Remembers St. Bede, the Venerable

Saturday the Church Remembers St. Bede, the Venerable

Saturday, May 25 is the feast day of St. Bede, the Venerable, a Benedictine monk of the 8thcentury who is known as the Father of English History. In his Ecclesiastical History of the English People, Bede offers not only stories of the early Christian kings but colorful descriptions of the English countryside: The island [England] […]

Memorial Day—Remembering Those Who Died While Serving Our Country

Memorial Day—Remembering Those Who Died While Serving Our Country

Memorial Day weekend marks the official beginning of the summer vacation season. It is a weekend filled with travel, float trips, and gatherings with family and friends. Yet as we celebrate this weekend of fun and relaxation, let’s not forget the roots of this day. Memorial Day, formerly known as Decoration Day, originated after the […]

High Drama in Missouri Capitol

High Drama in Missouri Capitol

This last week of the 2015 session saw Speaker of the House John Diehl abruptly resign and the Missouri Senate come to a tense standstill after a bruising debate over right-to- work legislation. These political battles led to collateral damage, with the failure to pass numerous pieces of legislation, including a bill (HB 190) that […]

No Ethics Reform this Session

No Ethics Reform this Session

After a lot of talk earlier this year about the need for ethics reform, state lawmakers failed to pass any legislation on the topic in the final weeks of the session. The Missouri Catholic Conference does not wine and dine legislators but plenty of lobbying groups do. St. Louis Post-Dispatch reporter Virginia Young filed a […]

Juvenile Sentencing Issue Fails to Pass

Juvenile Sentencing Issue Fails to Pass

With only two hours left in this year’s legislative session, it appears unlikely that the Missouri General Assembly will pass a new sentencing scheme for juveniles under the age of 18 who commit first degree murder. Because of U.S. Supreme Court rulings Missouri is barred from using the two options currently in our statutes–the death penalty […]


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