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Planned Parenthood Sues to Overturn Missouri Abortion Restrictions

Planned Parenthood Sues to Overturn Missouri Abortion Restrictions

This week Missouri’s two Planned Parenthood affiliates filed suit in federal court to overturn the state’s abortion restrictions. The lawsuit was an anticipated response to a U.S. Supreme Court decision this summer that struck down restrictive abortion laws in Texas. Missouri Catholic Conference Executive Director Mike Hoey said this about the lawsuit: “We are not […]

Missouri Supreme Court Judge Richard Teitelman Dies

Missouri Supreme Court Judge Richard Teitelman Dies

Richard Teitelman, Missouri’s first legally blind Supreme Court judge, died this week at age 69. Judge Teitelman, chosen by Gov. Bob Holden, began serving on the Supreme Court in March 2002 and served as its chief justice from July 2011 through June 2013.  Born in Philadelphia, Teitelman was the first Jewish judge to serve on […]

MCC Citizen Recognition Award Presented by Bishop Rice

MCC Citizen Recognition Award Presented by Bishop Rice

Margaret Ann Mhoon, the winner of this year’s Citizen Recognition Award from the Diocese of Springfield/Cape Girardeau, was not able to attend the Annual Assembly this year to receive her award. But she got a very special surprise this week when Bishop Edward Rice presented the award to her personally. Margaret Ann has devoted much […]

Pope Francis Addresses Meeting of the Pontifical Academy of Sciences

Pope Francis Addresses Meeting of the Pontifical Academy of Sciences

This week, Pope Francis addressed the 2016 meeting of the Pontifical Academy of the Sciences during its Plenary Session in Rome. This year’s meeting focused upon the ways in which scientific advances can affect the sustainable development of human societies and their environments. Pope Francis took advantage of the opportunity to speak about how science can […]

Cardinal Dolan Calls for Renewed Vigor in Opposing Assisted Suicide

Cardinal Dolan Calls for Renewed Vigor in Opposing Assisted Suicide

With the passage of assisted suicide bills in Colorado and the District of Columbia, Cardinal Timothy Dolan, Chairman of the USCCB Committee on Pro-life Activities, has called upon Catholics, medical professionals, disability rights groups, and other concerned citizens to continue the fight for those facing terminal illness. “Seven jurisdictions in the United States have now […]

Budget Shortfall Could Mean Less Assistance for Sick and Poor

State legislators who keep a close eye on the state budget see trouble ahead. A budget shortfall of $200 million or more in revenue will likely mean the Missouri General Assembly will consider funding cuts in state services when it convenes in January. Those funding cuts could affect some of Missouri’s most vulnerable citizens, such […]

Workers Face Challenges in Service Industry

Workers Face Challenges in Service Industry

Several months ago an MCC staff member, while picking up an order from a fast-food restaurant, fell into conversation with the shift manager. He was just about done with his 8-hour shift and had worked another 8 hours just before that at another business. People working in the service sector often struggle financially and many […]

Advent Reflection and Isaiah's Call for Peace

Advent Reflection and Isaiah’s Call for Peace

Advent is a time of preparation, prayer and reflection. These traits can be hard to achieve in the hurry-up culture that we live in today. We invite you towatch this short video that explores the  purpose of advent and why it is important in our lives. The readings for Advent feature the prophet Isaiah very prominently. While this […]

Happy Thanksgiving!

Happy Thanksgiving!

The Missouri Catholic Conference would like to wish a very Happy Thanksgiving to you and your loved ones! If you enjoy knowing the history behind holidays, we invite you to watch this video from the History Channel that offers a look at how the very first Thanksgiving feasts might have been celebrated. The USCCB offers this […]