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MCC Prepares for Veto Session - Have You Contacted Your Legislator?

MCC Prepares for Veto Session – Have You Contacted Your Legislator?

The Missouri Catholic Conference (MCC) is preparing for the upcoming legislative veto session that begins on September 10.  Governor Jay Nixon vetoed two pro-life bills: HB 1307, which extends the waiting period for obtaining an abortion to 72 hours, and HB 1132, which increases the tax credits available for donations to pregnancy resource centers, maternity [...]

Archbishop Carlson Pledges Renewed Effort to End Systemic Racism

Archbishop Carlson Pledges Renewed Effort to End Systemic Racism

In a votive Mass for peace and justice held at the Cathedral Basilica in St. Louis attended by over 500 Catholics, Archbishop Robert J. Carlson pledged renewed efforts to “dismantle systemic racism.” The archbishop laid out several steps that will be undertaken, including re-establishing the Archdiocese’s Human Rights Commission and providing scholarships so that more [...]

St. Charles Lwanga Center Asked to Aid in Decreasing Violence

St. Charles Lwanga Center Asked to Aid in Decreasing Violence

At the votive Mass held for peace and justice, Archbishop Carlson called on the St. Charles Lwanga Center to aid in decreasing violence among communities. An organization that fosters Christian spiritual formation and leadership development within the African American Catholic Community, the St. Charles Lwanga Center is a cornerstone of the Catholic community in St. [...]

Race and the Death Penalty

Race and the Death Penalty

The tragic events in Ferguson have again raised the issue of racism in this country.  Racial bias has always been a significant issue in death penalty debates.  According to the Death Penalty Information Center, statistical studies indicate that race plays a significant role in determining who lives and who dies. For example, a study released [...]

Jury Make-up Matters

Jury Make-up Matters

A 2012 study by Duke University revealed what any minority-group member could already tell you: all-white juries convict black men more than they convict white men.  When at least one minority citizen is on the jury, the conviction rates become equal.  The researchers examined more than 700 non-capital felony criminal cases from 2000-2010. The findings [...]

Pope Offers Support for U.S. Airstrikes in Iraq, But Urges Caution

Pope Offers Support for U.S. Airstrikes in Iraq, But Urges Caution

This week, the Pope offered support for targeted airstrikes directed at combatants to defend Christians and other religious minorities in Iraq.  At the same time, however, he urged caution on the use of force and appealed to the international community to work together for a solution to the crisis in the beleaguered Middle East.   [...]

Bishops' Labor Day Statement Makes Link Between Work and Marriage

Bishops’ Labor Day Statement Makes Link Between Work and Marriage

Each year the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) issue a Labor Day Statement. This year’s statement, penned by Miami Archbishop Thomas G. Wenski, chairman of the bishops’ Committee on Domestic Justice and Human Development, is especially noteworthy for its emphasis on the problem of unemployment and underemployment among young adults and how this [...]

Getting Fathers Involved with their Families

Getting Fathers Involved with their Families

It all goes back to the family. So many of our current problems, unintended pregnancies, abortions, juvenile delinquency, drug abuse, etc., can be traced back to broken homes. And one of the biggest challenges facing many families is the absence of the father. The Father Support Center in St. Louis works to strengthen families by [...]

Catholics Pray in Response to Ferguson Tragedy

Catholics Pray in Response to Ferguson Tragedy

In the midst of the tragic events in Ferguson, members of Blessed Teresa of Calcutta Parish-just two miles from the scene of the violence-gathered to pray: “As a community, we needed to come together in prayer,” said parishioner Cathy Cunningham. For more, read this article from the St. Louis Review. Posted: August 15, 2014