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There's Still Time - Register for MCC Annual Assembly

There’s Still Time – Register for MCC Annual Assembly

The Missouri Catholic Conference’s Annual Assembly is rapidly approaching. Are you registered yet? The assembly will be held on Saturday, October 4 at the Missouri State Capitol. The assembly will address marriage and family issues and the keynoter will be Dr. Ed Hogan, a father of six children and a theologian at Kenrick-Glennon Seminary in [...]

Annual Assembly Workshop Feature: The Impact of Incarceration on Families

Annual Assembly Workshop Feature: The Impact of Incarceration on Families

Imagine having a parent in prison. What would that parent/child relationship be like?  What unique challenges would both the parent and child face? For 1.5 million children in the United States this situation is a reality.  In this workshop at the Missouri Catholic Conference’s Annual Assembly, Sr. Jackie Toben, former Director of Let’s Start in [...]

Government Report Indicates Many Health Exchange Plans Include Coverage for Abortion

Government Report Indicates Many Health Exchange Plans Include Coverage for Abortion

The Government Accounting Office (GAO) published a report last week indicating that over 1,000 health insurance plans issued nationally in many state health insurance exchanges established as part of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) include coverage for elective abortions. The ACA permits health insurance plans set up through the state exchanges to include abortion coverage [...]

The Affordable Care Act (ACA) allows states to opt out of providing elective abortion coverage in the health insurance plans offered through the insurance exchanges. Seventeen states have exercised this state “opt-out”, including Missouri. Missouri passed its “opt-out” law in 2010 after much advocacy by the MCC and other pro-life organizations. Are the insurance exchanges [...]

Poverty Rates Remain High, Census Bureau Reports

Poverty Rates Remain High, Census Bureau Reports

Last month the U.S. Census Bureau reported that the poverty rate in 2013 was 14.5%, down from 15% in 2012. The drop was not statistically significant because of the margin of error possible in the survey.  There was also no significant change in median household income, which in 2013 stood at $51,939. The survey report [...]

Poverty in Missouri

Poverty in Missouri

For Missouri the 2013 poverty rate was 15.9%. However, this figure comes from a different U.S. Census Bureau report, the American Community Survey (ACS), which is not considered quite as complete as the CPR Reports. Nevertheless, it appears that Missouri’s poverty rate is slightly higher than the national rate. How can the state of Missouri [...]

Congressman Paul Ryan Tackles Poverty Concerns

Congressman Paul Ryan Tackles Poverty Concerns

In past years, Wisconsin Congressman Paul Ryan has been criticized for proposing federal budgets that would cut funding for programs assisting the poor. Mr. Ryan is now proposing some new ideas about how to eradicate poverty. This article from The Economist -Second verse, different from the first – discusses Mr. Ryan’s proposal to offer Opportunity [...]

Missouri's Fall Colors

Missouri’s Fall Colors

Missouri has some of the most outstanding fall colors in the Midwest. Why do leaves change color and what are the best places to see fall color in Missouri? Check out the Fall Colors webpage of the Missouri Department of Conservation to learn more.

The Slow and Beguiling Beauty of Autumn

The Slow and Beguiling Beauty of Autumn

We change the name of our update to reflect the change in the season. Autumn can be a time for reflection. This was perhaps more true when most of us lived on farms. In late autumn, once the harvest was in, there was the feast of Thanksgiving. The busyness of chores might let up and [...]