Oct 162017

In what USCCB President Cardinal Daniel DiNardo is hailing as a “return to common sense, longstanding federal practice,” the Trump administration announced late last week that it is expanding the religious exemption to the contraceptive mandate issued during the Obama administration.

The new regulations, which go into effect immediately, will permit both for-profit and not-for-profit organizations to opt out of providing contraceptive coverage in their health plans if they object on religious or moral grounds. This means that groups like the Little Sisters of the Poor will no longer be forced to provide contraceptives, permitting them to return to their previous practice of offering an employee health plan without it.

Groups supporting the mandate have already sued to block implementation of the new regulations. For his part, St. Louis Archbishop Robert Carlson, who had sued the Obama administration on behalf of the Archdiocese and Catholic Charities after the contraceptive mandate was first imposed, expressed that “[t]hese new policies are a welcome relief after years of uncertainty.”

Pray that the courts will see fit to uphold these new regulations in the face of legal challenges.

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Oct 162017
Planned Parenthood organizations in Kansas City and St. Louis, and two abortionists that do their work, have sued the state of Missouri in Jackson County Circuit court challenging the pro-life law passed this summer during the special legislative session.

The lawsuit challenges provisions of the law that require the abortion doctor to meet with the patient 72 hours before the abortion is performed. They also argue that the new law (SB 5) was improperly passed, because it went beyond the original purpose of the bill as first introduced.  The bill, as originally filed, only amended current law to give the Attorney General jurisdiction to prosecute abortion laws throughout the state. During the legislative process, the bill was amended and was much longer and more involved when it passed. Although this is a common practice in the legislature, the plaintiffs argue changing the “original purpose” is unconstitutional.

The plaintiffs seek an order blocking the law from going into effect. If the court grants the request, the new law will not be operative until the district court, or an appellate court, reverses course after reviewing all the evidence. Stay tuned!

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Oct 162017

Time is running out for the Dreamers, those young people who were brought into this country as children by their parents. Unless Congress passes legislation soon, deportations of Dreamers will begin next March. In a statement this week, the U.S. Bishops urged Congress to move promptly to pass the Dream Act. The bishops are asking all Catholics to contact Congress. To contact Missouri’s two U.S. Senators and your Congressperson, respond to this Alert.

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Oct 162017

The marriage rate for U.S. adults hovers at 50 percent, a share that has remained relatively steady in recent years, but is a far cry from the peak of 72 percent in 1960, according to a recent survey by the Pew Research Center. The decline can be explained in part by the fact that Americans are marrying later in life these days. In 2016, the median age for a first marriage was 27.4 for women and 29.5 for men, roughly seven years more than the median age in 1960. Marriage rates are also more closely linked to socio-economic status than ever before. 65 percent of people with four-year college degrees were married compared with 55 percent of those with some college education and 50 percent among those with no education beyond high school. Twenty-five years ago the marriage rate was above 60 percent for each of these groups. The survey also found one-in-seven never-married adults say they don’t want to get married. For more insights on marriage, click here.

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Oct 162017

The 41st Respect Life Convention will be held in St. Louis on Sunday, Oct. 22, at the St. Charles Convention Center. The event’s activities include Mass, a keynote address, and several engaging pro-life workshops. This year’s keynote speaker is John Foppe.
Born without arms, John Foppe understands firsthand the difficult gaps between envisioning an outcome and achieving it. He once believed he led a miserable, dependent, and limited existence. At 10-years-old, for example, he couldn’t put his own pants on. Today, he operates his own company, travels the world, runs a large non-profit agency, and he is a husband and father.

In 1995, John launched a successful corporate motivation business, Visionary Velocity Worldwide, that has taken him to over 25 countries, pro-football organizations like the Miami Dolphins, and to Fortune 500 clients such as Boeing, GE, and State Farm and international companies such as Fortis, ST Microelectronics, and UniCredit.

He is the author of “What’s Your Excuse? Making the Most of What You Have,” which has been translated into six foreign languages.

In the non-profit world, John has put his leadership and motivation skills to work helping the less fortunate by earning a masters degree in Social Service from Saint Louis University and serving as the Executive Director of the Society of St. Vincent De Paul – St. Louis Council.

Register for this event today through the Archdiocese of St. Louis’ website, or by calling 314.792.7555.

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Oct 022017

The MCC’s 50th Anniversary celebration is one week from tomorrow! Join us Saturday, Oct. 7th at the Cathedral of St. Joseph in Jefferson City as we celebrate 50 years of faithful work. The day will include a keynote address from Papal Nuncio to the United States, Archbishop Christophe Pierre, as well as three engaging workshops with a focus on pro-life, Catholic education, and social justice.

A hot, sit-down lunch will be served to all participants. And remember, this event is FREE! Register today at or by calling us at 1-800-456-1679. If you’ve already registered, forward this email to a friend who might like to join you for the day. We hope to see you next Saturday, October 7!

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Oct 022017

The opening session of our 50th Anniversary will feature a film documentary that chronicles the history of the Missouri Catholic Conference and features many people who have contributed to the work of the MCC through the years. The film is narrated by radio and theater personality Jack Renner. Don’t miss this inspiring look at where we have been and what the next 50 years may hold! Click here to register for this FREE event!

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Oct 022017

This week, Pope Francis announced the start of the “Share the Journey” Campaign to raise awareness of the plight of migrants and refugees, currently estimated to number 65 million worldwide. The campaign will be coordinated by the Vatican along with Caritas Internationalis, the Church’s international aid organization.

In the U.S., the campaign will be joined by the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB), along with Catholic Charities USA, and Catholic Relief Services. Cardinal Daniel DiNardo of Galveston-Houston, president of the USCCB, stated that “The Pope is asking us to pray and reflect and to use the awareness we build to take action, both personally and publically. To our Church, this campaign is an embodiment of the Biblical command to love our neighbor.”

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Oct 022017

Refugees are people fleeing war and persecution in their native country. Right now the world is witnessing the greatest displacement of people since the end of World War II. This is a humanitarian crisis on a truly global scale.

The U.S. has a thorough security clearance process, but there is still a strong push to cut refugee admissions. At this time the United States is considering how many refugees to accept. One proposal is to cut refugee admissions to as little as 45,000. Our country can do better than this. You can send a message to Congress and President Trump urging a more compassionate refugee policy. Take action now; See Catholic Charities USA Alert.

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