Nov 212016
#GivingTuesday Kicks Off The Charitable Season

Most people know about Black Friday and Cyber Monday, but have you ever heard of #GivingTuesday? Celebrated on the Tuesdayfollowing Thanksgiving (in the U.S.,) #GivingTuesday kicks off the charitable season, when many focus on their holiday and end-of-year giving. This day is a global day of giving, fueled by the power of social media and collaboration. One of […]

 November 21, 2016  Posted by at 7:59 am Church Concerns, News No Responses »
Jan 082016
General Assembly Convenes for 2016 Session

Wednesday the Missouri General Assembly convened for its 2016 session. House Speaker Todd Richardson (R-Popular Bluff) set out some legislative priorities in an address to the Missouri House. See this St. Louis Post-Dispatch article for more on Richardson’s address. The new President Pro Tem of the Senate, Ron Richard (R-Joplin), skipped the customary opening speech and just told Senators to […]

Sep 252015
Thank You, Mizzou! MU Ends Relationship With Abortion Doctor Colleen McNicholas

It was announced Thursday that the University of Missouri will end its relationship with abortion doctor Colleen McNicholas effective December 1st. The Universtiy of Missouri Hospital is ending a category of doctor privileges called “refer and follow.” MU officials said only two out of 800 doctors had this kind of privilege, including McNicholas, and it […]

 September 25, 2015  Posted by at 2:29 pm Abortion, Child & Family, Church Concerns, Life Ethics, News 2 Responses »
Sep 252015
Pope to Congress: Cooperate, Work for the Common Good

In his address to Congress this week the Holy Father asked lawmakers to work together for the common good. Pope Francis called for a renewed spirit of cooperation: “The challenges facing us today call for a renewal of that spirit of cooperation, which has accomplished so much good throughout the history of the United States. […]

 September 25, 2015  Posted by at 2:27 pm Church Concerns, Life Ethics, News, Uncategorized No Responses »
Jun 052015
Handy Links to Documents of Vatican II

Can you name any of the documents of the Second Vatican Council? See the Second Vatican Council: the 16 Documents for a listing and link to the text of each one. In future updates we will discuss how these documents still guide the Church’s advocacy on the many issues and challenges facing our state and […]

 June 5, 2015  Posted by at 1:37 pm Church Concerns, News No Responses »
Dec 132013
Merry Christmas, ESPN

In an informative but somewhat slanted article the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reported today that ESPN has reversed its earlier decision refusing to run an ad sponsored by the Cardinal Glennon Children’s Medical Center that celebrates the birth of Jesus. Dan Buck, executive director of Cardinal Glennon, said he received a call from Josh Krulewitz at ESPN explaining the […]

 December 13, 2013  Posted by at 1:30 pm Church Concerns, News No Responses »
Dec 092013
Pittsburgh Diocese/Catholic Charities Obtain Relief from HHS Mandate

Last week, a federal court in Western Pennsylvania blocked enforcement of the HHS mandate against the Diocese of Pittsburgh and Erie Pennsylvania, along with affiliated organizations insured under the diocesan health plan, including Catholic Charities of Western Pennsylvania among others. An appeal is expected. The decision is important, because the Diocese itself is exempt from […]

 December 9, 2013  Posted by at 2:51 pm Abortion-Drug Mandate, Church Concerns, News No Responses »
Nov 182013
The Church as Field Hospital

In an interview published September 30 in America magazine and other Jesuit journals around the world, Pope Francis reflected on role of the Church as healer and binder up of wounds: I see clearly, that the thing the church needs most today is the ability to heal wounds and to warm the hearts of the faithful; it needs nearness, proximity. I see […]

 November 18, 2013  Posted by at 2:52 pm Church Concerns, News No Responses »