Jun 102016
 
Logical Fallacies 101: "No True Scotsman"

In political debate it is not uncommon to hear a phrase such as this: “no true Republican/Democrat would support such a proposition.” The problem with this fallacious argument is that it ignores the fact that a person can make a valid argument for an idea, even if that idea doesn’t fit one’s ideal of a particular party candidate or a […]

 June 10, 2016  Posted by at 1:18 pm Life Ethics, News, politics No Responses »
Mar 042016
 
Democracy Needs Virtue

Saint John Paul II once reminded Americans: “Democracy needs virtue… Democracy stands or falls with the truths and values it embodies and promotes.” The American founders understood the fragility of democracy, and knew it could be destroyed without virtuous men and women. They had no illusions that the Constitution alone could save the American Republic. John Adams declared: “Human […]

 March 4, 2016  Posted by at 3:59 pm Life Ethics, Missouri General Assembly No Responses »
Feb 192016
 
Migrant Tells of Desperate Attempt to Escape Gang Infested Neighborhood

What’s it like to be threatened by gang members high on drugs in your own neighborhood in San Salvador? What happens when you try to trek north to the U.S. and are kidnapped? Catholic Relief Services tells Pablo’s chilling story in a series of compelling video interviews. See CRS Migration Story for this story along […]

 February 19, 2016  Posted by at 12:36 pm Immigration, Life Ethics No Responses »
Jan 292016
 
First MCC Messenger of 2016

Missouri Catholic Conference’s quarterly publication, The Messenger, will appear in diocesan newspapers this weekend. This issue focuses on the Refugee and Immigration Services (RIS) department of Catholic Charities of Central and Northern Missouri (CCCNMO). Several former clients now work for RIS, and a few of their stories are shared in the first Messenger of 2016.  […]

 January 29, 2016  Posted by at 2:29 pm Immigration, Life Ethics, News No Responses »
Jan 292016
 
MCC Urges Passage of Ethics Reform Legislation

This week the Missouri Catholic Conference (MCC) sent a letter to all members of the Missouri General Assembly urging prompt action on ethics reform legislation. The MCC letter noted that: “Ethics reform can restore trust in government.”  The MCC urged support for banning lobbyists’ gifts to legislators, limits on campaign contributions and a one-year “cooling […]

 January 29, 2016  Posted by at 2:29 pm Life Ethics, News No Responses »
Jan 292016
 
Proposed State Budget Has Some Good News For Families in Need

Several programs of interest to the Missouri Catholic Conference (MCC) are being recommended for funding in Governor Nixon’s 2017 state budget. The governor is recommending funding of over $3.6 million for the Alternatives to Abortion (ATA) program.  As recently as 2015 ATA was only funded at $1.5 million, so this is a substantial increase. It […]

 January 29, 2016  Posted by at 2:25 pm Life Ethics, Missouri General Assembly, News No Responses »
Jan 292016
 
Ex-offenders Testify in Support of Expungement Bills

Recognizing the prison reform movement that is gaining popularity across the country, the Senate Judiciary Civil and Criminal Jurisprudence this week heard several bills that deal with the expungement of criminal records.  The bills included SB 588, sponsored by Sen. Dixon, (R-Springfield), SB 603 sponsored by Sen. Kiki Curls (D-Kansas City) and SB 942, sponsored […]

 January 29, 2016  Posted by at 2:23 pm Corrections, Criminal Justice, Life Ethics, 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 […]

Oct 162015
 
Former Planned Parenthood Employee Tells Committee Her Texas Clinic Sold Body Parts

Abby Johnson, a former Planned Parenthood employee from Texas, told the House Committee this week that the Bryan, Texas clinic she directed sold fetal remains for $200.00 per unit between 2007 and 2009 while she was director and “lead abortion educator.”   She also said that the recently released videos confirm what she experienced personally was […]

 October 16, 2015  Posted by at 2:39 pm Abortion, Life Ethics, News No Responses »
Oct 162015
 
Owner of St. Louis Pathology Lab Testifies At MO House Hearing On Planned Parenthood

The Missouri House Committee exploring Planned Parenthood’s practices in Missouri heard testimony this week from Dr. Robert Miller, the owner of Pathology Services, Inc., the lab that examines the fetal remains from abortions performed at Planned Parenthood’s clinic in St. Louis. Dr. Miller testified that they receive the remains in containers as small as the […]

 October 16, 2015  Posted by at 2:38 pm Abortion, Life Ethics, News No Responses »