MCC Reveals 2012 Public Policy Priorities

Dec. 7, 2011, JEFFERSON CITY, MO – Recognizing the fragile economy and recent challenges to the sanctity of marriage, the Missouri Catholic Conference (MCC) announced that advocating on behalf of the poor and most vulnerable and safeguarding the institution of marriage were among its public policy priorities for 2012.

As part of advocating on behalf of the poor and most vulnerable, the MCC will seek reform of the financial services industry so that low-income Missourians have access to credit on reasonable terms. The MCC will also seek to protect funding for programs that have a proven track record of providing vital assistance to Missouri’s most vulnerable individuals.

“Developing priorities is always a challenge. We look to our Catholic teaching and try to read the signs of the times to decide what needs to be addressed most urgently at this time,” said Mike Hoey, executive director of the MCC.

Other priorities for the MCC include: upholding the right of parents to direct their children’s education, defending religious liberty, urging reform of Missouri’s criminal justice system, promoting the sanctity of human life at all stages of development and witnessing to the God-given human dignity of all immigrants.

The staff of the MCC and the members of its Public Policy Committee create the priorities, which are reviewed and approved by the Bishops of Missouri. The priorities do not reflect all of the MCC’s concerns, but only those that require urgent action.

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