Updates from the MCC/Minnesota Catholic Conference

Sep 12th, 2014

Rehabilitate, Heal and Restore: the MCC supports restoring the voting rights of those who has completed their incarceration period. This would be one step toward creating a criminal justice system in Minnesota that would better balance punishment with rehabilitation and provide an opportunity for people to be healed and restored, while establishing a concrete way to reintegrate the marginalized into the broader community. 

International Religious Freedom

With 75% of the world's population living in countries where religious freedom is restricted, the need to protect this vital human right is greater now than ever. What we see happening to Christians and religious minorities in Iraq is evidence of the dire circumstances facing many because of their faith. The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB), including the bishops of Minnesota, support the Senate passage of H.R. 4653/U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom Act (USCIRF). The USCIRF's mandate expires September 30, 2014. Contact with our US Senators to encourage them to help advance H.R. 4653 for a full vote by the Senate is urgently needed. For more information about the US Bishops’ position on H.R. 4653, Google “USCCB/H.R. 4653”.

From the Pew to the Polls – MCC Fall Tour 2014

The Minnesota Catholic Conference (MCC) is offering an opportunity to explore how we can all better “live Gospel values” when considering the policy issues, decisions, and people we choose to support. The MCC will be offering a number of From the Pew to the Polls sessions throughout the state including the Twin Cities Metro. These free sessions will challenge participants to think about politics in a new way and to reflect on how to live as a faithful and Christ-filled citizen in a challenging culture. Dates and locations will be published as soon as available.