Inside the Capitol

  • The DREAM Act and the need for moral creativity

    Posted by · August 31, 2011 10:00 AM

    American immigration reform remains a heated political issue. But it is not just a theoretical political issue; it is a humanitarian one that impacts the basic dignity and life of a person, and at a broader level, the common good. It is foremost a moral issue.

    Because of the grave humanitarian considerations of the debate, Catholics must welcome discussion about immigration and the challenges it presents.

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  • Stand up for marriage, the center of social life

    Posted by · August 17, 2011 10:00 AM

    In November 2012, Minnesota voters will have a chance to defend marriage as the union of one man and one woman from rogue courts and legislators who believe it is their right to redefine and undermine this vital social institution.

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  • School choice legislation enacted across U.S., but sputters locally

    Posted by · August 04, 2011 10:00 AM

    All parents, no matter the size of their pocketbook or where they live, should have the opportunity to send their children to a quality school that best serves their needs.

    Fortunately, this has been a banner legislative year across the nation for expanding parental choice in education. Unfortunately, Minnesota families will not be among those celebrating expanded school choice options.

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  • Adherence to ideology: the tie that blinds

    Posted by · July 21, 2011 10:00 AM

    The 2011 legislative session is finally drawing to a close.

    Many were surprised by the inability of legislative leaders and the governor to reach a compromise agreement be­fore a shutdown occurred. When the two parties did finally produce a budget framework, neither side was pleased with an outcome that few believe represents the beginning of a long-term solution to the state’s fiscal woes.

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  • Minnesota’s Catholic bishops ask legislature and governor to put the common good first in budget negotiations

    Posted by · July 14, 2011 10:00 AM

    Minnesota’s Catholic bishops have been watching the State’s budget negotiations unfold with great concern, and hope Gov. Dayton and legislative leaders overcome their differences and achieve a just solution soon.

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  • State government shutdown: A wake-up call to mend our civic culture

    Posted by · July 07, 2011 10:00 AM

    Now that our elected leaders have collided in a game of “chicken” and significant portions of state government are idled, a pall has been cast over Minnesota.

    Although there was a shutdown in 2005, it was a “shutdown light”  and solved quickly. This one will likely go longer and is more serious: More services and functions are suspended, and the divisiveness and vitriol are deeper and louder.

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  • The church will not remain silent in public square

    Posted by · June 22, 2011 10:00 AM

    We hear it in various forms. Some complain that the church should not be speaking out on divisive issues, but in­stead should spend its time and resources feeding the poor and spreading God’s love.

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  • Religious coalition statement: We will not remain silent

    Posted by · June 17, 2011 10:00 AM

    “If the church does not recapture its prophetic zeal, it will become an irrelevant social club without moral or spiritual authority. If the church does not participate actively in the struggle for peace and for economic and racial justice, it will forfeit the loyalty of millions and cause men everywhere to say that it has atrophied its will.” — Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., from A Knock at Midnight, 1963

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  • State budget solution must not harm poor, vulnerable

    Posted by · June 07, 2011 10:00 AM

    The following is a legislative update provided by the Minnesota Catholic Conference, which advocates on behalf of the state’s bishops for public policies and programs that support the life and dignity of every human person.

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