Inside the Capitol

  • A time for choosing in politics

    Posted by · April 20, 2020 11:00 AM

    In his homily during the “Extraordinary Moment of Prayer” March 27, Pope Francis addressed the Lord Jesus this way: “You are calling on us to seize this time of trial as a time of choosing. It is not the time of your judgment, but of our judgment: a time to choose what matters and what passes away, a time to separate what is necessary from what is not. It is a time to get our lives back on track with regard to you, Lord, and to others.”

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  • Recreational marijuana: Consider first the common good

    Posted by · March 24, 2020 11:00 AM

    Legalizing recreational marijuana is a major issue for consideration during Minnesota’s 2020 legislative session. Many worry that legislators and the public have not fully realized the negative consequences that would likely follow legalization.

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  • Blaine Amendments and bigotry

    Posted by · February 26, 2020 11:00 AM

    The U. S. Supreme Court is currently deliberating a case involving a Montana state constitutional provision steeped in historic anti-Catholic bigotry. The justices’ decision could drastically impact the future of school choice programs across the country.

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  • Of monuments and imperfect men

    Posted by · January 29, 2020 12:00 PM

    When the painting “Father Hennepin Discovering the Falls of St. Anthony” (1905), along with another painting depicting the 1851 Treaty of Traverse des Sioux, was removed from its central position in the Governor’s Reception Room of the Capitol to an out-of-the-way meeting space on the third floor, it was an attempt to recast Minnesota history as one born in white supremacy (with the coming of Christianity supposedly a part of that legacy) to tell instead a new story about the diverse state we are today.

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  • Feast of Epiphany: Seeking safety and freedom to live out God’s call

    Posted by · December 17, 2019 11:00 AM

    Each year across Minnesota, on the feast of the Epiphany of the Lord, Catholics mark Immigration Sunday (this year Jan. 5). In sacred art we see the Holy Family fleeing to Egypt in search of safe haven from King Herod, who wanted to kill the infant Jesus in an effort to prevent his reign as our eternal King.

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  • Mission trip exhibits joy of the Gospel

    Posted by · November 20, 2019 11:00 AM

    Recently, I was blessed to accompany members of Our Lady of Lourdes’ (Minneapolis) parish justice and charity commission on a visit to its sister parish in Tijuana, Mexico: a mission run by the Missionary Oblates of Mary Immaculate.

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  • Integral ecology addresses social environmental crisis

    Posted by · October 23, 2019 11:00 AM

    Catholic social teaching is not a set of policy prescriptions or an attempt to tell people how to vote. Rather, it is a mental framework through which we address challenging social problems in light of the Gospel.

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  • In politics, we can all be like ‘The Lord of the Rings’’ Frodo Baggins

    Posted by · September 25, 2019 11:00 AM

    The “Lord of the Rings” trilogy by J.R.R. Tolkien is a beautiful work showing the important role even the smallest and seemingly most insignificant people have in the drama of history. In the trilogy, it is Frodo Baggins, the little hobbit, who embarks on a perilous adventure to destroy the ring of power at Mount Doom and save Middle Earth from the power of the evil Sauron.

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  • Can Catholics disagree on policy positions of bishops?

    Posted by · August 21, 2019 12:00 PM

    This session, the Catholic bishops of Minnesota advocated in favor of a policy that would allow undocumented immigrants to drive legally in Minnesota. The bishops and Minnesota Catholic Conference staff have received plenty of feedback from Catholics throughout the state, in many instances expressing their disagreement with that policy proposal.

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