Press Releases & Statements

  • Bishop Sirba: Racism and political violence are “completely incompatible with the Christian faith”

    Posted by · August 17, 2017 10:50 AM

    Statement from the Most Reverend Paul Sirba, Bishop of the Diocese of Duluth, August 17, 2017:

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  • Archbishop Hebda offers opening prayer for 2017-18 legislative session

    Posted by · July 03, 2017 4:31 PM

    Delivered to Members of the Minnesota State House of Representatives

    God of all Creation,
    The majestic beauty of our State reminds us that you are the source of all blessings.
    At the beginning of this new year and of this legislative session,
    we humbly ask for your blessing
    on our legislators and on all who collaborate in their work.
    Bestow on them an abundant share of your wisdom
    and a deep desire to serve the common good.

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  • 2017 Session Recap

    Posted by · May 31, 2017 10:30 AM

    Session is over and a budget has been created for the next biennium. Here’s how key MCC legislation fared:

    • Opportunity Scholarships left out.

    For the second year in a row, the Opportunity Scholarship Tax Credit program was cut from the final tax bill during negotiations between the Legislature and the Governor. If passed, these tax credits would’ve helped create scholarships for low and middle income students to attend non-public schools, and would’ve given parents more freedom and flexibility in choosing the education for their children.

    Although this set-back is disappointing, Opportunity Scholarships made it further than they ever have before in Minnesota, and the importance of parental choice in education was a constant theme of discussion at the Capitol. We look forward to building off this momentum as we work to help more kids have access to a quality education that is consistent with their faith and values.

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  • Election 2016: Prayer, hope in Christ can be our guide at the polls

    Posted by · October 27, 2016 12:00 PM

    One evening a couple of weeks ago, I was filling up my car at a gas station and a man whom I did not know came up to me and said, “Father, I hope you are praying for our country!” I said that I am praying, and I hoped he was, too. His sentiment captured what many of us feel about our country, especially regarding the upcoming election. For conscientious Christians, many of us find our nation in a state of crisis.

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  • Casting a Principled, Informed Vote this November

    Posted by · October 20, 2016 12:15 PM

    Faithful Citizenship means prayerful, active, and responsible participation in the political process. That includes knowledgeably exercising the right to vote with a well-formed conscience.

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  • Minnesota Catholic Conference statement concerning today’s “Catholics for Choice” national ad campaign

    Posted by · September 12, 2016 4:38 PM


    The misleading ad that distorts the noble Catholic social justice tradition.

    A recent full-page advertisement in the Star Tribune, paid for by a national group calling themselves “Catholics for Choice,” woefully misrepresents the noble Catholic social justice tradition. By calling for public funding of abortion, “Catholics for Choice” disregards the need to defend vulnerable human life in all its stages—a principle at the core of authentic social justice.

    If there is a desire to help a woman in need who is facing an unplanned pregnancy, the solution as a society is to provide her with the resources and support she needs to care for her child—not help her dispose of it. Pope Francis has repeatedly condemned such a mentality as part of the throwaway culture that attacks the dignity of the weak and vulnerable because they seem inconvenient and make a claim upon our care and resources.

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  • Minnesotans gather to discuss local, national response to Pope Francis ecology encyclical

    Posted by · September 09, 2015 10:30 AM

    Faith leaders, others discuss ways to nurture ‘ecological conversion’ in churches, homes, and the broader Minnesota community

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  • Bishop John Quinn’s response to Supreme Court ruling on marriage

    Posted by · July 01, 2015 12:30 PM

    To the Faithful of the Diocese of Winona: Commit to Faith in Christ Jesus and Our Daily Relationships

    Last week on June 26, 2015 the Supreme Court of the United States of America announced, that same sex marriage is legal in every state. This decision has far reaching consequences for our culture and is very divisive and disappointing. The Church however, will continue to teach and uphold the definition of marriage as the union of one man and one woman for the procreation and raising of children. At the same time, the Church will always welcome and reach out to those who are same sex attracted.

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  • Bishop Hoeppner’s statement regarding the United States Supreme Court decision Obergefell v. Hodges

    Posted by · June 30, 2015 12:45 PM

    On June 26, 2015, the Supreme Court of the United States, by a vote of 5-4, ruled that same-sex marriage is a fundamental human right guaranteed by the United States Constitution and by so ruling, legalized same-sex marriage in every state. This decision is a disappointing and tragic mistake. It is disappointing for all who know that God is the Creator of marriage and has given marriage to us as a sacred union between one man and one woman; it is tragic for it undermines the very foundation of society and its consequences will negatively impact the life of our nation for years to come; it is a mistake for according to both natural law and divine law, marriage is a union between one man and one woman and this decision making human law denies the truth and promotes a lie.

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