The Word from Lansing

The Word from Lansing is a regular column written by Michigan Catholic Conference (MCC) staff for Catholic news outlets. Through these columns, MCC outlines current advocacy issues of importance to the Conference and discusses the Catholic position and role in the political process. This publication complements the more regular updates provided by Michigan Catholic Conference’s Catholic Advocacy Network.

    Public Policy Decisions Should ‘Go to the Margins,’ Too

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    Pope Francis has challenged Catholics to be a Church that goes to the margins of society and to seek out those who have been forgotten or cast off by the rest of the world, and that’s a principle that MCC articulates in advocating for or against public policy at the state Capitol. Read a recent example about how two different policies that MCC took positions on shared the same theme of looking out for the vulnerable.

    Twenty Years After Charter, Church is a Safe Place for Children

    A statue depicting Jesus and two young children

    The clergy abuse crisis inflicted on today’s Catholics has been a tragic chapter for the Church. Yet amidst the tragedy and scandal, there is hope for renewal and healing. To help advance understanding and awareness of a cultural change within the Church, the upcoming edition of Michigan Catholic Conference’s quarterly Focus publication shares how the Church in Michigan works to protect children and prevent abuse through safe environment protocols considered among the strongest in the nation.

    How Catholics Can Respond to Gun Violence

    Closeup of a woman's hands shielding a lit candle during a candlelight vigil.

    The sheer impact of gun violence on human life should demand a response from Catholics, and MCC’s latest edition of Focus explains and clarifies how lay and ordained Catholics can support gun policies in the interest of protecting human life, with the goal to keep guns from people who may cause harm to themselves or others.

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