missouri catholic conference

Mo. bishops issue letter opposing "dramatic escalation" of state executions

Highlighting what they describe as a "dramatic escalation of executions taking place," the bishops of Missouri have reaffirmed the Catholic Church's opposition to the death penalty in a letter issued on Good Friday, April 18. The state of Missouri has executed five individuals in the last five months and is expected to execute two more people in the next two months.

Gov. Nixon halts the execution of Nicklasson

Gov. Jay Nixon halted the execution of Allen Nicklasson, scheduled for Oct. 23, because of concerns about the use of propofol as the execution drug. If the execution had been carried out, Missouri would have been the first state in the nation to use propofol for an execution.

Bishop Pates: Help the pope extend God's love

Linda McAnany, chair of the Missouri Catholic Conference Public Policy Committee, addressed the opening session of the MCC’s Annual Assembly Sept. 28 in Jefferson City. Bishop Richard E. Pates of Des Moines, left, gave the keynote address. Archbishop Robert J. Carlson, center, is general chairman of MCC’s board of Directors.

Join Pope Francis and bolster his voice, thus extending the frontiers of God's love, Bishop Richard E. Pates of Des Moines told about 500 people attending the Missouri Catholic Conference Annual Assembly. The assembly was held Sept. 28 at the Missouri State Capitol in Jefferson City.

Bishop Pates, chairman of the U.S. bishops' Committee on International Justice and Peace, gave the keynote address, based on the theme of the conference, "Francis, Rebuild My Church," a reference to St. Francis and the newly elected pope.

Senate passes immigration reform; Mo. Catholic Conference gave strong support

Maria del Alba Rodriguez and her sister, Rosa Maria Villalba, shouted slogans as people rallied for comprehensive immigration reform in April near the U.S. Capitol in Washington. Demonstrators urged lawmakers to support a path to citizenship for an estimated 11 million undocumented immigrants in the U.S.

Attention turns to the U.S. House of Representatives after Senate passage of a major overhaul of the nation's immigration laws.

U.S. Senate passed S.744, the Border Security, Economic Competitiveness, and Immigration Modernization Act of 2013, by a vote of 68-32 on June 27. 

An earlier 69-29 vote in favor of a border enforcement amendment had indicated passage by a similar majority of the full bill.

Blunt, McCaskill called keys to immigration reform

The Missouri Catholic Conference (MCC) says Sens. Roy Blunt and Claire McCaskill of Missouri are keys to whether the U.S. Senate passes a comprehensive immigration reform bill.

The U.S. Senate is expected to vote on a major overhaul of the nation's immigration laws by as soon as July 4, MCC reported. The bill, S.B. 744, is sponsored by a bipartisan group of senators.

MCC disappointed that Mo. attorney general will not appeal contraception law decision

The Missouri Catholic Conference has expressed its disappointment with Attorney General Chris Koster's recent decision to not appeal a federal judge's ruling that struck down the conscience protections in SB 749, the law protecting the religious liberty of Missouri citizens. The law was passed last fall by the Missouri General Assembly.

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