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The Slow and Beguiling Beauty of Autumn

The Slow and Beguiling Beauty of Autumn

We change the name of our update to reflect the change in the season. Autumn can be a time for reflection. This was perhaps more true when most of us lived on farms. In late autumn, once the harvest was in, there was the feast of Thanksgiving. The busyness of chores might let up and [...]

Trace It Back - It's The Family

Trace It Back – It’s The Family

Take almost any problem facing America today – abortion, crime, poor educational outcomes – and you can trace much of its cause back to the family. Broken homes and absent fathers lead sons into crime and daughters into unplanned pregnancies and maybe an abortion. This year’s MCC Annual Assembly gets back to the basics with [...]

Pope Francis Witnesses 20 Weddings at St. Peter's

Pope Francis Witnesses 20 Weddings at St. Peter’s

This past weekend, Pope Francis served as witness to twenty couples seeking the sacrament of matrimony at St. Peter’s in the diocese of Rome.  Although the Pope is the Vicar of Christ and serves as the head of the worldwide Roman Catholic Church, he is also the Bishop of Rome and serves the Diocese in [...]

Don't Keep It A Secret!

Don’t Keep It A Secret!

We have been calling many of you and urging attendance at the upcoming MCC Annual Assembly. Some of you are coming but others have conflicts – weddings and other commitments. In the process of calling we have been asking whether the MCC Updates are helpful. The response has been very gratifying; people read the updates [...]

Missouri Catholic Legislator Challenges Contraceptive Mandate

Missouri Catholic Legislator Challenges Contraceptive Mandate

Prior to the implementation of the HHS Contraceptive Mandate, which required health insurance plans to include coverage for all of the FDA-approved contraceptives at no cost to plan members, those in Missouri covered by group health plans could opt out of having such coverage in their health insurance plans. When the Department of Health and [...]

Veto Session Votes

Veto Session Votes

How did your legislators vote in the recently concluded veto session? For the votes by State Representatives click House Votes; for votes by State Senators click Senate Votes. If you don’t know who your legislators are, click here and enter your address. Legislators hear a lot of complaints from constituents, but not many expressions of [...]

Governor Nixon Withholds Assistance to Ex-offenders

Governor Nixon Withholds Assistance to Ex-offenders

Despite lawmakers overwhelming override support of funds to help ex-offenders, Governor Nixon announced late last week that he was still withholding funds for the community re-entry grants to ensure a balanced budget.  During the Veto Session, the House of Representatives voted 132-26 to override the Governor’s veto and restore funding to community non-profit organizations that [...]

Inequality Affecting State Budgets and Economic Growth, Reports Say - Others Disagree

Inequality Affecting State Budgets and Economic Growth, Reports Say – Others Disagree

A new report by the credit-rating agency Standard and Poor’s (S&P) finds that rising income inequality is slowing revenue growth in states across the nation. For the state of Missouri, tax revenue growth averaged about 9% annually from 1950 to 1979, but by 2009 revenue growth had slipped to 2.04%. The report – Income Inequality [...]

Pope Francis On Inequality

Pope Francis On Inequality

Pope Francis is certainly no economist, nor does he pretend to be, but he does see the great gulf between the very rich and the very poor. In his apostolic exhortation On the Proclamation of the Gospel in Today’s World, the Holy Father offers no blueprint for addressing inequality but he does caution against relying [...]