Michigan Catholic Conference http://michiganradio.org en MSU Study: A Catholic school education may not be superior to a public school education http://michiganradio.org/post/msu-study-catholic-school-education-may-not-be-superior-public-school-education <p><a href="https://www.msu.edu/~telder/Cath_Prim_Current.pdf">A new Michigan State University study</a> suggests <a href="http://www.micatholic.org/advocacy/advocacy-issues/education/">a Catholic school education</a> might not be better than a public schools education.</p><p><a href="http://msutoday.msu.edu/news/2013/study-gives-catholic-schools-poor-marks/">Todd Elder</a> is an MSU economist. He says it's true that test scores for Catholic school students are better than for public school students. But Elder says that gap is wider in Kindergarten than it is in the eighth grade.</p> Fri, 01 Nov 2013 12:59:00 +0000 Steve Carmody 15074 at http://michiganradio.org MSU Study: A Catholic school education may not be superior to a public school education Bills would allow faith-based agencies to refuse to process adoptions in Michigan http://michiganradio.org/post/bills-would-allow-faith-based-agencies-refuse-process-adoptions-michigan <p style="margin-left:.5in;">A state House committee has approved legislation that would allow faith-based adoption agencies to refuse to handle placements for religious reasons. Instead, under the legislation, an agency that has an objection would have to refer a qualified family to an adoption office that would handle the placement.</p> Wed, 25 Sep 2013 22:45:13 +0000 Rick Pluta 14592 at http://michiganradio.org Bills would allow faith-based agencies to refuse to process adoptions in Michigan New bill would let adoption agencies pick parents on religious, moral grounds http://michiganradio.org/post/new-bill-would-let-adoption-agencies-pick-parents-religious-moral-grounds <p></p><p>Michigan adoption agencies would be able to refuse to place kids with families who violate the agency's religious or moral convictions.&nbsp;</p><p>That's under a new bill proposed in the state legislature.</p><p>Private agencies can already use faith-based principles when it comes to adoption, like not placing kids with homosexual parents.</p><p>But this bill would make it illegal to deny agencies funding or licenses because of their convictions.</p> Wed, 28 Nov 2012 16:49:56 +0000 Kate Wells 10101 at http://michiganradio.org New bill would let adoption agencies pick parents on religious, moral grounds Contraception Rules http://michiganradio.org/post/contraception-rules <p><font color="#000000" face="Arial" id="role_document" size="2"><font size="4">The Michigan Catholic Conference filed a federal lawsuit yesterday, charging that their freedom of religion has been violated because of a new rule regarding health insurance policies.</font></font></p><p><font color="#000000" face="Arial" size="2"><font size="4">And on the basis of logic alone, I have to say, what they are claiming makes absolutely no sense to me. This is not an issue that only involves Michigan. Forty-three Roman Catholic dioceses, social service agencies, schools and even the University of Notre Dame filed similar lawsuits across the nation. Their issue is simply this.</font></font></p><p><font color="#000000" face="Arial" size="2"><font size="4">The Obama administration&#39;s Department of Health and Human Services has a rule requiring all employers that provide health insurance to have that coverage cover contraceptives.</font></font></p><p><font color="#000000" face="Arial" size="2"><font size="4">The Roman Catholic Church opposes any use of contraception, and says being required to cover this violates their religious freedom.</font></font></p><p><font color="#000000" face="Arial" size="2"><font size="4">This is not, by the way, part of the Affordable Care Act, the constitutionality of which is due to be decided by the United States Supreme Court next month, This is entirely a different case.</font></font></p><p><font color="#000000" face="Arial" size="2"><font size="4">The Michigan Catholic Conference and other Catholic groups across the nation say that requiring them to insure contraceptive coverage violates their rights under both the First Amendment and under a bill called the Religious Freedom Restoration Act.</font></font></p><p><font color="#000000" face="Arial" size="2"><font size="4">They want the federal courts to make the Obama Administration drop this requirement. </font></font></p><p><font color="#000000" face="Arial" size="2"><font size="4">But here&#39;s why their argument seems illogical. The government is not requiring that anybody approve of or use contraception. That would be a tremendous violation of religious freedom. What the government is saying is that if someone does choose to do so, insurance plans have to cover it.</font></font></p><p><font color="#000000" face="Arial" size="2"><font size="4">That makes logical and legal sense, given that nearly half a century ago, in a case called Griswold vs. Connecticut, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that a state could not outlaw the use of contraceptives. Incidentally, every survey I have ever seen shows that the majority of American Catholics do in fact use contraception, even though it is against their church&#39;s teaching.</font></font> Tue, 22 May 2012 15:18:12 +0000 Jack Lessenberry 7563 at http://michiganradio.org Contraception Rules Michigan Catholics sue Obama administration over birth control mandate http://michiganradio.org/post/michigan-catholics-sue-obama-administration-over-birth-control-mandate <p>The Michigan Catholic Conference has filed a lawsuit in federal court to block an Obama administration rule that requires employer health plans to offer contraception coverage. The Catholic church opposes birth control.</p><p>The Catholic Conference offers health coverage to about 10,000 employees and their dependents at Catholic parishes, schools and charities across the state.</p><p>Paul Long is the president of the Michigan Catholic Conference.</p><p>&ldquo;Inasmuch we provide this benefit, this mandate would be very restrictive upon us,&quot; Long said. &quot;We felt that we needed to act in a way that was in keeping with who we are and being able to continue to provide the plan that we&rsquo;ve always provided.&rdquo;</p><p>The lawsuit says the contraception requirement violates the church&rsquo;s religious freedom. It was filed at a federal court in Ohio. Franciscan University of Steubenville-Ohio is also part of the lawsuit. Mon, 21 May 2012 19:02:08 +0000 Rick Pluta 7551 at http://michiganradio.org Michigan Catholics sue Obama administration over birth control mandate