The Word from Lansing

Public policy in our state from the Michigan Catholic Conference

Promoting a respect for life

Paul A. Long

In the Gospel of John, Jesus tells the disciples to “love one another as I have loved you” (13:34). The Catholic Church calls each person to this kind of life, treating all people with love. In fact, the Church’s commitment to respecting life “from the womb to the tomb” embodies this message, because all people…

Taking steps to overcome racism

On Twitter several months ago, Pope Francis posted that “we must overcome all forms of racism, of intolerance and of the instrumentalization of the human person.” That tweet has resonated with audiences, receiving more than 65,000 likes and almost 23,500 shares. The tweet’s message and the Catholic Church’s teaching on racism is worth sharing in…

Nonpublic school students shouldn’t be treated differently

Paul A. Long

The month of August is in full swing. With it comes the sounds of Catholic school teachers and students beginning classes once again. Michigan has more than 220 Catholic schools, and each has a significant presence within their respective community and neighborhood. In recent years, the state Legislature has recognized the presence of Catholic and…