Legislative Advocacy The Archdiocese of Detroit follows the legislative priorities of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops. We maintain a bank of news, people and current information on various legislative issues with moral impact and work to disseminate this information throughout the archdiocese. Our role is to help parish staff and volunteers prepare appropriate responses to legislation of concern and work to accomplish the goals of the U.S. bishops' conference. The Michigan Catholic Conference serves as the official voice of the Catholic Church in Michigan on matters of public policy. Michigan Catholic Conference U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops Faithful Citizenship » Though the Detroit Archdiocese, The Michigan Catholic Conference and the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops have published many helpful resources related to the 2012 general election, the Archdiocese highlights the following selection of resources for use in parishes. HHS Mandate » The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) mandate that forces all private health plans to provide coverage of sterilization and contraceptives—including abortion-inducing drugs—calls for an immediate response. Immigration Reform » The Catholic Church in the United States supports comprehensive immigration reform that upholds the dignity of the human person, promotes family unity, and combats any injustice that would compromise the dignity of immigrants. Many immigration issues are most appropriately addressed by national immigration authorities and the United States Congress. Pro-Life » We believe that every life is important. Preserving life, whether it’s the terminally ill or an unborn child, is our central mission through Project Life. Lansing Update » Lansing Update publishes when the Michigan Legislature is in session and chronicles legislative activity of interest to the Michigan Catholic Conference. To begin receiving Lansing Update, please sign up for the Catholic Legislative Advocacy Network. Religious Freedom » Catholics have long been staunch defenders of God-given religious liberty. Today, such liberty is threatened in our country by government intrusion. Both the federal and state governments have made attempts to inhibit – and even to make illegal – efforts by Catholics and Catholic institutions to operate according to their faith. It has touched areas of health care, immigration, education, Church structure, adoption services, refugee services, humanitarian aid, and more. Supporting Christians » Archbishop Allen Vigneron urges prayers and support for Christians and others in the Middle East who are subject to violence because of their faith. Traditional Marriage » The Church teaches that the well-being of the individual person and of society is intimately linked with marriage and family. Studies also consistently support the many societal benefits rooted in the permanent union of one man with one woman.