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.
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January 22 marks the anniversary of a U.S. Supreme Court decision to legalize abortion in 1973, known as Roe vs. Wade. Each year at that time we come together to remember those lost to abortion.
"(We) stand ready to do all in our power to help any expectant mother or any person suffering serious illness to choose life rather than to make the tragic choice of abortion or of physician-assisted suicide. Our mission is to offer the help and compassion of Jesus Christ in support of each precious human life."
Today, fewer abortions are being performed each year, fewer doctors are willing to practice abortion, and states have passed more laws restricting or regulating the practice than laws promoting or protecting abortion.
Read more about the Pro-Life activities of the Catholic Church in America through the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops.
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.
Resources on the Church's beliefs on immigration can be found here:
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.
Archbishop Allen Vigneron urges prayers and support for Christians and others in the Middle East who are subject to violence because of their faith. The Archdiocese of Detroit acutely feels the impact of religious persecution in Iraq and the Middle East because of its close ties with our large local Chaldean population in the Southfield-based Eparchy of St. Thomas the Apostle. Because of the relationship between the archdiocese and the Chaldean Eparchy, Archbishop Vigneron was one of three Roman Catholic archbishops in North America to participate in the 2010 Vatican Synod of Bishops in the Middle East.
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. Despite such evidence, however, more couples in the United States choose not to marry and, at the same time, are increasingly accepting of a variety of non-marital and alternative sexual relationships.
Marriage and Family in the United States : The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops offers a review of research on the benefits generated from families rooted in traditional marriage.
Focus: Defending One Man and One Woman in Marriage : The Michigan Catholic Conference in 2004 stated its reasons for supporting an amendment to the state constitution to recognize marriage as the union of one man and one woman.
Marriage: Unique for a Reason : Through this website, the U.S. Bishops invite people to learn about the basics of marriage, what it is, why it’s important to society, and what the impact of redefining it would be.
Additional Resources :
- USA Today: Q&A with U.S. Bishops’ Chairman for Promotion and Defense of Marriage
- America Magazine: The threat of same-sex marriage
- U.S. Bishops: Resources for the Promotion and Defense of Marriage
Click here for the Latest News releases from the from the Michigan Catholic Conference newsroom.
In 2012, the Archdiocese of Detroit re-affirmed its long-standing prohibition of the distribution of election year material in parishes unless published by the diocesan bishop, the Michigan Catholic Conference (MCC) or the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB). Materials not published by our archbishop or either conference -- the MCC or the USCCB -- should not be distributed by Catholic parishes.
Though the Detroit Archdiocese, The Michigan Catholic Conference and the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops have published many helpful resources related to the 2016 primary and general elections, the Archdiocese highlights the following selection of resources for use in parishes:
Bulletin Inserts / Flyers
- Forming Consciences for Faithful Citizenship (U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops)
- The Most Cherished of American Freedoms (U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops)
- Protecting Conscience Rights (U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops)
Forming Consciences for Faithful Citizenship ( Spanish )
Forming Consciences for Faithful Citizenship is the central document involving Catholic Church teachings and politics, this document is a call to political responsibility from the Catholic Bishops of the United States. The document’s text is on the USCCB website. There is also a link to download it as a 45-page PDF file, or to order copies for your parish from the USCCB. (U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops)
Religious Freedom and the HHS Mandate
The March 14 document reacting to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services mandate that Catholic institutions provide abortion-inducing drugs, contraception and sterilization to employees through their health care coverage. (U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops)
Political Guidelines for Parishes & Pastors
Guidelines from the public policy voice of the Church in Michigan, clarifying the Church’s role in the political arena. (Michigan Catholic Conference)
‘Do’s and Don’ts’ Guidelines for Political Activity
Guidelines for U.S. dioceses in regards to political activity at the diocesan and parish levels. (U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops)