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Minnesota Catholic Conference (MCC) is the public policy voice of the Catholic Church in Minnesota. MCC supports the ministry of our state’s Catholic bishops by: Working with political and community leaders to shape legislation that serves human dignity and the common good. Educating Catholics and the public about the ethical and moral framework that should be applied to public policy choices. Mobilizing the Catholic community to make its voice heard in the public arena.
 
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This week we're speaking with Dr. Daniel Di Salvo of the Manhattan Institute. He is also a professor of political science in the Colin Powell School at the City College of New York–CUNY.His scholarship focuses on American political parties, elections, labor unions, state government, and public policy. He holds a Ph.D. in politics from the Universit…
 
This week we're talking about the intersection of theology and the economy. We speak with, Dr. Mary Hirschfeld, a professor of economics and theology at Villanova University and Author of Aquinas and the Market: Toward a Humane Economy.This week's action item examines the meaning of Advent and how we can make use of this time to build relationships…
 
We are entering a season that is full of wants. Where do we want to spend the holidays? What do we want to eat for Thanksgiving? What do the kids want for Christmas? Living with want is not a bad thing, but it can potentially lead us to miss what we need. And often what we need is God meeting us in a powerful way. See omnystudio.com/listener for pr…
 
We have two guests on this week’s show. Dr. Kirk Doran an associate economics professor at Notre Dame and Brian Boyd a doctoral student at Notre Dame.We’ll be discussing how pro-productivity reforms to the labor market could create better wages, why it all matters from a theological standpoint, and what improving human flourishing amidst it all loo…
 
This week we’re joined by Dr. John Cavadini a theology professor at the University of Notre Dame to discuss his reflections on Pope Francis’ encyclical Laudato Si’ and the influences of St. Francis and St. Augustine on that document.This week's action item: Join or start a small group using the Minnesota, Our Common Home resources to delve into the…
 
This week we're talking with, Zena Hitz, a tutor at St. John’s College and author of “Lost in Thought”. We’ll be talking about the state of education and get her thoughts on learning for the sake of learning.This week's action item: Continue to keep respect life issues at the forefront beyond October. Register for a Nov. 18th webinar discussing ass…
 
Repairing a relationship requires someone to initiate, regardless of who’s to blame for the fallout. There’s a simple prayer you can learn to help you take that first step. Subscribe to stay updated with the latest content. Follow Browns Bridge Church: YouTube Instagram Twitter Facebook Website See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.…
 
When it comes to repairing relationships, no one responds well to being convinced, coerced, convicted or controlled. Yet we try those approaches over and over again. Subscribe to stay updated with the latest content. Follow Browns Bridge Church: YouTube Instagram Twitter Facebook Website See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.…
 
Today, we celebrate Be Rich, our annual campaign to go above and beyond in giving back to our community. Thanks to your generosity of time and money, we have a LOT to celebrate. Subscribe to stay updated with the latest content. Follow Browns Bridge Church: YouTube Instagram Twitter Facebook Website See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy informati…
 
This week we speak with Ed Condon, Co-Founder, and Editor of The Pillar a Catholic news and analysis site. He reflects on the role of Catholic Journalism and the U.S. withdrawal from Afghanistan and the failed nation-building attempt there.This week's action item: How you can get alerts about when your legislators are holding town hall meetings in …
 
This week we're joined by R.J. Snell, Editor-in-Chief of Public Discourse and Director of Academic Programs at the Witherspoon Institute to discuss his recent article, "Lost in the Chaos: The Danger of Total Politics" and his practical tips on how to help end political chaos.In our action item, we're discussing getting involved in local decision-ma…
 
Sometimes less is more—except when it comes to money, right? More money can lead to more opportunities, influence, and impact. On the other hand, less money can mean less anxiety about money and less of our lives being consumed by getting more of it. In this message, we look at how to reach a worry-free place when it comes to money. Subscribe to st…
 
This week we’re joined by Patrick Brown of the Ethics and Public Policy Center. He recently wrote a piece for The New York Times entitled, “Why Working-Class Parents Don’t Buy What D.C. Is Selling.” He'll discuss what pro-family economic policies should focus on and what working-class parents across the country are saying about current policy propo…
 
Are you better at being selfless or selfish? We are all born with a natural tendency to focus on ourselves over others. But, when we are selfish, we discover that we undermine our own lives. The problem is, even though we know this, we still have selfish moments and seasons. We know better, we just don’t do better. This week, we take a look at the …
 
In this week's episode, we speak with Dr. Joseph Capizzi, about human ecology. We dig into what that is and how things like big tech and the emerging security state are impacting it. Dr. Capizzi is the Executive Director of the Institute for Human Ecology at Catholic University. In this week's action items, we examine what you can do to help promot…
 
It’s easy to look at the outcomes of our decisions and know if we’ve won. But the bigger win happens before you even know the outcome. Subscribe to stay updated with the latest content. Follow Browns Bridge Church: YouTube Instagram Twitter Facebook Website See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.…
 
The first breach of integrity makes the second breach easier. Before you know it, it becomes a pattern. But there’s a way to prevent it from starting. Subscribe to stay updated with the latest content. Follow Browns Bridge Church: YouTube Instagram Twitter Facebook Website See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.…
 
Our appetites pose a constant threat to our integrity. And if we don't control them, they will shape the direction and quality of our lives. Subscribe to stay updated with the latest content. Follow Browns Bridge Church: YouTube Instagram Twitter Facebook Website See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.…
 
In today’s episode we’re talking about the debate over whether religion is simply a private matter or is it public and what the implications are for religious freedom and the future of civilization. In our mailbag segment we answer a question about caring for people at the end of life.And of course, we want to leave you with some practical tips on …
 
Sometimes we’re willing to be bad to keep from looking bad. But when we’re more concerned about our reputations than our integrity, we eventually damage both. Subscribe to stay updated with the latest content. Follow Browns Bridge Church: YouTube Instagram Twitter Facebook Website See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.…
 
In today’s episode we’re talking about living in truth and working ecumenically.In our mailbag segment we answer a question about a ruling in a Texas court and what it means for DACA recipients here in Minnesota and across the country.And of course, we want to leave you with some practical tips on how you can start to put your faith into action. In…
 
There are times we know we ought to do something, even when there is no written rule. That's because there is an “ought to” that stands outside of you and over you that didn't originate with you. Subscribe to stay updated with the latest content. Follow Browns Bridge Church: YouTube Instagram Twitter Facebook Website See omnystudio.com/listener for…
 
In today’s episode we’re delving further in depth on an abortion case out of Mississippi going before the U.S. Supreme Court, “Dobbs v. Jackson Women's Health Organization” and what it could mean for the unborn and their mothers across the nation and here in Minnesota. In our mailbag segment we answer a question about taxpayer funding of abortion.A…
 
In today’s episode we’re talking about pro-life apologetics. How you can start to have real dialogue with people who believe women should have a right to abortion. In our mailbag segment, we answer a question about an upcoming supreme court case that could provide protections against abortion to the unborn as early as 15-weeks gestation.And of cour…
 
We all know desperate times call for desperate measures. Even if you turn to Jesus as a last resort, it’s not too late for him to give you a life of freedom. Subscribe to stay updated with the latest content. Follow Browns Bridge Church: YouTube Instagram Twitter Facebook Website See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.…
 
In today’s episode we’re talking about new medical technologies, such as gene editing, and the ability technology gives us to mold our bodies at will. We discuss the principles needed for discerning the use of such technologies.In our mailbag segment we answer a question about peacetime states of emergency and the role of government.And of course, …
 
In today’s episode we’re talking about the rise in people thinking of themselves not in terms of our physical being but instead placing primary importance on their interior being. What impacts does it have on society if one’s thoughts and feelings define one’s humanity and can the Christians bring a more stable understanding?In our mailbag segment …
 
If you repay evil for evil, you will write a pretty predictable story. But there’s a way to write a remarkable one instead. Subscribe to stay updated with the latest content. Follow Browns Bridge Church: YouTube Instagram Twitter Facebook Website See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.By Browns Bridge Church
 
Hurting someone because they hurt you doesn't end the cycle. It perpetuates it. And it makes you look like the person you dislike. Subscribe to stay updated with the latest content. Follow Browns Bridge Church: YouTube Instagram Twitter Facebook Website See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.…
 
In today’s episode we’re talking about the correct way to correct a bishop. Social media has enabled people to openly and widely air their grievances about Church hierarchy, but did you know that Canon Law actually gives us the principles of how to correct our Church leaders?In our mailbag segment, we answer a question about Church teaching and wha…
 
Red or Blue. Left or Right. For or Against. It sometimes feels like the United States isn't very united. There's something we can do about that, and it has less to do with our rights and more to do with our responsibility. Subscribe to stay updated with the latest content. Follow Browns Bridge Church: YouTube Instagram Twitter Facebook Website See …
 
In today’s episode we’re talking about bioethics in public policy and what should be considered when it comes to policies impacting the human body.In our mailbag segment we answer a question about special legislative sessions and why they seem to be so commonplace.And of course, we want to leave you with some practical tips on how you can start to …
 
It seems like everyone is getting really good at being critical these days. And what do we gain by it? The answer may surprise you. And it’s nothing new. Thousands of years ago, the nation of Israel dealt with this. We can find new hope for today from what they experienced. Subscribe to stay updated with the latest content. Follow Browns Bridge Chu…
 
In today’s episode we’re talking about America in crisis and how focusing on truth, beauty, and goodness can help revitalize our country.In our mailbag segment we answer a question about the relationship between our government leaders and Church leaders.And of course, we want to leave you with some practical tips on how you can start to put your fa…
 
No one wants to be a “Debbie Downer.” But we often have areas of our lives that are challenging, broken, or weak. And the degree to which we are honest with God about those areas is often the degree to which we can experience him in the struggle. Subscribe to stay updated with the latest content. Follow Browns Bridge Church: YouTube Instagram Twitt…
 
In today’s episode, we’re talking about thinking for yourself and what a lack of critical thinking says about the current state and future of American politics.In our mailbag segment, we answer a question about meeting the needs of parents who want more opportunities to choose the right school for their child’s needs.And of course, we want to leave…
 
In today’s episode we’re talking about our roots – the places we come from – and why so many people end up needing to uproot themselves to pursue education or careers. Could changes to public policy help enliven communities facing “brain drain”? In our mailbag segment we answer a question about advocacy efforts and policy priorities now that our re…
 
We all want to get the future right, and we all want to arrive safely at our intended destination. Follow these rules and you will get there on time and on purpose. Subscribe to stay updated with the latest content. Follow Browns Bridge Church: YouTube Instagram Twitter Facebook Website See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.…
 
In today’s episode we’re talking about elites and the challenges that their ideologies pose for proponents of marriage and the family.In our mailbag segment we answer a question about building relationships with Members of Congress without ever going to D.C.And of course, we want to leave you with some practical tips on how you can start to put you…
 
In today’s episode we’re talking about the Church and the State and what history can teach us about how the Church can engage with liberal democracy. We're speaking with Dr. Andrew Jones of the St. Paul Center for Biblical Theology and author of "Before Church and State" and "The Two Cities: A history of Christian Politics." See below for links to …
 
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