California Bishops Statements
All Life Is Sacred – Innocent or Flawed
Bishops Also Oppose Prop 66 to Speed up Executions
SACRAMENTO, CA - During this Jubilee Year of Mercy, we, the Catholic Bishops of California support Proposition 62 which would end the use of the death penalty in California. Our commitment to halt the practice of capital punishment is rooted both in the Catholic faith and our pastoral experience.
All life is sacred – innocent or flawed – just as Jesus Christ taught us and demonstrated repeatedly throughout His ministry. This focus on the preciousness of human life is fundamental to Christianity and most eloquently expressed in the two great commandments: “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart … love your neighbor as yourself.” (Mk. 12.30-31) Jesus makes clear that to love God we must love our neighbor. Each of us holds an inherent worth derived from being created in God’s own image. Each of us has a duty to love this divine image imprinted on every person. “Whoever does not love a brother whom he has seen cannot love God whom he has not seen.” (I Jn. 4.20)
Bishop Jaime Soto, President of the California Catholic Conference of Bishops, issued the following statement following the US Supreme Court's inaction on the Administration's DACA/DAPA immigration order:
Once again political dynamics in the United States are endangering the lives of millions of our brothers and sisters. By our failure to address comprehensive immigration reform, we leave millions of migrants in a perpetual uncertainty and we perpetuate a climate of uncertainty, distrust and confusion.
A Statement by the California Catholic Conference of Bishops
The Most Rev. Jaime Soto, Bishop of Sacramento and President of the California Catholic Conference, has issued the following statement on the referendum to overturn the physician-assisted suicide law (ABx2-15) in California:
“Dear Fellow Catholics and Friends,
SACRAMENTO – Bishop Jaime Soto, president of the California Catholic Conference and head of the Diocese of Sacramento, issued the following statement on behalf of the Catholic Bishops of California in light of the wave of terrorism and gun violence affecting the state and the fear and anxiety poisoning public discourse:
The Executive Committee of the California Catholic Conference has issued the following statement on signature gathering efforts for a referendum to overturn the new physician-assisted suicide law in California and other initiatives dealing with parental notification before a minor receives an abortion and another on the use of the death penalty:
Dear Fellow Catholics and Friends,
(En Español) The Bishops of California, have issued the following statement after Governor Brown signed ABx2-15 (Eggman) the End-of-Life Option Act:
A Life Devoted to Service and Prayer California Bishops Honor Those Leading a Consecrated Life
During 2015, the Year of Consecrated Life, the Bishops of California join with Pope Francis and the worldwide Catholic Church in honoring the women and men who fulfill their baptismal vocation by formally consecrating their lives to service, prayer and care for others.
In recent days, the people of our state have witnessed the arrival of hundreds of displaced people, mostly women and children, to various locations in Southern California. The Bishops of California wish to express our solidarity with these immigrant brothers and sisters who are coming to our state and to offer our prayer that God will deliver them to the safe environment they seek.
We also recognize our responsibility as a Church of compassion to come to their aid and help provide them with the practical and pastoral support they so need.