During the three days of the Los Angeles Religious Education Congress, many of our readers stopped by the booth to talk about the Catholic Legislative Network. Many more joined us online for a series of Facebook Live broadcasts on Saturday.
“The walls which divide us can be broken down only if we are prepared to listen and learn from one another,” said Pope Francis in his 2014 World Communication’s Day Message. “We need to resolve our differences through forms of dialogue which help us grow in understanding and mutual respect.”
This weekend the Catholic Legislative Network is inviting Catholics to engage in just such a dialogue as we hold our Faith in the Public Square conversation in conjunction with the Los Angeles Religious Education Congress.
This year’s Catholic Advocacy Day at the California State Capitol will take place on Tuesday, April 24, and the list of bills that participants will discuss with lawmakers showcases the vital importance that this day exists.
Bills that will be discussed with lawmakers that day include:
Thank you to the hundreds of readers who called their lawmakers this past Monday for National Catholic Call-In Day, aimed at urging lawmakers to take action to protect Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) and “Dreamers” – children who were brought to the United States by their parents and are not U.S. citizens.
The end of life’s journey can be many things. It is often a time of sorrow but it is also a time to celebrate the passage of a loved one into eternal life and remember a life well lived. Creating an environment where the ill and dying feel loved, worthy and cared for is the effort of a new initiative jointly developed by the Catholic Bishops of California and the state’s Catholic health care systems.
“Hunger is criminal; nourishment is an inalienable right,” proclaims Pope Francis. “It is a scandal that there is still hunger and malnutrition in the world! It is not just a question of responding to immediate emergencies, but of addressing together, at all levels, a problem that challenges our personal and social conscience, in order to achieve a just and lasting solution.”
The California Catholic Conference Office of Restorative Justice will be hosting “Bereavement Training in the Aftermath of Violence” at Villa Maria del Mar Retreat Center in Santa Cruz from April 10-12, 2018.
This training is intended for Parish Bereavement Ministry directors, ministers, and those who accompany the bereaved. Participants will learn how to more effectively minister to survivors of violent crime, particularly those who've experienced the death of a loved one to homicide.
Six years after its enactment, the Fair, Accurate, Inclusive, and Respectful Education Act (“FAIR Act”) continues to generate considerable confusion among school officials and parents. The recent November 2017 adoption by the State Board of Education of a number of textbook series as recommended materials for the teaching of history and social studies has generated a renewed round of questions and concerns about the requirements of the FAIR Act. Therefore, this is an opportune time to review the FAIR Act, specifically what it does – and does not – require.
The deadline to introduce new bills in the California Legislature passed last week and the California Catholic Conference (CCC) is now vetting over 2,000 bills that have the ability to have significant changes to the landscapes of education, immigration, restorative justice and social issues in the state.
Harassment discussions have dominated discussions in and around the Capitol. With over 20 pieces of legislation introduced this year regarding the subject, this will overshadow a lot of these major policy issues.
Commentary by Fr. Gerald Coleman, adjunct professor in the Graduate School of Pastoral Ministries at Santa Clara University.
In a landmark and historic statement on nuclear arms on November 10, 2017, Pope Francis categorically condemned not only “the threat of their use,” but also “their very possession.” He told participants at a Vatican symposium on disarmament that “international relations cannot be held captive to military force, mutual intimidation and the parading of stockpiles of arms.”