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September 14, 2017 News, News

With the DACA decision earlier in the month, California leaders are making an effort to deal with the immigration situation in constructive and helpful ways.  The need for comprehensive immigration reform from national political leaders remains critical yet partisanship continues to stymie real debate.

The following statement was released by Edward “Ned” Dolejsi, Executive Director of the California Catholic Conference, regarding increased funding announced this week in support of DACA students and naturalization programs and other immigrant needs:

August 30, 2017 News, News

By Jennifer Carr Allmon
Executive Director, Texas Catholic Conference of Bishops

“And he called his disciples to him, and said to them, ‘Truly, I say to you, this poor widow has put in more than all those who are contributing to the treasury. For they all contributed out of their abundance; but she out of her poverty has put in everything she had, her whole living.’” (Mark 12:43-44)

August 29, 2017 National, News
WASHINGTON—Archbishop José H. Gomez of Los Angeles, vice-president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) has called on the bishops to consider taking up a special collection to support victims of Hurricane Harvey and to provide pastoral and rebuilding support to impacted dioceses.
 
In an August 28 letter, Archbishop Gomez requested that the collection be held during the weekend of September 1-2 or September 8-9.
 
August 24, 2017 News, News

Last year, Californians overwhelmingly voted to enact Proposition 57: The Public Safety and Rehabilitation Act of 2016. This measure is integral in expanding restorative justice in our prisons by incentivizing incarcerated individuals to improve their lives through education, career training and rehabilitation.

August 23, 2017 California Bishops Statements, News
Cite Importance of Public Safety while Questioning the Wisdom of Indiscriminate Deportations
 
Statement from Bishop Jaime Soto, Sacramento, and president of the California Catholic Conference of Bishops:
 
The California Catholic Conference of Bishops supports SB 54, the California Values Act.
 
July 21, 2017 News, News

The Legislature has officially recessed for the summer this week, but not before moving on a key piece of environmental legislation.

On Monday, lawmakers gave a bi-partisan nod of approval to AB 398 (Garcia, D-Coachella), the extension of the state’s cap-and-trade program through the year 2030. The program aims to slash emissions by requiring entities to purchase permits to release greenhouse gases. The program’s renewal was a key priority for Governor Brown.

July 21, 2017 News, News

Last Friday, the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR) released their proposed Regular Regulations for the implementation of last November’s Prop 57 and the comment period to respond to those regulations began.

July 14, 2017 News, News

California’s efforts to protect immigrants while balancing legitimate public safety concerns is proving more difficult than many thought.  SB 54, the California Values Act (de Leon, D-Los Angeles), is at an impasse, at least temporarily, as Governor Brown, Senate President pro temp Kevin de Leon, immigration groups and law enforcement interests grapple with the legislation’s complexities.

July 14, 2017 News, News

As the legislative summer recess draws near, the California Catholic Conference is keeping close watch on many bills, several of which are being taken up for hearings or votes in coming days.  

July 6, 2017 News, News

In an unprecedented gathering over the July 4th weekend, about 3,000 Catholic leaders in the United States were schooled in what it means to be missionary disciples in the world today.

The theme of the meeting and the inspiration for the content came from the words of Pope Francis in his encyclical The Joy of the Gospel (Evangelii Gaudium):

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