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May 10, 2018 News, News

In 1911, in an effort to wrestle control of the legislature away from the railroads, California was one of the first states to introduce the initiative process. 

Allowing citizens to place policy directly on the ballot with an initiative is an “experiment” in direct democracy that the citizens of the Golden State still seem to hold dear.

The system has its pluses – citizens can address issues their lawmakers cannot – and its minuses – almost any special interest with sufficient financial resources can get something on the ballot.

May 10, 2018 News, News

In a novel event in late March, members of several Native American tribes in Southern California joined with Los Angeles Archbishop José H. Gomez at the Kuruvunga Springs Cultural Center in West LA to mark the signing of 17 historic protocols to guide relations between the Archdiocese of Los Angeles and tribes in the area.

May 3, 2018 News, News

Last week, the regional V (Fifth) Encuentro in Visalia, California, brought together bishops and about 1,300 Hispanic ministry delegates from California, Hawaii, and Nevada for the historic gathering.

The vision behind Encuentro is to discern ways in which the Church can better respond to the Latino Catholic community and strengthen responses to the needs of all the faithful.  Discussions focused on ten different areas including such topics as families, supporting young people, working with immigrants and vocations.

April 26, 2018 News, News

This past Tuesday, over 100 Catholic Advocacy Day delegates representing nine California dioceses gathered in Sacramento to be the Catholic voice and speak with lawmakers at the Capitol. This year’s participants included deacon candidates and students from Newman Centers.

April 26, 2018 News, News

Catholic bishops throughout the country have expressed their support for the proposed Uniting and Securing America (USA) Act (H.R. 4796), a bipartisan plan to augment border security at the U.S./Mexico border through the use of technology, increase the number of immigration judges and immigration appeals staff attorneys, and investigate the root causes and prevent future irregular migration from Central America.

April 26, 2018 News, News

Ensuring well-prepared and exceptionally qualified educators is the single most crucial strategy for providing students with an equitable and excellent education. Yet, learning in California’s classrooms is in peril by a widening shortage of professional and qualified teachers.

April 26, 2018 News, News

The Catholic Climate Declaration (CCD) has launched the “Catholics Are Still In” campaign, affirming the commitment to stand by the Paris Agreement and help meet its goals. You can join the campaign here.  

The Paris Agreement is an agreement within the United National Framework Convention on Climate Change to combat climate change and adapt to its effects, with enhanced support to assist developing countries to do so.

April 19, 2018 News, News

The abuse of a minor is a horrific crime.  The failure of institutions, including the Church, to protect children has meant broken lives and broken promises. 

“We hear these children and their cries of pain,” said Pope Francis in 2016.  “It is a sin that shames us. We regret this deeply and we beg forgiveness.”

The Church in the United States has not only recognized its failure but it continues to go to great lengths to swiftly and openly address the harm caused by some of its members and see that it never happens again.

April 12, 2018 News, News

Search firm retained to conduct nationwide search

The Most Rev. Jaime Soto, president of the California Catholic Conference (CCC) and Bishop of Sacramento, announced today that Ned Dolejsi, the longtime executive director of the CCC will be retiring this summer.  A search firm has been retained to identify a new director.

April 12, 2018 News, News

In response to President Trump’s call last week for National Guard troops to police in four southern states that share borders with Mexico, U.S. Bishops throughout the country issued statements criticizing the plan and calling for thoughtful immigration reform.

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