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April 20, 2018 Public Policy Insights, Publications

Be a Virtual Catholic Advocacy Day Participant

This year’s Catholic Advocacy Day (CAD) will take place next Tuesday, April 24. CAD brings people from dioceses throughout the state to the Capitol on one day. The advocates – two for each legislative district – will meet with their elected representatives and be a voice for life and dignity in a world that often does not seem to value either.

April 19, 2018 Because We Are Catholic, Publications, Restorative Justice

The California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation manages more than thirty prisons in the state with a combined inmate population of over 130,000. The California Department of State Hospitals also runs five state hospitals, housing mental health patients who have some involvement in the criminal justice system.

As part of restorative justice, it is important that people living in these facilities have their religious needs met. Catholic Chaplains do just that.           

April 6, 2018 Public Policy Insights, Publications

Catholic Advocacy Day Backgrounders Now Available

Catholic Advocacy Day is quickly approaching, and background information is now available for the six bills that are the focus of this year’s event on April 24. Delegates from various dioceses throughout California will meet with their elected officials to be a voice for life and dignity in the state Capitol.

This year’s participants will be focusing their efforts on the following six bills, along with local issues of their choosing:

March 23, 2018 Public Policy Insights, Publications

Pray, Learn, Act: April is Child Abuse Prevention Month

According to childhelp.org, each day between four and seven children tragically lose their lives to child abuse in the U.S., and a report of child abuse is made every 10 seconds. This includes instances of abuse, neglect, and child trafficking in every city across America.

March 16, 2018 Public Policy Insights, Publications

Faith in the Public Square: A California Conversation

“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.”

March 9, 2018 Public Policy Insights, Publications

Urge Congress to Enact the Conscience Protection Act

Now is the time to contact your members of Congress and advocate for the protection of life and freedom of conscience. 

The Conscience Protection Act is common-sense legislation that will clarify federal law and ensure that those who provide health care and health coverage can do so without being forced by government to help destroy innocent unborn children.

March 2, 2018 Public Policy Insights, Publications

DACA Status and Call-in Day Response

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. 

February 23, 2018 Public Policy Insights, Publications

National Catholic Call-In Day to Protect Dreamers

Join the Bishops of the United States on Monday, February 26, by phoning your Congressmember and asking them to protect Dreamers.

Unless Congress takes action soon, nearly 1.8 million young people who were brought to the United States by their parents as children will face deportation. We need to ask Congress to come to a bipartisan deal to protect them.

February 2, 2018 Public Policy Insights, Publications

CA Senate Passes Bill Requiring Chemical Abortion Medication on College Campuses

The California State Senate voted to pass SB 320 this week, the bill that would require all UC, CSU, and community college campuses to provide the abortion pill to students by 2020.

SB 320 (Leyva, D-Chino) passed out of the Senate on a 25-13 vote, and will now head to the State Assembly. Take a moment now to send an alert to your lawmakers before any further action is taken.

January 26, 2018 Public Policy Insights, Publications

Questions Raised About State Data, Safeguards in Assisted-Suicide Law

Organizations opposed to physician-assisted suicide responded to an Assembly hearing held today which was called to evaluate the implementation of assisted-suicide by doctors in California but instead appeared to be more a call for expansion of the practice and a lessening of safeguards to protect the vulnerable:

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