Insights: Bishops Urge Vaccinations to Protect Yourself and Community

Vaccinate to Protect Health of Yourself and Your Community

In partnership with the Catholic health systems and Catholic Charities throughout the Golden State, the Catholic Bishops of California urge all Californians to receive a vaccination to prevent the continued spread of the deadly COVID-19 pandemic that has claimed the lives of more than two million people worldwide.

As the Vatican’s Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith has said, the vaccines now available and offered (Pfizer and Moderna) and those currently in the testing approval/process (AstraZeneca and Johnson & Johnson) are morally permissible and can be used in good conscience.  

Beyond simply protecting their own health and safety, Catholics also have an obligation to protect their family, friends, and community by vaccinating as soon as feasible in accordance with public health guidelines and protocols in their area.  One should always consult with their doctor regarding any personal medical concerns.


California Extends Eviction Moratorium Through June

In an effort to combat an increased housing crisis fueled by COVID-19, Governor Gavin Newsom and lawmakers have extended California’s eviction moratorium through June 30 of this year. The law protects from eviction those who could not pay their rent between March and August of last year because of the pandemic and those who are able to pay 25 percent of their rent.

The State also announced it will use federal stimulus money to pay up to 80 percent of back-owed rent for those that qualify.

“These critically needed federal funds, targeted to the most at-risk households with unpaid back rent, will help tenants stay afloat during and after this pandemic. Income-qualified tenants and their landlords can choose to receive direct rental assistance in exchange for forgiving prior rental debt,” said Governor Gavin Newsom, Senate President pro Tempore Toni Atkins, and Assembly Speaker Anthony Rendon in a combined released statement.


Verify before sharing 'news,' pope says in Communications Day message

In the age of instant communications and fake news, journalists -- like everyone else -- need to recover the practice of going out and verifying information before they share it, Pope Francis said.

"'Come and see' is the simplest method to get to know a situation. It is the most honest test of every message, because, in order to know, we need to encounter, to let the person in front of me speak, to let his or her testimony reach me," the pope wrote in his message for the Catholic Church's celebration of World Communications Day.

The message was released Jan. 23, the eve of the feast of St. Francis de Sales, patron saint of journalists. At the Vatican and in most countries, World Communications Day will be celebrated on May 16.

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