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September 4, 2019 Because We Are Catholic, Publications

What is needed is a politics which is far-sighted and capable of a new, integral and inter-disciplinary approach to handling the different aspects of the crisis….A healthy politics needs to be able to take up this chall                                                                                        Pope Francis, Laudato Si’, 2015

State leaders urged to address environmental issues with approach that cares for all of creation’s ecological, social, cultural, and economic dimensions.

We can see God’s gifts in the various aspects of life here in California: the biodiversity of plants and animals; the state’s rich history, which includes its indigenous peoples; the beauty in our magnificent state and national parks; the productivity of our farmlands; and the advancements in technology that have positive effects on our lives.

June 13, 2019 Because We Are Catholic, News

I encourage you to persevere in your search for truth for we ought never to fear truth, nor become trapped in our own preconceived ideas, but welcome new scientific discoveries with an attitude of humility.                                                           - Pope Francis to the Pontifical Academy of Science.

"The Bible teaches us how to go to heaven, not how the heavens go."

One would think a prominent atheist spoke such words.  Not so. 

March 19, 2019 Because We Are Catholic, Protect Our Common Home, Publications

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One-third of the parishes, offices and facilities of the Diocese of Monterey have gone solar, and the counties of Monterey, San Benito and Santa Cruz now draw on 100 percent carbon and nuclear-free energy largely thanks to efforts of local Catholics.

January 31, 2019 Because We Are Catholic, Publications

Local individuals and groups can make a real difference. They are able to instill a greater sense of responsibility, a strong sense of community, a readiness to protect others, a spirit of creativity and a deep love for the land.                                                - Pope Francis


In November 2018, the town of Paradise and surrounding areas in Butte County were ravaged by the worst wildfire in state history.  Paradise itself was virtually obliterated and nearly 90 lives were lost in the Camp Fire, one of the nation’s deadliest. 

January 23, 2019 Because We Are Catholic, Publications

At the U.S.-Mexico border fence in Tijuana, people see a big house at the top of a hill adjacent to a skyline-dominating steeple.

The big house is Casa Migrante. Next to it is the church of San Felipe de Jesus and a third building.

For more than 30 years, after people have grappled with the border’s harsh reality, Casa Migrante is a place where they can get immediate help and begin to re-establish a normal life.

August 23, 2018 Because We Are Catholic, Publications

After 30 years behind bars, Doris Frey stood at the threshold of freedom and hesitated. Life on the outside was now a life unknown.

“They opened the gate and I just stood there…What’s waiting for me out there?” recalls Frey.

May 31, 2018 Because We Are Catholic, News

Deeply buried in our society’s glittering bustle one of the most sordid crimes against humanity continues every day almost unnoticed – the sale of young girls for sex.

Pope Francis warned earlier in the year that, “modern forms of slavery are far more widespread than previously imagined, even – to our scandal and shame – within the most prosperous of our societies.”  

An estimated 40 million people around the world are enslaved today.  Most are held against their will for cheap labor, but a substantial number are held against their will for sex.

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.           

January 9, 2018 Because We Are Catholic, Publications

 “...Let us consider this: we are all immigrants on the journey of life, none of us has a fixed abode in this land, we all must go.” – Pope Francis (03/21/2015)

September 7, 2017 Because We Are Catholic, Publications

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Years before Pope Francis wrote about care for our common home in his encyclical, Laudato Si, the Diocese of Stockton was already practicing its own kind of environmental stewardship. Created in 2005, the Environmental Justice Project at Catholic Charities, Diocese of Stockton, has been tirelessly working for more than 10 years to help steward God’s creation.