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It’s only May, and many of us are weary of the never-ending news cycles about the 2016 Presidential election.  With our primary election still several weeks away, and both major party candidates reasonably certain already, many Californians have a “why bother” attitude.  I’d like to suggest an antidote for election fatigue but first, allow me to take this opportunity to gently nudge those news-weary voters: in addition to Presidential hopefuls, other candidates are on the California Primary ballot including those running for U.S.

By: Edwin Valdez

Edwin came to work at our office nine months ago. The internship was made possible by a grant from the Catholic Campaign for Human Dignity (CCHD).  CCHD is part of the USCCB and works to break the cycle of poverty by helping low-income people participate in decisions that affect their lives, families and communities. Here are his thoughts on his internship.

Like so many others around the world, I was overjoyed to hear of the recent decision of the Vatican to canonize Mother Teresa, a woman generally recognized, during her lifetime, to be a “living saint.” Mother Teresa first came to my attention through Malcolm Muggeridge’s film and attendant book Something Beautiful for God. Of course Muggeridge showed Mother’s work with the dying and the poorest of the poor on the streets of Kolkata, but what moved me the most were the images of the saint’s smile amidst so much squalor and suffering.

To understand Pope Francis, it helps to understand his Jesuit formation.  Our modern society presents many examples of one of St. Ignatius’ main concepts – the two standards.  Blogger Judy Barrett looks at one of the most recent:

By Monday, we will know the outcome of Obergefell v. Hodges, the U.S. Supreme Court case that will decide whether state laws banning same-sex “marriage” violate the 14th Amendment of the U.S. Constitution.  Here in California, a bill – which fortunately is struggling – seeks to legalize physician assisted suicide (SB 128).

Reflexiones en torno a la ley SB 128 sobre el suicidio asistido por un médico

La legalización del suicidio asistido por un médico (SB 128) ha llegado al pleno de la Cámara de representantes de California y tenemos que detener su avance.

Reflections regarding SB 128 about doctor-assisted suicide

The legalization of physician- assisted suicide (SB 128) has arrived to the California State Senate and we must stop it from moving forward. 

In a few months, thousands of lay people, priests and bishops from around the world will gather in Philadelphia for the triennial World Meeting of Families, initiated twenty years ago by Pope St. John Paul II to highlight the dignity and importance of the family in human culture.  The multi-day congress will feature an international line-up of speakers on theological and practical issues that affect family life.

I was waiting for a plane one recent morning when messages of hope started jumping out at me.

When elected as the Vicar of Christ on Earth, Pope Francis made a bold statement in selecting the name of a saint known for his care of the environment and love of the poor.   

Sometime this summer, he is expected to release his first encyclical and the topic - human ecology - may be just as bold, if not a lot more controversial.