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California Bishops Statements

June 18, 2019 California Bishops Statements, Protect Our Common Home

Pastoral Statement by the California Conference of Catholic Bishops on the fourth anniversary of Laudato Si’: On Care for Our Common Home

In God Calls Us All to Care for Our Common Home,  the Bishops challenge the people of California to appreciate the beauty of the state and to apply – both individually and collectively – the teachings of Laudato Si’  in safeguarding our natural gifts.

May 20, 2019 California Bishops Statements, News

Archbishop Jose Gomez’s statement on Amendments to California “Confession Bill”

I have been studying the amendments made to SB 360 by the Senate Appropriations Committee last week.

I am grateful that Senators heard the voice of the Catholic people — who understand that confession is a sacred space, an intimate dialogue between the believer and the living God. We know that no government, for whatever reason, should violate the privacy and confidentiality of that sacred conversation.

May 1, 2018 Mental Health, California Bishops Statements

A Pastoral Letter from the Bishops of California
on Caring for those who Suffer from Mental Illness
Addressed to All Catholics and People of Goodwill

April 7, 2018 California Bishops Statements, Immigration, Human Dignity

(En EspañolRoman Catholic Bishops from dioceses located on the United States and Mexico border recently issued a statement (https://tinyurl.com/border-statement) expressing their “deep concern” about the militarization of the border.  Bishop Jaime Soto, from Sacramento and president of the California Catholic Conference, issued the following statement in solidarity with border bishops’ sentiments and the plight immigrants face in the nation today:

February 26, 2018 California Bishops Statements, DACA, Immigration, Human Dignity

The Catholic Bishops of California fervently appeal to each of you, as the elected Senators and Representatives of our California Congressional delegation:  Please step up now to protect the “Dreamers,” our young sisters and brothers from deportation.  Provide them a path to citizenship.  Maintain existing protections for families and unaccompanied minors.

February 24, 2018 California Bishops Statements, News

The Public Policy Committee of the California Catholic Conference of Bishops has released the following statement regarding Dreamers and the urgent need to participate in "National Catholic Call-In Day:"

The Catholic Bishops of California fervently appeal to each of you, as the elected Senators and Representatives of our California Congressional delegation:  Please step up now to protect the “Dreamers,” our young sisters and brothers from deportation.  Provide them a path to citizenship.  Maintain existing protections for families and unaccompanied minors.

September 4, 2017 California Bishops Statements, Immigration, Human Dignity
 
Bishops Pledge Abiding Solidarity with Immigrants;
Denounce the Administration’s End of Program Offering Hope
 
August 23, 2017 California Bishops Statements, News
Cite Importance of Public Safety while Questioning the Wisdom of Indiscriminate Deportations
 
Statement from Bishop Jaime Soto, Sacramento, and president of the California Catholic Conference of Bishops:
 
The California Catholic Conference of Bishops supports SB 54, the California Values Act.
 
May 11, 2017 California Bishops Statements, Immigration, Human Dignity

(En Español) During this week of Mother’s Day celebrations in the United States and Mexico, the enduring bonds of family will light up social media, overload telephone lines, and overflow many dining tables as children text, call, FaceTime, present home-made cards, feast, offer bouquets, and thank their mothers for their lifetime of labor and love.  The wisdom of the fourth commandment, to honor thy father and mother, is on display as children use all means of transportation and communication to be close to the ones who gave them life. 

March 23, 2017 California Bishops Statements, Restorative Justice

(En Español) Catholic dioceses in California are offering special prayers and Masses in observation of National Crime Victims’ Rights Week, Apr

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