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California legislature is debating a number of bills that will impact the poor and vulnerable, religious liberty and the future of our Golden State.  Learn more...

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California’s Attempt to Break the “Seal of Confession”

The “seal of confession” is one of the most sacrosanct of Catholic beliefs and penitents rely on this unbreakable guarantee to freely confess and seek reconciliation with God. A priest who breaks the seal is automatically excommunicated (Canon 1388

Yet now, the California Legislature is debating SB 360, a bill proposing to eliminate the penitential communication exemption when it comes to child sexual abuse.

Examine the issue with Archbishop José H. Gomez who explains how, “Confession is sacred — to every priest and every Catholic.”  In his articles on the subject, Bishop Robert Barron says: “What I hope is clear—not only to Catholics, but to any American committed to the First Amendment—is that we are dealing here with an egregious violation of the principle of religious liberty.”

Send your Legislator an email objecting to this assault on our religious freedoms.


May 20, 2019
Procurador General de California revisará registros diocesanos de  informe obligatorio...
May 20, 2019
Diócesis en CA anuncian nuevo Programa de Indemnización para las Víctimas de...
May 3, 2019
Diario USA Today: Derechos religiosos corren peligro El siguiente es un artículo de opini...
April 26, 2019
Jornada de Propugnación Católica la próxima semana Los delegados de las di...
April 12, 2019
Importantes novedades legislativas Los comités de políticas han estado muy activos...

A Bridge to Redemption: Pilot Program Aims to Help Parolees Re-enter Society

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.

That’s a question the Diocese of San Bernardino is helping her answer with the new Bridges Mentoring Program. It’s aim; support Catholic parolees as they rebuild their lives. Bridges will assist them in finding work, a parish and even contribute money for rent, food and clothing. Frey is the first, the test case, on which Bridges will be based. Though she briefly waivered during her release, something clicked...literally.

“As soon as I heard the gate click, I ran!” she laughs. “I heard all the girls go ‘Doris, Doris!’ They were on the fence chanting my name.”

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May 23, 2019
Andy Rivas, executive director of the California Catholic Conference, issued the following...
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Andrew Rivas, executive director of the California Catholic Conference, issued the following...
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