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May 17, 2019 News, Public Policy Insights

CA Dioceses Announce New Compensation Program for Abuse Victims

Catholic bishops in California today announced the establishment of a new compensation program that will be available to any person who has been sexually abused as a minor by diocesan priests of the participating dioceses, no matter when that abuse might have occurred.

May 16, 2019 News, News

Gov. Newsom released his revised state budget last week, showing major gains for tax credits for low-income earners, homeless programs, restorative justice pilot programs, and funding for two free years of community college tuition for first-time students.

May 10, 2019 News

California Attorney General to Review Diocesan Mandatory Reporting Records

Xavier Becerra, the California Attorney General, has asked all 12 dioceses in California to preserve files and documents that concern their compliance as mandatory reporters of child abuse to local law enforcement.

May 3, 2019 News, Public Policy Insights

USA Today: Religious Rights at Risk

The following is an op-ed that appeared in USA Today on April 28, 2019.  Voice your opposition to this threat against the seal of confession with this Action Alert.

The Bill of Rights is supposed to protect people from having to choose between the most sacrosanct part of their religious beliefs and imprisonment.

May 2, 2019 News

More than 100 Catholics from throughout the state traveled to the State Capitol in Sacramento on Tuesday for Catholic Advocacy Day.

All of the parishioners met for a morning opening prayer service led by Bishop Gerald Barnes, San Bernardino, and a legislative update from the California Catholic Conference staff. After lunch, participants met with lawmakers and their staff at the Capitol to champion the Catholic voice, discussing issues such as life, families, and education.  

April 26, 2019 News, Public Policy Insights

Catholic Advocacy Day Next Week

Delegates from dioceses around the state will gather in the Capitol next Tuesday, April 30, for this year’s Catholic Advocacy Day.

The congregation will be meeting with lawmakers to share the Catholic voice and lobby for life, children, and families.

For those that aren’t planning to attend, there are still ways you can make a difference. Click on the alerts below to quickly send a letter to your legislators so your voice is also counted. It takes only a moment and the impacts can be lasting and profound.

April 12, 2019 News

Policy committees have been very active the past few weeks and important bills are receiving their initial examination by California lawmakers. Thank you to all who have generously responded to our action alerts and sent letters to legislators.

There are victories and much work to be done. Lawmakers will take their spring break next week and will resume work after Easter.  Please be on the lookout for additional upcoming alerts then as these bills continue their voyage through the Legislature.

April 12, 2019 News, Public Policy Insights

Important Legislative Updates

Policy committees have been very active the past few weeks and important bills are receiving their initial examination by California lawmakers. Thank you to all who have generously responded to our action alerts and sent letters to legislators.

There are victories and much work to be done. Lawmakers will take their spring break next week and will resume work after Easter.  Please be on the lookout for additional upcoming alerts then as these bills continue their voyage through the Legislature.

April 5, 2019 News, Public Policy Insights

Christ is Alive! Pope Tells World Youth in New Exhortation

Pope Francis released an apostolic exhortation this week primarily focused on youth and their relationship with the Church.

Christus Vivit (Christ Lives) is the culmination of two years of a process that reached far and wide to assess the challenges facing youth, young people and those on the peripheries and the ways in which dioceses, parishes and communities can best serve them. It also addresses vocational discernment and commitment.

April 4, 2019 News, News

A California Senate Committee has voted to remove the right to privacy between a penitent and confessor during the Sacrament of Reconciliation and other spiritual counseling.

SB 360 Mandated reporters: clergy (Hill, D – San Mateo) passed the Senate Public Safety Committee on a 5-0 vote with two abstentions even though the move is most likely unconstitutional and is ultimately an unnecessary and unwise attack on religious freedom.

Members of the Committee seemed to misunderstand the nature of the Sacrament. 

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