The unification and nurturing environment of a family is something that cannot be artificially manufactured or replicated. Children are a gift from God, but what happens when the parental relationship is convoluted by multiple parental roles and contractual obligations? In the case of surrogacy, the foundation of family values are often traded out for financial transactions and turning human life into a commodity.
After close to 100 Catholic advocates met with lawmakers last week and thousands of virtual letters from the Catholic Legislative Network, there have changes on the fronts of several many of the Catholic Advocacy Day bills discussed.
On a fundamental level, the California state budget is the vehicle that provides our communities with necessary public services. However, on a societal level, the state budget reflects the values that we prioritize as Californians.
Increasingly, critical policy issues are being decided through the budget process, often making the full impact of these policies difficult to find. (See: State and Local Funding of Planned Parenthood.)
Oftentimes, we define success by how much money we make or how many luxuries we acquire.
When you think about it, however, true success isn’t about money or things. It’s about our health. It’s about our community. It’s about our kids.
Have we set our children up to succeed or fail? Have we provided them with the opportunity for a good education? Have we given them a safe and stable environment that supports them at home and at school? Have we modelled good values and helped teach them the difference between right and wrong?
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“All children must be able to play, study, pray and grow, in their own families, and do so in a harmonious context of love and serenity,” says Pope Francis.
By advocating for programs that address poverty and homeless, better education, life for the unborn and improvements in juvenile justice programs, this year’s six Catholic Advocacy Day bills have a special focus on helping children reach their greatest potential.
Today is Cesar Chavez Day, and while most know Chavez as a crusader for migrant farm workers, it is less known that it was his Catholic faith and love of Christ that drove his unyielding commitment to improving conditions for the poor.
San Francisco’s Mission neighborhood, where the city began in 1776 with the founding of Mission Dolores, today is a dense mix of people.
Affluent techies, long-time Mission residents, undocumented immigrants and even homeless people in tents can all be found living in a single block.
One of the greatest gifts we can give our youth is the opportunity for a quality education. The growth of knowledge and the maturing of life skills becomes one of the best guarantees for the achievement of personal and societal success.
In turn, the most effective way to achieve this goal of offering a good education is to have qualified and prepared teachers in the educational work force committed to their profession.