The following statement is from Edward ‘Ned” Dolejsi, executive director of the California Catholic Conference, on the Fourth District Court of Appeal denying the California Attorney General’s request for an immediate stay of the ruling that determined the physician-assisted suicide law to be unconstitutional:
More than 15.6 million households in the U.S. are food insecure. While the 2018 Farm Bill is not an ultimate answer to poverty and food instability, it does make incredible strides toward ensuring that our neighbors at home and abroad have greater food security.
Unless amended, however, the current bill (HR 2) will harm Californians. Specifically, urge your Congressman to seek these two amendments:
On May 11, Governor Brown released the May Revision to his proposed 2018-2019 state budget, which includes billions more in revenues than he originally projected in January.
Citing strong economic growth and a low unemployment rate, the Governor is now allocating an additional $8 billion to build up the state’s “rainy day” fund, pay down debt, and invest in infrastructure, setting the stage for solid financial footings in preparation for the next economic recession.
It is an empowering experience – visiting the State Capitol and discussing with lawmakers the pros and cons of policy proposals.
Nearly 100 delegates from most dioceses in California learned that lessons during Catholic Advocacy Day last month when they travelled to Sacramento to discuss six crucial bills now before the legislature. Almost all had cordial visits and respectful dialogue, even with legislators who disagreed with the Conference positions.
In 1911, in an effort to wrestle control of the legislature away from the railroads, California was one of the first states to introduce the initiative process.
Allowing citizens to place policy directly on the ballot with an initiative is an “experiment” in direct democracy that the citizens of the Golden State still seem to hold dear.
The system has its pluses – citizens can address issues their lawmakers cannot – and its minuses – almost any special interest with sufficient financial resources can get something on the ballot.
In a novel event in late March, members of several Native American tribes in Southern California joined with Los Angeles Archbishop José H. Gomez at the Kuruvunga Springs Cultural Center in West LA to mark the signing of 17 historic protocols to guide relations between the Archdiocese of Los Angeles and tribes in the area.
Last week, the regional V (Fifth) Encuentro in Visalia, California, brought together bishops and about 1,300 Hispanic ministry delegates from California, Hawaii, and Nevada for the historic gathering.
The vision behind Encuentro is to discern ways in which the Church can better respond to the Latino Catholic community and strengthen responses to the needs of all the faithful. Discussions focused on ten different areas including such topics as families, supporting young people, working with immigrants and vocations.
Bishops Call for Elimination of Stigma and Closer Ties between Faith and Medicine
May is Mental Health Awareness Month, and the California Catholic Conference of Bishops used the opportunity to release an extended pastoral letter on the culture of mental health and the critical need to attend to those who suffer.
This past Tuesday, over 100 Catholic Advocacy Day delegates representing nine California dioceses gathered in Sacramento to be the Catholic voice and speak with lawmakers at the Capitol. This year’s participants included deacon candidates and students from Newman Centers.
Catholic bishops throughout the country have expressed their support for the proposed Uniting and Securing America (USA) Act (H.R. 4796), a bipartisan plan to augment border security at the U.S./Mexico border through the use of technology, increase the number of immigration judges and immigration appeals staff attorneys, and investigate the root causes and prevent future irregular migration from Central America.