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July 14, 2017 News, News

California’s efforts to protect immigrants while balancing legitimate public safety concerns is proving more difficult than many thought.  SB 54, the California Values Act (de Leon, D-Los Angeles), is at an impasse, at least temporarily, as Governor Brown, Senate President pro temp Kevin de Leon, immigration groups and law enforcement interests grapple with the legislation’s complexities.

July 14, 2017 News, News

As the legislative summer recess draws near, the California Catholic Conference is keeping close watch on many bills, several of which are being taken up for hearings or votes in coming days.  

July 6, 2017 News, News

In an unprecedented gathering over the July 4th weekend, about 3,000 Catholic leaders in the United States were schooled in what it means to be missionary disciples in the world today.

The theme of the meeting and the inspiration for the content came from the words of Pope Francis in his encyclical The Joy of the Gospel (Evangelii Gaudium):

June 29, 2017 News, News

In the first seven months after California’s new Physician-Assisted Suicide (PAS) law went into effect 111 Californians legally committed suicide with state approval.

The first annual report by the California Department of Public Health shows that 191 people received lethal prescriptions from doctors between June 9, 2016 and Dec. 31, from 173 physicians.

June 23, 2017 News, News

Next week, recreational marijuana use will become legal in Nevada and on January 1, 2018 California will trod the same uncertain path.

Among the many concerns about this new future, the potential impact on children is one that both sides of the debate have addressed.  Unfortunately, the experience of Colorado and Washington - states that recently legalized recreational marijuana - shows that the safeguards built into the new law are not enough to protect children. 

June 15, 2017 Abortion & Procreation, Economic Justice, End of Life: Legal and Policy Issues, News, News

California’s Legislature this week approved a new $183 billion dollar State Budget and in the process established priorities that encompass “profound moral questions about who are we as a society, how we view our future and whether as a people we can look beyond our own self-interest to the interest of the larger society.” (In Search of the Common Good

June 15, 2017 Abortion & Procreation, Economic Justice, End of Life: Legal and Policy Issues, News, News

California’s Legislature this week approved a new $183 billion dollar State Budget and in the process established priorities that encompass “profound moral questions about who are we as a society, how we view our future and whether as a people we can look beyond our own self-interest to the interest of the larger society.” (In Search of the Common Good

June 15, 2017 Abortion & Procreation, Economic Justice, End of Life: Legal and Policy Issues, News, News

California’s Legislature this week approved a new $183 billion dollar State Budget and in the process established priorities that encompass “profound moral questions about who are we as a society, how we view our future and whether as a people we can look beyond our own self-interest to the interest of the larger society.” (In Search of the Common Good

June 8, 2017 News, News

Human trafficking is the world's fastest growing criminal enterprise.  An estimated $32 billion-a-year global industry, it constitutes one of the gravest offenses against human dignity - preying upon the most vulnerable women, children, and men who are frequently tricked or coerced into preforming uncompensated work or degrading and dangerous activities. 

As Pope Francis has written, “We must unite our efforts to free the victims and stop this increasingly aggressive crime.”

June 8, 2017 News, News

Following the passage of Prop. 64 that legalized marijuana last November, there is now a bi-partisan effort in the California State Legislature to pass new laws to protect children from the drug’s potentially harmful effects.

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