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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. 

April 4, 2019 News, News

In the current fiery political climate, it would be much easier to focus on attacking others rather than serving them, especially those we might disagree with. However, as followers of Christ, serving others is exactly what we are called to do.

This is the foundation for this year’s Catholic Advocacy Day theme: Serving the Poor, Lifting Up Families. Parishioners from around the state will gather at the State Capitol on April 30, asking lawmakers to support bills that will serve those who need it most.

March 13, 2019 Death Penalty, News, Reverence for Life, Restorative Justice

San Francisco Archbishop Salvatore J. Cordileone, in whose Archdiocese the death chamber is located, has issued the following statement on behalf of the California Catholic Conference of Bishops regarding the declaration of a moratorium on executions by California Governor Gavin Newsom:

March 7, 2019 News, News

This week, the Vatican announced the appointment of a new California bishop and the assignment of a new shepherd for the Diocese of Fresno.

Pope Francis has appointed the Reverend Monsignor Alejandro D. Aclan as Auxiliary Bishop of Los Angeles. The 68-year-old priest has served in the Diocese for 25 years, most recently as the LA Archdiocese’s vicar for clergy. 

March 1, 2019 News, News

With the deadline to introduce new bills in the California Legislature expiring last week, the California Catholic Conference (CCC) is now vetting more than 2,700 bills – likely to be a record for lawmakers – that were introduced. More than 700 bills were introduced on the last day alone!

These new legislative proposals could have major impacts on education, immigration, restorative justice and social issues in the state.

February 28, 2019 News, News

Last week a California State Senator introduced SB 360, a bill proposing to eliminate the penitential communication exemption when it comes to child sexual abuse. 

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). Historically, at least four priests have been martyred for protecting the seal.

February 21, 2019 News, News

Today, the Vatican began an extra-ordinary four-day meeting to address the abuse crisis that is once again rocking the Church.  It is the first meeting of its kind and the major presentations are being live streamed for the world to watch.

February 15, 2019 News, News

WASHINGTON—Today President Trump announced that he will issue an order stating his intention to make use of funds previously appropriated for other purposes to fund the construction of a border wall at the U.S./Mexico border that Congress has refused to fund.  Cardinal Daniel DiNardo of Galveston-Houston and President of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB), and Bishop Joe S. Vásquez of Austin, Chairman of the USCCB Committee on Migration, issued the following joint statement:

February 7, 2019 News, News

The upcoming observances of National Marriage Week (Feb. 7-14) and World Marriage Day (Sunday, Feb. 10) are an opportunity to focus on building a culture of life and love that begins with supporting and promoting marriage and the family.

The California Catholic Conference supports and defends the institution of marriage as the basic foundation of society. We advocate for tax, workplace, welfare and divorce policies that enhance family unity. We support the fundamental rights of parents and advocate for children’s well-being.

January 31, 2019 News, News

Black History Month is being called to mind in several ways for Catholics this month.

Last year, by a nearly unanimous vote, the U.S. Catholic bishops issued Open Wide Our Hearts: The Enduring Call to Love - A Pastoral Letter Against Racism. In the pastoral letter, the bishops examined the “persistent” history of racism in the U.S. (download here or see this summary).

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