Catholics were on the front lines this week, praying rosaries and gathering to support undocumented children of migrants as the U.S. Supreme Court heard held hearings to determine the fate of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) Program, and the legality of President Trump’s move to end it.
California is once again fighting devastating wildfires in the northern and southern parts of the state, forcing hundreds of thousands to evacuate and leaving millions more without power in an effort to prevent any additional fires.
Scripture is clear that we are to devote ourselves to assisting our brothers and sisters in times of peril. In the gospel according to Matthew, Jesus said, “For I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me drink, a stranger and you welcomed me, naked and you clothed me, ill and you cared for me.” (Mt 25)
The Governor’s deadline to sign any bills presented to him by the Legislature this year officially ended at midnight last Sunday.
While we are disappointed to report that the Governor signed some bills that will have detrimental consequences – such as SB 24 that will now allow for taxpayer-funded chemical abortions on public college campuses – the CCC is also celebrating some victories that will prove integral in the lives of many Californians.
His brother Bishops have elected Bishop Robert McElroy from the Diocese of San Diego as the new president of the California Catholic Conference. He succeeds Sacramento Bishop Jaime Soto, who completed two terms as president.
“Today Governor Newsom signed Assembly Bill 218 (Gonzalez, D-San Diego), a bill that opens a window for three years to allow decades-old lawsuits to be brought against public and private institutions.
“The Catholic Church has confronted this issue of child sexual abuse for more than two decades now. It is a legacy of shame for all of us in the Church, and we are aware that nothing can undo the violence done to victim-survivors or restore the innocence and trust that was taken from them.
Cardinal William Levada, the former prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith and Archbishop of San Francisco, died on September 25, 2019 in Rome. He is remembered as one of the highest-ranking Americans to serve in Vatican. During his long years of service, he once served as Executive Director of the California Catholic Conference.
The end of session saw the passage of SB 24 (Levya, D-Chino), the bill that would require all UC and CSU campus health care clinics to make abortion medication available to students by state-paid campus staff. The Governor still has to sign the bill before it becomes law.
As September 30, 2019, (the end of the federal fiscal year) approaches, the Trump Administration will be announcing the Presidential Determination (PD) for Fiscal Year (FY) 2020, which establishes the number of refugees allowed to be admitted to the United States.
Last fiscal year’s PD was set at 30,000 refugees, the all-time-lowest number in the history of resettlement. Meanwhile, there are nearly 26 million refugees worldwide with 1.4 million needing resettlement.
LOS ANGELES, September 16, 2019 — Starting today, individuals who were abused as minors by diocesan priests in the Archdiocese of Los Angeles, and the Dioceses of Fresno, Orange, Sacramento, San Bernardino and San Diego (the “Participating Dioceses”), may begin the process for filing claims with the California Independent Compensation Program (ICP).
The California Legislative Session will officially end at midnight on September 13 and bills are moving at a frantic pace in the Capitol Building as lawmakers hurry to get their bills passed before the deadline.
Numerous bills that the CCC has been tracking have made major moves. Some have fast-tracked their way to the floors of the chambers while others have now become two-year bills.