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August 16, 2018 News, News

This week saw the devastating grand jury report released investigating sexual abuse of children and the lack of action by six of the eight dioceses in Pennsylvania.

The Bishops of the six Pennsylvania dioceses released statements on Aug. 14, the same day the report was made public, expressing extreme sorrow over the tragic situation and looking to the protection and care of victims.

August 15, 2018 News, News

A diverse mix of 35 new apostles of Christ were ordained to the priesthood in California this year, entering ministry to the state’s Catholics.

The newly-ordained priests include men who heard Christ’s call early in their adult lives, but also men who travelled other paths into middle age before hearing the call. Among them are men who had been surfers, financial managers, space researchers, teachers and musicians, to name a few of those who had previous occupations.

Some are native Californians; others were born in other states. Many were born in Mexico.

August 9, 2018 News, News

Last week, USCCB president and Archbishop of Galveston-Houston Cardinal Daniel N. DiNardo issued a statement noting the steps the U.S. Bishops Conference will take in addressing the failures of the Church in protecting the people of God. The statement is in response to the allegations of abuse by retired Archbishop of Washington Cardinal Theodore McCarrick.

August 1, 2018 News, News

Bishop Richard Garcia, Bishop of the Diocese of Monterey, passed away on July 11, 2018. Bishop Sylvester Ryan, Bishop Emeritus of Monterey, presided on the Evening Prayer Vigil and in his homily he spoke about how Bishop Garcia was "The Good Thief". 

June 28, 2018 News, News

Doctor-assisted suicides in California nearly doubled in 2017 on a monthly basis over 2016, a recent state report shows.

It is a cautionary statistic as attorneys carry on a courtroom fight over whether the state’s 2016 assisted suicide law is legal.

The question of suicide in contemporary society has gained new attention and generated increased discussion with the recent self-inflicted deaths of well-known people such as designer Kate Spade and Anthony Bourdain.

June 26, 2018 News, News

Sacramento, CA—The Most Rev. Jaime Soto, Bishop of Sacramento and President of the California Catholic Conference (CCC), announced today that Andrew Rivas has been named Executive Director of the California Catholic Conference.  He will assume his position in August at the end of the legislative session.

June 21, 2018 News, News

The Trump Administration, after days of saying it had no choice, reversed its policy of forcefully separating families at the border.   Massive public outrage, accompanied by the voices of religious leaders and lawmakers on both sides of the aisle, forced the President on Wednesday to alter his policy even though significant questions about what happens now remain unanswered.

In addition to separating families at the border, Attorney General Jeff Sessions also announced that the United States would no longer accept asylum applications for those fleeing domestic or gang violence.

June 15, 2018 News, News

Governor Brown and Democratic legislative leaders have agreed on significant items in a $190 billion dollar budget for the 2018-2019 fiscal year. 

Lawmakers voted to approve the budget bill late Thursday, which will now go to the Governor who has until June 30 to sign. Though it is largely approved, the Governor still has the authority to reduce or eliminate any appropriation contained in the budget. 

June 15, 2018 News, News

This week, Attorney General Jeff Sessions overturned asylum protections for domestic violence and gang violence victims from other countries. The new qualifications for those seeking refuge in the U.S. are so narrow that it’s unlikely many asylum claims will be valid.

USCCB President and Galveston-Houston Archbishop Daniel Cardinal DiNardo released a statement calling asylum, “an instrument to preserve the right to life” and expressing deep concern for victims.

June 15, 2018 News, News

On Monday, the American Medical Association (AMA) House of Delegates voted not to affirm the report of its Council on Ethical and Judicial Affairs (CEJA) to maintain opposition to assisted suicide and sent the report back to committee for further review.  

The CEJA report, online forum and Reference Committee all recommended that the AMA maintain its position in opposition to assisted suicide.   In spite of those recommendations, the House of Delegates voted 56%-44% for further study. 

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