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November 15, 2018 News, News

The Bishops of the United States gathered at their Annual Meeting in Baltimore this week focused on one topic – how to hold themselves and brother Bishops accountable for the protection of minors from sexual abuse. 

But in a surprise announcement during the opening remarks, that goal was delayed by a request from the Vatican to hold off until a February synod in Rome in which Bishops from the entire world will gather to struggle with the issue together.

Despite the detour, the need to act was still very much on their minds:

November 15, 2018 News, News

While the deadliest wildfires California has ever experienced continue to burn, Los Angeles Archbishop José H. Gomez and CCC President and Sacramento Bishop Jaime Soto are asking for prayer and support for all those affected.

November 15, 2018 News, News

Consistency in the abhorrence of violence is the hallmark of the Church's teaching on the death penalty.

U.S. Bishops have pointed to the fact that state-sanctioned killing diminishes us all, the application of capital punishment is flawed and inconsistent, and that the state has other ways of punishing criminals.

In his address to the International Association of Penal Law, Pope Francis stated the heaviness behind the need to end capital punishment.

November 15, 2018 News, News

During its National General Assembly this week, the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (UCSSB) voted to approve a Pastoral Letter addressing the evil of racism and advance the sainthood cause of Sister Thea Bowman, a trailblazing African-American sister in the U.S. 

“Open Wide Our Hearts: The Enduring Call to Love, A Pastoral Letter Against Racism," was approved by the full body of bishops with a two-thirds majority vote of 241 to 3 with 1 abstention.

October 4, 2018 News, News

The following statement is from the California Catholic Conference:

“We have not had more than a brief opportunity to review the lawsuit filed this morning by Mr. Anderson, but two things stand out.  First, it appears that all of the information provided in the news conference this morning came from public sources and has been available for years; and, second, that none of the information provided describes the positive steps taken by California dioceses over the past 15 years to protect children and young people from abuse.

October 4, 2018 News, News

Last Sunday, at midnight, was the deadline for Governor Jerry Brown to sign or veto a slew of bills.  As traditional, he saved many of the more controversial bills to the very end.

Of the 1,217 bills sent to him this year, the Governor vetoed only 201, or approximately 16 percent.  Hundreds of new bills became law but the CCC is pleased to report that in the final hours before the signing deadline, Governor Brown vetoed two bills that the CCC had opposed.

September 20, 2018 News, News

It has been three weeks since the California Legislature adjourned for the session and sent a stack of more than 1,000 bills to Governor Jerry Brown for his signature or veto.

The California Catholic Conference (CCC) is pleased to report that the Governor has signed several educational and environmental bills that will benefit all Californians, while we continue to await news on others that could have devastating impacts.  

September 6, 2018 News, News

Sadly, SB 320 (Leyva, D-Chino) now sits on Gov. Brown’s desk. SB 320 mandates that all public universities in the state provide chemical abortion drugs in their on-campus student health centers. The CCC has challenged this bill for nearly two years now, and it will be of vital importance that the Governor hears from Catholics far and wide to urge a veto.

September 6, 2018 News, News

This legislative session saw an abundance of important education bills. The number of underprepared teachers working in California’s classrooms has more than doubled in just three years.  As a top education priority, the CCC advocated several measures to strengthen our statewide K-12 teaching force for all students – especially those most in need.

AB 2285 (O’Donnell, D-Long Beach) will recruit more out-of-state teachers in high-demand subjects. This was passed and signed into law earlier this year.

September 6, 2018 News, News

AB 1862 (Santiago, D-Los Angeles and Carrillo, D-Los Angeles) would have appropriated $10 million to the California Department of Social Services (CDSS) to provide immigration services to current or former recipients of the federal Temporary Protected Status (TPS) program that President Trump ended earlier this year. The funding was rolled into the budget earlier this year so the bill became unnecessary.