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February 22, 2018 News, News

The deadline to introduce new bills in the California Legislature passed last week and the California Catholic Conference (CCC) is now vetting over 2,000 bills that have the ability to have significant changes to the landscapes of education, immigration, restorative justice and social issues in the state.

Harassment discussions have dominated discussions in and around the Capitol.  With over 20 pieces of legislation introduced this year regarding the subject, this will overshadow a lot of these major policy issues.  

February 22, 2018 News, News

The California Catholic Conference Office of Restorative Justice will be hosting “Bereavement Training in the Aftermath of Violence” at Villa Maria del Mar Retreat Center in Santa Cruz from April 10-12, 2018.

This training is intended for Parish Bereavement Ministry directors, ministers, and those who accompany the bereaved. Participants will learn how to more effectively minister to survivors of violent crime, particularly those who've experienced the death of a loved one to homicide. 

February 20, 2018 News, News

Commentary by Fr. Gerald Coleman, adjunct professor in the Graduate School of Pastoral Ministries at Santa Clara University.

In a landmark and historic statement on nuclear arms on November 10, 2017, Pope Francis categorically condemned not only “the threat of their use,” but also “their very possession.” He told participants at a Vatican symposium on disarmament that “international relations cannot be held captive to military force, mutual intimidation and the parading of stockpiles of arms.”

January 25, 2018 News, News

Governor Jerry Brown gave his State of the State address today, his 16th and the final of his tenure as governor of the Golden State.

In his roughly 30-minute speech, Governor Brown celebrated much of his wins while in office and touched on the state of healthcare, education, and California’s prison system and environment. He also spent a significant amount of time defending the Delta water tunnels plan and high-speed rail in the State.

January 11, 2018 News, News

On January 8th, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) announced that it is terminating Temporary Protected Status (TPS) for El Salvador. TPS is a temporary, renewable, and statutorily authorized humanitarian migration program that permits individuals to remain and work lawfully in the U.S. during a period in which it is deemed unsafe for nationals of that country to return home. The vast majority of TPS recipients in the U.S. are Salvadoran.

January 10, 2018 News, News

Governor Jerry Brown, announcing the final budget proposals of his four terms as Governor of the Golden State, appears to be mixing savings with investing and insuring his legacy while “wrapping up” loose ends.

In what has been typical for him of late, the Governor cautioned that the current economic recovery may soon become one of the longest in the State’s history but that recoveries do not last forever. 

January 2, 2018 News, News

The New York Times concluded its December 28 article about the January 1, 2018 legalization of recreational marijuana in California by stating, “People are gaining confidence as legalization spreads, and the growth is going to be huge.” Medical marijuana is legal in 28 states, and recreational marijuana legal in eight states. Companies investing in marijuana are growing exponentially, well-exampled in Silicon Valley and Oakland, especially since selling marijuana in California has the potential to generate $5 billion yearly.

December 20, 2017 News, News

WASHINGTON— After the U.S. House of Representatives and U.S. Senate passed The Tax Reform and Jobs Act, Bishop Frank J. Dewane of Venice, Florida, chairman of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops’ Committee on Domestic Justice and Human Development, drew attention to unacceptable problems that remain, and called on President Trump to insist that Congress fix them before he signs a bill into law.

The full statement follows:

December 18, 2017 News, News
Congress has released the conference report of the reconciled House and Senate tax reform bill language.   Below are important education issues being followed by the USCCB.  All the final provisions reflect the positions advocated by USCCB.  Other provisions of the tax reform bill still need to be changed.  The Catholic Legislative Network's action alert reflects these new provisions.  A final vote is expected by both chambers this week.