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June 13, 2019 News, News, Restorative Justice

In an exciting new venture beginning in September 2019, Santa Clara University is now offering a Master of Arts degree in Pastoral Ministries with an Emphasis in Restorative Justice and Chaplaincy.

The novel program is the first MA in the country with an emphasis on restorative justice.

June 13, 2019 News, News

Governor Gavin Newsom and the Legislature are close to striking a deal on the new state fiscal budget before the June 15 deadline but not without concessions from both ends.  

Both the Assembly and the Senate have passed the budget.  It is now headed to the Governor’s desk for his signature.  In California, the Governor does have line veto authority so some of this can change.

June 6, 2019 News, News

Priests are willing to be jailed rather than break the sanctity of the confessional, according to several interviewed in a video released by Catholic News Service this week. The defiance is in response to SB 360, the bill in the California Legislature that would force priests to report any child abuse confessed by penitents.  

May 30, 2019 News, News, Faith in the Public Square

The Legislature’s attempts to attack the sanctity of the confessional in Senate Bill 360 is drawing alarm from California Bishops, priests, Catholics and others concerned with the free exercise of religion.

SB 360 (Hill, D-Mateo), would remove the right to privacy between a penitent and confessor during the Sacrament of Reconciliation and other spiritual counseling for priests and employees of the Church. In Catholic teaching, the confessional is sacrosanct and Canon law is very clear that any priest who violates the seal of confession is automatically excommunicated.  

May 30, 2019 News, News

Late last month, meetings with the offices of more than 40 lawmakers took place during the annual Catholic Advocacy Day, where Catholics from throughout the state gathered in the Capitol to lobby positions on bills dealing with life, children, and families.

May 30, 2019 News, News

The California Catholic Conference advocates for the quality education of all public and private school children, especially for those who are poor and most vulnerable.  Furthermore, the CCC affirms every parents’ right to direct, and to be fully engaged in, their children’s education. This starts with the ability to choose freely the appropriate educational community for their child – one that supports their values, meets their child’s learning needs and cultivates their child’s talents and interests.  Such choice supports each child’s good, every family’s good, and our common good.

May 20, 2019 California Bishops Statements, News

Archbishop Jose Gomez’s statement on Amendments to California “Confession Bill”

I have been studying the amendments made to SB 360 by the Senate Appropriations Committee last week.

I am grateful that Senators heard the voice of the Catholic people — who understand that confession is a sacred space, an intimate dialogue between the believer and the living God. We know that no government, for whatever reason, should violate the privacy and confidentiality of that sacred conversation.

May 16, 2019 News, News

Gov. Newsom released his revised state budget last week, showing major gains for tax credits for low-income earners, homeless programs, restorative justice pilot programs, and funding for two free years of community college tuition for first-time students.

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.

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.