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March 1, 2018 News, News

“Hunger is criminal; nourishment is an inalienable right,” proclaims Pope Francis.  “It is a scandal that there is still hunger and malnutrition in the world! It is not just a question of responding to immediate emergencies, but of addressing together, at all levels, a problem that challenges our personal and social conscience, in order to achieve a just and lasting solution.”

March 1, 2018 News, News

Thank you to the hundreds of readers who called their lawmakers this past Monday for National Catholic Call-In Day, aimed at urging lawmakers to take action to protect Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) and “Dreamers” – children who were brought to the United States by their parents and are not U.S. citizens. 

March 1, 2018 News, News

The end of life’s journey can be many things.  It is often a time of sorrow but it is also a time to celebrate the passage of a loved one into eternal life and remember a life well lived.  Creating an environment where the ill and dying feel loved, worthy and cared for is the effort of a new initiative jointly developed by the Catholic Bishops of California and the state’s Catholic health care systems.

February 24, 2018 California Bishops Statements, News

The Public Policy Committee of the California Catholic Conference of Bishops has released the following statement regarding Dreamers and the urgent need to participate in "National Catholic Call-In Day:"

The Catholic Bishops of California fervently appeal to each of you, as the elected Senators and Representatives of our California Congressional delegation:  Please step up now to protect the “Dreamers,” our young sisters and brothers from deportation.  Provide them a path to citizenship.  Maintain existing protections for families and unaccompanied minors.

February 22, 2018 News, News

Six years after its enactment, the Fair, Accurate, Inclusive, and Respectful Education Act (“FAIR Act”) continues to generate considerable confusion among school officials and parents.  The recent November 2017 adoption by the State Board of Education of a number of textbook series as recommended materials for the teaching of history and social studies has generated a renewed round of questions and concerns about the requirements of the FAIR Act.  Therefore, this is an opportune time to review the FAIR Act, specifically what it does – and does not­ – require.

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.

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