Bishop Frank Dewane, Chairman of the USCCB"S Committee on Domestic Justice and Human Development, has urged political leaders to engage in a serious and real debate on gun violence in this nation. His statement follows the two horrendous mass shootings in Sutherland Springs, Texas, and Las Vegas, Nevada. Bishop Dewane particularly urged the need for universal background checks and the banning of high-capacity assault weapons. His complete statement follows:
The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) met for their annual Fall General Assembly in Baltimore, Maryland this week where they voted on several key positions and held working groups on immigration, and life and dignity of the human person.
In his opening address, USCCB President Cardinal Daniel N. DiNardo of Galveston Houston urged civility and respect in the wake of a country reeling from tragedies and widely divided on all issues.
Three archbishops and nine bishops representing at least 13 million Catholics from Sacramento to Ensenada have resurrected their “Alta-Baja” friendship, paving the way to potentially working together in the future.
Los Angeles Archbishop José Gómez and Tijuana’s Archbishop Francisco Moreno Barrón had worked with their respective episcopal organizations for more than a year to coordinate a meeting of the two sides. Their efforts culminated in an “Encuentro de los Obispos de Alta y Baja California” on Oct. 30 at the San Diego Diocese.
The last moment for Governor Jerry Brown to sign or veto bills was Sunday, October 15, at midnight and he waited to the very end to act on several bills the California Catholic Conference tracked this past Legislative Session.
A two-day conference was held Los Angeles earlier this month to examine how Catholic institutions responded to migrants in the first half of the 20th century compared to now.
While mandatory evacuations continue to effect tens of thousands of Northern California residents, some in the Diocese of Santa Rosa have been allowed to return after the string of devastating wildfires over the last couple of weeks.
The Chancery at the Diocese of Santa Rosa reopened on Monday, though it is not fully staffed since some employees remain in evacuation zones. Gas and phones are still not working, however, electricity and internet services are up and running.
California Catholic Conference Executive Director Edward ‘Ned’ Dolejsi issued the following statement in regard to the signing of SB 179 (Atkins, D-San Diego), a bill that would create a third gender on official California documents:
“Incredibly, the elected officials of the State of California, including Gov. Brown, now believe the State can define an entirely new gender classification – “non-binary” – for people who do not want to be classified as either male or female.
The following statement was released by Edward “Ned” Dolejsi, executive director of the California Catholic Conference, regarding the veto of AB 569 (Gonzales-Fletcher, D-San Diego):
Wildfires throughout California have delivered total and utter devastation this week, burning thousands of structures and taking more than 20 lives.
Governor Brown has until midnight on Sunday to sign or veto the remaining bills on his desk.
As of publication deadline, Governor Brown has yet to act on SB 569, the unnecessary reproductive discrimination bill that targets religious employers. The CCC is monitoring this closely and will report when a decision is made. You can still send an email asking him to veto this unnecessary bill sponsored by NARAL.