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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.

September 6, 2018 News, News

California is a common destination for both labor and sex trafficking due to its large economy, immigrant communities and the location on the border. There were a number of bills this year that made it to the Governor’s desk that continues to create awareness around this intolerable crime.

August 16, 2018 News, News

This week saw the devastating grand jury report released investigating sexual abuse of children and the lack of action by six of the eight dioceses in Pennsylvania.

The Bishops of the six Pennsylvania dioceses released statements on Aug. 14, the same day the report was made public, expressing extreme sorrow over the tragic situation and looking to the protection and care of victims.

August 15, 2018 News, News

A diverse mix of 35 new apostles of Christ were ordained to the priesthood in California this year, entering ministry to the state’s Catholics.

The newly-ordained priests include men who heard Christ’s call early in their adult lives, but also men who travelled other paths into middle age before hearing the call. Among them are men who had been surfers, financial managers, space researchers, teachers and musicians, to name a few of those who had previous occupations.

Some are native Californians; others were born in other states. Many were born in Mexico.

August 9, 2018 News, News

Last week, USCCB president and Archbishop of Galveston-Houston Cardinal Daniel N. DiNardo issued a statement noting the steps the U.S. Bishops Conference will take in addressing the failures of the Church in protecting the people of God. The statement is in response to the allegations of abuse by retired Archbishop of Washington Cardinal Theodore McCarrick.

August 1, 2018 News, News

Bishop Richard Garcia, Bishop of the Diocese of Monterey, passed away on July 11, 2018. Bishop Sylvester Ryan, Bishop Emeritus of Monterey, presided on the Evening Prayer Vigil and in his homily he spoke about how Bishop Garcia was "The Good Thief". 

June 28, 2018 News, News

Doctor-assisted suicides in California nearly doubled in 2017 on a monthly basis over 2016, a recent state report shows.

It is a cautionary statistic as attorneys carry on a courtroom fight over whether the state’s 2016 assisted suicide law is legal.

The question of suicide in contemporary society has gained new attention and generated increased discussion with the recent self-inflicted deaths of well-known people such as designer Kate Spade and Anthony Bourdain.