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November 16, 2018 Public Policy Insights, Publications

U.S. Bishops Grapple with Abuse Crisis at Annual Meeting

The Bishops of the United States gathered at their Annual Meeting in Baltimore this week focused on one topic – how to hold themselves and brother Bishops accountable for the protection of minors from sexual abuse. 

But in a surprise announcement during the opening remarks, that goal was delayed by a request from the Vatican to hold off until a February synod in Rome in which Bishops from the entire world will gather to struggle with the issue together.

October 5, 2018 Public Policy Insights, Publications

Governor Delivers on Important Vetoes

Last Sunday, at midnight, was the deadline for Governor Jerry Brown to sign or veto a slew of bills.  As traditional, he saved many of the more controversial bills to the very end.

Of the 1,217 bills sent to him this year, the Governor vetoed only 201, or approximately 16 percent.  Hundreds of new bills became law but the CCC is pleased to report that in the final hours before the signing deadline, Governor Brown vetoed two bills that the CCC had opposed.

September 21, 2018 Public Policy Insights, Publications

Brown Signs Some Bills While Fate of Others Still Unknown

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 7, 2018 Public Policy Insights, Publications

End-of-Session Legislative Report

The two-year legislative session officially ended at midnight on August 31. More than 200 bills were considered on that last day and hundreds more during that week. Those bills that made it past both houses now sit on the Governor’s desk until he either signs or vetoes each measure.

August 24, 2018 Public Policy Insights, Publications

A Bridge to Redemption: Pilot program aims to help parolees re-enter society

After 30 years behind bars, Doris Frey stood at the threshold of freedom and hesitated. Life on the outside was now a life unknown.

“They opened the gate and I just stood there…What’s waiting for me out there?” recalls Frey.

August 17, 2018 Public Policy Insights, Publications

Back to School: What you need to know about CA’s Healthy Youth Act

The school year has either already begun or is about to start for families everywhere, and after the backpacks and lunches are packed and children are settled into their desks, parents of public school students should take time to review California’s sexual health education law, which could impact how their child is educated regarding transgender youth.

August 10, 2018 Public Policy Insights, Publications

Detainees in ICE Facility Hunger for Encounter with Christ

“Who are we,” asked one detainee, “that the Church should visit us?”

That sentiment – one of humbleness and a longing for the Sacraments and fellowship – characterized a pastoral visit by seven California Bishops and others to an Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) detention facility in Adelanto, CA, last week.

June 29, 2018 Public Policy Insights, Publications

U.S. Supreme Court Rules in Favor of Pregnancy Centers

This week, faith-based pregnancy centers celebrated a victory when the U.S. Supreme Court ruled in a 5-4 decision that a California law requiring the clinics to inform patients about abortion violates the First Amendment.

The law, called the “California Reproductive Freedom, Accountability, Comprehensive Care and Transparency Act” (“FACT Act”), singled out crisis pregnancy centers and required them to post signs and provide information about the availability of abortion services.