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July 10, 2019 Public Policy Insights, Publications

SB 360, Legislative Threat to Seal of Confession, Pulled from Committee

The day before hundreds of Catholics were planning to voice their opposition by attending a hearing in the Capitol, SB 360 was pulled from the Assembly Public Safety Committee agenda effectively removing it from any further consideration this year.

SB 360  (Hill, D-San Mateo) attempted to deny the sanctity of confession when it comes to priests and to Catholics who work with priests in parishes, Church agencies and ministries.

June 28, 2019 News, Public Policy Insights

Bill Aims to Increase Transparency at Migrant Detention Centers

It is no secret that conditions in Immigration and Custom Enforcement (ICE) migrant detention camps in California and nationally have questionable living conditions. There have been consistent reports of human rights violations in overwhelmed detention facilities. According to NBC News, there have been 24 deaths in the last two years alone in these facilities.   

June 21, 2019 News, Public Policy Insights

CA Bishops Issue Call to Protect Our Common Home

Cherishing the many natural blessings of the Golden State while expressing growing concern with escalating threats to our world, the Catholic Bishops of California have issued a pastoral statement calling on all people to “contribute to the ecological well-being of our state.”

June 14, 2019 News, Public Policy Insights

Bishops Vote to Move Forward on Third-Party System for Reporting Abuse

The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops have taken three separate votes that will lead to the establishment of a third-party reporting system designed to receive confidentially, by phone or online, reports of possible violations by bishops per Pope Francis’s Vos estis lux mundi.  (Read about the rules here.)

June 7, 2019 News, Public Policy Insights

Thoughts and Defiance on SB 360

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 31, 2019 News, Public Policy Insights

Bishops, Priests, Faithful Voice Alarm Over SB 360

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.

May 17, 2019 News, Public Policy Insights

CA Dioceses Announce New Compensation Program for Abuse Victims

Catholic bishops in California today announced the establishment of a new compensation program that will be available to any person who has been sexually abused as a minor by diocesan priests of the participating dioceses, no matter when that abuse might have occurred.

May 3, 2019 News, Public Policy Insights

USA Today: Religious Rights at Risk

The following is an op-ed that appeared in USA Today on April 28, 2019.  Voice your opposition to this threat against the seal of confession with this Action Alert.

The Bill of Rights is supposed to protect people from having to choose between the most sacrosanct part of their religious beliefs and imprisonment.

April 26, 2019 News, Public Policy Insights

Catholic Advocacy Day Next Week

Delegates from dioceses around the state will gather in the Capitol next Tuesday, April 30, for this year’s Catholic Advocacy Day.

The congregation will be meeting with lawmakers to share the Catholic voice and lobby for life, children, and families.

For those that aren’t planning to attend, there are still ways you can make a difference. Click on the alerts below to quickly send a letter to your legislators so your voice is also counted. It takes only a moment and the impacts can be lasting and profound.

April 12, 2019 News, Public Policy Insights

Important Legislative Updates

Policy committees have been very active the past few weeks and important bills are receiving their initial examination by California lawmakers. Thank you to all who have generously responded to our action alerts and sent letters to legislators.

There are victories and much work to be done. Lawmakers will take their spring break next week and will resume work after Easter.  Please be on the lookout for additional upcoming alerts then as these bills continue their voyage through the Legislature.