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June 26, 2020 Public Policy Insights

CA Bishops Respond to Removal of Serra Statues

The California Catholic Conference of Bishops released a statement this week in response to the removal of St. Junipero Serra statues in San Francisco and Los Angeles.

June 12, 2020 Public Policy Insights

Catholic Churches Honor George Floyd on Day of Burial

Dioceses throughout California held special Masses and tributes on Tuesday, June, 9, for George Floyd, an African-American man who was killed while in police custody in Minneapolis. Floyd was laid to rest in Houston the same day.  

Some parishes rang their bells for 8 minutes and 46 seconds, while others observed the same amount of time for silent prayer in lieu of homilies. Floyd was held down forcefully by his neck for nearly nine minutes by a police officer that resulted in his death.

June 5, 2020 Public Policy Insights

Outspoken Catholic Response to Death of George Floyd

Bishops throughout the country and the state have responded to the death of George Floyd, an African-American man who was suffocated while being restrained by police in Minneapolis last week despite calling out for help.

May 29, 2020 Public Policy Insights

Bishops Welcome Re-Opening Guidelines

On Monday, Governor Newsom and the California Department of Public Health released guidelines for churches in the state to begin the re-opening process. The guidelines are fundamentally in alignment with the reopening plans prepared by the Catholic dioceses  in California and elsewhere in the world.

May 15, 2020 Public Policy Insights

U.S. Supreme Court Considers Ministerial Exception

This week, the U.S. Supreme Court heard arguments from two cases that will examine the parameters of the “ministerial exception,” a critical concept that prevents government interference in religious matters.

The two cases in question - Our Lady of Guadalupe School v. Morrissey-Berru and St. James Catholic School v. Biel, which have been combined into one – were heard via teleconference by the nine members of the Court on Monday.

May 8, 2020 Public Policy Insights

Laudato Si’ Week Celebrates Fifth Anniversary of Environmental Encyclical

In honor of the fifth anniversary of Laudato Si’, the Holy Father’s ground-breaking ecological encyclical, Pope Francis has invited all Catholics to participate in a period of prayer and action focused on caring for God’s creation.

May 1, 2020 News, Public Policy Insights

Catholics Reaching Out to Neighbors Amidst COVID-19

During his 2018 homily during World Day of the Poor, Pope Francis emphasized that, “As believers, we must stretch out our hands as Jesus does to us.”   In California, Catholics have responded swiftly and efficiently to the pleas for help in the wake of COVID-19 shelter-place orders.

April 24, 2020 News, Public Policy Insights

CA Bishops Request Aid for Undocumented

California’s Catholic Bishops have asked Governor Gavin Newsom to increase aid to undocumented and low-wage residents of the state “because the virus doesn't know the difference between someone who has the right legal documents and those who do not.”

April 17, 2020 News, Public Policy Insights

COVID-19 Updates on Restriction Rollbacks and Assistance

The CCC continues to post daily updates of the Governor’s briefings on the state’s COVID-19 response and two new items are of particular importance this week.

April 9, 2020 News, Public Policy Insights

Holy Week and National Prayer

Join Archbishop José Gomez, president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops and archbishop of Los Angeles, in a national moment of prayer in the time of the coronavirus. Together, as a nation, we will pray the Litany of the Sacred Heart of Jesus and seek our savior’s healing and protection.

Good Friday, April 10

9 am Pacific