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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.

April 5, 2019 News, Public Policy Insights

Christ is Alive! Pope Tells World Youth in New Exhortation

Pope Francis released an apostolic exhortation this week primarily focused on youth and their relationship with the Church.

Christus Vivit (Christ Lives) is the culmination of two years of a process that reached far and wide to assess the challenges facing youth, young people and those on the peripheries and the ways in which dioceses, parishes and communities can best serve them. It also addresses vocational discernment and commitment.

March 29, 2019 News, Public Policy Insights

National Crime Victims’ Rights Week

Catholic dioceses in California are offering special prayers and Masses in observation of National Crime Victims’ Rights Week, April 7-13, 2019.  The commemoration is an annual event established in 1981 to draw attention to the people and families whose lives have been affected by violent crime. 

This year’s theme is Honoring Our Past, Creating Hope for the Future.

March 22, 2019 News, Public Policy Insights

Laudato si’ Sparks Clean Energy in CA’s Monterey Diocese

One-third of the parishes, offices and facilities of the Diocese of Monterey have gone solar, and the counties of Monterey, San Benito and Santa Cruz now draw on 100 percent carbon and nuclear-free energy largely thanks to efforts of local Catholics.

The diocesan office and the late Bishop Richard Garcia led the way in union with the faithful in the effort. Now the office runs on 100 percent solar energy, while 18 of the 46 parishes and two of the 12 schools have made the move. More are in process.

March 15, 2019 News, Public Policy Insights

California Catholic Bishops Welcome Death Penalty Moratorium

San Francisco Archbishop Salvatore J. Cordileone, in whose Archdiocese the death chamber is located, has issued the following statement on behalf of the California Catholic Conference of Bishops regarding the declaration of a moratorium on executions by California Governor Gavin Newsom:

March 8, 2019 News, Public Policy Insights

Bishop-Elect Aclan for LA; Bishop Brennan Moves to Fresno

This week, the Vatican announced the appointment of a new California bishop and the assignment of a new shepherd for the Diocese of Fresno.

Pope Francis has appointed the Reverend Monsignor Alejandro D. Aclan as Auxiliary Bishop of Los Angeles. The 68-year-old priest has served in the Diocese for 25 years, most recently as the LA Archdiocese’s vicar for clergy. 

March 1, 2019 Public Policy Insights, Publications

CA Catholic Conference Closely Vetting Proposed Legislation

With the deadline to introduce new bills in the California Legislature expiring last week, the California Catholic Conference (CCC) is now vetting more than 2,700 bills – likely to be a record for lawmakers – that were introduced. More than 700 bills were introduced on the last day alone!

These new legislative proposals could have major impacts on education, immigration, restorative justice and social issues in the state.

February 22, 2019 Public Policy Insights, Publications

Vatican Convenes Summit on Protection of Children

Yesterday, the Vatican began an extra-ordinary four-day meeting to address the abuse crisis that is once again rocking the Church.  It is the first meeting of its kind and the major presentations are being live streamed for the world to watch.

February 8, 2019 Public Policy Insights, Publications

National Marriage Week Starts Now

The upcoming observances of National Marriage Week (Feb. 7-14) and World Marriage Day (Sunday, Feb. 10) are an opportunity to focus on building a culture of life and love that begins with supporting and promoting marriage and the family.

February 1, 2019 Public Policy Insights, Publications

Tuition-Free Education: Helping Families Affected by the Camp Fire

In November 2018, the town of Paradise and surrounding areas in Butte County were ravaged by the worst wildfire in state history.  Paradise itself was virtually obliterated and nearly 90 lives were lost in the Camp Fire, one of the nation’s deadliest. 

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