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June 14, 2019 Public Policy Insights, Publications

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 Public Policy Insights, Publications

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 Public Policy Insights, Publications

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 Public Policy Insights, Publications

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.

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.