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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. 

January 25, 2019 Public Policy Insights, Publications

U.S. Border: Catholics Welcoming Deportees, Migrants and Refugees

At the U.S.-Mexico border fence in Tijuana, people see a big house at the top of a hill adjacent to a skyline-dominating steeple.

The big house is Casa Migrante. Next to it is the church of San Felipe de Jesus and a third building.

For more than 30 years, after people have grappled with the border’s harsh reality, Casa Migrante is a place where they can get immediate help and begin to re-establish a normal life.

January 11, 2019 News, Public Policy Insights

Join Fight for Life This Month

The new year is bringing several opportunities to join other Catholics and demonstrate the value of all human life during several events taking place this month.

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.