Public Policy Insights
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.
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.
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.
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.
US Bishops: Racism Is a Persistent Evil
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.
An Overhaul of Legal Immigration, Through the Back-Door
Governor Delivers on Important Vetoes
Last Sunday, at midnight, was the deadline for Governor Jerry Brown to sign or veto a slew of bills. As traditional, he saved many of the more controversial bills to the very end.
Of the 1,217 bills sent to him this year, the Governor vetoed only 201, or approximately 16 percent. Hundreds of new bills became law but the CCC is pleased to report that in the final hours before the signing deadline, Governor Brown vetoed two bills that the CCC had opposed.
Brown Signs Some Bills While Fate of Others Still Unknown
It has been three weeks since the California Legislature adjourned for the session and sent a stack of more than 1,000 bills to Governor Jerry Brown for his signature or veto.
The California Catholic Conference (CCC) is pleased to report that the Governor has signed several educational and environmental bills that will benefit all Californians, while we continue to await news on others that could have devastating impacts.