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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.

October 5, 2018 Public Policy Insights, Publications

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.

September 21, 2018 Public Policy Insights, Publications

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.  

September 7, 2018 Public Policy Insights, Publications

End-of-Session Legislative Report

The two-year legislative session officially ended at midnight on August 31. More than 200 bills were considered on that last day and hundreds more during that week. Those bills that made it past both houses now sit on the Governor’s desk until he either signs or vetoes each measure.