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September 13, 2019 Public Policy Insights, Publications

More Help for College Students Who Choose Life

Governor Newsom has signed into law a bill aimed at providing help to single parents in college as they balance classwork and parenting.  One of our Catholic Advocacy Day bill, the Conference has been working diligently on the passage of AB 809 for the entire session.

September 6, 2019 Public Policy Insights, Publications

California Legislators Debate the Fate of Hundreds of Measures

The California Legislative Session will officially end at midnight on September 13 and bills are moving at a frantic pace in the Capitol Building as lawmakers hurry to get their bills passed before the deadline.

Numerous bills that the CCC has been tracking have made major moves. Some have fast-tracked their way to the floors of the chambers while others have now become two-year bills.

September 4, 2019 Because We Are Catholic, Publications

What is needed is a politics which is far-sighted and capable of a new, integral and inter-disciplinary approach to handling the different aspects of the crisis….A healthy politics needs to be able to take up this chall                                                                                        Pope Francis, Laudato Si’, 2015

State leaders urged to address environmental issues with approach that cares for all of creation’s ecological, social, cultural, and economic dimensions.

We can see God’s gifts in the various aspects of life here in California: the biodiversity of plants and animals; the state’s rich history, which includes its indigenous peoples; the beauty in our magnificent state and national parks; the productivity of our farmlands; and the advancements in technology that have positive effects on our lives.

August 16, 2019 Public Policy Insights, Publications

Archbishop Gomez: “The humanity of others is never negotiable”

Violence, Racism Raise Fears but Bishops Call for Determination in Addressing the Issues

Horrific mass shootings in El Paso and Dayton merged with the national debate on racism last week, leaving many people exasperated but also forging renewed determination to combat the evils of violence and racism in our society.

July 10, 2019 Public Policy Insights, Publications

SB 360, Legislative Threat to Seal of Confession, Pulled from Committee

The day before hundreds of Catholics were planning to voice their opposition by attending a hearing in the Capitol, SB 360 was pulled from the Assembly Public Safety Committee agenda effectively removing it from any further consideration this year.

SB 360  (Hill, D-San Mateo) attempted to deny the sanctity of confession when it comes to priests and to Catholics who work with priests in parishes, Church agencies and ministries.

June 28, 2019 Public Policy Insights, Publications

Bill Aims to Increase Transparency at Migrant Detention Centers

It is no secret that conditions in Immigration and Custom Enforcement (ICE) migrant detention camps in California and nationally have questionable living conditions. There have been consistent reports of human rights violations in overwhelmed detention facilities. According to NBC News, there have been 24 deaths in the last two years alone in these facilities.   

June 21, 2019 Public Policy Insights, Publications

CA Bishops Issue Call to Protect Our Common Home

Cherishing the many natural blessings of the Golden State while expressing growing concern with escalating threats to our world, the Catholic Bishops of California have issued a pastoral statement calling on all people to “contribute to the ecological well-being of our state.”

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.