Last night, [the] new Benedict XVI Institute Schola and Teaching Choir went to San Quentin for three reasons:
Pope Francis’s decree that the death penalty is “inadmissible” in all cases could pose a dilemma for Catholic politicians and judges in the United States who are faced with whether to strictly follow the tenets of their faith or the rule of law.
“Who are we,” asked one detainee, “that the Church should visit us?”
That sentiment – one of humbleness and a longing for the Sacraments and fellowship – characterized a pastoral visit by seven California Bishops and others to an Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) detention facility in Adelanto, CA, last week.
Chicago Cardinal Blase J. Cupich, speaking during an Aug. 2 panel discussion, described how Catholic teaching on the death penalty has developed and stressed that putting people to death - even criminals who are certainly guilty of terrible acts - makes it seem that the God-given right to life is conditional.
ROME - According to the Catechism of the Catholic Church, the death penalty now is no longer admissible under any circumstances.
The Archdiocese of Los Angeles publishes monthly newsletters for the Families of the Incarcerated.
After 30 years behind bars, Doris Frey stood at the threshold of freedom and hesitated. Life on the outside was now a life unknown.
“They opened the gate and I just stood there…What’s waiting for me out there?” recalls Frey.
We are all saddened by the loss of our beloved Bishop Garcia. He was the Chair of the California Catholic Conference Restorative Justice Committee for 18 years and deeply committed to the marginalized and poor in our communities. I thought that you would be interested in reading this beautiful homily by Bishop Ryan for Bishop Garcia…the “Good Thief” who stole our hearts. He will be greatly missed. May he rest in peace.
Read the homily here>>>
The Archdiocese of San Francisco Office of Human Life and Dignity are hosting the Annual Reentry Conference & Resource Fair on September 7, 2018.
Each year the Reentry Conference and Resource Fair brings hundreds of individuals and organizations from around the Bay Area to explore the latest concerns, services and advancements of justice-involved and crime-affected individuals and families. Save the date to attend this year’s event! Most Reverend Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone will open the event with a prayer.