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Reverence for Life

We hold life sacred from conception to natural death. We support policies and services that assist pregnant women to make life-affirming choices.  We advocate for restrictions on the practice and public funding of abortion. We support stem cell research that does not destroy or clone human embryos. We support patient-focused, quality end-of-life care and oppose legalizing assisted suicide. We oppose the use of the death penalty.

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October 12, 2019 Abortion & Procreation, Reverence for Life

Andy Rivas, executive director of the California Catholic Conference, issued the following statement on the signing of SB 24:

“Governor Gavin Newsom has signed SB 24 (Leyva), a bill the California Catholic Conference had urged him to veto.  This bill will require all University of California and California State University campus health care clinics to make abortion-by-medication available to students by state paid campus staff; not because such a mandate will advance the welfare of college women and children but rather to promote a political ideology.

September 16, 2019 Abortion & Procreation, Reverence for Life

Andrew Rivas, executive director of the California Catholic Conference, issued the following statement today in response to the passage of SB 24: 

“The California legislature has passed SB 24 (Leyva, D-Chino), a bill that will require all UC and CSU campus health care clinics to make abortion-by-medication available to students by state paid campus staff. 

September 12, 2019 Abortion & Procreation, Reverence for Life

In a late addition to a budget trailer bill, California lawmakers added $10 million dollars in funding for the California Health Center Security Grant Program earmarked specifically for health centers that provide abortion services. 

The California Catholic Conference opposed the funding in a letter to the Senate Budget and Fiscal Review Committee. 

September 11, 2019 Abortion & Procreation, Reverence for Life

In a late addition to a budget trailer bill, California lawmakers added $10 million dollars in funding for the California Health Center Security Grant Program earmarked specifically for health centers that provide abortion services. 

The California Catholic Conference opposed the funding in a letter to the Senate Budget and Fiscal Review Committee. 

September 10, 2019 Abortion & Procreation, Economic Justice, Reverence for Life, Human Dignity, Education

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.

August 14, 2019 Reverence for Life, Human Dignity

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.

April 9, 2019 Abortion & Procreation, Reverence for Life

Written by Bishop Robert Barron, orginally posted on Word on Fire

We stand at a pivotal point in the great moral debate over abortion in our country—not because new arguments have emerged, but rather because laws so breathtaking in their barbarism have been passed, and a film so visceral in its presentation of the reality of abortion has found a wide audience. As John Henry Newman reminded us, assent to a proposition is rarely a matter of acquiescing to rational demonstration alone; instead, it often has to do with the accumulation of argument, image, impression, experience, and witness.

March 19, 2019 Death Penalty, News, Reverence for Life

Fr. Stephen Barber, S.J., served in the chaplain’s office of San Quentin State Prison  from 1996 to 2011, the last eight years as the full-time pastor of Our Lady of the Rosary Chapel on the prison grounds.  He served at San Quentin during the last three executions in California.  He is now Director of Cura Personalis, at Loyola High School, Los Angeles, and a minister to the Jesuit community at the school.   In light of the death penalty moratorium announced by Governor Gavin Newsom last week, Fr. Barber offers the following reflection:

March 13, 2019 Death Penalty, News, Reverence for Life, Restorative Justice

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:

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