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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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January 18, 2019 Reverence for Life

Archbishop Joseph F. Naumann of Kansas City called on the faithful "to pray for an end to the human rights abuse of abortion, and for a culture of life, where through God’s grace all will come to know they are made in His Divine Image.”

His statement on January 18 marks the 46th anniversary of Roe v. Wade, the 1973 U.S. Supreme Court decision legalizing abortion in all 50 states. Archbishop Naumann, who gave the opening prayer at the March for Life the same day, chairs the Committee on Pro-Life Activities of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops.

November 19, 2018 Death Penalty, Reverence for Life

Representative from Catholic and other organizations opposed to the death penalty delivered nearly six thousand letters to Governor Jerry Brown today asking him to commute the sentences of the hundreds of men and women on death row before he leaves office.

October 3, 2018 Health Care, Reverence for Life, Human Dignity

All too often, it is only when facing serious and life-threatening illness that people discuss their wishes.  But, it’s at this time that a dizzying array of health care choices materialize, concerns over health predominate every waking moment and worry about family and other concerns can become overwhelming.

Better.  Talk about your wishes ahead of time.  Learn about the options and let your loved ones know your needs.

August 2, 2018 Death Penalty, Reverence for Life

The following statement is from Edward “Ned” Dolejsi, executive director of the California Catholic Conference of Bishops, on the news today that Pope Francis has directed that the Catechism of the Catholic Church now teach that the death penalty is “inadmissible”:

August 1, 2018 Bioethics, End of Life: Legal and Policy Issues, Reverence for Life, Human Dignity

The Catholic Health Association of the United States (CHA), the Catholic bishops of California, Providence St. Joseph Health and Dignity Health have entered into a groundbreaking national partnership to develop quality palliative care programs that support and accompany the chronically and terminally ill in both clinical and parish settings.

June 26, 2018 Abortion & Procreation, Reverence for Life, Faith in the Public Square

The Most Rev. Jaime Soto, Roman Catholic Bishop of Sacramento and President of the California Catholic Conference, released the following statement today concerning a US Supreme Court ruling overturning a California law restricting the free speech rights of crisis pregnancy centers.  The law, called the “California Reproductive Freedom, Accountability, Comprehensive Care and Transparency Act” (“FACT Act”), singled out crisis pregnancy centers and required them to post signs and provide information about the availability of abortion services. 

June 7, 2018 Abortion & Procreation, Bioethics, Health Care, Reverence for Life

Next month marks the 50th anniversary of one of the most significant papal encyclical letters in recent history – Humanae Vitae – which was issued by Blessed Pope Paul VI on July 25, 1968. 

May 16, 2018 End of Life: Legal and Policy Issues, Reverence for Life

The following statement is from Edward ‘Ned” Dolejsi, executive director of the California Catholic Conference, on the ruling by a Riverside Superior Court judge that the End-of-Life Options Act is unconstitutional:

“We are encouraged by yesterday’s ruling by a Superior Court judge in Riverside County overturning the state’s assisted suicide law.  Our opposition to assisted suicide is no secret, but this legislation was also opposed by a broad coalition of doctors, nurses, seniors and the disabled community, who fought this bill for many, many reasons,” said Dolejsi. 

February 7, 2018 Abortion & Procreation, Reverence for Life, Human Dignity

Bishop Jaime Soto, from the Diocese of Sacramento and president of the California Catholic Conference, delivered this homily during the Mass of Reparation on January 22, 2018, the anniversary of the Roe v. Wade decision:

January 24, 2018 End of Life: Legal and Policy Issues, Reverence for Life

Organizations opposed to physician-assisted suicide responded to an Assembly hearing held today which was called to evaluate implemention of assisted-suicide by doctors in California but instead appeared to be more a call for expansion of the practice and a lessening of safeguards to protect the vulnerable:

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