Legislature approves $122 billion state budget

Lawmakers provided funds for abortion and to pay for the physician-assisted suicide of Medi-Cal patients at the same time they sought to help immigrants, assist the “working poor” and expand early childhood education

California’s Legislature this week approved a new $183 billion dollar State Budget and in the process established priorities that encompass “profound moral questions about who are we as a society, how we view our future and whether as a people we can look beyond our own self-interest to the interest of the larger society.” (In Search of the Common Good)  Lawmakers provided … [Read more...]

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Study: Clergy’s denomination correlates strongly with political affiliation

Your rabbi? Probably a Democrat. Your Baptist pastor? Probably a Republican. Your priest? Who Knows.

America’s pastors – the men and women a majority of Americans look to for help in finding meaning and purpose in their lives – are even more politically divided than the rest of us, according to a new data set representing the largest compilation of American religious leaders ever assembled. Like their congregants, religious leaders have sharply divided themselves along … [Read more...]

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“Life is winning in America”

Vice President Mike Pence tells estimated crowd of 1,300 at 13th annual National Catholic Prayer Breakfast: "The Catholic community in America has made an enormous difference in the life of this nation"

United States Vice President Mike Pence exhorted those in attendance at the National Catholic Prayer Breakfast on Tuesday to continue to be a “voice for the voiceless,” after proclaiming that “life is winning” in the nation. “Life is winning in America. Life is winning through the steady advance of science that continues to illuminate more and more when life begins,”  Pence … [Read more...]

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US bishops distressed by proposed increase in military spending

President Trump’s budget proposal may make deep cuts to Medicaid and other programs, while increasing military spending and immigration enforcement funding

Leading U.S. bishops have expressed serious concerns with President Donald Trump’s reported budget proposals for the 2018 fiscal year, noting among other fears that the proposals would decrease funding for diplomacy efforts while increasing military spending. “The human consequences of budget choices are clear to us as pastors,” leaders of various committees of the U.S. … [Read more...]

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The complicated relationship between the U.S. and the Holy See

"The Vatican has sources of information that the CIA would kill to get"

The significance of a global network of priests sank in for Thomas Reese on the day the president of Rwanda's plane was shot down. The Catholic analyst and author had been interviewing a church leader at the Vatican when his source's phone rang. The call about the plane crash had been made to notify the headquarters of the Catholic Church that trouble was brewing. "That was … [Read more...]

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NY Times: President to nominate Callista Gingrich as Vatican ambassador

Wife of former House Speaker Newt Gingrich said to have played critical role in her husband's conversion to Catholicism

Less than two weeks before a potentially tense and diplomatically delicate meeting with Pope Francis at the Vatican, President Trump has apparently settled on nominating Callista Gingrich, the wife of Newt Gingrich, the former House speaker, as the United States ambassador to the Holy See, according to two people close to the president. The idea of nominating Ms. Gingrich … [Read more...]

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California bishops: “payment of taxes is morally obligatory”

Even when the state uses taxes for unjust purposes, we are still required to pay them

During the next few weeks, the California legislature will focus on the state budget.  With a supermajority, California Democrats will be in full control of the process but it is unlikely to be smooth sailing for them. State tax revenue is coming in significantly below projections.  A recently enacted gas tax increase has put some Democrats on the hot seat.  Even within the … [Read more...]

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