Cardinal Peter Turkson visits Fresno

Turkson spent his hour-long talk summarizing Laudato Si’

One of Pope Francis’ main cardinals – who oversees Vatican offices addressing issues such as environmental pollution, climate change, health care, charity, immigrants and refugees on behalf of the Catholic Church worldwide – spoke in Fresno on Monday night about the importance of caring for the environment, “our common home,” as a way to help humanity and better understand … [Read more...]

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World Meeting of Popular Movements coming to Modesto February 16-19

Vatican-led meeting will focus on social justice, racism and migration

Let’s say you’re the top administrator at a small Catholic high school in Modesto. One day the bishop mentions that the Vatican – yes, the Vatican – wants to send about 600 people to spend four days on your campus for meetings literally geared to change the world in terms of social justice. Oh, and one of the most prominent cardinals from within Pope Francis’s inner circle … [Read more...]

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Oakland bishop issues statement on Trump’s orders on refugees and immigrants

Bishop Michael Barber: "Christ and His teachings must come before our favorite political party"

Bishop Michael Barber, SJ, Bishop of the Diocese of Oakland, has issued the following statement regarding President Trump's executive orders on immigrants and refugees and responses to those orders: With all the rancor and division circulating in the media recently, I think it is good to remind ourselves who we are as Catholics and Christians. We are Christ-centered, not … [Read more...]

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Planned Parenthood’s favored treatment under California law

Third and final installment of series on the abortion giant by the California Catholic Conference

This ongoing series has examined public funding for Planned Parenthood at the federal, state, and local levels.  In this installment, we analyze other "special" legislative treatment Planned Parenthood has received in California.  (Part 1 – Federal Funding; Part 2 – State Funding.) At the state level in just the past few years, Planned Parenthood has been extremely successful … [Read more...]

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San Francisco archdiocese ordered to pay $3 million in health care costs

Archdiocesan spokesman: “We don’t concede we are in violation"

City officials have ordered the San Francisco Roman Catholic Archdiocese to pay nearly $3 million in health care costs for more than 1,000 employees after finding that it failed to make years of payments required by a pioneering local health care law. San Francisco has also assessed the archdiocese $113,000 in penalties. “It’s important for us to ensure that workers are … [Read more...]

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Except for Planned Parenthood, bishops’ spokesman lauds California governor

"We stand ready to help Gov. Brown and our elected officials where we can to protect the vulnerable, enhance the common good and promote respectful engagement amongst all Californians”

Edward “Ned” Dolejsi, executive director of the California Catholic Conference, issued this statement today following California Gov. Jerry Brown’s State of the State speech this morning: “Solidarity with our immigrant neighbors, compassion for the less fortunate, respect for one another and care for “Our Common Home,” as Pope Francis calls it, are values all of us as … [Read more...]

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Watch for the Democrats to quote Bishop McElroy

The “imperialism” of the free market

  The following comes from a Jan. 11 article in the National Catholic Reporter. [National Catholic Reporter] Editor's note: This talk, titled "Three Kinds of Erroneous Autonomy," was delivered Jan. 10 at the symposium "Erroneous Autonomy: The Dignity of Work" organized by the Institute for Policy Research and Catholic Studies at The Catholic University of … [Read more...]

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