Two California bishops nominated to lead USCCB committees

Bishop Michael Barber nominated to head Committee on Catholic Education, Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone nominated as chairman for Committee on Laity, Marriage, Family Life, and Youth

When the United States Conference of Catholic Bishop convenes next week, much of the attention with focus on how the bishops will address the recent clerical abuse scandals. But the bishops will also be electing new leadership for six of the conference committees. The USCCB will gather in Baltimore for its general assembly Nov. 12-14. On the ballot will be candidates for the … [Read more...]

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Jury awards teacher fired by Catholic school $3.57 million in damages

Science teacher at Transfiguration School in Los Angeles alleged she was fired for being pregnant and unwed, school argued she was terminated for other reasons

A former Leimert Park Catholic school teacher who sued the Archdiocese of Los Angeles, alleging she was fired for being pregnant and unwed, was awarded $3.57 million by a jury today. The Los Angeles Superior Court panel deliberated for less than a day before finding in favor of Kourtney Liggins, who was a science teacher at Transfiguration School, in her lawsuit that alleged … [Read more...]

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Cal-State San Marcos sued over refusal to fund pro-life student group

University denied Students for Life’s $500 request to help fund visit by guest speaker while giving $300,000 a year to Gender Equity Center and the LGBTQA Pride Center

In the grand scheme of things, $75 may not seem like that big of a deal. I’m not an accounting major, after all, so my student activities fee didn’t particularly stand out as I was enrolling for classes at Cal State San Marcos. It was only when I realized where my money was going — and not going — that I started to be concerned. Turns out, the lion’s share of the $2.1 million … [Read more...]

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Bishop Vann blesses chapel at Catholic school in Rancho Santa Margarita

Outside the chapel at St. Junipero Serra Catholic School is a rosary garden, canopied by olive trees, which includes an inlaid stone rosary and cross

More than 600 faculty and staff, families and city leaders celebrated the completion of the final phase of construction at St. Junipero Serra Catholic School in Rancho Santa Margarita on Saturday, Oct. 6. Among those attending were founding families: Ralph and Oonagh Linzmeier, Bill and Pat Kaszton and Steve and Kathy Brandlin. Bishop Vann was also present and blessed the … [Read more...]

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Gov. Brown vetoes bill requiring abortion pill at student health centers

Says measure that would have required all University of California and California State University campuses to offer the pills was unnecessary

“Access to reproductive health services, including abortion, is a long-protected right in California,” Governor Brown said in his veto message. However, he added that because the average distance to abortion providers in campus communities is five to seven miles, as stated in a study sponsored by the SB320 supporters, the bill is “not necessary.” California Senator … [Read more...]

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Stanford University to remove saint’s name from some properties

Serra Mall, Serra Dormitory, and Serra House will all be renamed; Serra Street will remain

California's Stanford University will strip the name of 18th-century Franciscan friar, St. Junipero Serra, from some of its properties but keep a street named after him. Stanford University announced the changes Sept. 13, saying in a statement that the saint, canonized in the U.S. during Pope Francis' apostolic visit in 2015, established a mission system that, while part of … [Read more...]

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Temecula finally has its own Catholic high school

Opening of Saint Jeanne de Lestonnac High School is "fulfillment of a 25-year-old dream"

A 25-year dream for many Catholic families in the Temecula Valley is finally coming true.  Saint Jeanne de Lestonnac High School in Temecula welcomed its first group of students to a retreat on August 11 and 12 to kick off the first year of its new high school. Students commemorated the occasion with a prayer and etching their names on a concrete stone in the high school quad … [Read more...]

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Too complex and costly to pursue

Samuel Merritt University backs away from plans to share campus with Holy Names University

After a year of exploring the merits of a possible move to the campus of Holy Names University, the board of regents of Samuel Merritt University has decided to back away from the so-called shared campus project. Sharon C. Diaz, president and chief executive officer at SMU, said in a press release published Aug. 9 that while the shared campus project would have been “a new … [Read more...]

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What you need to know about the California Healthy Youth Act

California bishops offer guidance to parents on what to ask local school boards about sex-ed programs

Since taking effect on January 1, 2016, a significant element of the California Healthy Youth Act has been its recognition of the right of parents to supervise their children’s sexual health education. In acknowledging this right and responsibility, the Act requires schools to notify parents and guardians about the planned instruction, allows parents and guardians to review … [Read more...]

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New Catholic school opens on site of old St. Elizabeth campus in Oakland

Cristo Rey De La Salle opened Aug. 15 in the Fruitvale neighborhood, will exclusively serve low-income students

Where St. Elizabeth High School once stood for almost a century in Oakland’s Fruitvale neighborhood, a renovated school has arisen with a new spirit, a new mission and even a new name: Cristo Rey De La Salle. It’s a school where students are expected to earn their subsidized tuition by working one day a week at a local company that foots a good chunk of the bill. And it’s … [Read more...]

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