Bishops pressure House Majority Leader on DACA

Archbishop Jose Gomez, bishops Jaime Soto and Armando Ochoa publish open letter to U.S. Rep. Kevin McCarthy urging him to allow House of Representatives to vote on immigration measure

In an open letter to House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy that was printed in the Bakersfield Californian, Catholic leaders in California urged Rep. McCarthy to allow a House vote on critical legislation that would prevent the deportation of young people who were brought into this country as minors, but who lack formal permission to remain in the United States. The letter was … [Read more...]

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California Encuentro delegates prepare for ministry

Nearly 1,300 delegates -- including laypeople, priests and 21 bishops -- gathered for regional encuentro at the Visalia Convention Center April 27-29

Hope, energy and the drive to unite to share the Catholic faith filled the Visalia Convention Center, as nearly 1,300 delegates -- including laypeople, priests and 21 bishops -- gathered for a regional encuentro. "This is the moment when the church is listening to the Hispanic community in an effort to understand us better, but also in the hopes that we will become missionary … [Read more...]

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Commencement season exposes huge divide in Catholic education

Several Catholic colleges have chosen to honor individuals who publicly oppose the Church’s moral teachings

The best and the worst of Catholic higher education are once again on public display, as America’s Catholic colleges announce their spring commencement speakers and honorary degree recipients. Several colleges—many of them recommended in The Newman Guide for their strong Catholic identity—have admirably chosen to honor Catholic leaders and faithful laypeople as commencement … [Read more...]

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ACLU tries to drag Catholic Charities into illegal immigrant abortions

Catholic Charities and other faith-based organizations could be forced to tell young illegal immigrants in their care that they have a 'right' to an abortion

If the American Civil Liberties Union has its way, Catholic Charities and other faith-based organizations providing care for illegal alien minors will be forced to proclaim to the girls in their care during the shelter’s orientation that they have a “right” to an abortion. The ACLU seeks to compel this speech under the auspices of providing “notice” to the members of the … [Read more...]

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US bishops endorse bill to provide DACA fix

Among other things, legislation would shield “Dreamers” from deportation and provide a path to citizenship for certain qualified persons

A federal judge ruled on Tuesday evening that the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program must be re-opened to new applicants, and the following day the USCCB announced support for the “Uniting and Securing America (USA) Act of 2018,” which would codify DACA into law. While other court decisions have ordered that the federal government begin to accept DACA … [Read more...]

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“This is not a war zone”

San Diego Bishop Robert McElroy joins fellow bishops with dioceses along U.S.-Mexico border in statement regarding deployment of National Guard

In response to announcements regarding deploying the U.S. National Guard to the U.S./Mexico Border, the U.S. Catholic Bishops of the U.S.-Mexico Border, including San Diego Bishop Robert McElroy, issued the following statement:  “We are deeply concerned by the announcement that the National Guard will be deployed on the U.S./Mexico Border. The continued militarization of the … [Read more...]

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Pope Francis puts caring for migrants and the poor on equal footing with opposing abortion

In latest apostolic exhortation, pontiff says defense of the unborn "needs to be clear, firm and passionate," but "lives of the poor, those already born, the destitute, the abandoned” are equally sacred

Caring for migrants and the poor is as holy a pursuit as opposing abortion, Pope Francis declared in a major document issued by the Vatican on Monday morning. Pushing back against conservative critics within the church who argue that the 81-year-old pope’s focus on social issues has led him to lose sight of the true doctrine, Pope Francis again cast himself, and the mission of … [Read more...]

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“Ineffective and grotesque”

Bishop Robert McElroy issues statement on border wall on occasion of President Trump's visit to border

The Most Rev. Robert McElroy, Roman Catholic Bishop of San Diego, released the following statement in reaction to President Donald Trump’s visit to San Diego to tour prototypes of the proposed new border wall: “It is a sad day for our country when we trade the majestic, hope-filled symbolism of the Statue of Liberty for an ineffective and grotesque wall which both displays … [Read more...]

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Forty arrested at Catholic-led DACA protest

About 100 people -- including Franciscan friars, religious sisters, and laity -- gathered in rotunda of Russell Senate Building in Washington on Tuesday, and were led away in flex cuffs in a planned act of civil disobedience

A group of about 100 people--including Franciscan friars, religious sisters, and laity--gathered in the rotunda of the Russell Senate Building in Washington on Tuesday, and were led away in flex cuffs in a planned act of civil disobedience. The protest was intended to pressure Congress to take action on “Dreamers,” or people who were brought to the United States illegally as … [Read more...]

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U.S. bishops announce “National Catholic Call-In Day to Protect Dreamers”

Faithful asked to call their elected representatives in Congress on Monday, Feb. 26, to protect Dreamers from deportation, to provide them a path to citizenship, and to avoid any damage to existing protections for families

  Late last week, the Senate failed to achieve the 60 votes needed to move forward with debate on legislation to provide relief to Dreamers. Cardinal Daniel DiNardo of Galveston-Houston, U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops' president, Archbishop José H. Gomez of Los Angeles, USCCB vice president, and Bishop Joe S. Vásquez of Austin, chairman of the USCCB Committee on … [Read more...]

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