Archbishop Gomez calls on Congress to pass Dream Act

“We are talking about people who have grown up in this country since they were young children. America is all they know”

Too many young people are threatened with deportation because their parents brought them to the U.S. without documentation, and Congress needs to pass the Dream Act to help them, Archbishop Jose Gomez of Los Angeles has said. The proposed legislation “would permanently lift the threat of deportation that right now hangs over the heads of more than one million young people who … [Read more...]

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California bishops support bill to restrict immigration enforcement

SB 54 establishes “safe zones” that would that require California schools, hospitals and courtrooms to adopt policies that limit immigration enforcement on their premises

California’s efforts to protect immigrants while balancing legitimate public safety concerns is proving more difficult than many thought. SB 54, the California Values Act (de Leon, D-Los Angeles), is at an impasse, at least temporarily, as Governor Brown, Senate President pro temp Kevin de Leon, immigration groups and law enforcement interests grapple with the legislation’s … [Read more...]

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‘Office of Multicultural Learning’

Santa Clara University willing to pay $75,480 to $88,728 a year for someone who will, among other duties, advocate for “undocumented students” and other minority groups on campus

A Catholic university in California is advertising for a director of its Office of Multicultural Learning (OML) with duties that include advocating for “undocumented students” and other minority groups on campus. In addition to assessing diversity programs and multicultural learning, the OML director at the University of Santa Clara will play a “key role in promoting an … [Read more...]

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Face of the Church in the United States rapidly changing

Fifty years ago, over 80 percent of American Catholics were of European descent. Today, that number is less than 50 percent

The rapidly changing realities of the Catholic Church in the U.S. bring a host of challenges and unknowns, but also great opportunities for evangelization and engagement, said experts at a gathering of Catholic leaders. “The future of U.S. Catholicism is being forged in areas once not central to U.S. Catholic life,” said Dr. Hosffman Ospino, associate professor of theology and … [Read more...]

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Fireworks at U.S. bishops’ meeting

Francis-appointed cardinals oppose permanent religious liberty committee, but lose vote 132 to 53

The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) voted 132 to 53 today to approve the establishment of a permanent Standing Committee for Religious Liberty. Five bishops abstained from voting.  The USCCB formed the Ad Hoc Committee for Religious Liberty for three years in September 2011. It was then extended for another three-year term. Today's vote was on making this … [Read more...]

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Praying for immigrants

Archbishop José Gomez will celebrate "Mass in Recognition of All Immigrants" at Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels, novena underway across the archdiocese and 50-mile pilgrimage slated as well

On Sunday, June 18, we will celebrate our annual Mass in Recognition of All Immigrants at our Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels. In preparation for the Mass, throughout the archdiocese we have been praying a novena focusing on the needs of immigrants, refugees and human trafficking victims. We are encouraging the faithful to share their stories on social media, using the … [Read more...]

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California bishops issue Mother’s Day statement

Use the occasion to call again for immigration reform, suggest current policies violate Fourth Commandment

During this week of Mother’s Day celebrations in the United States and Mexico, the enduring bonds of family will light up social media, overload telephone lines, and overflow many dining tables as children text, call, FaceTime, present home-made cards, feast, offer bouquets, and thank their mothers for their lifetime of labor and love. The wisdom of the fourth commandment, to … [Read more...]

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