Cardinal Timothy Dolan enters Supreme Court confirmation fray

As chairman of USCCB Committee on Pro-Life Activities, he calls for prayers that "change in the U.S. Supreme Court will move our nation closer to the day when every human being is protected in law and welcomed in life"

Cardinal Timothy Michael Dolan, Archbishop of New York and Chairman of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) Committee on Pro-Life Activities, issued a statement today inviting all people of good will to join in a prayer campaign that the change in the U.S. Supreme Court will move our nation closer to the day when every human being is protected in law and welcomed in … [Read more...]

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Federal judge sides with Trump Administration in Title X lawsuit

Pro-abortion groups had sought to block proposed new rules that could cost Planned Parenthood as much as $260 million in federal funding

A federal judge has sided with the Trump administration in a lawsuit challenging its move to prioritize faith-based, abstinence-focused programs for dispensing family-planning dollars. In May, three Planned Parenthood groups and the National Family Planning & Reproductive Health Association (NFPRHA) sued the administration over the Department of Health & Human … [Read more...]

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President Trump nominates Brett Kavanaugh to seat on U.S. Supreme Court

“I am part of the vibrant Catholic community in the D.C. area”

President Donald Trump announced Monday night he is nominating Justice Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court to fill the vacancy created when Justice Anthony Kennedy announced his retirement June 27. In a brief speech after the announcement, Kavanaugh spoke about the importance of his Catholic upbringing and how it has affected his career. “The motto of my Jesuit high school … [Read more...]

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California Catholic Conference announces new executive director

Andrew Rivas was onetime executive director of the Texas Catholic Conference and most recently served as director of the Office of Government and Community Relations for the Los Angeles archdiocese

The Most Rev. Jaime Soto, Bishop of Sacramento and President of the California Catholic Conference (CCC), announced today that Andrew Rivas has been named Executive Director of the California Catholic Conference.  He will assume his position in August at the end of the legislative session.  “Andy stood out in an exceptionally qualified field of candidates,” said Bishop Jaime … [Read more...]

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“A cesspool of political bias”

Trump Administration pulls US out of pro-abortion UN Human Rights Council

The United States will be exiting the United Nations Human Rights Council, Ambassador Nikki Haley confirmed Tuesday, citing the body’s record of failing and neglecting its titular mission. Haley blasted the council, which has promoted abortion and the LGBT agenda, as “a protector of human rights abusers, and a cesspool of political bias,” Fox News reports. “I want to make it … [Read more...]

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President Trump issues executive order on border orphans

Move is welcomed by bishops

After claiming to have no legal authority to unilaterally amend a recent Justice Department directive that resulted in the separation of migrant children from their parents along the U.S.-Mexico border, President Trump on Wednesday signed an executive order aimed at keeping families together after being apprehended for crossing illegally. "We're going to have strong, very … [Read more...]

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$190 billion budget awaits action by governor

California Catholic Conference: Budget includes gains for several priority issues, including immigration, human dignity and family life, but falls short on education

Governor Brown and Democratic legislative leaders have agreed on significant items in a $190 billion dollar budget for the 2018-2019 fiscal year.  Lawmakers voted to approve the budget bill late Thursday, which will now go to the Governor who has until June 30 to sign. Though it is largely approved, the Governor still has the authority to reduce or eliminate any appropriation … [Read more...]

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Debate over ‘Faithful Citizenship’ at meeting of U.S. bishops

San Diego Bishop Robert McElroy: 'Faithful Citizenship' “doesn’t reflect the full-bodied teachings of Pope Francis,” document undermines current thinking in the Church "by its tendentious use of ‘intrinsic evil"

What some expected would be a brisk vote turned out to be a lengthy discussion at the USCCB general assembly meeting on Thursday, covering the future of the bishops’ guide to political engagement, Forming Consciences for Faithful Citizenship. At the end of the vigorous discussion, when the bishops eventually voted on the action item June 14 in Ft. Lauderdale, 77 percent … [Read more...]

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Archbishop Gomez paints sobering picture of Los Angeles

He cites homelessness, poverty, widespread abortion, family breakdown and 1 million undocumented immigrants in June 4 talk about polarization at Georgetown University

I am honored to be here to talk about these important issues of Catholic social teaching.  And I want to begin our conversation with a brief snapshot of our experience in Los Angeles.  As you know, we are the largest Catholic community in the country. We cover a territory about the size of New Jersey —  we have about 5 million Catholics in an overall population of 11 … [Read more...]

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“Rulings seem to be accumulating against this terrible piece of legislation”

Executive director of California Catholic Conference issues statement on appeals court's refusal to issue stay of ruling finding state's physician-assisted suicide law unconstitutional

The following statement was issued May 25 by Edward ‘Ned” Dolejsi, executive director of the California Catholic Conference, on the Fourth District Court of Appeal denying the California Attorney General’s request for an immediate stay of the ruling that determined the physician-assisted suicide law to be unconstitutional. “We are very grateful and encouraged that California … [Read more...]

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