California bills propose solutions to non-existent problems

Pro-abortion license plates, new category for "non-binary" gender, subsidies for Planned Parenthood and more

AB569, Discrimination: Reproductive Health is sponsored by abortion rights cheerleader NARAL. The bill claims to seek legal protections from discrimination or retaliation for the “reproductive decisions” of employees or their dependents. According to the California Catholic Conference, there are actually no substantiated claims of discrimination in the secular workforce against … [Read more...]

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Measure that speeds up executions weighed by CA Supreme Court

Is Proposition 66, which California bishops opposed but which passed anyway, unconstitutional?

A ballot measure intended to speed up the application of the death penalty is now being challenged before the California Supreme Court. For its part, the California Catholic Conference has repeated its warning that a speedy death penalty risks further injustice. “The last three Popes have said that the death penalty is no longer needed,” Steve Pehanich, director of … [Read more...]

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The man behind Trump’s religious-freedom agenda for health care

Roger Severino, who grew up in California, described as "the devout, conservative head of civil-rights enforcement at HHS"

The offices inside the Department of Health and Human Services are aggressively tan. Roger Severino, the newly appointed head of its Office for Civil Rights, hasn’t done much by way of decoration. Aside from a few plaques and leftover exhibits from old cases, his Clarence Thomas bobblehead doll and crucifix are the only personal touches in his work space. The media spends a … [Read more...]

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“Life is winning in America”

Vice President Mike Pence tells estimated crowd of 1,300 at 13th annual National Catholic Prayer Breakfast: "The Catholic community in America has made an enormous difference in the life of this nation"

United States Vice President Mike Pence exhorted those in attendance at the National Catholic Prayer Breakfast on Tuesday to continue to be a “voice for the voiceless,” after proclaiming that “life is winning” in the nation. “Life is winning in America. Life is winning through the steady advance of science that continues to illuminate more and more when life begins,”  Pence … [Read more...]

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Stockton bishop: “We’re going to have to respond, to demand political action”

Bishop Stephen Blaire discusses environmental issues in Catholic Ecology interview

As the world waited Thursday morning for President Donald Trump to make his big announcement about the Paris Climate Accord, I had the pleasure of spending time with The Most Rev­erend Stephen E. Blaire, the fifth bishop of the Diocese of Stockton, California. It was a providential time to speak of the Church’s eco teachings, and how faith and politics must work together to … [Read more...]

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Trump won’t issue ‘Pride’ proclamation

President has declined to issue a proclamation designating June as a time for celebration of LGBT Pride, breaking with a tradition started under the Obama administration

President Trump has declined to issue at the start of June a proclamation designating the month as a time for celebration of Pride, breaking with a tradition started under the Obama administration. By the end of the last weekday in May, President Obama each year during his two terms in the White House issued a proclamation recognizing Pride. Trump, on the other hand, has thus … [Read more...]

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Trump administration plans to eliminate contraceptive mandate for religious institutions

No more bullying by the federal government

Federal officials, following through on a pledge by President Trump, have drafted a rule to roll back a federal requirement that many religious employers provide birth control coverage in health insurance plans. The mandate for free contraceptive coverage was one of the most hotly contested Obama administration policies adopted under the Affordable Care Act, and it generated … [Read more...]

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