Catholic Church has mixed results in lobbying California lawmakers

Right-to-die bill seen as next big test
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The following comes from a September 24 KCRA article by David Bienick:

As Pope Francis spoke to members of Congress on Thursday, some of the issues he raised remained up for debate at California’s state Capitol.

Supporters and opponents of a bill that would legalize assisted suicide held demonstrations on opposite sides of the state Capitol.

Lawmakers approved the bill, known as ABX2 15, during the final days of the legislative session.

The Catholic Church has lobbied hard to defeat the bill and is among the groups calling for Governor Jerry Brown to veto it.

“No, they’re not happy about it. But turns out what people do in private homes is different than what the church wants them to do,” said Elizabeth Wallner, a supporter of the bill.

The bishops of Sacramento and Stockton recently appeared at a news conference with Senate Pro Tem Kevin de Leon to help promote another piece of legislation that deals with climate change.

Despite the bishops support, opposition from the oil industry forced lawmakers to pass a scaled-down version of the legislation, known as SB 350.

Monsignor James Murphy, a spokesman for the Diocese of Sacramento, said the Church must choose which political battles it wishes to fight.

“I think that’s true, yes,” said Murphy.

He said the Catholic Church is mostly likely to have an impact on issues such as climate change and immigration.

In the past, the Catholic Church has taken a more confrontational approach to dealing with dissident political leaders.

In 2003, Bishop William Weigand of Sacramento suggested then Governor Gray Davis, a practicing Catholic, should stop receiving communion at mass because of his support of abortion rights.
“That was a long time ago,” said Davis on Thursday.

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  1. So Bishop Jamie Soto (Sacramento) and Stephen Blaire (Stockton) met for a News Conference regarding non-Catholic fake science “climate change”.
    In the 1980’s there was “global cooling”, in the 1990s there was “global warming”, when none of that enslaved the people now they have “climate change”.
    Yet what are these Bishops doing to promote Legislation that effects the fabric of our society – SEXUAL MORALITY.
    What about legislation re Pornography, Abortion, Contraception, Adultery, Fornication, Homosexual Acts, Drug addiction, and other Mortal Sins that affect the Family and will send Souls to Hell if un-repented ?

  2. The Bishops MUST distinguish between LEGAL Immigration,
    and ILLEGAL Immigration, or the Bishops will be in violation of the Faith.
    CCC # ” 2241 …….Political authorities, for the sake of the common good for which they are responsible, may make the exercise of the right to immigrate subject to various juridical conditions, especially with regard to the immigrants’ duties toward their country of adoption.
    Immigrants are Obliged to respect with gratitude the material and spiritual heritage of the country that receives them, to Obey its Laws,
    and to Assist in carrying civic burdens.”

  3. Read your Catholic Bible and the “Catechism of the Catholic Church, second edition” folks. Some CA Catholic Bishops and their lobbying groups have lost their way. They are no longer Catholic, or concerned with Saving your Soul.

    http://www.ewtnreligiouscatalogue.com/Home+Page/BOOKS/Bibles/RSV+CATHOLIC+EDITION+BIBLE+-+LARGE+PRINT.axd
    and
    http://www.ewtnreligiouscatalogue.com/Home+Page/BOOKS/Catechism/CATECHISM+OF+THE+CATHOLIC+CHURCH+-+PAPERBACK.axd

  4. “Monsignor James Murphy, a spokesman for the Diocese of Sacramento, said the Church must choose which political battles it wishes to fight.
    “I think that’s true, yes,” said Murphy.
    He said the Catholic Church is mostly likely to have an impact on issues such as climate change and immigration.”

    Notice the only issues the bishops will fight for are the same ones Democrats will also? They are so afraid of getting on the wrong side of their friends who give them places of honor at banquets.

  5. We must hear about these important from the pulpit!!!

    I must say hooray for the Diocese of San Jose, where at least, in one parish I attended, they had a insert inside the bulletin regarding Physician Assisted Suicide, in the Prayers of the Faithful they prayed for the Governor to make the right decision (VETO) and they had business size cards in the vestibule with the Governor’s phone number and some talking points!

    This is what NEEDS to be done at all the parishes, ALL !!!

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