Three California bishops seek USCCB posts

Oakland Bishop Michael Barber, San Diego Bishop Robert McElroy and Los Angeles Auxiliary Bishop Robert Barron among nominees for committee posts

The following comes from an October 17 USCCB press release: WASHINGTON—The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) will be voting for the chairman-elect of five standing committees at the upcoming annual 2016 General Assembly taking place November 14-16 in Baltimore, Maryland. Each bishop elected will serve for one year as chairman-elect before beginning a three-year … [Read more...]

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California Bishops Support Proposition 57 – The Public Safety and Rehabilitation Act

The initiative would "deal with offending juveniles as the wounded children that they are"

The following comes from an August 1 California Conference press release: SACRAMENTO, CA – The California Catholic Conference (CCC) of Bishops offers its support for Proposition 57: The Public Safety and Rehabilitation Act.  This balanced approach to the criminal justice system in our state would advance the well-being of our residents and communities by re-focusing our … [Read more...]

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California bishops endorse initiative to end death penalty

They state that the practice is no longer morally justifiable

The following comes from a July 14 CA Catholic news release: SACRAMENTO, CA - During this Jubilee Year of Mercy, we, the Catholic Bishops of California support Proposition 62 which would end the use of the death penalty in California.  Our commitment to halt the practice of capital punishment is rooted both in the Catholic faith and our pastoral experience. The Bishops of … [Read more...]

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Capital punishment will be on the November Calif. ballot

Stand by for the Calif. bishops’ endorsement

The following comes from a June 23 release on the website of the California Catholic Conference. The initiative to eliminate the use of California’s death penalty law has officially qualified for this November’s ballot. The measure to revoke capital punishment in the state collected almost 405,000 signatures – well above the 365,000 verifiable signatures required for … [Read more...]

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Calif. bishops happy with state budget

Spending more money - the answer to abortion?

The following comes from a June 10 release from the California Conference of Catholic Bishops. Late Thursday afternoon, a budget deal was announced that repeals the Maximum Family Grant (MFG) rule, provides additional funding for naturalization and other immigration services and funds teacher empowerment and recruitment items as well as additional early childhood … [Read more...]

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California bishops among sponsors of $15 minimum wage

Historic bill goes to Governor Brown's desk; he has 12 days to take action

The following comes from a March 31 news release from Senator Mark Leno:  SACRAMENTO – The California Legislature became the first in the nation to approve a $15 minimum wage with the passage of Senate Bill 3 today. The historic legislation, which will help lift California’s low-wage earners out of poverty, is jointly authored by Senators Mark Leno, Kevin de León and Connie … [Read more...]

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What are the priorities of California bishops?

CA Catholic Conference promises analysis of initiatives on November ballot

The following comes from a January 7 California Catholic Conference news release: As we head into a new year, one our Holy Father has devoted to Mercy, 2016 legislative and budgetary directions will begin to become clearer in the next few weeks.  New bills are just now being introduced but it’s likely the California Catholic Conference will concentrate on the following: • … [Read more...]

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