Legislature approves $122 billion state budget

Lawmakers provided funds for abortion and to pay for the physician-assisted suicide of Medi-Cal patients at the same time they sought to help immigrants, assist the “working poor” and expand early childhood education

California’s Legislature this week approved a new $183 billion dollar State Budget and in the process established priorities that encompass “profound moral questions about who are we as a society, how we view our future and whether as a people we can look beyond our own self-interest to the interest of the larger society.” (In Search of the Common Good)  Lawmakers provided … [Read more...]

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Anti-discrimination measure or blow to religious freedom?

California bishops oppose bill that would prohibit firing workers for having an abortion or giving birth to a child out of wedlock, say it would violate First Amendment right "to infuse our codes of conduct with the tenets of our faith"

A measure that would bar employers from firing workers for having an abortion or giving birth to a child out of wedlock is getting pushback from religious groups who say such a bill would prevent them from requiring employees to act in accordance with their faith. Under the bill by Assemblywoman Lorena Gonzalez Fletcher (D-San Diego), employers would not be able to discipline … [Read more...]

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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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