What you need to know about the California Healthy Youth Act

California bishops offer guidance to parents on what to ask local school boards about sex-ed programs

Since taking effect on January 1, 2016, a significant element of the California Healthy Youth Act has been its recognition of the right of parents to supervise their children’s sexual health education. In acknowledging this right and responsibility, the Act requires schools to notify parents and guardians about the planned instruction, allows parents and guardians to review … [Read more...]

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Bishops pressure House Majority Leader on DACA

Archbishop Jose Gomez, bishops Jaime Soto and Armando Ochoa publish open letter to U.S. Rep. Kevin McCarthy urging him to allow House of Representatives to vote on immigration measure

In an open letter to House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy that was printed in the Bakersfield Californian, Catholic leaders in California urged Rep. McCarthy to allow a House vote on critical legislation that would prevent the deportation of young people who were brought into this country as minors, but who lack formal permission to remain in the United States. The letter was … [Read more...]

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Bishops join California Federation of Teachers in co-sponsoring tax-relief bill for new teachers

The following is from the California Catholic Conference of Bishops: Ensuring well-prepared and exceptionally qualified educators is the single most crucial strategy for providing students with an equitable and excellent education. Yet, learning in California’s classrooms is in peril by a widening shortage of professional and qualified teachers. SB 1214 by Senator Anthony … [Read more...]

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California Bishops’ spokesman answers question on why they support only ‘progressive Democratic’ proposals’

Ned Dolejsi says there's a difference between ideological positioning and a theological perspective

The following is an excerpt from the California Catholic Conference of Bishops: During the three days of the Los Angeles Religious Education Congress, many of our readers stopped by the booth to talk about the Catholic Legislative Network.  Many more joined us online for a series of Facebook Live broadcasts on Saturday. Kicking off the sessions, which you can now view on … [Read more...]

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California bishops add their voices to criticism of state’s assisted suicide law

In a strongly worded statement, the California Catholic Conference joins other opponents of two-year-old statute permitting physician-assisted suicide, express worries over coercion and care for the poor

The California Catholic Conference joined other suicide opponents in a strongly worded statement expressing deep concerns about the state’s two-year-old assisted suicide law.  “There is far too much still not known about how this law is put into practice — especially as it pertains to disabled, elderly and other populations,” the group stated following a Jan. 24 hearing in the … [Read more...]

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Three CA bishops sign letter urging Republican support for DACA

Dec. 1 open letter signed by Bishop Kevin Vann (Orange), Bishop Gerald Barnes (San Bernardino) and Auxiliary Bishop David O’Connell (Los Angeles) calls on Rep. Mimi Walters and Rep. Ed Royce to back legislation

Congressional members Mimi Walters and Ed Royce have received a unique letter – it was signed by every Catholic pastor in their districts, and it asks for more action and less talk on DACA. Parishioners across Orange County also will hear more about the so-called Dreamers from their church pews this Sunday and throughout Advent, which leads up to Christmas. The bishops of the … [Read more...]

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CA bishops: Urge Congress to enact the Conscience Protection Act

Legislation would clarify federal law and ensure that those who provide health care and health coverage can do so without being forced by government to help destroy innocent unborn children

Now is the time to contact your members of Congress and advocate for the protection of life and freedom of conscience.  The Conscience Protection Act of 2017 (H.R. 644) has been included in appropriations legislation that must pass this year to keep the government operating. The Conscience Protection Act is common-sense legislation that will clarify federal law and ensure that … [Read more...]

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Catholic bishops weigh in on proposed bills

The California Catholic Conference is urging Catholics to let their voices be heard on a number of bills awaiting Gov. Jerry Brown’s signature

The California Catholic Conference is urging Catholics to let their voices be heard on a number of bills awaiting Gov. Jerry Brown’s signature this fall, including one — Assembly Bill 569 — the conference sees as a direct attack on religious freedom. The governor has until Oct. 15 to act on the bills. As the statewide Church’s public policy arm, the conference has highlighted … [Read more...]

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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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