California Catholic Conference announces new executive director

Andrew Rivas was onetime executive director of the Texas Catholic Conference and most recently served as director of the Office of Government and Community Relations for the Los Angeles archdiocese

The Most Rev. Jaime Soto, Bishop of Sacramento and President of the California Catholic Conference (CCC), announced today that Andrew Rivas has been named Executive Director of the California Catholic Conference.  He will assume his position in August at the end of the legislative session.  “Andy stood out in an exceptionally qualified field of candidates,” said Bishop Jaime … [Read more...]

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“Rulings seem to be accumulating against this terrible piece of legislation”

Executive director of California Catholic Conference issues statement on appeals court's refusal to issue stay of ruling finding state's physician-assisted suicide law unconstitutional

The following statement was issued May 25 by Edward ‘Ned” Dolejsi, executive director of the California Catholic Conference, on the Fourth District Court of Appeal denying the California Attorney General’s request for an immediate stay of the ruling that determined the physician-assisted suicide law to be unconstitutional. “We are very grateful and encouraged that California … [Read more...]

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“Practicing Catholic in good standing with the Church”

California Catholic Conference posts job opening announcement for new executive director

The California Catholic Conference (CCC) seeks a dynamic, faith-filled Catholic leader as its Executive Director.  Major responsibilities include: Assuring the representation of the interests of the Catholic Church in California to the Executive, Legislative and Judicial branches of the State and Federal government.  Managing the overall operation of the CCC and the … [Read more...]

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Ned Dolejsi to retire as executive director of California Catholic Conference

Dolejsi will be retiring this summer; a search firm has been retained to find a new director

The Most Rev. Jaime Soto, president of the California Catholic Conference (CCC) and Bishop of Sacramento, announced today that Ned Dolejsi, the longtime executive director of the CCC will be retiring this summer.  A search firm has been retained to identify a new director. “It is a bittersweet moment for us in California.  We would like to keep him even longer, but it’s clear … [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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CA bishops like Jerry Brown’s cap and trade

See as in line with Pope Francis

The following comes from a July 21 release from the California Catholic Conference. The Legislature has officially recessed for the summer this week, but not before moving on a key piece of environmental legislation. On Monday, lawmakers gave a bi-partisan nod of approval to AB 398 (Garcia, D-Coachella), the extension of the state’s cap-and-trade program through the year … [Read more...]

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Legislative update from California Catholic Conference

As the legislative summer recess draws near, the California Catholic Conference is keeping close watch on many bills, several of which are being taken up for hearings or votes in coming days.   The CCC continues to strongly appose AB 569 by Assemblywoman Lorena Gonzales Fletcher (D-San Diego). AB 569 sets a dangerous precedent for religious employers, amending the Labor Code … [Read more...]

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California bishops pleased with Gov. Brown’s budget revisions

Includes several California Catholic Conference priorities costing millions

The California Catholic Conference (CCC) was pleased to see that Governor Jerry Brown included new appropriations for several CCC priorities in his May budget revise. The newly proposed budget for the 2017-2018 fiscal year now includes funding for palliative care programs, early childhood education, retention of several beneficial programs and expanded funding for immigration … [Read more...]

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California bishops sponsor bill to give new teachers a tax break

AB 586 would give newly credentialed teachers either a $500 individual tax credit or a $2500 income tax deduction

One of the greatest gifts we can give our youth is the opportunity for a quality education. In turn, the most effective way to achieve this goal of offering a good education is to have qualified and prepared teachers in the educational work force committed to their profession. In California, however, there is a growing shortage of qualified teachers. This difference is often … [Read more...]

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California bishops issue Ash Wednesday statement on immigration

CA Catholic Conference: don't use state resources to separate families

The following is from a statement by the California Catholic Conference: Today marks the beginning of the Lenten Season, a time when Christian people devote ourselves more intentionally to the spiritual and corporal works of mercy in an earnest effort to reform our lives in the image of Jesus Christ. We use this occasion to call upon Catholics and all people of good will in … [Read more...]

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