San Diego Catholic Charities relocates to diocese’s pastoral center

Seventeen Catholic Charities staff members moved into the building on July 14 at the invitation of Bishop Robert McElroy

Offering possibilities for increased collaboration with the diocese, the administrative staff of Catholic Charities has found a new home at the diocesan Pastoral Center. Seventeen Catholic Charities staff members, including Executive Director Robert Moser, moved into the building on July 14 at the invitation of Bishop Robert W. McElroy. On July 17, the diocesan staff gathered … [Read more...]

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San Jose Catholic church publicizes employee’s gay marriage on parish website

"John and his husband Willie are the parents of twin third graders at St. Clare School"

A parish in the San Jose diocese in California is openly employing a gay married man, who is an active member of the parish council. Saint Clare parish in Santa Clara has posted on its parish website brief biographies of their parish council members. On a page titled "Meet the St. Clare Parish Council," the biography of parishioner John Sullivan ends with the following: "John … [Read more...]

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Catholic Charities of California gets additional funds to assist undocumented youth

Awarded $200,000 grant to conduct Medi-Cal outreach and enrollment assistance to undocumented youth and members of mixed-immigration-status households

Catholic Charities of California (CCC) has been awarded $200,000 in additional funds to conduct Medi-Cal Outreach & Enrollment Assistance to undocumented youth and members of mixed-immigration-status households. The program is funded by a grant from The California Wellness Foundation (Cal Wellness). Created in 1992 as a private independent foundation, Cal Wellness’ mission … [Read more...]

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Trump’s order on refugee visas has dramatic effect in San Diego

If the courts uphold president's position, refugee program at Catholic Charities of San Diego could lose $1.2 million in annual funding

The empty screen told the story. The day before, the screen had displayed a three-month calendar of refugees who had been cleared for resettlement in this country. Staff members at Catholic Charities used that information to arrange basic services such as housing, schooling and health care for those destined to make San Diego their home. But when staff members logged on to … [Read more...]

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‘Poverty Simulation’

Catholic Charities San Bernardino-Riverside plans event designed to help participants understand what it's like to be poor

The following comes from an October 6 Inland Catholic Byte article: SAN BERNARDINO — Catholic Charities San Bernardino-Riverside is hosting a Poverty Simulation at the Diocesan Pastoral Center on Friday, November 18. The Poverty Simulation is designed to help people better understand the challenges, stresses, and compounding factors that contribute to poverty. During the … [Read more...]

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A free bus ticket home

Catholic Charities pays Santa Rosa homeless people to return to where they came from

The following comes from a December 22 Press Democrat article by Kevin McCallum: When Marie Stiffend struck out for California in July, the 19-year-old former foster kid wanted to put some distance between herself and the small Oregon town where nothing much ever happened and everybody knew everybody else’s business. She hit the road with her boyfriend and his friend. … [Read more...]

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Catholic groups back San Francisco housing measure

Proposition A would help fund public housing

The following comes from an October 20 Catholic San Francisco article by Valerie Schmalz: It will take two-thirds of San Francisco voters to pass a $310 million housing ballot proposition aimed at buying, rehabilitating and preserving housing that middle income residents could afford as renters or homeowners. Proposition A on the Nov. 3 ballot would also fund … [Read more...]

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Catholic Church collects $1.6 billion in U.S. contracts, grants since 2012

Catholic Charities says they can't fulfill their mission without financial assistance from the government

The following comes from a September 24 Washington Times article by Kelly Riddell:   Not to be lost in the pomp and circumstance of Pope Francis' first visit to Washington is the reality that the Catholic Church he oversees has become one of the largest recipients of federal largesse in America. The Church and related Catholic charities and schools have collected … [Read more...]

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Will bishops provide abortions to immigrants?

ACLU files suit against feds to pressure Catholic Charities

  The following comes from an April 7 story on the website Vox.com. It sounds, in a way, like a conservative fever dream: the American Civil Liberties Union is suing the federal government to find out if Catholic Charities is providing abortions to immigrant teenagers — many of whom don't have legal status in the United States. But that's essentially what is … [Read more...]

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Follow the money

Why Church might have trouble resisting government policies

NETWORK today issued the following statement regarding federal funding of Catholic human needs programs: Catholic groups and members of the Obama administration have had some disagreements in recent weeks, but we at NETWORK believe that some Catholic complaints have been exaggerated or misinformed. One area of disagreement concerns the continuing level of government … [Read more...]

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