Jerry Brown opposes ‘abortion litmus test’ for Democrats

"It wasn't very long ago that a number of Catholic Democrats were opposed to abortion," notes California governor

California Gov. Jerry Brown (D) on Sunday said intelligence should be the deciding factor for Democratic Party candidates, suggesting that abortion as a litmus test would not be helpful nationwide. “Well, the litmus test should be intelligence, caring about, as Harry Truman or Roosevelt used to call it, the common man,” Brown told NBC’s “Meet the Press” when asked by host … [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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Gov. Jerry Brown issues Easter pardons and commutations

Among them was commutation of the sentence for a Los Angeles woman who was 18 when convicted of killing her newborn child

Continuing his tradition of considering the requests of felons for a second chance both at Christmas and Easter, Gov. Jerry Brown on Saturday issued 72 pardons and seven sentence commutations for crimes ranging from burglary to being an accomplice in a murder. The bulk of the actions by Brown, however, were for nonviolent drug crimes. Former prisoners who served time for those … [Read more...]

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Except for Planned Parenthood, bishops’ spokesman lauds California governor

"We stand ready to help Gov. Brown and our elected officials where we can to protect the vulnerable, enhance the common good and promote respectful engagement amongst all Californians”

Edward “Ned” Dolejsi, executive director of the California Catholic Conference, issued this statement today following California Gov. Jerry Brown’s State of the State speech this morning: “Solidarity with our immigrant neighbors, compassion for the less fortunate, respect for one another and care for “Our Common Home,” as Pope Francis calls it, are values all of us as … [Read more...]

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Jerry Brown big fan of St. Mother Teresa

The governor once spent three weeks with Missionaries of Charity in Calcutta

The following comes from a September 3 Fresno Bee article: If only in passing on Sunday, Gov. Jerry Brown’s mind surely will wander to the 3 1/2 weeks in 1988 he spent in the fetid slums of Calcutta, back when he was trying to find his way. To sort things out, Brown spent six months in 1992 studying Zen Buddhism in Kamakura, Japan, then turned to his Catholic roots by … [Read more...]

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Planned Parenthood gag bill sent to governor

Legislature approves measure to suppress free speech, inspired by baby-parts scandal

The following comes from a September 1 Courthouse News Service article by Nick Cahill: After a flurry of last-minute amendments addressing free-speech concerns, the California Legislature late Wednesday approved a Planned Parenthood-sponsored bill that criminalizes the distribution of secretly recorded conversations with any health care provider. Lawmakers approved the … [Read more...]

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Dalai Lama charms Calif. legislature

The moon may look beautiful, but....

The following comes from a June 20 story in the L.A. Times. The Dalai Lama touched on issues both ancient and contemporary during a speech to the California Legislature on Monday, urging lawmakers to protect the environment, support education and seek inner peace by caring for humanity. “The best way to take care of one’s self is to take care of others,” the Tibetan … [Read more...]

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