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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Governor Brown signs assisted-suicide bill

"I was left to reflect on what I would want in the face of my own death"

The following comes from an October 5 LA Times article by Patrick McGreevy: Caught between conflicting moral arguments, Gov. Jerry Brown, a former Jesuit seminary student, on Monday signed a measure allowing physicians to prescribe lethal doses of drugs to terminally ill patients who want to hasten their deaths. Approving the bill, whose opponents included the Catholic … [Read more...]

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Suicide gets a pass from Republicans Maienschein and Baker

Even Gov. Brown unhappy with pro-death Dems

The following was posted by Katy Grimes on the Sept. 8 Flash Report. http://www.flashreport.org/blog/2015/09/08/two-ca-republicans-helped-pass-revived-assisted-suicide-bill/ It’s a dark day in California politics when a bill supporting life is killed before even being assigned to a legislative committee, and a bill pushing assisted suicide gets Republican votes. Two … [Read more...]

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