CA Catholic legislators “seem very unchurched”

New CA bishops official Andy Rivas frets about sex abuse statutes

The following comes from a Jan. 7 story by Al Donner in the Oakland diocese Catholic Voice. The Catholic presence at the state Capitol intends to focus on three core issues in the 2019 legislative session — early childhood education, human life, and immigration — says Andy Rivas, new executive director of the California Catholic Conference. Those are core areas where … [Read more...]

California bishops back push to end childhood poverty

California Catholic Conference joins press conference in support of package of legislation that would increase state funding for multiple services to children and low-income families

Last week, on the first official day of the new California legislative session, the California Catholic Conference (CCC) joined numerous faith leaders and lawmakers at a press event to introduce several ambitious recommendations aimed at curbing childhood poverty in the state. The measures are based on the recently released report by The Lifting Children and Families Out of … [Read more...]

“No position”

California bishops offer analysis of each of 12 propositions on Nov. 6 ballot, but decline to offer advice on how citizens should vote

The following is an analysis provided by the California Conference of Catholic Bishops on the State of California General Election Propositions:   Proposition 1 – Veterans and Affordable Housing Bond Act of 2018 The high cost of housing in California has been a significant point of discussion in recent years. Housing in California has long been more expensive than the … [Read more...]

What will Governor Brown do?

California Catholic Conference says it's pleased that governor has signed several educational and environmental bills, awaits news on other measures "that could have devastating impacts"

It has been three weeks since the California Legislature adjourned for the session and sent a stack of more than 1,000 bills to Governor Jerry Brown for his signature or veto. The California Catholic Conference (CCC) is pleased to report that the Governor has signed several educational and environmental bills that will benefit all Californians, while we continue to await news … [Read more...]

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...]

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...]

“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...]

“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...]

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...]

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...]