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    We hold life sacred from conception to natural death. We support policies and services that assist pregnant women to make life-affirming choices.

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    We believe that each person has a right to access the basic necessities of life. We advocate for food and income security for all and pay special attention to the needs of women and children.

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    We support and defend the institution of marriage as the basic foundation of society.  We advocate for tax, workplace, welfare and divorce policies that enhance family unity.

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    We affirm our religious liberty, which is guaranteed in both the U.S. Constitution and the California state constitution.

President’s Action on Immigration Will Help Families But Must Not Hamper Comprehensive Immigration Reform

on . Immigration

statueoflibertycoin150(En Español) Bishop Jaime Soto of Sacramento and President of the California Catholic Conference, issued the following statement with regard to the President’s Executive Action on immigration:

"Comprehensive immigration reform is long overdue in the United States. The Bishops of California welcome the President’s action to offer some humanitarian relief for hard-working families who have lived in the shadows for too long.

“As pastors we witness firsthand the needless strain and pain the broken immigration system has inflicted on our communities.   Respect for human life and dignity demands that our national leaders put people before politics. They should reform the immigration system, adhering to the traditional, sound principals of U.S. immigration: family unity, proper protection of our borders, and addressing the root cause of forced migration. An essential part of the solution should include a legalization program with an earned path to citizenship.

“We acknowledge that many will find some hope and peace-of-mind by this action. Parents and children will no longer live in fear of being separated. Growers and other employers will know their valued, productive employees are safe. Law enforcement will be able to work more closely with immigrant families to ensure the safety and tranquility of their communities. As we have done for many years through our Catholic Charities and other partners, we will continue to assist them in obtaining the benefits provided by law.

“We advise caution and patience while the details of the President’s order are carefully evaluated. With time, we will understand how the order will be implemented. Be wary of any unscrupulous attempts to exploit unsuspecting immigrants by offering quick solutions.

“We call on Congress and the President to work together toward a more comprehensive response to the humanitarian crisis of a broken immigration system. We will work with the California Congressional delegation and the President to accomplish that goal.”

Catholic Teaching on End-of-Life Issues

on . End of Life (Policy)

grandmainhospital150Debate on physician-assisted suicide (PAS) has once again surfaced following the tragic suicide of Brittany Maynard.   But, as is usually the case, media coverage tends to misstate Catholic teaching on end-of-life issues and some proponents deliberately twist our teachings to confuse the debate.

Proponents continue to focus on emotional elements and ignore the very significant and dangerous policy implications of PAS. But the discussion must be much deeper and the potential consequences for the elderly, disabled and disenfranchised members of society from PAS made much clearer.

However, Catholics – in their discernments on medical care – will benefit by a healthy understanding of what the Church really teaches.

In 2011, the U.S. Catholic Conference of Bishops issued a statement entitled To Live Each Day with Dignity: A Statement on Physician-Assisted Suicide.

"To live in a manner worthy of our human dignity, and to spend our final days on this earth in peace and comfort, surrounded by loved ones—that is the hope of each of us,” say the Bishops.

“Our society can be judged by how we respond to these fears. A caring community devotes more attention, not less, to members facing the most vulnerable times in their lives. When people are tempted to see their own lives as diminished in value or meaning, they most need the love and assistance of others to assure them of their inherent worth.”

Fighting Poverty: A Look at Structural Causes and Market Assumptions

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 francis-wavePope Francis sparked renewed conversations this week by re-iterating his call to address the “structural causes” of poverty and inequality in the world.

 

He told the World Meeting of Popular Movements, a gathering convened by the Vatican, that the effort to fight poverty “must be done with courage, but also with intelligence; with tenacity, but without fanaticism; with passion, but without violence." He pointed the assembled activists to the message contained in Matthew 25 – the Last Judgment - "whatever you did for one of these least brothers of mine, you did for me."

 

The Pope reiterated many of the themes he first explored in his Apostolic Exhortation, Evangelii Gaudium (Joy of the Gospel): "I've said and I repeat: a home for every family.” “Every worker, whether or not part of a formal system of salaried work, has the right to a decent wage, social security and a pension plan." And that every neighborhood should have "adequate infrastructure."

                                                         

His speech is only officially available in Italian and Spanish but you can view a full report on the Catholic News Service – Pope urges activists to struggle against ‘structural causes of poverty.

 

Reaction around the world to the Pope’s repeated calls to address poverty in a meaningful way has been fierce – with many welcoming his reading of the “sign of the times” and others challenging his view of the world economic system. But the Pontiff’s challenge is clear, says Bishop Robert McElroy, auxiliary of the Archdiocese of San Francisco:

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