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        Reverence for Life

    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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        Human Dignity

    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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        Restorative Justice

    We believe that the dignity of the human person applies to both victim and offender. We advocate for restorative justice policies for all impacted by the criminal justice system.

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        Education

    We support—as a matter of justice—access to a high quality education for all children.  We affirm that all parents have both the right and the responsibility to be involved in their childrens' education.

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       Family & Marriage

    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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        Religious Liberty

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

As Legislature Nears End of Session, Your Voice Needed on Critical Bills

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Capitol-nightCalifornia’s lawmakers, nearing the end of their two-year sessions, are working through hundreds of measures this week that will shape the future of the state for many years. The Catholic Legislative Network has issued several Action Alerts on critical bills being heard on the floors of both the Assembly and the Senate:

  • AB 1579, would offer CalWORKs cash assistance to a needy pregnant woman and would both acknowledge the humanity of her unborn child and allow her a dignified means to prepare for the birth of her baby. The measure is a Catholic Advocacy Day bill.
  • SB 1053 is the latest attempt to narrow the definition of a religious organization in California. It would define a religious entity so narrowly as to shackle the freedom of people and organizations to follow deeply held beliefs. The California Catholic Conference (CCC) opposes the bill.
  • AB 1585 would allow courts to dismiss charges of prostitution and solicitation against victims of human trafficking when it is shown their actions were committed under duress and would grant these individuals the opportunity to seek employment, licensing, and/or certification without having the past prostitution offenses reported. CCC supports AB 1585.
  • SB 892 would create an infrastructure to provide more humane conditions for solitary confined inmates, oversight, evidence-based programming and greater due process. SB 982 is also supported by the Conference.

 

Take action on all these bills by visiting our Action Alert page.  The California legislature adjourns next Friday, August 29.

Iraq: CRS, Caritas Reach Displaced Families

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crs-logoEscalating violence in northern and central Iraq has caused devastation and mass displacement of 1.2 million people since January. Fear looms as the Islamic State of Iraq and greater Syria (ISIS) has taken control of large swaths of the Ninewa, Salah Al-Din and Diyala provinces.

(This article is re-posted from CRS website detailing unfolding emergencies throughout the world.  Please visit http://emergencies.crs.org/ for more information on Iraq, Gaza, Africa and other areas.)

Religious minorities, including Christians, Shia Muslims and Turkmen, have been singled out for attack. On July 18, ISIS issued threats directly to Christians in Mosul, resulting in the sudden flight of the remaining 500 Christian families to safer areas of Ninewa.

The journey is not without danger: Families are stripped of all possessions at ISIS checkpoints. Many are living in empty houses, schools, clinics, church compounds and abandoned buildings, with living conditions deteriorating.

San Bernardino Diocese Receives Central American Refugees

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Bishop-Barnes-with-migrantsFONTANA—The Diocese of San Bernardino took center stage in the closely followed national story of children and families fleeing violence in Central America for the United States when St. Joseph Catholic Church in Fontana welcomed 46 migrants for temporary relief on July 10.

The former convent at St. Joseph served as a transition center for 32 children and 14 adults who received food, water, clothing, access to showers and assistance with contacting loved ones throughout the United States. Catholic Charities workers helped them identify bus routes that would take them to family and saw them off at local Greyhound stations.

"This is firstly a humanitarian issue that transcends political opinions and dispositions," Bishop Gerald Barnes said in a July 3 statement on the transportation of migrants to Southern California. "I ask you to reflect on how you can answer the call of the Gospel to come to the aid of the stranger in this situation."

Volunteers from the parish and Diocesan Pastoral Center sat with the migrants to listen to the harrowing accounts of their journey to the U.S. and their time in federal holding facilities. They also played card games, worked puzzles and kicked the soccer ball with the children, who enjoyed some play time after weeks of grueling travel.

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