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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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    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.

U.S. Supreme Court to Rule on Legality of Subsidies for Health Coverage under Affordable Care Act

on . Healthcare

sup-courtl edited-1-1On March 4, the U. S. Supreme Court will hear oral arguments in the case, King v. Burwell, claiming that subsidies under the Affordable Care Act (“Obamacare”) are available only for those who enroll through exchanges “established by the State,” as the law is worded.

Thirteen states including California are operating their own exchanges – government-administered websites where consumers can compare and choose insurance plans. But the federal government is running the program in 37 states. If the Supreme Court rules for the plaintiffs, millions of lower- and middle-income Americans would become ineligible for subsidies and the law itself could collapse.

Currently about 11.4 million Americans are enrolled in private health coverage through
the Affordable Care Act. In California, approximately 474,000 people have signed up through Covered California.

About 85 percent of those who have enrolled are eligible for financial help. Subsidies, in the form of tax credits, currently average $268 a month for people in the states where exchanges are administered through the federal HealthCare.gov website, according to the Obama administration.

Because California has its own exchange, there will be no direct immediate impact on subsidies in the Golden State. However, a decision in favor of the plaintiffs could still impact Californians.

Out-of-Pocket Expense for Teachers Are a Given in Today’s Schools

on . Education

pre k smallThe teaching profession is one that demands dedication, commitment, and sacrifice. Indeed, most teachers, whether in a public or private school setting, often go beyond the "call of duty", motivated by their desire to create a stimulating learning environment and to ensure their students' success.

Working long hours outside the regular school day preparing special projects, decorating their classroom, and spending one-on-one time with a student to help them master a subject are just a few ways in which teachers frequently apply themselves beyond their fundamental responsibilities.

Unfortunately, fiscal realities challenging both our California public and private school communities are compelling K-12 teachers to make an additional sacrifice for their students.

Most teachers are using their own personal funds to pay for education resources and materials. By digging deep into their own pockets, teachers are funding vital education resources that are unaffordable for many, yet essential to those children entrusted to their care.

Language that Invites – How to Tell the Good News about Marriage and Family

on . Marriage: Public Policy

family-02One of the topics addressed at the October 2014 Synod of Bishops on, “Pastoral Challenges to the Family in the Context of Evangelization,” was the need for a new way of communicating Church teaching about marriage in contemporary society, using positive, elevating language that invites.

As the synod’s final report stated this need will not be solved by merely presenting a set of rules.

“Marriage,” the report emphasized, “is not a ‘yoke,’ but a ‘school of humanity’ (Guadium et Spes, 52), a model where God’s deeper purpose for our lives is revealed.”

Today, we must reach people in fresh, new ways that address the real, concrete circumstances of their lives.

The Art of Being Well While Dying

on . End-of-Life Policy

embracing-our-dying-logoDying is just that, an art! According to leading experts in the newly formed medical specialty of palliative care, there is definitely an art to dying, a way to die well. This art, when practiced while alive and well, enables a patient to seamlessly, effortlessly, and spiritually make the transition to the next part of his or her journey.

It is more than possible to feel a sense of well-being and comfort during the end of life journey. Some patients, while making the transition have described it as a sense when you feel “all is right with the world and with the people you love the most.”

Dr. Ira Byock, a leading expert in the field of palliative care and author of the book “The Best Care Possible,” encourages patients to ask some basic questions: Are my relationships complete? Is there anything critical left that has been unsaid that I need to say to my loved ones?

In most relationships, Dr. Byock describes the value in stating four very basic things to loved ones:   Please forgive me. I forgive you. Thank you. And last, but most important: I love you.

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