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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.

Safely Surrending Babies

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baby-sleeping“No shame, no blame, no names”

Early one recent morning, a man rummaging for recyclables in dumpsters behind a Merced, California apartment complex made a heart-stopping discovery.  He heard a noise and began digging to the bottom of the dumpster. There, among discarded pizza boxes, household garbage and bags of trash, he found an hours-old baby girl wrapped in a towel, cold and dirty, with her umbilical cord dangling.

He quickly wrapped the baby in his own shirt and yelled for help. Someone called 911. A woman held the baby close while they waited for paramedics to arrive; meanwhile, she massaged and tapped the baby’s chest and the infant gasped for air and began to cry. They called the baby Milagro, a little miracle.

The thirteen year old mother who abandoned the baby has been found. There has to be a sad story there, one of fear, shame or perhaps abuse. Her details haven’t been made public. The good news is that at last report, the baby is healthy and should be just fine. People have already come forward, offering to adopt her.

California Bishops File Federal Complaint Against State

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Department of Managed Health Care Accused of Serious Civil Rights Violations

The California Catholic Conference has filed a complaint with the Office of Civil Rights at the US Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) citing federal civil rights violations by the California Department of Managed Health Care (DMHC) resulting in Catholic institutions and others being forced to purchase health insurance covering all forms of voluntary direct abortion, including late-term and gender selection.

The complaint was filed because of an administrative directive issued on August 22, 2014 by DMHC to the heads of eight different health insurance plans (Aetna, Anthem/Blue Cross, Blue Shield of California, GEM Care, Health Net, Kaiser Permanente and United Health Care) ordering them to amend their current health plans and remove any coverage or exclusions regarding voluntary abortions on the basis that abortion for any reason was ‘basic health care” and could not be excluded.

Hope Where None Existed

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Catholic Agencies Provide Assistance to Unaccompanied Minors

Immigrant---childAbove all I ask leaders and legislators and the entire international community above all to confront the reality of those who have been displaced by force, with effective projects and new approaches in order to protect their dignity, to improve the quality of their life and to face the challenges that are emerging from modern forms of persecution, oppression and slavery. - Pope Francis

Hope was non-existent for a girl in Guatemala, just into her teens, when gang members identified her as a key witness to the horrific kidnapping and murder of a 12-year-old friend. The friend’s mutilated body was dumped as a message to people not to interfere. When the gang demanded extortion money from the witness’ family, threatening to kill her, the girl fled to Los Angeles, seeking refuge.

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That is where Esperanza (Spanish for “hope”) Immigration Rights Project came to her aid. Strongly supported by Los Angeles Archbishop José H. Gomez and Catholic Charities of Los Angeles, Esperanza provides legal education and representation to migrant children who are in detention or recently released.

As Summer Ends and Drought Continues California Bishops Renew Call for Conservation, Prayers

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care-for-god-creation(En Español) On October 4, Catholics around the world celebrate the extraordinary life of St. Francis of Assisi.   His love for those who are poor and afflicted, as well as his deep affection for God’s creation, is a timely reminder as the Golden State enters the fourth year of a record-setting drought.

We are part of God’s creation. The shortage of water illustrates how precious, and sometimes precarious, that connection can be. Tens of thousands of jobs are at risk and the state’s economy is straining, especially in the agriculture sector.   The images of our neighbors’ homes, churches, businesses and communities destroyed by drought-intensified fires are even more heart-breaking.

Californians have responded with support for fire victims, greater water conservation and realistic conversations on future water management.   The solidarity and compassion that guide these efforts must become abiding habits of the heart as we discern the best way to ensure a sustainable future for the present and future generations of Californians.

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