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California Bishops Statements

February 24, 2018 California Bishops Statements, News

The Public Policy Committee of the California Catholic Conference of Bishops has released the following statement regarding Dreamers and the urgent need to participate in "National Catholic Call-In Day:"

The Catholic Bishops of California fervently appeal to each of you, as the elected Senators and Representatives of our California Congressional delegation:  Please step up now to protect the “Dreamers,” our young sisters and brothers from deportation.  Provide them a path to citizenship.  Maintain existing protections for families and unaccompanied minors.

August 23, 2017 California Bishops Statements, News
Cite Importance of Public Safety while Questioning the Wisdom of Indiscriminate Deportations
Statement from Bishop Jaime Soto, Sacramento, and president of the California Catholic Conference of Bishops:
The California Catholic Conference of Bishops supports SB 54, the California Values Act.
March 23, 2017 California Bishops Statements, Restorative Justice

(En Español) Catholic dioceses in California are offering special prayers and Masses in observation of National Crime Victims’ Rights Week, Apr

July 14, 2016 California Bishops Statements

All Life Is Sacred – Innocent or Flawed

Bishops Also Oppose Prop 66 to Speed up Executions

SACRAMENTO, CA - During this Jubilee Year of Mercy, we, the Catholic Bishops of California support Proposition 62 which would end the use of the death penalty in California.  Our commitment to halt the practice of capital punishment is rooted both in the Catholic faith and our pastoral experience.

All life is sacred – innocent or flawed – just as Jesus Christ taught us and demonstrated repeatedly throughout His ministry.  This focus on the preciousness of human life is fundamental to Christianity and most eloquently expressed in the two great commandments: “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart … love your neighbor as yourself.” (Mk. 12.30-31) Jesus makes clear that to love God we must love our neighbor.  Each of us holds an inherent worth derived from being created in God’s own image.  Each of us has a duty to love this divine image imprinted on every person.  “Whoever does not love a brother whom he has seen cannot love God whom he has not seen.” (I Jn. 4.20)

June 24, 2016 California Bishops Statements

Bishop Jaime Soto, President of the California Catholic Conference of Bishops, issued the following statement following the US Supreme Court's inaction on the Administration's DACA/DAPA immigration order:

Once again political dynamics in the United States are endangering the lives of millions of our brothers and sisters. By our failure to address comprehensive immigration reform, we leave millions of migrants in a perpetual uncertainty and we perpetuate a climate of uncertainty, distrust and confusion.

January 28, 2016 California Bishops Statements

A Statement by the California Catholic Conference of Bishops

January 5, 2016 California Bishops Statements

The Most Rev. Jaime Soto, Bishop of Sacramento and President of the California Catholic Conference, has issued the following statement on the referendum to overturn the physician-assisted suicide law (ABx2-15) in California:

“Dear Fellow Catholics and Friends,

December 11, 2015 California Bishops Statements

SACRAMENTO – Bishop Jaime Soto, president of the California Catholic Conference and head of the Diocese of Sacramento, issued the following statement on behalf of the Catholic Bishops of California in light of the wave of terrorism and gun violence affecting the state and the fear and anxiety poisoning public discourse:

November 20, 2015 California Bishops Statements

The Executive Committee of the California Catholic Conference has issued the following statement on signature gathering efforts for a referendum to overturn the new physician-assisted suicide law in California and other initiatives dealing with parental notification before a minor receives an abortion and another on the use of the death penalty:

Dear Fellow Catholics and Friends,

October 5, 2015 California Bishops Statements, News

(En EspañolThe Bishops of California, have issued the following statement after Governor Brown signed ABx2-15 (Eggman) the End-of-Life Option Act: