Every year, the State Budget process is a long campaign that begins in January and is followed by months of negotiations, lobbying and revisions. The lengthy and commonly contentious process ultimately ends up with controversial issues being negotiated or decided by the “Big Three” – the Governor and Democratic majority leaders in both legislative houses. Republican leaders are part of the Conference Committee process but because of the simple majority vote needed to approve the Budget, their influence is greatly diminished.
“A sword has pierced the heart of our city,” said Bishop John Noonan of Orlando after the horror of last Saturday night. His diocese is now the location of the worst mass shooting in U.S. history. (Read the Call to Prayer issued this week.)
The nation awoke Sunday – on the Lord’s Day – to yet another report of a mass shooting as a lone gunman stuck down patrons in an Orlando nightclub.
May 13, 2016 - Governor Jerry Brown released the “May Revise” to his budget today. The revision incorporates more accurate budget revenue and expenditure projections to sharpen the accuracy of the Proposed Budget he released in January. Edward “Ned” Dolejsi, executive director of the California Catholic Conference offered the following remarks:
The deadline for submission of new legislation arrived on Feb. 19 and the Capitol was inundated with new bills. Hearings will start soon on more than 2,100 bills introduced this year.
“Missionary of Mercy and Peace”
Pope Francis will begin his Apostolic Journey this Friday in Mexico. Considered the holiest site in Mexico, the Basilica of Our Lady of Guadalupe is visited by millions of people each year. Starting off his visit here, the pope will say mass at this sacred spot that is just steps away from the place where Our Lady appeared to Saint Juan Diego and brought him comfort with her words and healing ways.
Unlike the pomp of Washington, D.C., the California Governor’s State of the State speech has a much lower profile. To a business-like crowd of officials, judges and guests, Gov. Jerry Brown delivered his 2016 version this week in less than 20 minutes.
The Governor’s “annual report” tends to be a laundry list of accomplishments and goals, marked by his own wry humor (“maybe I’ll run for a fifth term”). This year was no different although he did reminisce that he gave his first State of the State speech 41 years ago.
As we head into a new year, one our Holy Father has devoted to Mercy, 2016 legislative and budgetary directions will begin to become clearer in the next few weeks. New bills are just now being introduced but it’s likely the California Catholic Conference will concentrate on the following:
On September 23, 2015, Native American representatives comprised of descendants from each of the nine original missions founded by St. Junípero Serra, met with Pope Francis in Washington, D.C. Taking place after the canonization Mass honoring Serra, the meeting was organized to help promote continued healing and reconciliation with the Native American communities. Inside a corridor in the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception, the representatives and a guest were each able to meet with the Pope briefly, exchange a few words and present him with a gift.
The Most Rev. Jaime Soto, Bishop of Sacramento and president of the California Catholic Conference, today announced an ambitious 18-month program to review and revise the cultural content and displays at the California missions under Church authority and to undertake a similar effort to review the Third and Fourth Grade curriculum in Catholic schools to better reflect modern understandings of the Mission Era and the relationship between Spanish civil authority, the Catholic Missions and local Indian tribes.
BY JAIME SOTO
Special to The Sacramento Bee
Lots of media attention continues to be given to the videos of Planned Parenthood staff members speaking about the disposition of aborted fetal tissue. Some people have questioned the undercover tactics used to capture the candid conversations.
This criticism, however, fails to acknowledge the deception employed by the National Abortion and Reproductive Rights Action League in using an advocate posing as a woman looking for help at crisis pregnancy centers.