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October 17, 2017 News, News

While mandatory evacuations continue to effect tens of thousands of Northern California residents, some in the Diocese of Santa Rosa have been allowed to return after the string of devastating wildfires over the last couple of weeks.   

The Chancery at the Diocese of Santa Rosa reopened on Monday, though it is not fully staffed since some employees remain in evacuation zones. Gas and phones are still not working, however, electricity and internet services are up and running.

October 16, 2017 News, News

California Catholic Conference Executive Director Edward ‘Ned’ Dolejsi issued the following statement in regard to the signing of SB 179 (Atkins, D-San Diego), a bill that would create a third gender on official California documents:

“Incredibly, the elected officials of the State of California, including Gov. Brown, now believe the State can define an entirely new gender classification – “non-binary” – for people who do not want to be classified as either male or female. 

October 16, 2017 News, News

The following statement was released by Edward “Ned” Dolejsi, executive director of the California Catholic Conference, regarding the veto of AB 569 (Gonzales-Fletcher, D-San Diego):

October 12, 2017 News, News

Governor Brown has until midnight on Sunday to sign or veto the remaining bills on his desk.

As of publication deadline, Governor Brown has yet to act on SB 569, the unnecessary reproductive discrimination bill that targets religious employers. The CCC is monitoring this closely and will report when a decision is made.  You can still send an email asking him to veto this unnecessary bill sponsored by NARAL.

October 12, 2017 News, News

Wildfires throughout California have delivered total and utter devastation this week, burning thousands of structures and taking more than 20 lives.

September 14, 2017 News, News

With the DACA decision earlier in the month, California leaders are making an effort to deal with the immigration situation in constructive and helpful ways.  The need for comprehensive immigration reform from national political leaders remains critical yet partisanship continues to stymie real debate.

The following statement was released by Edward “Ned” Dolejsi, Executive Director of the California Catholic Conference, regarding increased funding announced this week in support of DACA students and naturalization programs and other immigrant needs:

August 30, 2017 News, News

By Jennifer Carr Allmon
Executive Director, Texas Catholic Conference of Bishops

“And he called his disciples to him, and said to them, ‘Truly, I say to you, this poor widow has put in more than all those who are contributing to the treasury. For they all contributed out of their abundance; but she out of her poverty has put in everything she had, her whole living.’” (Mark 12:43-44)

August 29, 2017 National, News
WASHINGTON—Archbishop José H. Gomez of Los Angeles, vice-president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) has called on the bishops to consider taking up a special collection to support victims of Hurricane Harvey and to provide pastoral and rebuilding support to impacted dioceses.
 
In an August 28 letter, Archbishop Gomez requested that the collection be held during the weekend of September 1-2 or September 8-9.
 
August 24, 2017 News, News

Last year, Californians overwhelmingly voted to enact Proposition 57: The Public Safety and Rehabilitation Act of 2016. This measure is integral in expanding restorative justice in our prisons by incentivizing incarcerated individuals to improve their lives through education, career training and rehabilitation.

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.
 

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