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August 11, 2017 News, Public Policy Insights

Promoting Environmental Stewardship in California

Pope Francis, with the publication of Laudato Si and on many other occasions, has told us that: “On climate change, there is a clear, definitive and ineluctable ethical imperative to act.”

July 21, 2017 Public Policy Insights, Publications

Legislature Recesses for Summer After Active Week

The Legislature has officially recessed for the summer this week, but not before moving on a key piece of environmental legislation.

On Monday, lawmakers gave a bi-partisan nod of approval to AB 398 (Garcia, D-Coachella), the extension of the state’s cap-and-trade program through the year 2030. The program aims to slash emissions by requiring entities to purchase permits to release greenhouse gases. The program’s renewal was a key priority for Governor Brown.

July 14, 2017 Public Policy Insights, Publications

Update on Important Bills in Legislature

As the legislative summer recess draws near, the California Catholic Conference is keeping a close watch on many bills, several of which are being taken up for hearings or votes in coming days.  

July 7, 2017 Public Policy Insights, Publications

Catholics Called to be Missionary Disciples

In an unprecedented gathering over the July 4th weekend, about 3,500 Catholic leaders in the United States were schooled in what it means to be missionary disciples in the world today.

The theme of the meeting and the inspiration for the content came from the words of Pope Francis in his encyclical The Joy of the Gospel (Evangelli Gaudium):

June 23, 2017 Public Policy Insights, Publications

Bill Aiming to Discriminate against Religious Employers

The California Catholic Conference (CCC) is continuing to strongly oppose AB 569 (Gonzales Fletcher, D-San Diego), the bill that unfairly targets churches and other religious employers. The bill is being marketed as protection for equality and fairness in the workplace, but in reality it looks to restrict religious organizations from enforcing employee codes of conducts and adverse actions for breach of such contracts.

June 15, 2017 Public Policy Insights, Publications

California Budget Sent to Governor

California’s Legislature this week approved a new $183 billion dollar State Budget and in the process established priorities that encompass “profound moral questions about who are we as a society, how we view our future and whether as a people we can look beyond our own self-interest to the interest of the larger society.” (In Search of the Common Good

June 9, 2017 Public Policy Insights, Publications

NARAL Bill Takes Aim at Religious Employers (Again)

Claiming widespread problems despite a complete lack of evidence, the National Abortion Rights Action League (NARAL) is once again targeting religious employers with a bill in the California legislature.

The latest effort is AB 569 by Assembly Member Lorena Gonzalez Fletcher (D-San Diego).  She and NARAL are claiming that religious employers are consistently discriminating against women based on their reproductive choices.

June 2, 2017 Public Policy Insights, Publications

Major Movement For Several Key Pieces of Legislation

With today being the deadline for bills to clear their house of origin, this week saw major movement on several bills that the California Catholic Conference (CCC) is tracking. Thank you for the thousands of emails you sent this week to ask lawmakers to measure their impact on life and dignity as they voted on these bills.

Last minute votes include some very troubling bills:

May 19, 2017 News, Public Policy Insights

Governor’s Revised Budget Includes Several Catholic Conference Priorities

The California Catholic Conference (CCC) was pleased to see that Governor Jerry Brown included new appropriations for several CCC priorities in his May budget revise. The newly proposed budget for the 2017-2018 fiscal year now includes funding for palliative care programs, early childhood education, retention of several beneficial programs and expanded funding for immigration related services.

May 12, 2017 News, Public Policy Insights

California Bishops Urge Church and Society to Support Immigrant Families

The following is a statement released by the California Catholic Conference of Bishops:

During this week of Mother’s Day celebrations in the United States and Mexico, the enduring bonds of family will light up social media, overload telephone lines, and overflow many dining tables as children text, call, FaceTime, present home-made cards, feast, offer bouquets, and thank their mothers for their lifetime of labor and love.  The wisdom of the fourth commandment, to honor thy father and mother, is on display as children use all means of transportation and communication to be close to the ones who gave them life. 

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