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November 4, 2016 News, Public Policy Insights

California Bishops Urge Respect and Calm During Election Season

Bishop Jaime Soto, President of the California Catholic Conference, issued the following statement on behalf of his fellow Bishops in California:

Animosity and hyperbole has characterized the current election season.  This should give all people pause.  The natural and healthy exchange of ideas, critical to our democratic system has devolved into anger, intolerance and increasing alienation.

October 21, 2016 Election 2016, News, Public Policy Insights

Bishops Ballot Recommendations Focus on Restorative Justice, Mercy - 

November’s ballot contains multiple propositions dealing with California’s criminal sentencing system.   As the Extraordinary Year of Mercy comes to a close, California voters have a tremendous opportunity to live out mercy in the Golden State.

The California Catholic Conference of Bishops are urging support for Prop 62, which would end the use of the death penalty, and are opposing Prop 66, which would streamline the legal process in capital cases and weaken critical safeguards against executing an innocent person. 

October 7, 2016 News, Public Policy Insights

Being Catholic and Voting in 2016

The U.S. is in the midst of a contentious presidential election. The major candidates for the presidency have deeply divided opinions on numerous issues and neither come close to fully supporting important principles in Catholic social teaching. Additionally, Californians are facing significant ethical questions on the November ballot in issues like repealing or altering the death penalty, marijuana legalization, and gun control. This quagmire has led many Catholics to the unfortunate temptation to remain passive and not vote at all.

September 30, 2016 News, Public Policy Insights

In this edition:

  • Catholics and the Death Penalty
  • Governor Brown Acts on Bills as Signing Period Ends Today
  • Cardinal Dolan Launches 2016-2017 Program with Respect Life Month Statement
  • Bishop Vann Organizes Relief Benefit for People of Amatrice, Italy

Catholics and the Death Penalty

September 23, 2016 News, Public Policy Insights

Archbishop Cordileone Issues Statement on Death Penalty Propositions 62 & 66

San Francisco Archbishop Salvatore J. Cordileone has issued the following statement the Bishops’ position of Yes on Prop 62 and No on Prop 66:

September 19, 2016 Public Policy Insights, Publications

Governor Signs Farm Worker Overtime Bill, Other Bills Still Pending

On Monday, Governor Brown signed AB 1066, The “Phase-In Overtime for Agricultural Workers Act of 2016,” which will phase in overtime requirements for agricultural workers who put in more than 8 hours a day or 40 hours a week. The implementation will take place over the course of four years and includes important accommodations for small farms with under 25 employees.  Thank you for the thousands of emails you sent to the Governor and legislators to urge fairness for farm workers.

September 7, 2016 Public Policy Insights, Publications

Public Policy Insights: Special Legislative Wrap-up Edition

Focus Shifts to Governor with End of the Legislative Session

Wrapping up on the last day of August, the California Legislature completed its two-year session by sending Governor Jerry Brown more than 800 bills.  He now has until September 30 to sign or veto the legislation.  We have been and will continue distributing Action Alerts on most of these bills.  (You can find the complete list here and below.)  

August 19, 2016 Public Policy Insights, Publications

As Lawmakers Speed to Adjournment Critical Bills Still Undecided

With less than two weeks to go in this Legislative session, legislators are working furiously to shepherd their bills through both houses and onto the Governor’s desk.  The California Catholic Conference (CCC) is tracking a number of bills, but several are particularly noteworthy:

August 5, 2016 News, Public Policy Insights

CA Bishops Supporting Prop 57, Rehabilitation

The California Catholic Conference (CCC) of Bishops offers its support for Proposition 57: The Public Safety and Rehabilitation Act.  This balanced approach to the criminal justice system in our state would advance the well-being of our residents and communities by re-focusing our collective efforts on rehabilitation, treatment and education programs.  In addition, the initiative will place the decision to try juveniles as adults into the hands of those who best understand the intricacies of dealing with young people – the juvenile court.

August 1, 2016 Public Policy Insights, Publications

California Bishops Support Ending the Use of Death Penalty

The California Catholic Conference of Bishops issued the following statement last week, endorsing Prop 62, ending the use of the death penalty, and opposing Prop 66, which would expedite executions in California:

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