The Mission of Catholic Schools in Church and Society
Coinciding with Catholic Schools’ Week, the California Catholic Conference of Bishops has issued a comprehensive document entirely focused on Catholic schools. Entitled “Our Catholic Schools in California: A Stellar Past, A Robust Future,” the document recognizes the tremendous benefit that Catholic schools have had and will continue to have on society as a whole.
Governor Brown Delivers State of the State Speech
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.
California Tries to Revamp Death Penalty Procedures
After having its death penalty protocols repeatedly ruled unconstitutional, California will once again attempt to rewrite the process to comply with court rulings. The California Catholic Conference will be among many speaking out against the use of the death penalty and the protocols at a hearing next Friday.
Welcome to the end of an extraordinary year in California. It was certainly mixed.
California was honored by Pope Francis when he canonized St. Junípero Serra during his Apostolic Visit in September. But it was also stunned when the Legislature rammed through and the Governor signed a physician-assisted suicide bill during a special session -- even after the measure was defeated though the normal legislative process! (Have you signed the referendum to overturn this “travesty of compassion”?)
Year of Mercy Begins Tuesday
As the Extraordinary Jubilee Year of Mercy commences on the Feast of the Immaculate Conception (Dec. 8), we are surrounded by charitable opportunities and, because we are in Advent, may feel just a bit more inclined to perform works of mercy.
We may volunteer at our local soup kitchen, adopt a needy family or, with the abundance of bell ringers in front of shops, make a quick contribution that may lessen our “guilt” at buying so many gifts.
Dreams that Lead to Action – Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. is one of the most important African-American leaders in U.S. history and one of the iconic figures of the civil rights movement in the United States during the 1950s and 1960s. King's fight against discrimination and segregation changed American history and gave hope to millions.
Roll-Back Assisted Suicide Before It’s Too Late
On Oct. 5 Gov. Jerry Brown signed ABx2-15 (Eggman) the so-called “End-of-Life Option Act,” authorizing physicians to prescribe life-ending drugs to patients who are determined to have a terminal illness and less than six months to live.