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Insights: Governor Newsom Releases Record-Breaking California Budget
Governor Newsom releases his initial budget, providing hope, compassion, and support to the most vulnerable during the pandemic; U.S. Bishops call for an end to federal executions, and Pope Francis receives the first shot of the COVID-19 vaccine in this week’s Insights.
CA Stimulus to Help Low-Wage Workers
CCC applauds increased assistance for low-income Californians; USCCB condemns violence at U.S. Capitol; Catholic moral teaching on COVID-19 vaccines and Bishops Rojas takes leadership of San Bernardino Diocese following Bishops Barnes’ retirement in this week's Insights.
U.S. Bishops’ President Condemns Violent Protests and Prays for Safety as Chaos Threatens U.S. Capitol
“The peaceful transition of power is one of the hallmarks of this great nation. In this troubling moment, we must recommit ourselves to the values and principles of our democracy and come together as one nation under God. I entrust all of us to the heart of the Blessed Virgin Mary. May she guide us in the ways of peace, and obtain for us wisdom and the grace of a true patriotism and love of country.”    
USCCB and CCC Commend Administration for Enforcing Conscience Laws on Abortion
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ (HHS) Office for Civil Rights announced yesterday that it is taking corrective action against the University of Vermont Medical Center (UVMMC) and the State of California for violating federal conscience laws on abortion. The UVMMC violated the Church Amendment (enacted in 1973) by forcing a nurse to participate in an elective abortion against her religious beliefs and moral convictions.  
CCC and SCU Pilots Restorative Justice Pilot Free Webinar-Based Certificate Program
The California Catholic Conference, Office of Restorative Justice and Santa Clara University, Pastoral Ministries Graduate Program with a concentration on Restorative Justice and Chaplaincy, and the (Arch)Diocesan Restorative Justice Directors of California have partnered to offer a free web-based restorative justice chaplaincy program. The January pilot program is aimed at providing training for the spiritual care for the incarcerated and their families, as well as care of victims of crime and their families.