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“I was behind in rent ever since the pandemic started,” says Emma, one of Catholic Charities San Francisco’s thousands of rental assistance clients who lives with her teenage daughter in a small, one-bedroom apartment near Candlestick Park.
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.
Governor Gavin Newsom today announced a major effort to increase assistance to low-wage Californians suffering economically from the impact of the pandemic.
“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.”
COVID-19 Vaccinations Begin in CA; new CA legislature is sworn in; Pope commits to zero emissions by 2050 and the CCC and SCU join to offer free web-based restorative justice program certificate.
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.
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.
The CA Catholic Conference, Catholic Health Care Ministries and Catholic Charities support COVID-19 Vaccines; Advent resources; Samaritanus bonus on the value of life, and evangelize the web or unplug in this week's Insights.
Amid a global increase in physician-assisted suicide legislation and the proliferation of euthanistic practices in so-called end-of-life-care protocols, the Vatican Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith (CDF) in Samaritanus bonus offers clear moral teaching on the dignity and value of life at all stages until natural death, the intrinsic immorality of euthanasia and assisted suicide, and calls for authentic, integral care and spiritual accompaniment.
CA moves counties back into restrictive purple tier and institutes a curfew; USCCB Fall General Assembly wraps up, and Bishop Chairmen call for a halt to upcoming federal executions in this week’s Insights.