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.

Golden State Stimulus Proposal Designed to Help Low-Wage Essential Workers

Governor Gavin Newsom announced this week a major effort to increase assistance to low-wage Californians suffering economically from the impact of the pandemic.

The Golden State Stimulus proposal, which will be included in the Governor’s budget proposal to be released today (1/8/21), uses the California Earned Income Tax Credit (CAL-EITC) program to send $600 to workers earning less than $30,000 per year.  The stimulus is in addition to the federal $600 sent to taxpayers.

“We are grateful to the Governor and his staff for recognizing the importance of CalEITC for our children and families,” said Ned Dolejsi, interim executive director of the California Catholic Conference.  “Both the federal and the California Earned Income Tax Credit has lifted hundreds of thousands of working families out of poverty.”

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U.S. Bishops’ President Condemns Violent Protests at U.S. Capitol

Archbishop José H. Gomez of Los Angeles, president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB), issued the following statement on Wednesday in response to this week’s violence in the United States Capitol:

“I join people of good will in condemning the violence [today] at the United States Capitol. This is not who we are as Americans. I am praying for members of Congress and Capitol staff and for the police and all those working to restore order and public safety.

“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.”    

 

Catholic Moral Teaching and Tradition on COVID-19 Vaccines

As the Pfizer and Moderna vaccines against COVID-19 become available, it is critically important that Catholics and others have an accurate understanding of how these vaccines may be viewed from the perspective of Catholic moral teaching and tradition.  The Vatican’s doctrinal office, the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith (CDF), has determined that it is “morally acceptable” for Catholics to take these vaccines against the COVID-19 Virus.  Their determination is deeply rooted in the Catholic moral tradition.  A brief review of their discernment in reaching this determination will assist people as they consider use of these and other vaccines. 

Vaccine development and production over the last several decades have often relied upon some cell lines that regrettably were originally developed from cells obtained from two fetuses that were aborted in the ‘70s and ‘80s.  The Pfizer and Moderna vaccines are not dependent on these cell lines.  They were developed using different technology relying on ribonucleic acid (RNA) from the virus itself.

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Bishop Alberto Rojas takes leadership of Diocese after Vatican announces Bishop Gerald Barnes’ retirement

 

Exactly 25 years to the day after Bishop Gerald Barnes was appointed to be the second Bishop of San Bernardino, the Vatican announced that his retirement has been accepted by Pope Francis and his successor, Bishop Alberto Rojas, now assumes leadership of the nation’s fifth-largest diocese.

A statement released by the Vatican Press Office early Monday morning declared that “the Holy Father has accepted the resignation from the pastoral care of the Diocese of San Bernardino, United States of America, presented by Bishop Gerald Richard Barnes. He is succeeded by Bishop Alberto Rojas, until now coadjutor of the same diocese.”