Recall Election Ballots Hitting Soon
The election to recall Governor Gavin Newsom takes place Sept. 14, but local registrars have only until Aug. 16 to mail out ballots to all registered voters in California.
Newsom Recall Qualifies While CA Loses Congressional Seat
It was an unusually busy news week for California elections in a non-election year. Secretary of State Shirley Weber announced that the campaign to recall Governor Gavin Newsom officially has enough signatures to trigger a recall vote, while California's unprecedented population exodus cost a congressional seat.
In the News: Questions Raised about Prop 14
The Orange County Register: "For one thing, times have changed and the original rationale — California doing what the feds wouldn’t — is no longer applicable. For another, private enterprise has taken a bigger interest and stepped up research in this field. For another, Prop. 14 doesn’t resolve a longstanding lack of oversight and accountability. And finally, imposing new costs on residents is hardly merited when most are struggling."
Bishops Urge Continued Criminal Justice Reform by Opposing Prop 20
California is a leader in correctional justice reform and the Church has been a strong voice in that effort.  Recent reforms have produced many policies aimed at preparing incarcerated people to return safely and productively to the community while simultaneously expanding services to help crime victims heal and recover.
Voting Booths
Bishops Oppose More Funding for Embryonic Stem Cell Research
The California Catholic Conference of Bishops has voted to oppose Prop 14 on the November ballot.  The measure would provide an additional $5.5 billion dollars for the California Institute of Regenerative Medicine (CIRM) which supports research on discarded human embryos from in vitro fertilization (IVF) treatments among other projects.
Homily Helps: Life, Common Good, Charity, Solidarity
These Homily Aids are produced designed to assist homilists in drawing out notable themes of Catholic Social Teaching, civic engagement, the relationship between faith and politics, as well as the personal dimension of faith inherent in the lectionary readings.
St. John Paul II & Pope Francis
Social Encyclicals and Papal Letters Address the Issues of the Day
When the pope publishes an encyclical, it is a newsworthy event anticipated by both Catholics and many non-Catholics. Encyclicals can be controversial – both within the Church and in the outside world – but they are almost always relevant, thought-provoking and challenging. What are papal encyclicals and what do they mean for Catholics?