SPECIAL EDITION: Bill Threatening Seal of Confession Pulled by Author

SB 360, Legislative Threat to Seal of Confession, Pulled from Committee

The day before hundreds of Catholics were planning to voice their opposition by attending a hearing in the Capitol, SB 360 was pulled from the Assembly Public Safety Committee agenda effectively removing it from any further consideration this year.

SB 360  (Hill, D-San Mateo) attempted to deny the sanctity of confession when it comes to priests and to Catholics who work with priests in parishes, Church agencies and ministries.

The action follows the delivery of tens of thousands of letters, emails and phone calls from Catholics and others concerned with the free expression of religion.  Hundreds more planned on boarding buses from as far away as Los Angeles to voice their opposition.

THANK YOU FOR YOUR EMAILS, PHONE CALLS and LETTERS

Andrew Rivas, executive director of the California Catholic Conference, expressed his thanks to the Californians who reached out to their legislators to oppose SB 360:

“An amazing number of people spoke to their legislators to explain the sacred nature of the Sacrament of Reconciliation,” said Rivas.  “It is important to our spirituality and our relation to God and to others.  Our thanks go to all who played a part.”

Rivas emphasized the strengthening mandatory reporting laws continues to be a priority of the Conference’s public policy efforts.   

Analysis of SB 360 by the staff of the Public Safety Committee also raised significant First Amendment concerns, emphasized that no other state had taken a similar approach and pointed to the impracticality of enforcing the new law.  The analysis also noted the committee had received opposition from more than 125,000 individuals – although emails and letters from several dioceses continued to be delivered after that count was made.

Authors can pull bills for a variety of reasons ranging from not having enough votes to a desire to continue working on details.  Since the California legislature has a two-year session, the bill can still be considered next year.

Related Reactions and Article

Statement from Archbishop José Gomez

Angelus News Story

Bishop Oscar Cantu

National Catholic Register

 

Resources Available on Born-Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act

The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops have made materials available to help you urge your U.S. Congressperson to sign the discharge petition and vote to pass the Born-Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act (H.R. 962).

July and August are excellent times to engage parishes in taking action. Constituents are encouraged to schedule a meeting with their representative or attend a town hall meeting while he or she is in the home district.  Congress will be on recess August 5–31. The beginner’s lobbying guide mentioned in the leader’s toolkit provides helpful tips on how to have an easy and constructive meeting with your representative.

The leader’s toolkit is available here.

The California Legislature is in recess until August 12, 2019. Public Policy Insights will resume when they return.  Thank you for your advocacy and being a voice for life and dignity in California.

 

U.S. Bishops Affirms that All Should Be Included in Census

Bishop Frank Dewane, of Venice, Florida, Chairman of the USCCB Committee on Domestic Justice and Human Development and Bishop Joe Vásquez, of Austin, Texas, Chairman of the Committee on Migration, issued the following statement regarding last week’s decision by the United States Supreme Court in Department of Commerce v. New York, regarding the importance of ensuring an accurate count for the U.S. Census:

“We affirm last week’s decision by the Supreme Court that the inclusion of a citizenship question must ensure genuine reasons for such inclusion. We reaffirm that all persons in the United States should be counted in the Census regardless of their immigration status and reemphasize our judgment that questions regarding citizenship should not be included in the Census. We hope that this view will prevail, whether by administrative action or judicial determination.”

Read more about how the Golden State is handling the census here.

 

Article source: https://www.cacatholic.org/special-edition-bill-threatening-seal-confession-pulled-author

EDICIÓN ESPECIAL: Proyecto de ley que amenazaba el Secreto de Confesión retirado por el

El Proyecto SB 360, la amenaza legislativa para el Secreto de Confesión, ha sido retirado del Comité

Un día antes, cuando cientos de católicos se preparaban para expresar su oposición presentándose en una audiencia programada en el Capitolio,  el Proyecto SB 360 fue retirado de la agenda del Comité de Seguridad Pública de la Asamblea.  En la práctica, este proyecto queda eliminado de cualquier otra consideración en este año.

El Proyecto SB 360  (Hill, D-San Mateo) intentó negar la santidad de la confesión en relación a los sacerdotes y a los católicos que colaboran con los sacerdotes en las parroquias, agencias de la Iglesia y ministerios.  

Esta acción se deriva de la entrega de decenas de miles de cartas, correos electrónicos y llamadas de católicos y otras personas preocupadas por la libertad de la expresión religiosa.  Cientos de otras personas pensaban transportarse en autobuses de lugares tan distantes como Los Ángeles para manifestar su oposición.

GRACIAS POR SUS CORREOS ELECTRÓNICOS, LLAMADAS Y CARTAS  

Andrew Rivas, director ejecutivo de la Conferencia Católica de California, expresó su agradecimiento a los californianos que se comunicaron con sus legisladores para oponerse al Proyecto SB 360:

“Un impresionante número de personas hablaron con sus legisladores para explicarles el carácter sagrado del Sacramento de la Reconciliación”, afirmó  Rivas.  “Es importante para nuestra espiritualidad y nuestra relación con Dios y los demás. Les damos las gracias a todos los que hicieron su parte”.  

Rivas recalcó que el fortalecimiento de las leyes de denuncia obligatoria continúan siendo una prioridad de las tentativas de política pública de la Conferencia.

Un análisis del Proyecto SB 360 realizado por el personal del Comité de la Seguridad Pública también expresó importantes preocupaciones en torno a la Primera Enmienda, subrayó que ningún otro estado ha asumido un enfoque similar y señaló la inviabilidad de aplicar esa nueva ley.  El análisis también indicó que el comité recibió la oposición de más de 125,000 individuos – aunque los correos electrónicos y las cartas provenientes de diversas diócesis seguían llegando después de que se hiciera ese conteo. Los autores pueden retirar sus proyectos de ley por diversas razones, que van desde el no tener suficientes votos hasta el deseo de seguir trabajando en los detalles.  Puesto que la legislatura de California tiene una sesión de dos años de duración,  este proyecto de ley aun puede ser considerado el próximo año.

Reacciones relacionadas y artículos

Declaración del Arzobispo José Gómez

Artículo noticioso de la revista Angelus

Obispo Oscar Cantú

National Catholic Register

 

Recursos disponibles sobre la Ley de Protección a los Sobrevivientes del Aborto Nacidos Vivos

La Conferencia de Obispos Católicos de los EE.UU. tiene materiales disponibles para ayudarle a que inste a su congresista del gobierno Federal a que firme la solicitud para que se rehabilite y se vote para aprobar la Ley de Protección a los Sobrevivientes del Aborto Nacidos Vivos (H.R. 962).

Julio y agosto son meses idóneos para que las parroquias participen en las acciones de promoción. Se anima a los votantes a que programen una reunión con su representante o a que asistan a una reunión municipal mientras que él/ella se encuentre en su distrito local. El Congreso estará en receso del 5 al 31 de agosto. La guía del principiante para el cabildeo, mencionada en las herramientas para los líderes, provee consejos útiles sobre cómo llevar a cabo una reunión fácil y constructiva con su representante.

El conjunto de herramientas está disponible aquí.

La Legislatura de California está en receso hasta el 12 de agosto de 2019.  Las ediciones de Public Policy Insights (Perspectivas) reanudarán cuando ellos regresen.  Gracias por su labor de promoción y por ser una voz a favor de la vida y la dignidad en California.

 

Obispos de los EE.UU. afirman que todos deberían ser incluidos en el Censo

Mons. Frank Dewane, Obispo de Venice, Florida, presidente del Comité de la Justicia Nacional y Desarrollo Humano de la USCCB y  Mons. Joe Vásquez, Obispo de Austin, Texas, presidente del Comité de Migración, publicaron la siguiente declaración en torno a la decisión de la semana pasada de la Corte Suprema de los Estados Unidos en la causa del Departamento del Comercio v. Nueva York, respecto a la importancia de garantizar un conteo exacto para el Censo de los EE.UU.:

“Afirmamos la decisión de la semana pasada de la Corte Suprema donde la inclusión de una pregunta sobre la ciudadanía debe comprobar que hay razones genuinas para dicha inclusión. Reafirmamos que toda persona en los Estados Unidos deberá ser contada en el Censo, independientemente de su condición migratoria y volvemos a enfatizar nuestra opinión de que las preguntas respecto a la ciudadanía no deberían incluirse en el Censo. Esperamos que esta perspectiva prevalezca, ya sea por acción administrativa o por determinación judicial”.

Lea más sobre cómo el Estado Dorado está manejando el censo aquí.

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SB 360, Legislative Threat to Seal of Confession, Pulled from Committee

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Insights: Bill Targets Migrant Detention Centers; Before You Go

Bill Aims to Increase Transparency at Migrant Detention Centers

It is no secret that conditions in Immigration and Custom Enforcement (ICE) migrant detention camps in California and nationally have questionable living conditions. There have been consistent reports of human rights violations in overwhelmed detention facilities. According to NBC News, there have been 24 deaths in the last two years alone in these facilities.   

Reviews of the centers conducted by the California Attorney General (AG) has shown that available information regarding the treatment of immigration detainees in California is cursory and inconsistent. 

Now, Senator Maria Elena Durazo (D – Los Angeles) is seeking to create greater transparency and ultimately safety for those in detention centers through SB 622 – Dignity in Detention. This bill would ensure there is an immediate investigation when a death occurs in civil custody in California, including immigration detention.

According to Senator Durazo, these centers – like those in Adelanto, McFarland, and Holtville – subcontract all operations of the facilities, and fail to comply with the federally-developed ICE Operations Performance-Based National Detention Standards.

Common issues among a number of facilities include  language barriers, issues with access to medical and mental health care, obstacles to contacting family and other support systems, and barriers to adequate representation.  (See related story of the Bishops pastoral visit to one of these detention facilities last year.)

SB 622 would provide a first step in creating greater transparency in these centers, and take immediate action in the event of the death of a detainee. California authorities would be mandated to investigate the death, which up to this point is handled by several different agencies, all with separate reporting requirement.

The bill has cleared the Senate side and now sits with the Assembly Appropriations Committee. Stay with us for the latest and ways you can help move this bill forward.

 

Action Alerts Before You Leave

Before you head out on that well-deserved summer vacation or break, be sure to review the current list of action alerts from the CCC to let lawmakers hear the Catholic voice. The Legislature will break for summer recess July 12 and return August 12, but there is important work that will take place before legislators sign-off for the month.

Use the links below to quickly send letters and ensure that lawmakers hear from you on these vital bills.

 

U.S. Bishops Detail Accountability Reforms

Earlier this month, the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops voted to on several proposals to hold bishops accountable for instances of sexual abuse of children or vulnerable persons, sexual misconduct, or the intentional mishandling of such cases. They also specifically committed to involving and utilizing lay professional experts and established a new, independent mechanism for the reporting of such cases.

The new system commits to the involvement of lay professionals, informs the person asserting an allegation of their rights, establishes a notification process for conflicts of interest, and ensures claims won’t result in prejudice, retaliation, or discrimination.

The new system builds on The Charter for the Protection of Children and Young People, more commonly known as the Dallas Charter, which is a comprehensive set of procedures originally established by the USCCB in June 2002 for addressing allegations of sexual abuse of minors by Catholic clergy. The Charter also includes guidelines for reconciliation, healing, accountability, and prevention of future acts of abuse. It was revised in 2005, 2011, and 2018. 

This year’s review resulted in the new system, in which Bishops agreed that third-party, independent oversight is crucial in successfully uncovering, publicizing and punishing bishop misconduct.

Click here for more information on this new process.

 

Hundreds of Thousands Object to SB 360

The final count of letters from the Archdiocese of Los Angeles protesting SB 360 looks like it will total more than 100,000, while more than 19,000 letters have been collected by the Diocese of Sacramento. The Archdiocese of San Francisco has just shy of 18,000. Those are just some of the totals from dioceses around the state as they fight to maintain the seal of confession. 

The bill threatens to remove the right to privacy between a penitent and confessor during the Sacrament of Reconciliation and other spiritual counseling for priests and employees of the Church.

This tremendous outpouring could be amplified by sending a letter if you haven’t already done so. Tell you fellow parishioners as well.

SB 360 will be heard next in the Assembly Public Safety Committee on July 9 – when summer vacations are in full swing.   Check back with www.cacatholic.org or our social media platforms to keep up with developments.

 

Taking Action: Caring for our Common Home

Last week, the California Bishops released God Calls Us All to Care for Our Common Home, a pastoral statement in response to the growing ecological threats to our state.

In it, the Bishops challenge the people of California to appreciate the beauty of the state and to apply – both individually and collectively – the teachings of Laudato Si’ in safeguarding our natural gifts. Click here for a video on the calling.

There are several dioceses already employing green methods that are resulting in tremendous gains for the environment. One-third of the parishes, offices and facilities of the Diocese of Monterey have gone solar, and the counties of Monterey, San Benito and Santa Cruz now draw on 100 percent carbon and nuclear-free energy largely thanks to efforts of local Catholics. The Diocese of Stockton has been tirelessly working for more than 10 years through its Environmental Justice Project to help steward God’s creation, focusing on recycling and energy efficiency.

These are just two of the inspirational ways that dioceses are heeding the call of the Bishops. We encourage you to connect with your local parish or diocese to put the Bishops’ call into action in the places closest to your own home.

 

There will be no issue next week because of the Independence Day Holiday.  Enjoy the celebration.

 

June 28, 2019
Vol. 12, No. 21

En Español

 

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Taking Action: Caring for our Common Home

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U.S. Bishops Detail Accountability Reforms

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Bill Aims to Increase Transparency at Migrant Detention Centers

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Farmworker passage slider

Published on June 19th, 2019


woman harvesting carrots in a field

Following is a statement of
Richard E. Barnes, executive director of the New York State Catholic Conference,
on the passage of the Farmworker Fair Labor Practices Act:

“The Bishops of New York
State are grateful and relieved that after more than two decades of advocacy,
the legislature has passed a version of the Farmworkers Fair Labor Practices
Act. For too long, farmworkers have been treated unjustly under the labor laws
which protect workers in every other area and industry.

“At long last, our state is
saying farmworkers are equal in human dignity to the rest of society. The new
legislation establishes worker protections, including collective bargaining
rights and a 24-hour day of rest every calendar week. It makes the provision of
unemployment insurance law applicable to farm laborers, and provides them with
eligibility for workers compensation benefits, as well as applying the sanitary
code to migrant housing. And while the bill contains some new overtime
provisions, it also establishes a pathway to continued progress on this issue
going forward.

“For the Bishops, this has
always been a matter of justice. Farmworkers never sought special treatment;
they only sought equal treatment. This legislation, while not perfect, makes
remarkable progress and represents a consensus among the farmworkers and the
farmers, on whom we all depend.”

The Catholic Conference represents the NYS Bishops in public policy matters.

Mensaje sobre la aprobación de la Ley de Trabajadores Agrícolas

A continuación, una declaración de Richard E. Barnes, director ejecutivo de la Conferencia Católica del Estado de Nueva York, sobre la aprobación de la Ley de Prácticas Laborales Justas para Trabajadores Agrícolas:

“Los obispos del Estado de Nueva York están agradecidos y aliviados de que, después de más de dos décadas de defensa, la legislatura aprobó una versión de la Ley de Prácticas Laborales Justas para Trabajadores Agrícolas. Durante demasiado tiempo, los trabajadores agrícolas han sido tratados injustamente bajo las leyes laborales que protegen a los trabajadores en cualquier otra área e industria.

“Por fin, nuestro estado está diciendo que los trabajadores agrícolas son iguales en dignidad humana al resto de la sociedad. La nueva legislación establece protecciones para los trabajadores, incluyendo los derechos de negociación colectiva y un día de descanso de 24 horas cada semana del calendario. Hace que la disposición de la ley de seguro de desempleo se aplique a los trabajadores agrícolas, y les otorga la elegibilidad para beneficios de compensación para trabajadores, así como la aplicación del código sanitario a las viviendas para migrantes. Y si bien el proyecto de ley contiene algunas disposiciones nuevas sobre horas extras, también establece un camino para seguir avanzando en este tema en el futuro.

“Para los obispos católicos, esto siempre ha sido una cuestión de justicia. Los trabajadores agrícolas nunca buscaron un tratamiento especial. Sólo buscaban la igualdad de trato. Esta legislación, aunque no es perfecta, hace un progreso notable y representa un consenso entre los trabajadores agrícolas y los agricultores, de quienes todos dependemos”.

La Conferencia Católica representa a los obispos de Nueva York en asuntos de política pública.

Article source: https://www.nyscatholic.org/farmworker-statement/

2019 End-of-Session Round-Up

Published on June 24th, 2019


Bishop Edward B. Scharfenberger of Albany watches the Assembly debate on the Farmworker Fair Labor Practices Act from the chamber’s gallery June 19, 2019.
(Franchesca Caputo/The Evangelist)

The New York State Legislature wrapped up the 2019 session in the early morning hours of June 21. The session was among the most active in memory, as the new Democratic majority in the state Senate, joined with the Democratic Assembly majority and the Democratic Governor to take on many issues that had previously been staunchly opposed by Republicans. Below is a synopsis of major issues tracked by the Catholic Conference and their outcome.

Respect for Human Life

Physician-Assisted Suicide: In an important pro-life victory, advocates for the legalization of physician-assisted suicide failed to get a vote on the bill in any committee in either house, despite Gov. Cuomo indicating his support for the first time. The Conference, and our allies in the NY Alliance Against Assisted Suicide, were successful in highlighting the many dangerous consequences of such a policy. Interestingly, both houses passed a number of bills designed to prevent suicide for specific vulnerable populations, such as black and Latina youth, people living in rural areas, veterans, etc.

Reproductive Health Act: Tragically, early in session, the late-term abortion expansion act pushed for several years by Gov. Andrew Cuomo, passed both houses on January 22 and was signed into law the same day, becoming the most permissive abortion law in the country at the time. More than 20,000 New Yorkers have signed a petition to repeal the law.

Pro-Life Pregnancy Centers: Several bills that threatened the free speech rights of pro-life pregnancy centers advanced out of committees this session, but ultimately did not receive a floor vote in either house.

Dignity of Women and Children

Commercial Gestational Surrogacy: A repeal of New York’s ban on paid surrogacy passed the state Senate, but failed to get a vote in the Assembly. The Conference, as well as many feminist organizations, expressed grave concerns that the legislation would exploit women’s bodies and commodify children. In announcing that the Assembly would not vote on the measure, Speaker Carl Heastie said a majority of the Democratic women in the Assembly expressed concerns about the potential exploitation of women.

Legalization of Prostitution: A bill that would completely decriminalize “sex work” was introduced late in session in both houses. The Conference strongly opposes this bill, which would dehumanize and exploit women and legitimize the work of pimps and human traffickers. Feminist groups also expressed serious concerns. No action was taken on the bill, but supporters of the legislation have vowed to continue to build momentum to make New York the first state to completely legalize prostitution statewide.

Support for Immigrants and Marginalized

DREAM Act: The Catholic Conference has long supported this legislation to enable undocumented people who were brought to America as children and have been productive, law-abiding members of society, to access certain state financial aid to enable them to attend college. Early in the legislative session, the legislature passed the bill and the governor signed it into law.

Farmworkers Fair Labor Practices Act: Just before the end of session, the legislature passed a bill long supported by the Catholic Conference to guarantee to farmworkers many of the rights enjoyed by every other sector of the workforce, including the right to collectively bargain, workers compensation and unemployment insurance, a day of rest every week, housing that conforms to the sanitary code, and overtime pay after 60 hours.

Education

Substantial Equivalency Guidelines: Late last year, the state Department of Education (SED) issued “guidelines” requiring public school districts to make site visits to most religious and independent schools to determine if their instruction was substantially equivalent to that of public schools, as is required by state law. Rather than address specific concerns that have been raised about a limited number of non-Catholic religious schools that might be shown to have deficiencies, SED chose to require all religious and independent schools to be evaluated by public schools on an on-going basis, putting public schools in a position to determine whether religious and independent schools in their districts could continue to operate. The Catholic school superintendents are happy to demonstrate the academic rigor of our schools as being equivalent or superior to public schools, but believe putting this task on our competitors is inappropriate and unnecessary. Lawsuits filed by Catholic, Jewish, and other schools were successful in having the guidelines thrown out, but now SED has introduced essentially the same rules in the form of regulations, which are currently in a public comment period. The Conference is working with the Board of Regents and is also pursuing a long-term legislative solution to the matter.

Child Protection

Child Victim’s Act: This act passed the legislature in late January and was signed by the governor. It extends the civil statute of limitations for child sexual abuse to the victim’s age 55, and the criminal statute of limitations to the victim’s age 28. Further, it creates a one-year “window” where survivors can bring claims for old time-barred cases no matter how long ago. The Conference, which had long opposed the bill, removed opposition when legislators amended it to include survivors of abuse in public institutions. Previously, as we pointed out for many years, public schools and municipalities were shielded from the retroactive window due to a loophole in existing law. The Conference called on the legislature to completely eliminate the criminal statute of limitations and provide an opportunity for mediation to those who preferred it over litigation. The sponsors declined at the time, but legislation was taken up later in session to significantly extend criminal statutes of limitations for many sex crimes, including against minors.

Erin’s Law: On the last night of the legislative session, New York became the 37th state to pass Erin’s Law, which mandates age-appropriate curricula in grades K-8, which helps children, school staff and parents to spot grooming and other behaviors that may lead to abuse, and educates them on how to avoid and report abuse or potential abuse. The Catholic Conference strongly supported this legislation.

Background Check Fee Increase: Hidden away in state budget, which passed earlier this session, was an increase in the state fee for employee criminal background checks, bringing the total cost from $65 per employee to $95. The state should be promoting policies to encourage more businesses and not-for-profits to perform background checks. This will have the opposite effect, potentially at the expense of children. The Catholic Conference asks the state to revisit this issue in the next session and to pass legislation to reimburse not-for-profits for criminal background checks aimed at preventing child sexual abuse and other crimes.

Other

Marijuana Legalization: Gov. Cuomo came out strongly in favor of legalization of recreational marijuana this session, after years of holding the opposite viewpoint. The Catholic Conference released a statement in March opposing legalization. Fortunately, the measure was not passed this session. The legislature did, however, pass legislation effectively decriminalizing possession and expunging criminal records for low-level marijuana convictions. 

Article source: https://www.nyscatholic.org/2019-end-of-session-round-up%EF%BB%BF/

Perspectivas: Obispos hacen un llamado a favor de la protección del medioambiente; Actualizaciones sobre el Proyecto SB 360

Obispos de CA promulgan llamamiento para la protección de nuestra casa común

Con una apreciación por las numerosas bendiciones naturales del Estado Dorado, a la vez que expresan su creciente preocupación por las amenazas contra nuestro mundo que cobran mayor intensidad, los Obispos Católicos de California han publicado una declaración pastoral haciendo un llamado a toda persona a que “contribuya al bienestar ecológico de nuestro estado”.  

“Publicamos nuestra Declaración Pastoral en el cuarto aniversario de Laudato Si’ en el contexto de este doble enfoque”, afirman los Obispos: “Para animar y estimular la implementación  en California de lo que Laudato Si’ nos llama a hacer, y para ofrecer una herramienta de enseñanza y evangelización dinámica dentro y fuera de nuestra comunidad de fe católica, especialmente para los jóvenes”.  

En DIOS LLAMA A TODOS A CUIDAR NUESTRA CASA COMÚN, los Obispos desafían al pueblo de California a valorar la belleza del estado y aplicar –individual como colectivamente – las enseñanzas de Laudato Si’ para salvaguardar nuestros dones naturales.

La declaración recalca el concepto católico del bien común – “la totalidad de las condiciones sociales que nos permiten tener acceso a los recursos y servicios necesarios para tener una vida digna” – en relación al medio ambiente y al pueblo de California. 

Ésta sigue el concepto de la “ecología integral” primero explorado por el Santo Papa Juan Pablo II y después ampliado por el Papa Francisco.  La enseñanza subraya que la corresponsabilidad por la naturaleza primero debe estar al servicio de la promoción del bien para todos los pueblos, en sus dimensiones ambientales, económicas y culturales.

DIOS LLAMA A TODOS A CUIDAR NUESTRA CASA COMÚN, sobre todo, tiene la finalidad de fomentar las aplicaciones prácticas de esta enseñanza. 

Continúe leyendo

 

Mons. Blaire, Obispo Emérito de Stockton, muere a la edad de 77 años

Mons. Stephen E. Blaire, quien sirviera como obispo de la Diócesis de Stockton por 19 años antes de jubilarse en el 2018, falleció el martes tras una larga enfermedad. Tenía 77 años.

Incluso después de haberse jubilado, el Obispo Blaire siguió activo en el ministerio y en la Iglesia. Una de las aficiones del Obispo Blaire era el cuidado por el medioambiente y la tierra, y fue fundamental para la declaración pastoral de los Obispos DIOS LLAMA A TODOS A CUIDAR NUESTRA CASA COMÚN. Falleció el mismo día que se publicó la declaración.

Dentro de la Conferencia de Obispos Católicos de los EE.UU., Mons. Blaire sirvió como presidente del Comité de Justicia Nacional y Desarrollo Humano, el Comité de Prácticas Pastorales, y fue miembro del Comité de Asuntos Ecuménicos e Interreligiosos. Dentro de la Conferencia Católica de California, fue expresidente de la Conferencia y presidente del Comité de Legislación y Política Pública y del Comité Ad Hoc sobre la Corresponsabilidad Medioambiental, así como miembro del Comité de la Libertad Religiosa. También sirvió en el Comité Ad Hoc sobre Asuntos Ecuménicos.

Haga clic aquí para los detalles fúnebres.

 

Muere obispo DuMaine, fundador de San José

Mons. Pierre DuMaine, quien fuera obispo fundador de la Diócesis de San José y sirviera ahí por 18 años, falleció apaciblemente el 13 de junio, a la edad de 87.

El 27 de enero de 1981, DuMaine fue nombrado primer obispo de la nueva Diócesis de San José por el Papa Juan Pablo II.  El Obispo DuMaine se jubiló en 1998 y fue sucedido por el actual Obispo Patrick McGrath en la Diócesis de San José.

Después de su jubilación, DuMaine siguió activo en los Comités de la Ciencia y Valores Humanos y de la Mujer en la Sociedad y la Iglesia, de la Conferencia de Obispos Católicos de los EE.UU. (USCCB, por sus siglas en inglés).  Él también enseñó en los Departamentos de Estudios Religiosos de la Universidad de Stanford y la Universidad de Santa Clara. Santa Clara lo nombró Profesor Presidencial de la Teología Católica. También fue director fundador de la Red de Televisión Católica en Menlo Park de 1978 a 1981.

Su misa fúnebre se celebrará en la Cathedral Basilica of Saint Joseph en San José el jueves 27 de junio a las 10:00 am.

 

Actualizaciones sobre el Proyecto SB 360 – #KeepTheSeal

Miles de católicos, mediante los esfuerzos de las diócesis de los alrededores de California, están comunicándose con sus asambleístas para que se opongan a la vulneración de la libertad religiosa que el Proyecto SB 360 representa. El proyecto de ley amenaza con eliminar el  derecho a la privacidad entre un penitente y su confesor durante el Sacramento de la Reconciliación y otra consejería espiritual para sacerdotes y empleados de la Iglesia.

El Proyecto SB 360 ahora será atendido en el Comité de Seguridad Pública de la Asamblea, aunque aún no se ha anunciado la fecha.

Agradecemos a las decenas de miles de personas que han enviado cartas y correos electrónicos a sus legisladores pidiéndoles que voten en contra de este proyecto de ley. La lucha está lejos de llegar a su fin, y pedimos que rápidamente se tome el tiempo para enviar una carta.  Sabemos que muchas personas están a punto de empezar a disfrutar de sus vacaciones de verano ahora, pero suplicamos tome un momento para enviar un correo electrónico antes de partir.  Esto marcará una gran diferencia en el resultado.

No podemos sobrevalorar la importancia de esforzarnos para asegurar que este proyecto no se convierta en ley.  Es probable que las graves consecuencias para los sacerdotes y personas de la fe católica se multipliquen si se llega a aprobar este primer paso.

Mientras seguimos vigilando el Proyecto SB 360, permanezca con la CCC para las formas adicionales en que puede ayudarnos a derrotar este proyecto.

 

Semana de la Libertad Religiosa

Súmase a la USCCB del 22 al 29 de junio, para la Semana de la Libertad Religiosa del 2019: Fortaleza en la Esperanza, para orar, reflexionar, y actuar en torno a la libertad religiosa, tanto aquí en este país como en el extranjero. Esto tiene una importancia especial este año, ya que en California luchamos por derrotar el Proyecto SB 360, que procura eliminar la libertad religiosa que es esencial para el Sacramento de la Reconciliación. (Véase el punto más abajo)

La libertad religiosa nos brinda el espacio para cumplir la misión que Jesús encomendó a la Iglesia. La libertad religiosa supone que los católicos, y toda persona de buena voluntad, tiene la libertad de buscar la verdad y vivir de acuerdo a esa verdad, y así fortalecer nuestra vida en común como país.

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Declaración Pastoral en las noticias:

(Crux)

(National Catholic Reporter)

(America Magazine)

 

21 de junio de  2019
Tomo 12, No. 20

 

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Insights: Bishops Issue Call to Protect the Environment; Updates on SB 360

CA Bishops Issue Call to Protect Our Common Home

Cherishing the many natural blessings of the Golden State while expressing growing concern with escalating threats to our world, the Catholic Bishops of California have issued a pastoral statement calling on all people to “contribute to the ecological well-being of our state.”

“We are publishing our Pastoral Statement on the fourth anniversary of Laudato Si’ with a two-fold vision in mind,” say the Bishops: “To animate and energize the implementation in California of what Laudato Si’ calls us to do, and to offer a dynamic teaching and evangelization tool for our Catholic faith community and beyond, especially for young people.”

In God Calls Us All to Care for Our Common Home, the Bishops challenge the people of California to appreciate the beauty of the state and to apply – both individually and collectively – the teachings of Laudato Si’ in safeguarding our natural gifts.

The statement emphasizes the Catholic concept of the common good – “the sum total of social conditions that allow us to access the resources and services necessary for a dignified life” — in relationship to the environment and the people of California. 

It follows by building on the concept of “integral ecology” first explored be Saint Pope John Paul II and expanded upon by Pope Francis.  The teaching emphasizes that stewardship of nature must first be at the service of advancing the good of all people in their environmental, economic and cultural dimensions.

God Calls Us All to Care for Our Common Home, most importantly, aims to encourage the practical applications of these teaching. 

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Stockton‘s Bishop Emeritus Blaire Dies at 77

Bishop Stephen E. Blaire, who served as bishop of the Diocese of Stockton for 19 years before his retirement in 2018, died Tuesday after a long illness. He was 77.

Even in retirement, Bishop Blaire was active in ministry and the Church. One of Bishop Blaire’s passions was care for the environment and the earth, and he was instrumental in the Bishops’ pastoral statement God Calls Us All to Care for Our Common Home. He passed on the same day the statement was released.

Within the U. S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, Bishop Blaire served as the Chairman of the Committee on Domestic Justice and Human Development, the Pastoral Practices Committee and was a member of the Committee on Ecumenical and Interreligious Affairs. Within the California Catholic Conference, he was past president of the Conference and chair of the Legislation and Public Policy Committee and the Ad Hoc Committee on Environmental Stewardship, as well as a member of the Religious Liberty Committee. He also served on the Ad Hoc Committee on Ecumenical affairs.

Click here for funeral details.

 

Founding San Jose Bishop DuMaine Dies

Bishop Pierre DuMaine, who was founding Bishop of the Diocese of San Jose and served there for 18 years, passed away peacefully on June 13. He was 87.

On January 27, 1981, DuMaine was named by Pope John Paul II the first bishop of the new Diocese of San Jose. Bishop DuMaine retired in 1998 and was succeeded by current San Jose diocese Bishop Patrick McGrath.

After retirement, DuMaine remained active in the USCCB Committees for Science and Human Values and for Women in Society and the Church. He also taught in Religious Studies Departments of Stanford University and Santa Clara University. Santa Clara appointed him Presidential Professor of Catholic Theology. He also was the founding Director of Catholic Television Network in Menlo Park from 1978 to 1981.

The Funeral Mass will be celebrated at the Cathedral Basilica of Saint Joseph in San Jose on Thursday, June 27, at 10:00 am.

 

Updates on SB 360 – #KeepTheSeal

Thousands of Catholics, through the efforts of dioceses around California, are contracting their Assembly Members to object to the infringement of religious freedom that SB 360 represents. The bill threatens to remove the right to privacy between a penitent and confessor during the Sacrament of Reconciliation and other spiritual counseling for priests and employees of the Church.

SB 360 will be heard next in the Assembly Public Safety Committee though no date has been announced.

Thank you to the tens of thousands who have sent letters and emails to lawmakers asking them to vote against this bill. The fight is far from over, and we ask that you quickly take a moment to send a letter.  We know that many people are enjoying summer vacations now, but please take a moment to send an email before you take off.  It will make a big difference in the outcome.

We cannot overstate the importance of working to ensure that this bill does not become law. The dire consequences for priests and people of the Catholic faith are likely to snowball if this first step is approved.

As we continue to SB 360, stay with the CCC for additional ways you can help us defeat this bill.

 

Religious Freedom Week

Join the USCCB June 22 – June 29, for Religious Freedom Week 2019: Strength in Hope, to pray, reflect, and act on religious liberty, both here in this country and abroad. This is especially important this year as we struggle in California to defeat SB 360, which seeks to eliminate the religious freedom central to the Sacrament of Reconciliation. (See below)

Religious freedom gives us the space to carry out the mission that Jesus has entrusted to the Church. Religious freedom means that Catholics, and all people of goodwill, are free to seek the truth and to live in accordance with that truth, and so to strengthen our common life as a nation.

Click here for more.

 

Pastoral Statement in the News

(Crux)

(National Catholic Reporter)

(America Magazine)

 

June 21, 2019
Vol. 12, No. 20

En Español

 

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Founding San Jose Bishop DuMaine Dies

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Stockton‘s Bishop Emeritus Blaire Dies at 77

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Updates on SB 360

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Statement on Farmworker Fair Labor Practices Act

Published on June 19th, 2019


woman harvesting carrots in a field

Following is a statement of
Richard E. Barnes, executive director of the New York State Catholic Conference,
on the passage of the Farmworker Fair Labor Practices Act:

“The Bishops of New York
State are grateful and relieved that after more than two decades of advocacy,
the legislature has passed a version of the Farmworkers Fair Labor Practices
Act. For too long, farmworkers have been treated unjustly under the labor laws
which protect workers in every other area and industry.

“At long last, our state is
saying farmworkers are equal in human dignity to the rest of society. The new
legislation establishes worker protections, including collective bargaining
rights and a 24-hour day of rest every calendar week. It makes the provision of
unemployment insurance law applicable to farm laborers, and provides them with
eligibility for workers compensation benefits, as well as applying the sanitary
code to migrant housing. And while the bill contains some new overtime
provisions, it also establishes a pathway to continued progress on this issue
going forward.

“For the Bishops, this has
always been a matter of justice. Farmworkers never sought special treatment;
they only sought equal treatment. This legislation, while not perfect, makes
remarkable progress and represents a consensus among the farmworkers and the
farmers, on whom we all depend.”

The Catholic Conference represents the NYS Bishops in public policy matters.

Mensaje sobre la aprobación de la Ley de Trabajadores Agrícolas

A continuación, una declaración de Richard E. Barnes, director ejecutivo de la Conferencia Católica del Estado de Nueva York, sobre la aprobación de la Ley de Prácticas Laborales Justas para Trabajadores Agrícolas:

“Los obispos del Estado de Nueva York están agradecidos y aliviados de que, después de más de dos décadas de defensa, la legislatura aprobó una versión de la Ley de Prácticas Laborales Justas para Trabajadores Agrícolas. Durante demasiado tiempo, los trabajadores agrícolas han sido tratados injustamente bajo las leyes laborales que protegen a los trabajadores en cualquier otra área e industria.

“Por fin, nuestro estado está diciendo que los trabajadores agrícolas son iguales en dignidad humana al resto de la sociedad. La nueva legislación establece protecciones para los trabajadores, incluyendo los derechos de negociación colectiva y un día de descanso de 24 horas cada semana del calendario. Hace que la disposición de la ley de seguro de desempleo se aplique a los trabajadores agrícolas, y les otorga la elegibilidad para beneficios de compensación para trabajadores, así como la aplicación del código sanitario a las viviendas para migrantes. Y si bien el proyecto de ley contiene algunas disposiciones nuevas sobre horas extras, también establece un camino para seguir avanzando en este tema en el futuro.

“Para los obispos católicos, esto siempre ha sido una cuestión de justicia. Los trabajadores agrícolas nunca buscaron un tratamiento especial. Sólo buscaban la igualdad de trato. Esta legislación, aunque no es perfecta, hace un progreso notable y representa un consenso entre los trabajadores agrícolas y los agricultores, de quienes todos dependemos”.

La Conferencia Católica representa a los obispos de Nueva York en asuntos de política pública.

Article source: https://www.nyscatholic.org/farmworker-statement/

Erin’s Law

Published on June 17th, 2019

Memorandum of Support

A.2577-B Dinowitz / S.4070-B Biaggi
In Relation to Erin’s Law

The
above-referenced legislation, known as Erin’s Law, would require the
instruction of curriculum on the prevention of child sexual exploitation and
abuse in grades kindergarten through eight. The New York State Catholic
Conference strongly supports this legislation.

Sexual
exploitation and abuse of children is a societal scourge. Victim-survivors face
a lifetime of negative consequences, including depression, post-traumatic
stress disorder, substance abuse, difficulty maintaining relationships and
employment, and more. In recent decades, our nation has come to a greater
understanding of the impacts of such trauma on young lives, and we have also
come to recognize that abuse is much more likely to occur at the hands of a
trusted adult – family member, friend, teacher, coach, clergy member – than a
stranger.

This
legislation amends the Education Law by adding a new section to 803-b to
provide courses of study that gives children in grades K-8, as well as parents
and school staff, the tools they need to better recognize and report grooming
and other inappropriate behavior before it becomes full-fledged abuse.

Since
the clergy sexual abuse crisis in the Catholic Church exploded in 2001,
Catholic dioceses across the country have instituted Safe Environment programs
that include as an essential component similar age-appropriate instruction of
children in our schools and faith formation programs, and training for all
staff and volunteers who have access to children in any Church ministry. These
programs have proven to be effective, and we support the goals of Erin’s Law to
require such instruction in all of our state’s schools, whether public,
religious or independent.

When
even one child suffers abuse, it is too many. We must not wait in enacting this
common-sense legislation, which is already law in some 35 other states. We urge
its passage before the legislature adjourns.

Article source: https://www.nyscatholic.org/erins-law/

Perspectivas: Obispos establecen marco para la denuncia de abusos; Diócesis destacan amenaza de la Propuesta SB 360

Obispos votan a favor de avanzar con sistema de terceros para la denuncia del abuso

La Conferencia de Obispos Católicos de los EE.UU. (USCCB, por sus siglas en inglés) ha realizado tres votaciones por separado que podrían dar lugar al establecimiento de un sistema de terceros para la denuncia del abuso, diseñado para recibir por teléfono o en línea, confidencialmente, las denuncias de posibles incumplimientos por parte de obispos, en conformidad con Vos estis lux mundi del Papa Francisco (Lea sobre las reglas aquí .)

Los obispos votaron contundentemente a favor de cada uno de los elementos necesarios para establecer un sistema de terceros para las denuncias. Esos elementos incluyen:   

  • El diseño de un sistema de terceros para recibir confidencialmente, por teléfono o en línea, las denuncias de posibles incumplimientos por parte de obispos en relación al Vos estis lux mundi.
  • La elaboración de una propuesta más detallada para un sistema de terceros, para la denuncia, que incluya los ajustes financieros, estructurales y otros necesarios, considerando Vos estis lux mundi, para ser sometida a revisión y aprobación del Comité Administrativo de la Conferencia en sus reuniones programadas para septiembre y noviembre  de 2019.
  • El compromiso de activar el sistema de terceros para las denuncias, a más tardar para el 31 de mayo de 2020 con una votación de 220 a 4, y 1 voto de abstención.   

Lea el resumen de la USCCB sobre la votación.

 

Academias del Vaticano promueven búsqueda de las verdades científicas

“La Biblia nos enseña cómo ir al cielo, pero no cómo van los cielos”. 

Uno pensaría que un ateo destacado pronunció dichas palabras. No fue así. 

Se dice que el Cardenal Caesar Baronius se expresó así referente a Galileo Galelei, durante sus luchas con la Iglesia, debido a la nueva opinión radical del astrónomo sobre el método científico .

De hecho, la Iglesia alienta y apoya a la ciencia al servicio del ser humano.  Siempre ha sido así, remontándose hasta los tiempos de San Agustín y su refutación de la astrología en el siglo V.

“La ciencia y la tecnología,” afirma el Catecismo de la Iglesia Católica, el documento fundamental de enseñanza de la Iglesia, “son recursos valiosos cuando se ponen al servicio de la humanidad y promueven su desarrollo integral para el beneficio de todos”. 

Se destaca la parte sobre el “servicio” que menciona el Catecismo.  La ciencia, según la opinión de la Iglesia católica, siempre está al servicio de las personas y favorece el progreso de la humanidad.

El Papa Francisco enfatizó esto el año pasado cuando dijo, en el Foro de Davos 2018, que la inteligencia artificial, la robótica y otra tecnología  de vanguardia deberían estar al “servicio de la humanidad y utilizarse para la protección de nuestra casa común”.

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SCU ahora ofrece programas de Justicia Restaurativa y Capellanía

En un emocionante nuevo emprendimiento que inicia en septiembre de 2019, la Universidad de Santa Clara ahora ofrece un título de Maestría en los Ministerios Pastorales, con un énfasis en la Justicia Restaurativa y la Capellanía.

Este novedoso programa es el primero que ofrece Maestría (MA) en el país, con un énfasis en la justicia restaurativa.

“Parece que hay un interés creciente y un despertar acerca de este importante campo, en lo académico, pero también lo que es más importante para nosotros, en el ministerio”, afirmó el Dr. Joseph Morris, director del Programa de Postgrado en los Ministerios Pastorales en la Universidad de Santa Clara. “Muchos de los estudiantes de nuestro programa manifestaron estar interesados en éste y además nosotros vimos la necesidad de tenerlo en las diversas parroquias y diócesis que visitamos”.

El programa ofrecerá un planteamiento pastoral ante el trauma y la sanación en un mundo quebrantado. Éste incluirá una introducción al sistema de justicia penal, así como aptitudes interculturales e interreligiosas.

Los títulos en Ministerios Pastorales podrían proveer la oportunidad para las tareas de capellanía; los ministerios del duelo, cuidados de hospicio y justicia social, así como la promoción de causas.

“El llamado fundamental del evangelio es difundir la misericordia y amor de Dios entre los demás y desarrollar ministerios que brinden sanación donde existe la injusticia y ruptura”, aseveró el Dr. Morris.

“Ya que hay muchas personas en las diócesis, a lo largo de California, que sirven en los ministerios en diversas capacidades, tanto dentro como fuera de las prisiones y cárceles, este programa tiene el enfoque singular de ayudar a esos ministros a investigar los cimientos  de la justicia restaurativa en el evangelio y cómo esto podría realzar la espiritualidad, pero desde luego también usando sus prácticas en su ministerio”, dijo.

El programa constará de un total de 15 cursos en teología y el servicio ministerial, con dos ubicaciones – una en el norte de California (lugar por determinarse) y la otra en San Diego en la Diócesis de San Diego.

Los cursos se enseñarán mediante una combinación de clases en persona, por video conferencia y otras experiencias en línea. Todos los cursos, por lo tanto, proveen video conferencia en vivo con el profesor y otros estudiantes, pero también por lo menos tres clases de todo el día, realizadas en persona con el profesor.

La fecha límite para llenar la solicitud para el trimestre del otoño de 2019 es el 15 de agosto. Para los que reúnan los requisitos, hay becas disponibles. Existe la oportunidad de inscribirse para las clases, por un interés especial, sin que se tenga la intención de obtener un título académico.

Visite www.scu.edu/pastoralministries para obtener mayor información.

 

Retos del presupuesto de California

El Gobernador Gavin Newsom y la Legislatura se aproximan a cerrar un trato acerca del nuevo presupuesto fiscal para el estado, antes de la fecha límite del 15 de junio, pero no sin que haya concesiones de ambos lados.

Tanto la Asamblea como el Senado aprobaron el presupuesto. Éste ahora se dirige al escritorio del Gobernado para su firma. En California, el Gobernador tiene autoridad para vetar algunas partidas, entonces algunas cosas podrían cambiar.

El Gobernador y la Legislatura han acordado incluir en el presupuesto estatal un aumento importante en el Crédito Fiscal por Ingresos del Trabajo, pero siguen negociando sobre los detalles finales del paquete de adecuación fiscal y de la expansión del crédito fiscal. Aunque el Senado y la Asamblea han adoptado ciertas versiones de la propuesta del Gobernador, no adoptaron la propuesta para pagar por el aumento.

El Gobernador propuso mover la División de Justicia Juvenil (DJJ) fuera del Departamento Correccional y de Rehabilitación de California para que ésta ahora forme parte de la Agencia de Salud y Servicios Humanos.  El nuevo departamento llevaría el nombre de Departamento de Jóvenes y de la Restauración Comunitaria (Department of Youth and Community Restoration). La legislación acompañante también crearía un órgano consultor para proveer recomendaciones y las mejores prácticas que promuevan el compromiso de mejorar los resultados para los jóvenes, reducir la detención juvenil y disminuir la reincidencia.

También existe una asignación única de $5 millones del Fondo General para un programa piloto sobre la justicia restaurativa en el Condado de San Joaquín.  Este programa daría prioridad a las víctimas y ayudaría a transformar a las personas que han cometido delitos para disminuir nuestra dependencia en la encarcelación masiva.

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Actualizaciones y eventos en torno a la Propuesta SB 360

Muchas diócesis planean fines de semana especiales para hacer hincapié en la amenaza de la Propuesta SB 360 (Hill, D-Mateo), el proyecto de ley que eliminaría el derecho a la privacidad entre un penitente y su confesor en el Sacramento de la Reconciliación y otros servicios de consejería para sacerdotes y empleados de la Iglesia.

Haga clic aquí para sumarse a los miles de socios que han enviado cartas a los legisladores pidiéndoles que derroten este proyecto de ley por medio de su votación. Gracias a todas las personas que ya lo han hecho. Sus esfuerzos no pasan inadvertidos, pero aún hay mucho trabajo por hacer.

Aunque este proyecto de ley particular representa una gran amenaza para la santidad del confesionario y de la Iglesia, esto podría abrir la puerta para otra legislación que se ensañe con la Iglesia.

Debemos detener este proyecto de ley ya, pues otros estados están tomando nota. Nueva York ahora ha propuesto un proyecto similar y no es probable que pare ahí, si California tiene éxito en aprobar el proyecto de ley. 

Asegúrese de verificar en su parroquia acerca de los eventos relacionados a la Propuesta SB 360 para ayudar a difundir el mensaje y derrotar este proyecto de ley.

 

AMA reafirma su postura contra el suicidio asistido por médicos

Esta semana, la Cámara de Delegados de la Asociación Médica Americana (American Medical Association House of Delegates) votó por un margen de 2 a 1, afirmar su prolongada oposición al suicidio asistido por médicos. Gracias a todos ustedes que atendieron nuestro llamado y pidieron a los miembros de esta organización que votaran en contra de apoyar ese cambio.

 

14 de junio de 2019
Tomo 12, No. 19

 

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Alerta de acción

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Sale of Cemetery Monuments

Published on June 14th, 2019

Memorandum of Opposition

 Re: S.4610 Savino / A.7350 Woerner
In relation to the sale of monuments by religious cemeteries 

The above-referenced bill applies to cemeteries organized and operated under the Religious Corporations Law and would prohibit those cemeteries from selling monuments and memorials. The Catholic Conference continues to object to governmental encroachment on the operation of Church-affiliated cemeteries. These cemeteries perform burial services according to the rites and rituals of the Church and, as such, are and should remain outside the purview of governmental intrusion. 

The New York State Catholic Conference opposes this legislation. 

It is vital for financial stability to allow religious cemeteries to supplement and diversify their revenue sources to ensure perpetual care, maintenance and stability of the cemetery. 

Cemeteries across New York are constantly losing income as the sale of gravesites and interments declines. Unlike non-sectarian cemeteries, Catholic cemeteries must meet their financial obligations, as they are never turned over to the State or local municipality if they fail. Importantly, Catholic cemeteries are responsible for maintaining not only the graves but all memorials and materials that are placed in the cemetery forever. 

Since 2017, New York State has ensured a level playing field for all monument sellers, by exempting the sale of monuments from all sales and use taxes. This exemption was continued this year in Part FFF of the Laws of 2019, Chapter 59. Yet now, having gained the continuation of the sales tax exemptions, the for-profit monument dealers are attempting to drive out all competition. 

Our religious cemeteries face the same dilemma that the not-for-profit cemeteries are facing. We need to find additional revenue streams in order to ensure that our cemeteries will be maintained for perpetuity, as we can think of no other “business” that has a single source of income, a limited “customer base” and yet is expected to maintain itself forever. Cemeteries across the state need additional resources to prevent them from falling into disrepair and abandonment. 

Memorial products have been delivered to our cemeteries for centuries. Dealers that have provided those memorials have come and gone; however, those memorials have remained on our properties. When monuments have become vandalized, unsightly, or toppled, the cemeteries are the ones who rectify them. The cemetery must expend funds to repair such misfortune and it makes strong sense that cemeteries be able to offer the memorials for which they will have perpetual responsibility. 

Finally, excluding cemeteries from the sale of monuments hurts the consumer. Permitting cemeteries to sell monuments increases choices and lowers prices for consumers. By limiting the choices that consumers have, you run the risk of significantly higher prices being charged for cemetery and funeral merchandise. 

For these reasons, the New York State Catholic Conference opposes this legislation and urges its defeat. 

Article source: https://www.nyscatholic.org/sale-of-cemetery-monuments/

Insights: Bishops Establish Abuse Reporting Framework; Dioceses Highlight SB 360 Threat

Bishops Vote to Move Forward on Third-Party System for Reporting Abuse

The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops have taken three separate votes that will lead to the establishment of a third-party reporting system designed to receive confidentially, by phone or online, reports of possible violations by bishops per Pope Francis’s Vos estis lux mundi.  (Read about the rules here.)

The bishops voted overwhelmingly in favor of each of the elements necessary to establish a third-party reporting system.  Those elements include:

  • The design of a third-party system for receiving confidentially, by phone or online, reports of possible violations by bishops of Vos estis lux mundi.
  • Development of a more detailed proposal for a third-party reporting system, including financial, structural, and other necessary adjustments to account for Vos estis lux mundi, for review and approval by the Conference’s Administrative Committee at its September and November 2019 meetings.
  • Committing to activate the third-party reporting system by no later than May 31, 2020 by a 220 to 4 vote with 1 abstention.   

Read the USCCB summary of the vote.

 

Vatican Academies Promote Search for Scientific Truths

“The Bible teaches us how to go to heaven, not how the heavens go.”

One would think a prominent atheist spoke such words.  Not so. 

Cardinal Caesar Baronius is reported to have said it Galileo Galelei during the course of his struggles with the hierarchy over the astronomer’s radical new view of the scientific method.[i]

In fact, science in the service of human beings is encouraged and supported by the Church.  It always has been, dating as far back as St. Augustine and his refutation of astrology in the 5th century.

“Science and technology,” says the Catechism of the Catholic Church, the basic teaching document of the Church, “are precious resources when placed at the service of man and promote his integral development for the benefit of all.” 

Note the “service” portion of the Catechism.  Science, in the view of the Catholic Church, is always in the service of people and the advancement of humanity.

Pope Francis emphasized this last year when he told the 2018 Davos Forum that artificial intelligence, robotics and other cutting-edge technology should be at the “service of humanity and the protection of our common home.”

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SCU Now Offering Restorative Justice and Chaplaincy Program

In an exciting new venture beginning in September 2019, Santa Clara University is now offering a Master of Arts degree in Pastoral Ministries with an Emphasis in Restorative Justice and Chaplaincy.

The novel program is the first MA in the country with an emphasis on restorative justice.

“There seems to be a rising interest and awakening to this important area in both the academy but also and for us more importantly in ministry,” said Dr. Joseph Morris, director of the Graduate Program in Pastoral Ministries at Santa Clara University. “Many students in our program were interested in it and also we encountered the need for it in the various parishes and dioceses we visited.”

The program will feature a pastoral approach to trauma and healing in a broken world. It will include an introduction to the criminal justice system as well as intercultural and interreligious competencies.

Degrees in Pastoral Ministries could provide the opportunity for chaplaincy work; bereavement, hospice and social justice ministries, as well as advocacy.

“The fundamental call of the gospel is to spread the mercy and love of God to others and to develop ministries that bring healing where there are brokenness and injustice,” Dr. Morris said.

“As there are many people in the dioceses throughout California that minister and serve in various capacities both within and outside of prisons and jails, this program is uniquely focused on assisting those ministers to investigate the gospel foundations of restorative justice and how it can enhance both one’s own spirituality but also using its practices in their ministry,” he said.

The program will feature a total of 15 courses in theology and ministry, with two locations – one in northern California (location to be determined) and one in San Diego at the Diocese of San Diego.

The courses are taught through a combination of face-to-face, video conferencing and online experiences. All courses, therefore, provide live video conferencing with the professor and other students, but also at least three all-day classes held face-to-face with the professor.

The deadline to apply for the Fall 2019 quarter is August 15. For those that qualify, scholarships are available. There is the opportunity to register for classes out of interest without the intent of completing a degree.

Visit www.scu.edu/pastoralministries for more information.

 

California Budget Challenges

Governor Gavin Newsom and the Legislature are close to striking a deal on the new state fiscal budget before the June 15 deadline but not without concessions from both ends.  

Both the Assembly and the Senate have passed the budget.  It is now headed to the Governor’s desk for his signature.  In California, the Governor does have line veto authority so some of this can change.

The Governor and the Legislature have agreed to include a large increase in the state Earned Income Tax Credit in the budget, but are still negotiating the final details of both the tax conformity package and the tax credit expansion. While both the Senate and Assembly adopted versions of the Governor’s proposal, they did not adopt the proposal to pay for the increase.

The Governor proposed shifting the Division of Juvenile Justice (DJJ) away from the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation and into the Health and Human Services Agency. The new department will be called the Department of Youth and Community Restoration. Accompanying legislation would also create an advisory body to provide recommendations and best practices that promote a commitment to improving youth outcomes, reduce youth detention, and reduce recidivism.

There is also a one-time allocation of $5 million General Fund for a restorative justice pilot program in San Joaquin County. This program would put victims first and help transform those who have committed crimes to reduce our reliance on mass incarceration.

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Updates and Events on SB 360

Many dioceses are planning special weekends highlighting the threat of SB 360 (Hill, D-Mateo), the bill that would remove the right to privacy between a penitent and confessor during the Sacrament of Reconciliation and other spiritual counseling for priests and employees of the Church.

Click here to join the thousands of members who have sent letters to legislators asking them to vote down this bill. Thank you to all who have already done so. Your efforts are not going unnoticed but there is still much work to do.

While this particular bill is of great threat to the sanctity of the confessional and the Church, this could open the door to further legislation targeting the Church.

We must stop this bill now as other states are taking notice. New York has now proposed a similar bill and it’s not likely to stop there if California is successful in passing this bill. 

Be sure to check your parish for events around SB 360 to help spread the word to defeat this bill.

 

AMA Reaffirms Position Against Physician-Assisted Suicide

This week, the American Medical Association’s House of Delegates voted by a 2to-1 margin to affirm its longstanding opposition to physician-assisted suicide. Thank you to all who took note and asked members to vote against supporting the change.

 

June 14, 2019
Vol. 12, No. 19


 

 

Article source: https://www.cacatholic.org/insights-bishops-establish-abuse-reporting-framework-dioceses-highlight-sb-360-threat

Obispos, sacerdotes y fieles expresan gran preocupación por el Proyecto SB 360

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Reflexiones y resistencia al Proyecto SB 360

Los sacerdotes están dispuestos a ir a la cárcel antes que romper la santidad del confesionario, según varios de ellos entrevistados en un video publicado por Catholic News Service esta semana. La resistencia es su respuesta al Proyecto SB 360, el proyecto de ley de la Legislatura de California que obligaría a los sacerdotes a denunciar cualquier abuso de menores confesado por los penitentes.  

“Sé que ningún sacerdote optaría por violentar su conciencia contra Dios”, afirmó el Padre Fr. Pius Pietrzyk, profesor de derecho canónico en el Seminario de San Patricio (St. Patrick’s Seminary). “Vulnerar la confianza entre un penitente y Dios mismo equivale a que una persona actúe en contra de su conciencia, y son pocos los actos que violentan más la conciencia que este”.

A la CCC le interesa escuchar qué opina su sacerdote sobre le Proyecto SB 360, y a la vez, saber qué se dice en las parroquias sobre el tema. Diríjase a nuestra página de Facebook  para dejar sus comentarios y comparta con nosotros lo que usted ha escuchado sobre este proyecto de ley.

En su forma enmendada, el Proyecto SB 360 (Hill, D-Mateo), eliminaría el derecho a la privacidad entre un penitente y su confesor en el Sacramento de la Reconciliación y en otra consejería espiritual para sacerdotes y empleados de la Iglesia. Originalmente, la “exención penitencial” se hubiera eliminado para todo católico. El Proyecto  SB 360 también deja intacto el privilegio entre abogado y cliente.

En la doctrina católica, el confesionario es sacrosanto y el derecho canónico deja muy claro que cualquier sacerdote que vulnere el secreto de confesión queda excomulgado automáticamente.  

El proyecto se encuentra actualmente en la Asamblea, pero aun tiene que ser asignado a un comité.  Haga clic aquí para enviar una carta rápidamente  a su legislador, pidiéndole que pongan un alto a este proyecto de ley hoy.

“Las personas tendrían que sentir una libertad absoluta, en el contexto de la confesión sacramental, de saber que tienen la libertad de revelar los aspectos más profundos, en ocasiones más oscuros, de su conciencia”, afirmó el Padre Ronald T. Kunkel, profesor de teología en el Seminario de Mundelein.

Quédese con la CCC para la información más reciente y las nuevas formas en que usted puede ayudar a derrotar este proyecto.

Article source: https://www.cacatholic.org/espanol/noticias-en-espanol/reflexiones-y-resistencia-al-proyecto-sb-360

California Bishops Issue Comments on SB 360

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About Religious Liberty

“At the very heart of human freedom is the right to religious freedom, since it deals with man’s most fundamental relationship: his relationship with God.” – Pope John Paul II, Address to Diplomats, January 2005

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Article source: https://www.cacatholic.org/policies-issues/faith-public-square/california-bishops-issue-comments-sb-360

Thoughts and Defiance on SB 360

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About Religious Liberty

“At the very heart of human freedom is the right to religious freedom, since it deals with man’s most fundamental relationship: his relationship with God.” – Pope John Paul II, Address to Diplomats, January 2005

Religious Liberty at USCCB

Article source: https://www.cacatholic.org/policies-issues/faith-public-square/thoughts-and-defiance-sb-360-threatening-seal-confession

California Budget Challenges

Governor Gavin Newsom and the Legislature are close to striking a deal on the new state fiscal budget before the June 15 deadline but not without concessions from both ends.  

Both the Assembly and the Senate have passed the budget.  It is now headed to the Governor’s desk for his signature.  In California, the Governor does have line veto authority so some of this can change.

The Governor and the Legislature have agreed to include a large increase in the state Earned Income Tax Credit in the budget, but are still negotiating the final details of both the tax conformity package and the tax credit expansion. While both the Senate and Assembly adopted versions of the Governor’s proposal, they did not adopt the proposal to pay for the increase

The Governor proposed shifting the Division of Juvenile Justice (DJJ) away from the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation and into the Health and Human Services Agency. The new department will be called the Department of Youth and Community Restoration. Accompanying legislation would also create an advisory body to provide recommendations and best practices that promote a commitment to improving youth outcomes, reduce youth detention, and reduce recidivism.

There is also a one-time allocation of $5 million General Fund for a restorative justice pilot program in San Joaquin County. This program would put victims first and help transform those who have committed crimes to reduce our reliance on mass incarceration.

The Legislature’s negotiated budget package includes $31.4 million to add 10,000 new preschool slots with non-public providers for 4-year-olds living in low-income neighborhoods, regardless of their own family’s incomes. Additionally, $50 million is allocated for establishing Child Savings Accounts to prepare for college access.  To help recruit and retain qualified teachers in school districts with high rates of under prepared teachers, the budget creates a Golden State Teacher Grant program. This program would provide up to $20,000 to students in educator preparation programs that commit to teach in subject areas most impacted by the teacher shortage — and at a school that has a high percentage of teachers holding emergency-type permits.

The revised budget deal continues to increase funding for undocumented immigrants through assistance with legal services via the CSU and UC systems. The budget also includes $55 million for the Department of Social Services funds to provide legal services to immigrants who reside in California via the Unaccompanied Undocumented Minors and Immigration Services Funding programs. 

There are also gains for families in the budget. For those seeking to take time off to care for a family member or bond with a new baby, extending the paid family leave program from six to eight weeks. There would also be a $1,000 tax credit for qualifying families with children under age six, and the elimination of sales taxes on diapers.

In addition, while the details are still being worked out, it appears that there is help in the budget for middle-, low-income and seniors who are struggling to afford healthcare. Under the new deal, those making between 400 and 600 percent of the poverty level, which is between $103,000 and $154,000 for a family of four, would get new assistance. The funds would be generated by those who pay a penalty tax for not purchasing health insurance.

Stay with the CCC for additional news on the budget.

 

Article source: https://www.cacatholic.org/california-budget-challenges