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Perspectivas: Victoria para los centros de maternidad; Se nombra al nuevo director ejecutivo de la CCC

Corte Suprema de los EE.UU. dictamina a favor de los centros de maternidad

Esta semana, los centros de maternidad religiosos, celebraron una victoria cuando la Corte Suprema de los EE.UU. dictaminó, en una decisión de 5 a 4, que la ley de  California que requería que las clínicas informaran a las pacientes sobre el aborto, infringe la Primera Enmienda.

Esta ley, conocida como la “Ley de la Libertad, Responsabilidad y Atención Integral de la Reproducción y Transparencia de California” (“FACT Act”), seleccionaba a ciertos centros de maternidad en crisis y les requería que exhibieran carteles y proporcionaran información sobre la disponibilidad de servicios abortivos.

“Esta es una victoria de la razón por encima de la ideología. Esta es una victoria para las mujeres, a quienes se les ofrece alternativas esperanzadoras en vez del aborto. Y es una victoria para los niños, quienes ya no serán arrebatados de sus madres, por una preferencia absurda que el gobierno tiene por el aborto”, afirmó el Reverendísimo Mons. Jaime Soto, obispo católico romano de Sacramento y presidente de la Conferencia Católica de California, en un comunicado publicado.

“La Primera Enmienda de la Constitución de los Estados Unidos podría ser la más valiosa porque protege y consagra nuestro derecho a la libertad de expresión, la asociación y reunión pacífica y a la libertad de ejercer nuestra religión”, aseguró Mons. Soto.  “La decisión de la Corte Suprema, el día de hoy, de rechazar las iniciativas legales del estado de California, de amordazar la libertad de expresión de las clínicas de salud de la mujer y centros de maternidad en crisis, demuestran por qué. La Corte específicamente señaló que la Ley FACT ‘doblegaba la libertad de expresión,’ e imponía un requisito de divulgación de información ‘suministrada por el gobierno’, pero ‘liberó a los interlocutores cuyos mensajes armonizan con sus propios puntos de vista”.  

 

 

Estudio indica que aumenta el número de casos de suicidios asistidos por médicos  

Los suicidios asistidos por médicos, en California, casi se duplicaron en el 2017, cada mes, en comparación al 2016, indicó un informe reciente del estado.  

Es una estadística aleccionadora, a la vez que los abogados pelean en los tribunales, para que se decida si es legal la ley estatal del suicidio asistido del 2016.

La cuestión del suicidio en la sociedad contemporánea ha adquirido nueva atención y generado mayor debate con las recientes muertes autoinfligidas, de personas famosas como la diseñadora Kate Spade y Anthony Bourdain.

Hasta que los suicidios de personas famosas generan titulares,  el suicidio sigue siendo una realidad continua y generalmente imperceptible. En California, aproximadamente 4,200 personas se suicidan cada año, una parte considerable de los más de 40,000 suicidios estadounidenses.

En el informe estatal, mandado para el 2017 y publicado a finales de junio, se divulgó nueva información sobre el suicidio legal, asistido por médicos en California. Éste indica que han muerto 374 californianos en el 2017 por fármacos que 241 médicos les recetaron, aproximadamente 31 personas por mes.

Esa es una cifra mensual mucho más alta que en el 2016, cuando fue legal el suicidio asistido por médicos por siete meses. El informe del estado reveló que 16 personas murieron por mes, en el 2016, con los químicos recetados por médicos.  

En el 2017, aproximadamente 241 médicos, en California, recetaron una combinación mortal de fármacos a sus pacientes, aproximadamente 40 por ciento más que los 173 que recetaron los fármacos en el 2016.

El informe se publicó cuando se libra una batalla legal sobre la propia ley del suicidio asistido. Hubo suficiente oposición a la práctica, de tal manera que la Legislatura no pudo aprobarla durante su sesión regular. Así que los partidarios del suicidio asistido lograron que se promulgara durante una sesión extraordinaria para poder resolver una crisis no relacionada, sobre la financiación para el Medi-Cal, pero eso no incluyó el proceso legislativo y las protecciones normales.

Los opositores del suicidio asistido por médicos, finalmente ganaron una demanda contra el defecto legislativo en un tribunal del Condado de Riverside. Ese dictamen, ha quedado en suspenso, cuando el procurador general de California,  Xavier Becerra, apeló para que continúe la muerte por médicos.  

El Dr. Aaron Kheiraty, de la Universidad de California en Irvine, sigue advirtiendo sobre los riesgos. En un tweet reciente, escribió: “El suicidio asistido por médicos es contagioso también. ¿Por qué es que no estamos sonando la alarma al respecto?” 

 

La CCC nombra a nuevo director ejecutivo

El Reverendísimo Mons. Jaime Soto, obispo de Sacramento y presidente de la Conferencia Católica de California (CCC), anunció esta semana que Andrew Rivas ha sido nombrado director ejecutivo de la Conferencia Católica de California.  Él asumirá su cargo en agosto, al final de la sesión legislativa.

Rivas reemplazará a Edward “Ned” Dolejsi, quien anunció su jubilación, anteriormente este año.

“Andy sobresalió entre un grupo de candidatos excepcionalmente calificados,”  afirmó Mons. Jaime Soto, presidente de la Conferencia Católica de California.  “Él conoce la política de California, conoce la política de Washington y, lo más importante, se ha dedicado a la misión de la Iglesia Católica en California”. Él será un compañero valioso para el ministerio especial que es la Conferencia Católica de California”.

Rivas aporta más de veinte años de liderazgo y experiencia ministerial a la CCC, más recientemente, como director de la Oficina de Relaciones Gubernamentales y Comunitarias para la Arquidiócesis de Los Ángeles.

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La USCCB manifiesta su decepción en torno a las prohibiciones de viaje

El 26 de junio, la Corte Suprema de los EE.UU. emitió su dictamen en la causa de Trump v. Hawaii, la cual contenía una impugnación jurídica a la Proclamación No. 9645 del Presidente Donald Trump, restringiendo los viajes provenientes de varios países con  poblaciones predominantemente musulmanas.  La Corte Suprema sostuvo el dictamen de la prohibición de viajes con una votación de 5 a 4.

El obispo Joe S. Vásquez, de Austin, presidente del Comité de Migración de la Conferencia de Obispos Católicos de los EE.UU. (USCCB, por sus siglas en inglés) y el Arzobispo Joseph E. Kurtz, de Louisville, presidente del Comité de la Libertad Religiosa, de la  USCCB, publicaron el siguiente comunicado de manera conjunta:

“La prohibición de viajes tiene en la mira la exclusión de los musulmanes, lo cual va en contra del principio central de neutralidad de nuestro país, cuando se trata de las personas de fe. Nos decepciona el fallo de la Corte porque no tomó en cuenta que, de forma clara e ilícita, el gobierno se ha centrado en un grupo religioso específico. La Iglesia Católica se pronuncia firmemente en contra de la discriminación religiosa, y seguiremos abogando por los derechos de las personas de todas las fes, además de seguir sirviendo a los migrantes y refugiados a través de nuestros diversos ministerios”.

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Periodistas católicos de CA reciben galardones importantes

El tener publicaciones católicas en la casa es una forma de mantenernos actualizados respecto a las noticias de nuestra comunidad católica local y de la Iglesia a nivel mundial.  Esto también sirve de testimonio para nuestra familia y amistades de que nuestra fe es importante para nosotros.  

Las personas que escriben, editan, dibujan y publican esta literatura trabajan arduamente. Cada año, la Asociación de la Prensa Católica  (CPA, por sus siglas en inglés) reconoce a los periodistas, autores, estudiantes, fotógrafos, camarógrafos católicos y otros, en cuatro categorías:  prensa, libro, estudiante y Gabriel (transmisión y cinematográfico).

Algunos periodistas católicos en California, ganaron más de 50 galardones, variando desde el Escritor del Año  (R.W. Dellinger, Angelus) hasta Editor del Año  (Rick DelVecchio, Catholic San Francisco) hasta Mejor Sitio Web Diocesano (Diócesis de Orange) hasta Mejor Redacción de Noticias  (El Heraldo Católico, Oakland).

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29 de Junio de  2018
Tomo 11, No. 24

 

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Insights: Victory for Pregnancy Centers; New CCC Exec. Dir. Named

U.S. Supreme Court Rules in Favor of Pregnancy Centers

 

This week, faith-based pregnancy centers celebrated a victory when the U.S. Supreme Court ruled in a 5-4 decision that a California law requiring the clinics to inform patients about abortion violates the First Amendment.

The law, called the “California Reproductive Freedom, Accountability, Comprehensive Care and Transparency Act” (“FACT Act”), singled out crisis pregnancy centers and required them to post signs and provide information about the availability of abortion services.   

“This is a victory for reason over ideology.  This is a victory for women, offering them hopeful alternatives to abortion. And it’s a victory for children, who will no longer be taken from their mothers because of a senseless governmental preference for abortion,” said the Most Rev. Jaime Soto, Roman Catholic Bishop of Sacramento and president of the California Catholic Conference in a released statement. 

“The First Amendment to the United States Constitution may be the most precious because it protects and enshrines our right to free speech, peaceful assembly and the free exercise of our religion,” Bishop Soto said.  “Today’s decision by the Supreme Court rejecting the State of California’s legal attempts to muzzle the free speech of women’s health clinics and pregnancy crisis centers shows why. The Court specifically noted the FACT Act ‘burdened free speech,’ and imposed a ‘government scripted’ disclosure requirement, but ‘left unburdened those speakers whose messages are in accord with its own views.’”

 

Study Shows Number of Physician-Assisted Suicide Cases Increasing

Doctor-assisted suicides in California nearly doubled in 2017 on a monthly basis over 2016, a recent state report shows.

It is a cautionary statistic as attorneys carry on a courtroom fight over whether the state’s 2016 assisted suicide law is legal.

The question of suicide in contemporary society has gained new attention and generated increased discussion with the recent self-inflicted deaths of well-known people such as designer Kate Spade and Anthony Bourdain.

Until suicides of famous people generate headlines, suicide remains a continuing and generally unnoticed reality. In California, about 4,200 people commit suicide each year, a substantial share of the more than 40,000 American suicides. 

New information about California’s legal doctor-assisted suicide came in the mandated state report for 2017, released in late June. It shows that 374 Californians died in 2017 from drugs prescribed for them by 241 doctors, about 31 a month.

That is a much higher monthly rate than 2016 when doctor-assisted suicide was legal for seven months. The state report found that 16 people died per month in 2016 with doctor-prescribed chemicals.

In 2017 some 241 California doctors prescribed a lethal combination of drugs to their clients used, about 40 percent more than the 173 who prescribed the meds in 2016.

The report was made public while a legal battle is waged over the assisted suicide law itself.

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CCC Names New Executive Director

The Most Rev. Jaime Soto, Bishop of Sacramento and President of the California Catholic Conference (CCC), announced this week that Andrew Rivas has been named Executive Director of the California Catholic Conference.  He will assume his position in August at the end of the legislative session.

Rivas will replace Edward “Ned” Dolejsi, who announced his retirement earlier this year.

“Andy stood out in an exceptionally qualified field of candidates,” said Bishop Jaime Soto, president of the California Catholic Conference.  “He knows California politics, he knows Washington politics and, more importantly, he is devoted to the mission of the Catholic Church in California.” He will be a valued co-worker for the special ministry that is the California Catholic Conference”

Rivas brings more than twenty years of leadership and ministry experience to CCC, most recently as the Director, Office of Government Community Relations for the Archdiocese of Los Angeles.

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USCCB Voices Disappointment in Travel Ban Case

On June 26, the U.S. Supreme Court decided the case of Trump v. Hawaii, which involves a challenge to President Donald Trump’s Proclamation No. 9645 restricting travel from several predominantly Muslim-majority countries. The Supreme Court in a 5-4 ruling upheld the travel b

Bishop Joe S. Vásquez of Austin, chair of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops’ (USCCB) Committee on Migration, and Archbishop Joseph E. Kurtz of Louisville, chair of the USCCB Committee for Religious Liberty, issued the following joint statement:

“The travel ban targets Muslims for exclusion, which goes against our country’s core principle of neutrality when it comes to people of faith. We are disappointed in the Court’s ruling because it failed to take into account the clear and unlawful targeting of a specific religious group by the government.  The Catholic Church takes a strong stand against religious discrimination, and we will continue to advocate for the rights of people of all faiths, as well as serve migrants and refugees through our various ministries.”

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Catholic Journalists from CA Receive Major Awards

Having Catholic publications around the home is one way of keeping current with our local Catholic community and the news of the worldwide church.  It is also a witness to our family and friends that our faith is important to us.

Those who write, edit, illustrate and publish those publications work hard.  Every year, the Catholic Press Association (CPA) recognizes Catholic journalists, authors, students, photographers, videographers and others in four categories: press, book, student and Gabriel (broadcast and film).

Catholic journalists in California won more than 50 awards ranging from the Writer of the Year (R.W. Dellinger, Angelus) to Editor of the Year (Rick DelVecchio, Catholic San Francisco) to Best Diocesan Website (Diocese of Orange) to Best News Writing (El Heraldo Católico, Oakland).

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June 29, 2018
Vol. 11, No. 24

 

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Chairman of U.S. Bishops Committee on Domestic Justice & Human Development Expresses Disappointment in SCOTUS Ruling on Janus v. AFSCME

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Study Shows Number of Physician-Assisted Suicide Cases Increasing

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Catholic Journalists from California Receive Major Awards

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California Catholic Conference Applauds US Supreme Court Ruling Upholding Free Speech Rights of Crisis Pregnancy Centers

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California Catholic Conference Announces New Executive Director

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Insights: Border Chaos Reactions; DACA and Compassionate Laws

Search for “Better Way” during Border Chaos

The Trump Administration, after days of saying it had no choice, reversed its policy of forcefully separating families at the border.   Massive public outrage, accompanied by the voices of religious leaders and lawmakers on both sides of the aisle, forced the President on Wednesday to alter his policy even though significant questions about what happens now remain unanswered.

In addition to separating families at the border, Attorney General Jeff Sessions also announced that the United States would no longer accept asylum applications for those fleeing domestic or gang violence

The combination of restrictions lead to swift reaction:

“At its core, asylum is an instrument to preserve the right to life,” said Cardinal Daniel DiNardo, president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops.  “The Attorney General’s recent decision elicits deep concern because it potentially strips asylum from many women who lack adequate protection…Unless overturned, the decision will erode the capacity of asylum to save lives.”

That was last week.  This week, images of school-age children separated from families – provided by the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) – hit the public hard.  No video of toddlers, placed in what the federal government calls “tender-age” centers, was offered but that did not stop the growing outrage.  It was also learned that children taken from their parents at the border have been sent as far away as New York and Wisconsin.

“We are now a nation where “zero tolerance” means no mercy,” wrote Archbishop José Gomez of Los Angeles. “We seem proud to announce that we will no longer grant asylum to victims of domestic abuse and gang violence. In the name of protecting our borders, we are willing to break up families and shatter the lives of innocent children.”

Other California Bishops also offered statements including Bishop Patrick McGrath (San Jose), Bishop Gerald Barnes (San Bernardino), Bishop Jaime Soto (Sacramento) and Bishop Armando Ochoa (Fresno).

The President’s alteration of his policy created more questions.  For instance, DHS said it has no plans to try to unify the more than 2,300 children already taken from their parents.  (DHS offered these instructions for finding children.) The Executive Order says that families will be detained together but a previous Federal court order limits that to 20 days maximum.  Pressed to handle all the legal proceeding stemming from its policy, the Administration is now bringing in attorneys from the military’s Judge Advocate General’s Corps, untrained in immigration law to handle prosecutions.  Finally, facilities for keeping families together may be hard to locate.

“We will be watching to see whether the administration follows the law concerning how long it may keep families in detention,” said Jeanne Atkinson, executive director of the Catholic Legal Immigration Network, Inc. (CLINIC).  Under a court order and settlement agreement in the Flores v. Reno case, which governs care for juveniles in immigration detention, minors being held by Immigration and Customs Enforcement must be released after 20 days.  An executive order cannot supersede a court order.

Archbishop Gomez welcomed the change in policy but urged Congress to act on immigration reform.  However, the U.S. House is stymied.

One immigration bill, proposed by immigration opponents and even sought to reduce legal immigration, failed.  The vote on a “compromise” bill crafted by Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wisconsin) and other members of leadership was postponed because it did not have the necessary votes to pass.  The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops supported neither bill.

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DACA and the Compassionate Rule of Law

One of the more common issues brought up in the immigration debate relates to the “rule of law.”  Gráinne McEvoy, an Irish Research Council Postdoctoral Fellow at Trinity College, Dublin, examines the concept, especially in light of the ongoing DACA debate. She is currently writing a book on American Catholic social thought and immigration policy in the 20th century.

The Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program has been the subject of much discussion, by politicians, policy experts, academics, journalists and others, since it was announced in June 2012 by President Barack Obama. While critics of the program have warned of it as an exercise in executive overreach and a violation of the rule of law, its supporters have defended it as a reasonable, compassionate concession, one that enjoys overwhelming public support, until lawmakers find a more permanent solution.  

DACA provides work permits and temporary protection from deportation to some of those members of the undocumented population who were brought to the United States as children, a group also known as DREAMers. The program requires that its recipients were under 30 years of age by June 2012, had arrived in the U.S. before their 16th birthday, have been resident since 2007, attending school, enrolled in college or honorably discharged from military service, and have not been convicted of a felony or other serious crime.

DACA-eligible are therefore a specific, narrow and, perhaps most importantly, very sympathetic group. By September 2017, almost 800,000 of an estimated 1.7 million eligible individuals had presented themselves to the government, paid a $465 application fee, and been approved for protection, for a two-year term, under the DACA program. 

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Stop SB 320 in the Assembly Higher Ed Committee

The bill by Assemblymember Leyva (D-Chino Hills) that would require that chemical abortions be available at all University of California and California State University Campuses will next be heard in the Assembly Committee on Higher Education.

This bill has already cleared several hurdles, and lawmakers must hear from you now before it’s allowed to move forward.

If this bill is allowed to pass, the impacts will be devastating. Not only will “non-surgical abortion services” be mandated at California’s public universities, but also a clear goal of the bill is to remove the stigmatization of abortion in general.

Act now before lawmakers vote on this controversial bill.

 

The Question Beyond the Question

By Bishop Robert Barron  - On the afternoon of June 14, a rather spirited, fascinating, and unexpected debate broke out on the floor of the USCCB spring meeting in Ft. Lauderdale. At issue was the possibility of reconsidering “Faithful Citizenship,” the 2007 statement of the US Bishops on the formation of conscience regarding matters political.

A group of bishops, including myself, had proposed that instead of producing another lengthy document to succeed “Faithful Citizenship,” the bishops ought to write a brief and pointed letter on the political challenges of the present moment and then to create a video or a series of videos bringing forth the salient points of Catholic social teaching. Our thinking was motivated by recent research, which indicates that a very small percentage of Catholics actually read that formal statement from ten years ago. Though it had been taken in and appreciated by the bishops themselves, by lobbyists and political activists, and by members of the Catholic commentariat, it was largely ignored by the very people we were endeavoring to reach.

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Holiness in this World of Imposters

In an excerpt from Pope Francis’ Apostolic Exhortation Gaudete Et Exsultate (Rejoice and Be Glad) on the Call to Holiness in Today’s World, the Holy Father implores us to seek the truth in this world that holds many imposters.

“There can be any number of theories about what constitutes holiness, with various explanations and distinctions. Such reflection may be useful, but nothing is more enlightening than turning to Jesus’ words and seeing his way of teaching the truth. Jesus explained with great simplicity what it means to be holy when he gave us the Beatitudes (cf. Mt 5:3-12; Lk 6:20-23).

The Beatitudes are like a Christian’s identity card. So if anyone asks: “What must one do to be a good Christian?” the answer is clear. We have to do, each in our own way, what Jesus told us in the Sermon on the Mount. In the Beatitudes, we find a portrait of the Master, which we are called to reflect in our daily lives.” 

June 22, 2018

Vol. 11, No. 23

 

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Perspectivas: Reacciones al desorden en la frontera: DACA y las leyes compasivas

Búsqueda de una “mejor manera” durante el desorden en la frontera

La Administración Trump, después de  haber dicho, por días ,que no había otra opción, revertió su política de separar forzosamente a las familias en la frontera.  La indignación pública a grande escala, acompañada por las voces de líderes religiosos y legisladores de ambos partidos, obligaron al Presidente, el miércoles, a modificar su política, aunque siguen sin respuesta, algunas interrogantes sobre lo que pasará ahora.

Además de separar a las familias en la frontera, el procurador general, Jeff Sessions, también anunció que los Estados Unidos ya no aceptará solicitudes, para asilo, de parte de personas que huyen de la violencia en el hogar o la violencia pandilleril.  

Esta combinación de restricciones condujo a una reacción que no se hizo esperar:

“En esencia, el asilo es un medio para preservar el derecho a la vida,”  afirmó el Cardenal Daniel DiNardo, presidente de la Conferencia de Obispos Católicos de los EE.UU..  “La reciente decisión del Procurador General, suscita una profunda preocupación porque ésta, potencialmente quita el asilo a muchas mujeres que carecen de una protección adecuada… A menos que se revoque, esta decisión debilitará la capacidad de salvar vidas, por medio del asilo”.

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DACA y el estado de derecho compasivo

Uno de los asuntos más comunes que surge en el debate sobre la inmigración se relaciona al “estado de derecho”.  Gráinne McEvoy, una becada de postdoctorado, del Consejo de Investigación Irlandés Conan, de la Universidad Trinitaria en Dublin, analiza el concepto, especialmente en vista del continuo debate en torno a DACA. Ella actualmente escribe un libro sobre las ideas católicas sociales americanas y las políticas migratorias del siglo 20.

El programa de Acción Diferida para los Recién Llegados (DACA, por sus siglas en inglés) ha sido un tema muy discutido por políticos, peritos en políticas, académicos, periodistas y otras personas, desde que lo anunciara el presidente Barack Obama en junio del 2012. A la vez que los detractores del programa han advertido que se trata de una extralimitación de la autoridad ejecutiva y una vulneración del estado de derecho,  sus partidarios lo han defendido como una concesión razonable y compasiva, que goza de un arrollador apoyo público, hasta que los legisladores encuentren una solución más permanente.  

DACA provee permisos de trabajo y protección temporal de la deportación a algunos miembros de la población indocumentada que fueron traídos a los Estados Unidos cuando eran niños, a este grupo de personas se les conoce como DREAMers. El programa requiere que los destinatarios hayan sido menores de 30 años, en junio del 2012, que hayan llegado a los EE.UU. antes de haber cumplido sus 16 años de edad, que hayan vivido acá desde el 2007, asistido a la escuela, que se hayan matriculado en la universidad o que hayan sido relevados, con honores, del servicio militar, y que no hayan sido hallados culpables de un delito mayor o de otro delito serio.

Por lo tanto, las personas elegibles para DACA, son un grupo específico, reducido, y quizá más importante, un grupo que goza de mucha simpatía. Para septiembre del 2017, casi 800,000 personas, de aproximadamente 1,7 millones de individuos elegibles, se habían presentado ante el gobierno, pagado la cuota de $465 por su solicitud, y habían sido aprobados para recibir protección por un plazo de dos años, amparados por el programa de DACA. 

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Detenga el Proyecto SB 320 en el Comité de Educación Superior de la Asamblea

El Proyecto de ley de la asambleísta Leyva (D-Chino Hills), que requeriría la disponibilidad de abortos químicos en todos los planteles de la Universidad de California (UC) y de la Universidad del Estado de California (Cal State), será atendido próximamente en el Comité de Educación Superior de la Asamblea.

El Proyecto SB 320 ya ha superado varias trabas, y los legisladores deberán escuchar de usted, ya, antes de permitir que éste siga avanzando.

Si se permite que este proyecto de ley sea aprobado, el impacto de éste será devastador. No solamente se ordenarán los “servicios no quirúrgicos abortivos” en las universidades públicas de California, sino que, además, un claro objetivo del proyecto de ley es eliminar la estigmatización del aborto, en general.

Tome medidas ya, antes que los legisladores voten en torno a este proyecto controversial .

La cuestión más allá de la cuestión  

Del Obispo Robert Barron  - En la tarde del 14 de junio, se desató un debate bastante  animado, fascinante, e inesperado en el plenario de la reunión primaveral de la Conferencia de Obispos Católicos de los Estados Unidos, en Ft. Lauderdale. El asunto que se trataba era la posibilidad de reconsiderar la declaración del 2007, “Ciudadanos Fieles”,  de los Obispos de los EE.UU. sobre la formación de la conciencia referente a los asuntos políticos.

Un grupo de obispos, incluyéndome a mí,  habíamos propuesto que, en vez de producir otro extenso documento para que le siguiera a “Ciudadanos Fieles,” los obispos deberían redactar una carta breve y enfática sobre los retos políticos del momento presente y luego crear una cinta de video o serie de videos, que presentara los aspectos más notables de la doctrina social católica. Nuestra idea había sido inspirada por las investigaciones recientes, las cuales indican que, un muy pequeño porcentaje de católicos, realmente ha leído la declaración formal de hace diez años. Aunque ésta fue acogida y valorada por los obispos mismos, por cabilderos y activistas políticos, y por los comentaristas católicos, ésta fue mayormente ignorada por las mismas personas a las que estábamos tratando de llegar.  

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La santidad en este mundo de impostores

En un extracto de la Exhortación Apostólica Gaudete Et Exsultate (Alegraos y regocijaos) sobre el llamado a la santidad en el mundo actual , el Santo Padre nos implora que busquemos la verdad en este mundo que tiene tantos impostores.

“Puede existir un sinnúmero de teorías sobre lo que constituye la santidad, con diversas explicaciones y distinciones. Dicha reflexión podría resultar útil, pero nada es más instructivo que ir a las palabras de Jesús y ver su forma de enseñar la verdad. Jesús explicó con gran sencillez lo que significa ser santo al darnos las Bienaventuranzas (cf. Mt 5:3-12; Lc 6:20-23).

Las Bienaventuranzas son como la tarjeta de identidad de un cristiano. Por tanto, si alguien pregunta: “¿Qué se debe hacer para ser un buen cristiano? La respuesta está clara. Tenemos que hacer, cada quien a su manera, lo que Jesús nos dijo que hiciéramos en las Bienaventuranzas. En las Bienaventuranzas, encontramos un retrato del Maestro,  y se nos llama a, ser su reflejo, en nuestra vida cotidiana”.

22 de junio de 2018

Tomo 11, No. 23

En español

 

Article source: http://www.cacatholic.org/espanol/perspectivas/perspectivas-reacciones-al-desorden-en-la-frontera-daca-y-las-leyes-compasivas

Search for “Better Way” during Border Chaos

The Trump Administration, after days of saying it had no choice, reversed its policy of forcefully separating families at the border.   Massive public outrage, accompanied by the voices of religious leaders and lawmakers on both sides of the aisle, forced the President on Wednesday to alter his policy even though significant questions about what happens now remain unanswered.

In addition to separating families at the border, Attorney General Jeff Sessions also announced that the United States would no longer accept asylum applications for those fleeing domestic or gang violence.

The combination of restrictions lead to swift reaction:

“At its core, asylum is an instrument to preserve the right to life,” said Cardinal Daniel DiNardo, president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops.  “The Attorney General’s recent decision elicits deep concern because it potentially strips asylum from many women who lack adequate protection…Unless overturned, the decision will erode the capacity of asylum to save lives.”

That was last week.  This week, images of school-age children separated from families – provided by the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) – hit the public hard.  No video of toddlers, placed in what the federal government calls “tender-age” centers, was offered but that did not stop the growing outrage.  It was also learned that children taken from their parents at the border have been sent as far away as New York and Wisconsin.

“We are now a nation where “zero tolerance” means no mercy,” wrote Archbishop José Gomez of Los Angeles. “We seem proud to announce that we will no longer grant asylum to victims of domestic abuse and gang violence. In the name of protecting our borders, we are willing to break up families and shatter the lives of innocent children.”

Other California Bishops also offered statements including Bishop Patrick McGrath (San Jose), Bishop Gerald Barnes (San Bernardino), Bishop Jaime Soto (Sacramento) and Bishop Armando Ochoa (Fresno).

The President’s alteration of his policy created more questions.  For instance, DHS said it has no plans to try to unify the more than 2,300 children already taken from their parents.  (DHS offered these instructions for finding children.) The Executive Order says that families will be detained together but a previous Federal court order limits that to 20 days maximum.  Pressed to handle all the legal proceeding stemming from its policy, the Administration is now bringing in attorneys from the military’s Judge Advocate General’s Corps, untrained in immigration law to handle prosecutions.  Finally, facilities for keeping families together may be hard to locate.

“We will be watching to see whether the administration follows the law concerning how long it may keep families in detention,” said Jeanne Atkinson, executive director of the Catholic Legal Immigration Network, Inc. (CLINIC).  Under a court order and settlement agreement in the Flores v. Reno case, which governs care for juveniles in immigration detention, minors being held by Immigration and Customs Enforcement must be released after 20 days.  An executive order cannot supersede a court order.

Archbishop Gomez welcomed the change in policy but urged Congress to act on immigration reform.  However, the U.S. House is stymied.

One immigration bill, proposed by immigration opponents and even sought to reduce legal immigration, failed.  The vote on a “compromise” bill crafted by Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wisconsin) and other members of leadership was postponed because it did not have the necessary votes to pass.  The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops supported neither bill.

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Article source: http://www.cacatholic.org/search-%E2%80%9Cbetter-way%E2%80%9D-during-border-chaos

DACA and the Compassionate Rule of Law

The Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program has been the subject of much discussion, by politicians, policy experts, academics, journalists and others, since it was announced in June, 2012 by President Barack Obama. While critics of the program have warned of it as an exercise in executive overreach and a violation of the rule of law, its supporters have defended it as a reasonable, compassionate concession, one which enjoys overwhelming public support, until lawmakers find a more permanent solution.  

DACA provides work permits and temporary protection from deportation to some of those members of the undocumented population who were brought to the United States as children, a group also known as DREAMers. The program requires that its recipients were under 30 years of age by June, 2012, had arrived in the U.S. before their 16th birthday, have been resident since 2007, attending school, enrolled in college or honorably discharged from military service, and have not been convicted of a felony or other serious crime.


By Gráinne McEvoy is an Irish Research Council Postdoctoral Fellow at Trinity College, Dublin, and is currently writing a book on American Catholic social thought and immigration policy in the 20th century.


DACA-eligible are therefore a specific, narrow and, perhaps most importantly, very sympathetic group. By September, 2017, almost 800,000 of an estimated 1.7 million eligible individuals had presented themselves to the government, paid a $465 application fee, and been approved for protection, for a two year term, under the DACA program. They were not provided with a pathway to citizenship nor legal status, but were designated as lawfully present in the U.S. for a specific period of time.  (See: Why the Need for DACA – Further Information and Reflection.)

DACA’s political stakes increased dramatically in September, 2017 when Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced that the program would be wound down. Sessions explained that the government would accept no new applicants, nor issue renewals to existing holders who would start to lose their protections from March 6, 2018. Calling on Congress to act, President Trump revealed his administration’s intention to use DACA as a bargaining chip with which to compel Democrats to accept the more extreme aspects of its immigration agenda, including securing funding for a border wall and measures to reduce legal immigration. (The Administration is now doing something similar by separating children from their parents as they attempt to enter the country without proper authorization.)

Despite overwhelming popular support from across the political divide, the Administration’s decision has thrown the fate of DACA recipients into confusion. Against the backdrop of legal and political wrangling, the protections in place for tens of thousands of individuals have already been allowed to expire. 

The history of Catholic thinking on the nation’s immigration policies provides us with ways to understand what is at stake for DACA recipients, and presents arguments for the program’s continuation that seek to approach the issue with pragmatism and compassion.

This perspective helps us to consider the feasibility of the often heard argument that concessions to any group within the undocumented population is a violation of the “rule of law,” a phrase Attorney General Sessions used four times in his statement last September. Those who support the Administration’s decision maintain that leeway given to anyone who broke the rules, no matter how young they were at the time, would be an opening wedge to further abuse of the nation’s laws.

For almost a century, Catholic thought on immigration has asserted that sovereign nations have a right and a responsibility to control immigration in ways that protect the moral and material wellbeing of their people. This supports the position that laws are not immutable or timeless. Rather, they are amended or repealed as a matter of course in order to accommodate the actual circumstances and new realities affecting the lives of the nation’s citizens and residents. 

In the case of the DACA-eligible, the most salient of these new realities is the degree to which their lives are embedded in American communities, families, schools, and places of work. For the majority of these young people, this has been the case for as long as they can remember. The average DREAMer was only six years of age when they arrived in the U.S. Today, almost two thirds are younger than 25 years old, with another third aged between 26 and 35 years of age. Seventy-two percent are in higher education and 90 percent are employed, many in better paying jobs than before receiving DACA. Many have started to establish families of their own. Seventee percent of DACA recipients are married to a U.S. citizen and 20 percent have at least one U.S. citizen child. While DREAMers live throughout the country, the majority is concentrated in specific states and locales. One third of DACA recipients live in California, with 13 percent of the total residing in Los Angeles alone. They are being educated in American colleges, participating in the workforce, paying taxes, and supporting their families. These are the actual circumstances and realities that should inform a rational, pragmatic, and humane rule of law.     

For at least a century, American Catholic social teaching on migration has also emphasized that immigration law must, as an imperative, protect the family, the central unit in a secure and just society. It has also held that the law should seek to ensure socio-economic stability and security for families and individuals, both citizens and immigrants. Stripping DACA recipients of their protections plunges this group, their families, communities, colleagues and employers, into a state of instability, creating an atmosphere of alienation and constant fear of the threat of deportation.

Catholic representatives have historically opposed such approaches. In 1929, Bruce Mohler  (Director of the Immigration Bureau of the National Catholic Welfare Conference, a predecessor of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops) charged that a proposed deportation bill “bristles with brutality, and since it could apply to the “parents, husbands and wives of American citizens,” it would “cause great hardship and separate many families.” In 1935, his colleague Sarah Weadick called for amendments to a proposed deportation bill which, she pointed out, would classify those who had entered the country illegally as a “permanently unassimilable class” who had “no respect for our laws.” The law, Weadick argued, should exercise forgiveness to those who “may be able to show over a period of years that they have completely reformed, and are now law-abiding citizens and who may have acquired families in this country.” These historical, social thought-based critiques find echoes in the statement made by the USCCB last September, which warned that the administration had caused “unnecessary fear for DACA youth and their families,” who had “lived out their daily lives with hope and a determination to flourish and contribute to society.”

Any discussion of the fate of the undocumented must be careful not to create categories of the “deserving” or “undeserving,” or to place blame for the plight of the DREAMers at the feet of their parents. Our history and our painful present reveal how few choices a broken immigration system leaves those mothers and fathers desperate to protect their children from poverty, exploitation, and mortal danger. DACA recipients command overwhelming public sympathy, which makes playing with their lives in a game of political brinksmanship all the more callous and unjust. Within a democratic nation, the expectation of compliance with the “rule of law” demands that such law be formulated with justice, compassion, and reason. We can only hope that those in power begin to embrace these guiding principles before further damage is done.

Why the Need for DACA – Further Information and Reflection

Historians, political scientists, and other experts have sought to explain the historical and legal context within which so many young people have come to find themselves living in America without papers, tackling common misconceptions about the status and lived experience of the undocumented in American life.

Historians, for example, have sought to provide a fuller picture of how decades of federal immigration policy has largely created the undocumented problem. Legal experts have explained the improbability of being able to legalize one’s status once already in the country illegally, regardless of length of residency. Scholars of politics and diplomacy have argued that U.S. foreign policy in certain countries has actually helped to create a migration crisis in the Western Hemisphere, placing responsibility back upon the U.S. to show more generosity toward migrants.

These discussions deserve our attention, and suggestions for some further reading can be found below:

Article source: http://www.cacatholic.org/policies-issues/human-dignity/daca-immigration/daca-and-compassionate-rule-law

Perspectivas: CA aprueba presupuesto; Administración Trump revoca protecciones de asilo

El Gobernador y los legisladores avanzan el Presupuesto para el 2018-2019

El Gobernador Brown y los líderes legislativos democráticos han llegado a un acuerdo en torno a importantes partidas presupuestarias, de un presupuesto que asciende a $190 mil millones para el año fiscal del 2018-2019. 

Los legisladores votaron a favor de aprobar el proyecto de ley sobre el presupuesto, al final del día jueves, y éste ahora irá al Gobernador, quien tiene hasta el 30 de junio para firmarlo. Aunque el presupuesto ha sido aprobado en su mayor parte, el Gobernador aún tiene la autoridad para reducir o eliminar cualquier asignación contenida en el presupuesto. 

Hasta el momento, el presupuesto aprobado incluye logros referente a diversos asuntos de prioridad para la CCC, incluyendo los campos de la inmigración, la dignidad humana, y la vida familiar, a la vez que se han obtenido modestos logros y dejado algo que desear en otros campos, como en la educación.

Los fondos para los servicios migratorios recibieron un aumento en el paquete final, incluyendo $45 millones para expandir los servicios legales para inmigrantes.

Hay una inyección singular de $4 millones para proveer servicios legales para los estudiantes, profesores y personal que son indocumentados e inmigrantes. La concesión es parte del “paquete transaccional” de la Universidad de California. El sistema de  Universidades del estado de California recibirá $7 millones.

Los legisladores acordaron destinar $10 millones para proveer servicios de defensa legal a personas que actual o previamente se han beneficiado del programa de TPS (Estatus de Protección Temporal).  Según un informe reciente del Centro para Estudios Migratorios (Center for Migration Studies), en enero del 2017, aproximadamente 55,000 beneficiarios del TPS, originarios de El Salvador, Haití, y Honduras, vivían en California—una cifra total más alta que cualquier otro estado.

Los legisladores también incluyeron $10 millones para continuar promoviendo el Crédito Fiscal por Ingreso del Trabajo en California (California Earned Income Tax Credit, CalEITC), además de expandir el programa para personas que trabajan, entre las edades de 18 a 24 años y las personas mayores de 65 años.  Adicionalmente, se ha extendido el rango de ingresos que califican para el crédito, de tal manera que los empleados que trabajan hasta tiempo completo, que reciban el salario mínimo de $12 en el 2019, podrían calificar para recibir este crédito.

El presupuesto además incluye $500 millones en subvenciones para programas con el fin de ayudar a las comunidades a abordar la situación de las personas sin hogar. La mayor parte de esa cuota se destinará a la Evolución Continua de los Cuidados, mientras que el resto se designará para las ciudades o condados con una población de más de 300,000 personas.   

El nuevo presupuesto también proveerá fondos para el proyecto SB 982, la Ley de Ningún Niño Vivirá en Pobreza Extrema. Este proyecto proveerá $90 millones en fondos generales, a partir del 1 de abril de 2019, para incrementar las subvenciones de CalWORKs y poder impedir que los niños y sus familias caigan en la pobreza extrema, la cual se considera ser por debajo del 50% del nivel federal de pobreza.

Aunque aún se está elaborando el texto del proyecto de ley, el presupuesto incluye $200 millones para sustentar la cancelación de la política del programa de CalFresh, donde se permitía retirar efectivo en ciertos casos. Tristemente, existe la posibilidad de que esto afecte negativamente a cerca de 140,000 familias en el estado,  al disminuir la ayuda y elegibilidad para los programas federales. Los legisladores están procurando enmendar el texto del proyecto para brindar beneficios de alimentación, con fondos del estado, a las personas que perderían sus beneficios del Programa de Servicios de Alimentos y Nutrición (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, SNAP).

Para la justicia restaurativa, el presupuesto proveerá $37,3 millones para el Fondo de Reinversión Juvenil de la Asamblea,  el cual financiará los programas juveniles de tratamiento en libertad, la presencia de trabajadores sociales en las oficinas de los defensores de oficio y programas de tratamiento en libertad para los jóvenes indígenas estadounidenses.

En lo que se refiere a los fondos para la educación, el nuevo presupuesto contiene algunos logros, pero no consiguió cumplir el deseo de la CCC de obtener más fondos en otros sentidos.

Para ayudar a garantizar que el estado tenga suficientes maestros calificados, el acuerdo presupuestario incluye $75 millones para el Programa de Subvención de Especialización para Maestros (Teacher Residency Grant Program). El proyecto de ley correspondiente especifica que se apartan $50 millones para la educación especial y $25 millones para otras áreas donde hay escasez de maestros, incluyendo en la ciencia, tecnología, ingeniería y matemáticas (STEM), así como la educación bilingüe.

La CCC está apoyando un proyecto de ley complementario (AB 2547, McCarty) para reclutar y capacitar a maestros, mediante un programa de especialización.  Estos fondos se podrían utilizar para los estipendios a los maestros que se especializan, ayuda para pagar la matrícula, la administración del programa o el costo de la orientación y la inducción.  

Aunque el acuerdo presupuestario no adoptó modestos fondos, este año, para asistir fiscalmente el desarrollo profesional de los maestros de los niveles K-12,  como medida acompañante al proyecto SB 1214 (D-Portantino), el mismo proyecto de ley patrocinado por la CCC sigue muy activo, después de ser aprobado en el Senado con apoyo unánime de ambos partidos. Después del receso del verano, se atenderá en el Comité de Ingresos y Tributación de la Asamblea.

Aunque se le presionó para que lo hiciera, el Gobernador Brown no cedió respecto a aumentar significativamente los fondos para los programas veraniegos preescolares y los realizados después de clases.  El acuerdo presupuestario no permite nuevas plazas para el programa Preescolar Estatal de  CA, ninguna expansión en los programas de pre-Kínder, o aumentos para el programa de Educación después de Clases y Seguridad.

 

Se necesitan voces para detener el Proyecto SB 320 ya

El proyecto de ley SB 320, el cual requeriría que los planteles de la Universidad del Estado de California (CSU) y de la Universidad de California (UC) provean fármacos para inducir el aborto en sus centros de salud, ubicados en las universidades, ha superado otra traba para convertirse en ley.  Ahora es que debe comunicarse con su legislador , aunque ya lo haya hecho, para decirle que este proyecto es irresponsable y  abominable.

A principios de esta semana, el Comité de Salud de la Asamblea aprobó este proyecto de ley con una votación que siguió la línea de sus partidos,  y ahora se atenderá en el Comité de la Educación Superior de la Asamblea. Los miembros del comité deben escuchar su opinión ya, para ayudar a impedir que este proyecto siga avanzando.

En caso que no lo haya visto, tómese un momento para ver este video del Obispo Jaime Soto cuando se sienta con Anna Arend de la organización Estudiantes a Favor de la Vida de América para analizar el proyecto SB 320 y el impacto que éste tendría en las universidades públicas en California.

 

Administración Trump revoca protecciones de asilo para los refugiados

Esta semana, el procurador general, Jeff Sessions, revocó las protecciones de asilo para las víctimas, originarias de otros países,  en las causas de violencia en el hogar y violencia pandilleril. Los nuevos requisitos para las personas que buscan refugiarse en los EE.UU. son tan limitados, que es poco probable que sean válidos muchos de los reclamos para obtener asilo.  

El presidente de la Conferencia de Obispos Católicos de los EE.UU. (USCCB) y arzobispo de la Diócesis de Galveston-Houston, el Cardenal Daniel DiNardo publicó una declaración  clasificando el asilo como “instrumento para preservar el derecho a la vida” y expresó una profunda preocupación por las víctimas.

“La reciente decisión del procurador general suscita una profunda preocupación porque potencialmente le arrebata el asilo a muchas mujeres que carecen de una protección adecuada. Estas mujeres vulnerables ahora enfrentarán el retorno a los peligros extremos de la violencia en el hogar, en su país de origen. Esta decisión anula décadas de precedentes que han brindado protección a mujeres que han huido de la violencia en el hogar. A menos que se revoque, esta decisión mermará la capacidad de conceder asilo para salvar vidas,” afirmó el Arzobispo DiNardo.

Según el Departamento de Seguridad Interna (Department of Homeland Security), tan solo en el 2016, más de 60,000 personas pidieron asilo en los EE.UU. , provenientes de países violentos y afectados por las pandillas, en Centro América.

 

Asociación Médica Americana (AMA) rebate la recomendación de su propio Consejo para oponerse al suicidio asistido

La Cámara de Delegados de la Asociación Médica Americana (AMA), votó, este lunes, no afirmar el informe de su Consejo para Asuntos Éticos y Judiciales (CEJA, por sus siglas en inglés) para mantener su oposición al suicidio asistido y regresó el informe al comité para que éste se reexamine.  

El informe de CEJA, el foro en línea y el Comité de Consulta, recomendaron de forma unánime, que la  AMA mantenga su postura de oposición al suicidio asistido.  A pesar de estas recomendaciones, la Cámara de Delegados votó 56%-44% estudiar más a fondo el tema.

Mientras tanto, la AMA sigue oponiéndose al suicidio asistido, a menos que se vote a favor de realmente cambiar su postura.  Es probable que haya otro debate en la próxima reunión anual, en junio del 2019. 

“La decisión de la Asociación Médica Americana de no confirmar la recomendación de su propio Consejo para los Asuntos de Ética y Judiciales — es decir,  que sigan oponiéndose al suicidio asistido—no toma en cuenta que esta mala política pública pone en alto riesgo a los pacientes vulnerables para ser presionados, cometer errores e incluso, sufrir abuso,” afirmó Matt Vallière, director ejecutivo del Fondo de Acción a Favor de los Derechos de los Pacientes (Patients Rights Action Fund). “Aunque la postura de oposición de la AMA sigue vigente por ahora, el hecho que se haya regresado el asunto, de nuevo a CEJA, es una oportunidad perdida y representa la incapacidad de protestar una política que tiene consecuencias graves para todos, pero especialmente para las personas que viven con enfermedades, discapacidades o desventajas socioeconómicas. El suicidio asistido no es atención médica”.  

 

Cruz e ícono de la Jornada Mundial de la Juventud viajará alrededor de los EE.UU.

La cruz oficial de la Jornada Mundial de la Juventud e Ícono Mariano, confiado a los jóvenes y jóvenes adultos del mundo, por San Juan Pablo II en 1984, realizará un recorrido por varias ciudades de los Estados Unidos en agosto de 2018, primera vez en veinticinco años, que se ha dado un recorrido tan coordinado.

El Secretariado para los Laicos, el Matrimonio, la Vida Familiar y los Jóvenes (LMFLY, por sus siglas en inglés) de la Conferencia de Obispos Católicos de los EE.UU. (USCCB), en particular, la iniciativa de la Jornada Mundial de la Juventud USA, está coordinando el recorrido nacional.

La Cruz e Ícono viajará a lo largo del país, desde el domingo 19 de agosto hasta el lunes 27 de agosto de 2018. Las cinco paradas en su recorrido por los EE.UU. incluirán, en la siguiente secuencia: Chicago, Illinois; Miami, Florida; Houston, Texas; Washington, D.C.; y Los Ángeles, California. 

Mons. José Domingo Ulloa Mendieta, O.S.A., arzobispo metropolitano de Panamá y anfitrión de la próxima reunión internacional de la Jornada Mundial de la Juventud, en enero de 2019, extendió el recorrido de los símbolos de la Jornada Mundial de la Juventud de América Latina para incluir a los Estados Unidos.

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15 de junio de 2018
Tomo 11, No. 21

 

Article source: http://www.cacatholic.org/espanol/perspectivas/perspectivas-ca-aprueba-presupuesto-administraci%C3%B3n-trump-revoca-protecciones-de

Insights: CA Approves Budget; Trump Admin Overturns Asylum Protections

Governor and Lawmakers Move 2018-2019 Budget Forward

Governor Brown and Democratic legislative leaders have agreed on significant items in a $190 billion dollar budget for the 2018-2019 fiscal year. 

Lawmakers voted to approve the budget bill late Thursday, which will now go to the Governor who has until June 30 to sign. Though it is largely approved, the Governor still has the authority to reduce or eliminate any appropriation contained in the budget. 

So far, the approved budget includes gains for several CCC priority issue areas including immigration, human dignity and family life, while making modest gains and leaving something to be desired in other areas such as education.   

Immigration funding received a boost in the final package, including $45 million to expand legal services for immigrants.

There is a one-time $4 million influx to provide legal services for undocumented and immigrant students, faculty and staff. The allocation is part of the University of California “Compromise Package.” The California State University system will receive $7 million.

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Voices Needed to Stop SB 320 Now

SB 320, the bill that would require California State University (CSU) and University of California (UC) to provide abortion-inducing medications at their on-campus health centers has cleared another hurdle to become law. Now is the time to contact your lawmaker, even if you have already done so, to tell them this bill is irresponsible and abhorrent.

Earlier this week, the Assembly Health Committee approved the bill on a partisan or “party-line” vote, which will now be heard in the Assembly Committee on Higher Education. The committee members need to hear from you now to help prevent the bill from moving forward.

In case you missed it, take a moment to view this video of Bishop Jaime Soto as he sits down with Anna Arend from Students for Life of America to examine SB 320 and the impact it would have on California public universities.

 

Trump Admin Overturns Asylum Protections for Refugees

This week, Attorney General Jeff Sessions overturned asylum protections for domestic violence and gang violence victims from other countries. The new qualifications for those seeking refuge in the U.S. are so narrow that it’s unlikely many asylum claims will be valid.

USCCB President and Galveston-Houston Archbishop Daniel Cardinal DiNardo released a statement calling asylum, “an instrument to preserve the right to life” and expressing deep concern for victims.

“The Attorney General’s recent decision elicits deep concern because it potentially strips asylum from many women who lack adequate protection. These vulnerable women will now face return to the extreme dangers of domestic violence in their home country. This decision negates decades of precedents that have provided protection to women fleeing domestic violence. Unless overturned, the decision will erode the capacity of asylum to save lives,” Archbishop DiNardo said.

According to Department of Homeland Security, in 2016 alone more than 60,000 individuals sought asylum in the U.S. from violent and gang-afflicted countries in Central America.

 

AMA Refutes Own Council Recommendation to Oppose Assisted Suicide

On Monday, the American Medical Association (AMA) House of Delegates voted not to affirm the report of its Council on Ethical and Judicial Affairs (CEJA) to maintain opposition to assisted suicide and sent the report back to committee for further review.  

The CEJA report, online forum and Reference Committee all recommended that the AMA maintain its position in opposition to assisted suicide.   In spite of those recommendations, the House of Delegates voted 56%-44% for further study. 

In the interim, the AMA remains opposed to assisted suicide, absent a vote to actually change the position.  There will likely be another debate at the next annual meeting in June of 2019. 

“The American Medical Association’s decision to not confirm their own Council on Ethical and Judicial Affairs’ recommendation – namely that they maintain their opposition to assisted suicide  - does not take into account that this bad public policy puts vulnerable patients at high risk for coercion, mistakes and even abuse,” said Matt Vallière, executive director of Patients Rights Action Fund. “Although the AMA’s opposition position still stands for now, a referral back to CEJA is a lost opportunity and a failure to stand against a policy that has grave consequences for everyone, but especially persons living with illness, disabilities, or socio-economic disadvantage. Assisted suicide is not medical care.”

 

World Youth Day Cross and Icon to Travel Around U.S.

The official World Youth Day (WYD) Cross and Marian Icon, entrusted to the youth and young adults of the world by St. John Paul II in 1984, will make a multi-city tour of the United States in August 2018, the first time in twenty-five years such a coordinated journey has occurred.

The USCCB Secretariat of Laity, Marriage, Family Life and Youth (LMFLY), in particular its World Youth Day USA (WYDUSA) initiative, is coordinating the national tour.

The Cross and Icon will travel across the country from Sunday, August 19 to Monday, August 27, 2018. The five stops along its U.S. journey will include, in order: Chicago, Illinois; Miami, Florida; Houston, Texas; Washington, D.C.; and Los Angeles, California. 

Archbishop José Domingo Ulloa Mendieta, O.S.A., Metropolitan Archbishop of Panama and host of the next international World Youth Day gathering in January 2019, extended the Latin American tour of the WYD symbols to include the United States.

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June 15, 2018
Vol. 11, No. 21

 

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AMA Refutes Own Council Recommendation to Oppose Assisted Suicide

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Trump Admin Overturns Asylum Protections for Refugees

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Governor and Lawmakers Move 2018-2019 Budget Forward

Governor Brown and Democratic legislative leaders have agreed on significant items in a $190 billion dollar budget for the 2018-2019 fiscal year. 

Lawmakers voted to approve the budget bill late Thursday, which will now go to the Governor who has until June 30 to sign. Though it is largely approved, the Governor still has the authority to reduce or eliminate any appropriation contained in the budget. 

So far, the approved budget includes gains for several CCC priority issue areas including immigration, human dignity and family life, while making modest gains and leaving something to be desired in other areas such as education.   

Immigration funding received a boost in the final package, including $45 million to expand legal services for immigrants.

There is a one-time $4 million influx to provide legal services for undocumented and immigrant students, faculty and staff. The allocation is part of the University of California “Compromise Package.” The California State University system will receive $7 million.

Lawmakers agreed to allocate $10 million to provide legal defense services for individuals who are current or former recipients of the Temporary Protected Status (TPS) program.  According to a recent report by the Center for Migration Studies, as of January 2017, approximately 55,000 TPS recipients from El Salvador, Haiti, and Honduras live in California—a higher total than any other state.

Lawmakers also included $10 million for continuation of promoting the California Earned Income Tax Credit (CalEITC) as well as expanded the program to working individuals who are the ages of 18-24 and over the age of 65.  In addition, it expands the qualifying income range for the credit so that employees working up to full-time at the 2019 minimum wage of $12 per hour would qualify for the credit.

The budget also includes $500 million in grants for programs to help communities address homelessness. The majority of that amount will be allocated to Continuums of Care while the remainder will be designated to cities or cities and counties with a population over 300,000.   

The new budget will also fund SB 982, the No Child in Deep Poverty Act. The bill will provide $90 million general funds beginning April 1, 2019 to increase CalWORKs grants to keep children and families out of deep poverty, which is considered to be below 50% of the federal poverty level. 

Though bill language is still being worked out, the budget does include $200 million to support the reversal of CalFresh Cash Out policy for certain cases. Sadly, this has the ability to adversely impact close to 140,000 households in the state by lowering assistance and eligibility for federal programs. Lawmakers are looking at amending bill language to provide state-funded nutrition benefits for those that would lose their Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits.

For restorative justice, the budget will provide $37.3 million into the Assembly’s Youth Reinvestment Fund, which will fund youth diversion programs, social workers in public defender offices and Native youth diversion programs.

As far as education funding, the new budget had some gains but failed to meet the CCC’s desire for increased funds in other regards.

To help ensure a statewide supply of qualified teachers, the budget compromise does include $75 million for the Teacher Residency Grant Program. The corresponding bill specifies that $50 million is set aside for special education and $25 million for other teacher shortage areas, including Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) and bilingual education. 

The CCC is supporting a complementary bill (AB 2547, McCarty) for the recruitment and training of teachers through a residency program.  These funds may be used for resident stipends, tuition assistance, program management or the cost of mentoring and Induction.

While the compromise budget did not adopt modest funding this year for new K-12 teacher professional development tax relief, as a companion measure to SB 1214 (D-Portantino), the CCC-sponsored bill itself is very much alive after passing the Senate with unanimous bipartisan support.  It will now be heard in the Assembly Revenue and Taxation Committee after the summer recess.

Although under pressure to do so, Governor Brown did not budge on substantially augmenting funds for preschool and after-school and summer programs. The compromise budget allows for no new slots for the CA State Preschool program, any expansions in pre-Kindergarten programs, or increases for the After School Education and Safety program.

Article source: http://www.cacatholic.org/governor-and-lawmakers-move-2018-2019-budget-forward

Governor and Lawmakers Approve 2018-2019 Budget

Governor Brown and Democratic legislative leaders have agreed on a $190 billion dollar budget for the 2018-2019 fiscal year. 

Lawmakers voted to approve the budget bill late Thursday, which will now go to the Governor who has until June 30 to sign. Though it is largely approved, the Governor still has the authority to reduce or eliminate any appropriation contained in the budget. 

So far, the approved budget includes gains for several CCC priority issue areas including immigration, human dignity and family life, while making modest gains and leaving something to be desired in other areas such as education.   

Immigration funding received a boost in the final package, including $45 million to expand legal services for immigrants.

There is a one-time $4 million influx to provide legal services for undocumented and immigrant students, faculty and staff. The allocation is part of the University of California “Compromise Package.” The California State University system will receive $7 million.

Lawmakers agreed to allocate $10 million to provide legal defense services for individuals who are current or former recipients of the Temporary Protected Status (TPS) program.  According to a recent report by the Center for Migration Studies, as of January 2017, approximately 55,000 TPS recipients from El Salvador, Haiti, and Honduras live in California—a higher total than any other state.

Lawmakers also included $10 million for continuation of promoting the California Earned Income Tax Credit (CalEITC) as well as expanded the program to working individuals who are the ages of 18-24 and over the age of 65.  In addition, it expands the qualifying income range for the credit so that employees working up to full-time at the 2019 minimum wage of $12 per hour would qualify for the credit.

The budget also includes $500 million in grants for programs to help communities address homelessness. The majority of that amount will be allocated to Continuums of Care while the remainder will be designated to cities or cities and counties with a population over 300,000.   

The new budget will also fund SB 982, the No Child in Deep Poverty Act. The bill will provide $90 million general funds beginning April 1, 2019 to increase CalWORKs grants to keep children and families out of deep poverty, which is considered to be below 50% of the federal poverty level. 

Though bill language is still being worked out, the budget does include $200 million to support the reversal of CalFresh Cash Out policy for certain cases. Sadly, this has the ability to adversely impact close to 140,000 households in the state by lowering assistance and eligibility for federal programs. Lawmakers are looking at amending bill language to provide state-funded nutrition benefits for those that would lose their Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits.

For restorative justice, the budget will provide $37.3 million into the Assembly’s Youth Reinvestment Fund, which will fund youth diversion programs, social workers in public defender offices and Native youth diversion programs.

As far as education funding, the new budget had some gains but failed to meet the CCC’s desire for increased funds in other regards.

To help ensure a statewide supply of qualified teachers, the budget compromise does include $75 million for the Teacher Residency Grant Program. The corresponding bill specifies that $50 million is set aside for special education and $25 million for other teacher shortage areas, including Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) and bilingual education. 

The CCC is supporting a complementary bill (AB 2547, McCarty) for the recruitment and training of teachers through a residency program.  These funds may be used for resident stipends, tuition assistance, program management or the cost of mentoring and Induction.

While the compromise budget did not adopt modest funding this year for new K-12 teacher professional development tax relief, as a companion measure to SB 1214 (D-Portantino), the CCC-sponsored bill itself is very much alive after passing the Senate with unanimous bipartisan support.  It will now be heard in the Assembly Revenue and Taxation Committee after the summer recess.

Although under pressure to do so, Governor Brown did not budge on substantially augmenting funds for preschool and after-school and summer programs. The compromise budget allows for no new slots for the CA State Preschool program, any expansions in pre-Kindergarten programs, or increases for the After School Education and Safety program.

Article source: http://www.cacatholic.org/governor-and-lawmakers-approve-2018-2019-budget

Perspectivas: Humanae Vitae a los 50 años; Corte Suprema de EE.UU. emite fallo a favor de la libertad religiosa

Celebración del 50 aniversario de  Humanae Vitae

Se conmemora el aniversario 50 de una de las encíclicas papales más importantes de la historia reciente – Humanae Vitae – la cual fue publicada por el Beato Papa Pablo VI, el 25 de julio de 1968. 

Publicada en el apogeo de la “revolución sexual” y en medio de enorme agitación social, la encíclica defendía, de manera profética, la integridad del amor entre las parejas casadas y advertía a los fieles católicos contra el peligro de rebajar la sexualidad a solamente un medio de placer. La publicación de Humane Vitae resultó ser un hito esencial en la era posterior al Vaticano II y, para muchos católicos, representa un punto de controversia entre los liberales y los conservadores.

Infórmese sobre la Conferencia HV50 en el sur de California

Esa caracterización es lamentable,  ya que los últimos 50 años han dado testimonio de la verdad profética de esa encíclica.  Si usted no ha leído le encíclica  Humanae Vitae recientemente – o nunca – el próximo 50 aniversario de la misma, le brinda la oportunidad propicia para hacerlo, en particular, la sección 17.

En esta sección, el Beato Papa Pablo VI resume, lo que él predice, serían las consecuencias de abandonar la doctrina de la Iglesia, en torno a la sexualidad humana. Primero, advirtió que los métodos de la regulación artificial de la natalidad “abrirían el camino fácil y amplio a la infidelidad conyugal y a la degradación general de la moralidad”.  

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Corte Suprema de los EE.UU. apoya, por estrecho margen, a un panadero en Colorado

La Corte Suprema de los EE.UU. apoyó el derecho de un panadero, en Colorado, a no diseñar y preparar un pastel para la boda de una pareja del mismo sexo, principalmente basándose en que la Comisión de Derechos Civiles de Colorado, manifestara una “clara e inaceptable hostilidad hacia las sinceras creencias religiosas que habían motivado su objeción”.  

Aunque la Corte emitió una opinión redactada de manera escueta, la mayoría determinó que las acciones de la Comisión de Derechos Civiles, demostraron que al dueño de la panadería se le denegó la ‘consideración neutral y respetuosa de sus derechos’ que la Comisión debía brindar a todas las personas que presentan un reclamo, por cuestiones jurídicas.

La decisión sopesó el derecho legítimo del panadero, a la libertad de expresión y libertad religiosa, con el requisito del gobierno, de tratar a toda persona equitativamente frente a la ley.  Sin embargo, la Corte fue clara en limitar el impacto de su fallo, señalando que el matrimonio entre parejas del mismo sexo no era legal, en Colorado, en aquel tiempo.  De haber sido legal el matrimonio, los jueces posiblemente hubiesen emitido un fallo diferente.

Una declaración de la Conferencia de Obispos Católicos de los EE.UU. hizo la siguiente observación: “La decisión de hoy confirma que, las personas de fe no deberían sufrir discriminación, por cuenta de sus profundas creencias religiosas, sino que más bien deberían ser respetadas por los funcionarios del gobierno. Esto se extiende a los profesionales creativos, como Jack Phillips [el panadero], que procuran servir al Señor en cada aspecto de sus vidas cotidianas.  En una sociedad pluralista como la nuestra, la verdadera tolerancia permite que las personas con diferentes puntos de vista, tengan la libertad de vivir conforme a sus creencias, aunque esas creencias sean impopulares con el gobierno”.  

El presupuesto es el siguiente objetivo de los legisladores en CA

Ahora que ya pasó la Elección Primaria y que ya se cumplieron las fechas límites legislativas importantes, los líderes políticos del estado vuelven su atención a la aprobación del presupuesto.  A ellos se les requiere cumplir esta tarea, conforme a la Constitución, para la medianoche del 15 de junio (en una semana).

En un nivel fundamental, el presupuesto del estado de California es el medio que proporciona a nuestras comunidades los servicios públicos necesarios. Sin embargo, a nivel de la sociedad, el presupuesto estatal refleja los valores a los que les damos prioridad, como californianos.

Cada vez más, los asuntos de fundamental importancia, se deciden mediante el proceso del presupuesto, lo cual a menudo provoca que el impacto pleno de estas políticas sea difícil de ver.  (Vea: Financiación estatal y  local de Planned Parenthood.)

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Proyecto de ley quiere exigir píldora abortiva en centros de salud universitarios

El proyecto SB 320 (Leyva, D-Chino) requeriría que los centros de salud, en los planteles de las universidades públicas, en California, ofrezcan fármacos para inducir abortos, como la píldora RU-486, como manera en que los partidarios continúan promoviendo el aborto, de cualquier forma que pueden.

Opóngase al proyecto de ley que añade la consejería sobre la orientación sexual al Código para Consumidores

El proyecto de ley AB 2943, añadiría la frase ambigua de “tentativas para cambiar la orientación sexual” a una sección del Código  Civil, el cual de lo contrario, permite que se interpongan demandas legales por tergiversaciones que se hagan en relación a la venta de artículos como muebles, servicios de reparación, reembolsos y descuentos. Este proyecto de ley es improcedente, demasiado general e innecesario.  

Priorización de refugios para mujeres embarazadas sin hogar

En una carta dirigida a sus compañeros, integrantes del Consejo Interreligioso de San Francisco (San Francisco Interfaith Council), el arzobispo de San Francisco, Mons. Salvatore Cordileone, ha pedido que se sumen a su petición, dirigida a los líderes políticos de San Francisco, para que den prioridad a las mujeres embarazadas, sin hogar, y puedan concederles acceso a los refugios o a otras viviendas.  

“Más de 500 mujeres se encuentran embarazadas y sin hogar, en San Francisco, cada año, y estas mujeres no reciben ninguna consideración especial para tener acceso a una vivienda hasta su tercer trimestre, con pocas excepciones,”  escribió el Arzobispo.

El origen de esta petición surgió de la organización, Coalición para las Personas Sin Hogar (Coalition on Homelessness).  Lea el artículo en su totalidad aquí.

Resultados de la Elección – Vea el conteo completo en el sitio web de la Secretaría del Estado .

8 de junio de 2018
Tomo 11, No. 20

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Conference to Celebrate 50th Anniversary of Humanae Vitae

Next month marks the 50th anniversary of one of the most significant papal encyclical letters in recent history – Humanae Vitae – which was issued by Blessed Pope Paul VI on July 25, 1968. 

Issued at the height of the “sexual revolution” and amidst tremendous societal upheaval, the encyclical prophetically defended the integrity of married love and warned the Catholic faithful against the danger of reducing sexuality to a source of pleasure alone.  The issuance of Humane Vitae was a watershed moment in the post-Vatican II era and, for many Catholics, represents a sharp point of contention between liberals and conservatives.

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That characterization is unfortunate, as the past 50 years have born witness to the prophetic truth of the encyclical.  If you have not read Humanae Vitae recently – or ever – the upcoming 50th anniversary represents an opportune chance to do so, in particular section 17.

In this section, Blessed Pope Paul VI outlines what he predicts as consequences of turning from the Church’s teaching on human sexuality.  First, he warned that contraception would “open wide the way for conjugal infidelity and a general lowering of moral standards.”

 In addition, he warned that contraception would lead men to “forget the reverence due to a woman, and, disregarding her physical and emotional equilibrium, reduce her to being a mere instrument for the satisfaction of his own desires, no longer considering her as his partner who he should surround with care and affection.” 

Finally, he warned that artificial contraception would allow governments “to intervene in the most personal and intimate responsibility of husband and wife.”  Even a cursory review of the last fifty years reveals just how prophetic his words were.

While the issue of artificial contraception commands most of the attention around Humanae Vitae, the encyclical also contains some of the most beautiful Church teaching on the truth about married love.  In the document, Blessed Pope Paul VI lists the four essential qualities of married love: it needs to be fully human, total, faithful, and fruitful.  In today’s modern society, there is great confusion about what it means to love another.  However, our Catholic faith offers a different understanding of love: that to love is to “will the good of another.”  Blessed Pope Paul VI noted that married love is not only emotion or feelings of affection towards one’s spouse, but rather it is “above all, and act of the free will.”

Blessed Pope Paul VI was certainly not unaware of the “difficulty” or “controversy” that would result following his issuance of the encyclical.  In fact, in it he directly stated:

“It is to be anticipated that perhaps not everyone will easily accept this particular teaching.  There is too much clamorous outcry against the voice of the Church, and this is intensified by modern means of communication.  But it comes as no surprise to the Church that she, no less than her divine Founder, is destined to be a ‘sign of contradiction.’  She does not, because of this, evade the duty imposed on her of proclaiming humbly but firmly the entire moral law, both natural and evangelical.” (Humane Vitae 18).

Or as Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone described evangelization in a post-Christian world in a recent talk at Benedictine College marking the anniversary of Humanae Vitae, the Church has no choice but to “take the hard way out.”

To mark this momentous occasion, the California Catholic Conference is co-sponsoring a conference July 27-28 at the Ontario Convention Center in Ontario, California.  The conference will feature over 40 speakers, including Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone, Professor Janet Smith, PhD, George Wiegel, Christopher West, Patrick Coffin, and Dr. Ray Guarendi.  More information on the conference, including how to register, can be found here.

This conference represents an opportunity for all of us to be active participants in the evangelization of the Church’s profound teaching on this most human of subjects.  As Blessed Pope Paul VI taught in another exhortation, Evangelii Nuntiandi, the Church’s mission is essentially one of evangelization, the sharing of the Good News of our salvation.  This can be an uphill battle in our modern society, where many consider the Church’s teaching in this area to be “repressed” and a source of bad news.  However, each of us is called to bear witness that the Good News includes the truth about human love and sexuality.  Only in this way can we help spread healing that is desperately needed our society today.

 

 

Article source: http://www.cacatholic.org/humane_vitae

Perspectivas: Suicidio asistido ahora es ilegal, mientras que sigue proceso judicial; Lucha contra la trata sexual

Tribunal de Apelaciones de CA preserva fallo contra el suicidio asistido por médicos

El fallo emitido por un juez del Tribunal de Apelaciones, publicado la semana pasada, significa que el suicidio asistido por médicos seguirá siendo ilegal en California, por lo menos hasta que se realice la próxima audiencia, a finales de junio, en el Tribunal de Apelación de cuarta instancia.  

El 15 de mayo, un juez del Tribunal Superior del Condado de Riverside emitió su fallo, declarando que la Ley de la Opción al Final de la Vida (End-of-Life Option Act), es inconstitucional, y detuvo su ejecución. La semana pasada, el Tribunal de Apelaciones denegó la solicitud del Procurador General de California, para suspender el fallo por concepto de emergencia, y a su vez pidió a los abogados de ambos lados le provean información adicional.  

“Estamos muy agradecidos y entusiasmados de que los tribunales de California sigan dictando que es inconstitucional la ley que había legalizado el suicidio asistido por médicos. Sabemos que aún faltan muchos otros pasos por recorrer en el proceso legal, pero parece que se están acumulando los fallos emitidos en contra de esta terrible legislación,” afirmó el director ejecutivo de la Conferencia Católica de California, Ned Dolejsi,  en una declaración en torno a la decisión .

El suicidio asistido por médicos ha estado en vigor, en California, desde junio de 2016. Ha sido impugnado por la Fundación de Defensa Legal de la Vida (Life Legal Defense Foundation).  El fallo sobre su constitucionalidad se basó en el hecho de que la Ley de Opción al Final de la Vida fue aprobada durante una sesión extraordinaria de la legislatura, en la cual se pretendía tratar solamente asuntos sobre la asistencia médica para la salud.  Los abogados de la Fundación argumentaron que el suicidio asistido por médicos no asiste a la salud y el juez estuvo de acuerdo. 

Manténgase atento a los últimos acontecimientos en torno a este asunto en www.cacatholic.org.

 

La lucha contra la trata sexual – Protegiendo la dignidad de toda persona

Enterrado en las profundidades del centellante bullicio de nuestra sociedad, continúa uno de los delitos más sórdidos contra la humanidad, todos los días, casi imperceptible – la venta de jovencitas para el sexo.

El Papa Francisco advirtió a principios del año que, “las formas modernas de la esclavitud se han extendido mucho más de lo que previamente se había imaginado, incluso – para nuestro escándalo y vergüenza – en nuestras sociedades más prósperas”. 

Se calcula que aproximadamente 40 millones de personas, por todo el mundo, actualmente se encuentran esclavizadas.  A la mayoría de estas personas se le retiene, contra su voluntad, para la mano de obra barata, pero a una cantidad considerable, se le retiene contra su voluntad, para el sexo.

La Línea de Asistencia de la organización Nacional de la Trata de Personas (The National Human Trafficking Hotline) contó seis mil casos formales de tráfico sexual en los EE.UU. en el 2017. Una tercera parte de las víctimas eran menores de edad.

De esa cifra, la situación más espantosa de todas podría ser la de las jovencitas que son vendidas, algunas en las calles y otras a través de la red.

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Fecha límite legislativa promueve acción en los proyectos de la Jornada de Promoción Católica

Debido a que el 1ro de junio es la fecha límite para que los proyectos de ley sean aprobados en la cámara donde se originaron, se está decidiendo el destino de muchos de los proyectos de ley que la CCC ha estado siguiendo, incluyendo los proyectos de ley que se han vigilado de cerca, desde la Jornada de Promoción Católica.  

A la CCC le complace informarle que el proyecto SB 1214 K-12 Desarrollo Profesional de Maestros  (Portantino, D-La Cañada Flintridge) ha sido aprobado en el Senado, con una votación unánime de apoyo bipartidista y ahora va en camino a la Asamblea. Este proyecto de ley auspiciado por la CCC creará un crédito fiscal de $2500 para los nuevos maestros, lo cual ayudará a abordar la escasez de maestros y aumentará el número de educadores bien calificados, en los salones de clases en California.

El Senado también aprobó el proyecto de ley SB 1391 del Senador Lara (D-Bell Gardens) que aborda la competencia de los jóvenes para el tribunal.  Este proyecto de ley prohibiría que los jóvenes de 14 y 15 años ingresen al sistema penal para adultos y en vez de eso, les mantendría en el sistema juvenil

AB 1862 del asambleísta Santiago (D-Los Ángeles) fue aprobado y ahora se dirige al Senado. Este proyecto de ley destinará $10 millones al Departamento de Servicios Sociales de California (California Department of Social Services – CDSS) para proporcionar servicios de inmigración a personas que en el pasado o actualmente se han beneficiado del programa federal de Estatus de Protección Temporal (TPS).

La Asamblea también ha aprobado el proyecto de ley AB 2269 (R-Lackey) y ahora está en manos del Senado. El proyecto AB 2269 extiende el programa de CalWORKs para las personas que reciben ayuda hasta que él o ella cumpla los 20 años de edad, si la persona beneficiada asiste a la escuela y está avanzando satisfactoriamente hacia su graduación o a la conclusión de un programa, de acuerdo a la definición de la escuela.

Previamente, el proyecto de ley AB 2701 (Rubio, D-Baldwin Park) se retuvo en el comité y no avanzará. Este proyecto hubiese requerido que la Junta de Compensación para Víctimas administrara un programa para evaluar las solicitudes y otorgar subvenciones a los centros para la recuperación del trauma, con base en las escuelas.

La CCC sigue vigilando de cerca el proyecto de ley SB 320 de la Senadora Leyva (D-Chino), el cual requeriría que los centros de salud para los estudiantes, en las universidades públicas en California (UC y CSU) ofrezcan fármacos abortivos (como la RU 486) a las estudiantes. Este proyecto fue aprobado en el Senado a finales de enero y se considerará en los comités de la Asamblea. El proyecto SB 320 ahora se ha programado para una audiencia en el Comité de Salud de la Asamblea, el 12 de junio a la 1:30p.m. Por favor esté atento para saber cómo comunicarse con su asambleísta, próximamente, en relación a este proyecto.

 

A pesar de contar con apoyo bipartidista, el proyecto de ley que proponía un crédito fiscal, por el parto de un bebé muerto, no avanza

Una propuesta legislativa reciente, de carácter pro-vida, que incluso logró reunir apoyo importante entre los legisladores demócratas, fue retenida en el comité fiscal y no avanzará más este año.

El Proyecto de Ley de la Asamblea 2259, de la autoría del asambleísta Jim Patterson (R-Fresno), procuraba establecer un crédito fiscal de $2,000 por los gastos médicos o fúnebres, en relación al parto de un bebé muerto, incurridos durante el año impositivo.

Según el autor, el proyecto de ley “AB 2259 proporcionaría una ayuda económica muy necesaria a las familias que han experimentado una pérdida trágica con el parto de un bebé muerto.  Además de la carga emocional, al parto de un bebé muerto, le acompañan dificultades económicas considerables, incluyendo las cuentas médicas, los gastos fúnebres y hasta la consejería psicológica por el duelo.

Esto tampoco toma en cuenta el costo de la cuna, los pañales, la ropa y otros artículos  que las familias pudieran haber ya comprado, movidos por la emoción y anticipando el nacimiento de su bebé… Aunque este proyecto no puede eliminar la pérdida que han experimentado,  podría proveer un alivio increíble para las familias necesitadas”.

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Recursos para la votación en el día de las elecciones

El martes es el Día de las Elecciones Primarias en California. Además de las diversas decisiones para los cargos públicos locales y estatales, hay cinco proposiciones que afectarán las leyes de California, en torno a los recursos naturales, fondos de límites máximos y comercio, las reevaluaciones de los impuestos a la propiedad, los ingresos del transporte y las fechas de vigencia para las medidas en la boleta.

La CCC ha preparado un análisis de cada una de las cinco proposiciones en la boleta . Por favor téngalo como punto de referencia al considerar su voto prudentemente y en la presencia de Dios.

 

Recursos para la salud mental, disponibles por diócesis

En continuo reconocimiento del mes de mayo, como el Mes de Concientización sobre la Salud Mental, la CCC ha publicado una lista de recursos para la salud mental , disponible por diócesis.

A principios de este mes, los Obispos de California publicaron un comunicado pidiendo ayuda para nuestros hermanos y hermanas que afrontan problemas con su salud mental, en su declaración: Esperanza y sanación: Carta pastoral de los Obispos de California sobre los cuidados para las personas que sufren de enfermedades mentales y dirigida a todos los católicos y personas de buena voluntad.

Estos recursos incluyen a organizaciones de la iglesia, del campo médico, y a organizaciones públicas y grupos dispuestos a ayudar. Esperamos que estos enlaces les resulten útiles para responder a nuestro llamado de ayudar a nuestros hermanos y hermanas que pasan necesidad.

1 de junio de 2018
Tomo 11, No. 19

 

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Insights: Assisted-Suicide Now Illegal as Court Case Continues; Fighting Sex Trafficking

CA Appellate Court Upholds Ruling Against Physician-Assisted Suicide

An appellate court’s judge ruling released last week means that physician-assisted suicide will remain illegal in California at least until an upcoming hearing by the fourth appellate court at the end of June.

On May 15, Riverside County Superior Court judge ruled the End-of-Life Option Act unconstitutional  and halted its enforcement. Last week, the appellate court denied the California Attorney General’s request for an emergency stay while asking attorneys on both sides for additional information.

“We are very grateful and encouraged that California courts continue to find the law legalizing physician-assisted suicide unconstitutional. We realize there are many steps in the legal process still to go, but rulings seem to be accumulating against this terrible piece of legislation,” said California Catholic Conference Executive Director Ned Dolejsi in a statement on the decision.

Physician-assisted suicide has been in effect in California since June 2016. It was challenged by the Life Legal Defense Foundation.  The ruling on constitutionality was based on the fact that the End-of-Life Option Act was approved during a special session of the legislature meant to deal only with health care issues.  Attorneys for the Foundation argued that doctor-assisted suicide is not health care and the judge agreed.

Stay tuned to on the latest developments on this issue at www.cacatholic.org.

 

Fighting Sex Trafficking – Protecting the Dignity of All People

Deeply buried in our society’s glittering bustle one of the most sordid crimes against humanity continues every day almost entirely unnoticed – the sale of young girls for sex.

Pope Francis warned earlier in the year that, “modern forms of slavery are far more widespread than previously imagined, even – to our scandal and shame – within the most prosperous of our societies.”  

An estimated 40 million people around the world are in enslavement today.  Most are held against their will for cheap labor, but a substantial number are held against their will for sex.

The National Human Trafficking Hotline counted six thousand formal sex trafficking cases made in the U.S. in 2017. One-third of the victims were minors.

Within that number, the most horrific plight of all may be the juvenile girls who are sold, some on the streets, others through the web.

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Legislative Deadline Creates Movement for CAD Bills

With June 1 being the deadline for all bills to have passed out of their house of origin, the fates of many of the bills that CCC tracks, including the closely monitored Catholic Advocacy Day bills, are being determined.

The CCC is pleased to report that SB 1214 K-12 Teacher Professional Development (Portantino, D-La Canada Flintridge) has passed out of the Senate in an unanimous, bipartisan vote of support and will now head to the Assembly. This CCC-sponsored bill will create a $2500 tax credit for new teachers, helping to address the teacher shortage and increase the number of well-qualified educators in California classrooms.

The Senate also passed SB 1391 by Senator Lara (D-Bell Gardens) that addresses juvenile fitness for court. This bill will prohibit youth ages 14 and 15 from entering the adult criminal system and instead keep them in the juvenile system.

AB 1862 by Assemblymember Santiago (D-Los Angeles) passed and is now headed to the Senate. The bill will appropriate $10 million to the California Department of Social Services (CDSS) to provide immigration services to individuals who are current or former recipients of the federal Temporary Protected Status (TPS) program.

The Assembly also passed AB 2269 (R-Lackey) and is now in the Senate’s hands. AB 2269 extends the CalWORKs program for persons receiving aid until he or she reaches the age of 20, if the recipient is attending school and making satisfactory progress toward graduation or completion of a program as defined by the school.

Previously, AB 2701 (Rubio, D-Baldwin Park) was suspended in committee and will not move forward. The bill would have required the Victims Compensation Board to administer a program to evaluate applications and award grants to school-based trauma recovery centers.

The CCC is still closely watching SB 320 by Senator Leyva (D-Chino), which would require student health centers at California’s public universities (UC and CSU) to offer abortion drugs (like RU 486) to students. The bill passed out of the Senate in late January and is being taken up in Assembly committees. SB 320 is now set for hearing in the Assembly Health Committee on June 12 at 1:30p.m. Please be on the lookout on how to contact Assemblymember about this bill soon.

 

Despite Bipartisan Support, Stillbirth Tax Credit Bill Fails to Advance

A recent pro-life legislative proposal, which even managed to garner significant support from Democratic legislators, was held in fiscal committee and will not advance any further this year.

Assembly Bill 2259, authored by Assemblymember Jim Patterson (R-Fresno) sought to establish a $2,000 tax credit for stillbirth-related medical and burial or cremation costs paid or incurred during the taxable year.

According to the author, “AB 2259 will provide much-needed financial relief to families who have experienced a tragic loss through stillbirth.  In addition to the emotional toll, there are considerable financial hardships resulting from a stillbirth, including medical bills, funeral arrangements, and even grief counseling.

This also doesn’t factor the cost of a crib, diapers, clothing, and other items the families may have already purchased in excitement and anticipation of the birth of their child…While this bill can’t take away from the loss they’ve experienced, it can provide incredible relief to families in need.”

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Voting Resources for Election Day

Tuesday is Primary Election Day in California. In addition to the many decisions for local and statewide offices, there are five propositions that will affect California law regarding natural resources, Cap-and-Trade funds, property tax reassessments, transportation revenues and effective dates for ballot measures.

The CCC has prepared analysis of each of the five ballot propositions. Please reference them as you consider thoughtful and prayerful votes.

 

Mental Health Resources Available by Diocese

In continued recognition of May as Mental Health Awareness Month, the CCC has published a list of mental health resources available by diocese.

Earlier this month, the California Bishops released a call to assist brothers and sisters dealing with mental health issues in their statement Hope and Healing: A Pastoral Letter from the Bishops of California on Caring for those who Suffer from Mental Illness Addressed to All Catholics and People of Goodwill.

The resources include church, medical, and public organizations and groups available to help. We hope you find these links beneficial in your call to assist brothers and sisters in need.

June 1, 2018
Vol. 11, No. 19

 

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CA Appellate Court Upholds Ruling Against Physician-Assisted Suicide

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Legislative Deadline Creates Movement for CAD Bills

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Despite Bipartisan Support, Still Birth Tax Credit Bill Fails to Advance

A recent pro-life legislative proposal, which even managed to garner significant support from Democratic legislators, was held in fiscal committee and will not advance any further this year.

Assembly Bill 2259, authored by Assemblymember Jim Patterson (R-Fresno) sought to establish a $2,000 tax credit for still birth-related medical and burial or cremation costs paid or incurred during the taxable year.

According to the author, “AB 2259 will provide much-needed financial relief to families who have experienced a tragic loss through still birth.  In addition to the emotional toll, there are considerable financial hardships resulting from a still birth, including medical bills, funeral arrangements, and even grief counseling.  This also doesn’t factor the cost of a crib, diapers, clothing, and other items the families may have already purchased in excitement and anticipation of the birth of their child…While this bill can’t take away from the loss they’ve experienced, it can provide incredible relief to families in need.”

Approximately 2,400 still births occur in California every year.  Commencing in 2008, California began to issue “Certificates of Still Birth” to parents upon request, in addition to a fetal death certificate.  While these certificates have no real legal effect, they serve as a symbolic document that can offer some solace and comfort to parents who experience the loss of a pregnancy.  Parents may request such a certificate for a $24 fee, and a certificate may be requested at any time, regardless of when the fetal death certificate was issued.  Thus, a new certificate may be issued for a still birth occurring decades ago so long as a fetal death certificate exists.

As the committee analysis of AB 2259 noted, in addition to the expenses parents incur in anticipation of a newborn, parents incur further expenses stemming from a still birth.  California law requires the burial or cremation of a fetus beyond 20 weeks, resulting in burial or cremation expenses.  Medical insurance does not cover certain medical costs, such as autopsy results and genetic testing for a stillborn baby.  Other expenses parents may incur include grief counseling and lost wages.

Therefore, AB 2259 sought to establish a $2,000 tax credit, including an automatic “sunset” after five years (meaning the bill would have automatically expired unless subsequent legislation extended the tax credit).  Currently, four states offer still birth-related tax credits or dependent expenses: Arizona, Minnesota, Missouri and North Dakota.  Tax credits in these states range from $1,200 to $2,300.  Three other states are currently considering still birth tax credits similar to that proposed in AB 2259.

Perhaps surprisingly, the bill received unanimous bipartisan support in policy committee, the Assembly Committee on Revenue and Taxation, passing by an 8-0 vote, with six Democrats voting to support the measure.  It’s a refreshing change to see bipartisan support for a pro-life measure that acknowledges that life begins in the womb.  There was no opposition to the measure.

Unfortunately, the bill failed to advance beyond the Assembly Appropriations Committee, the fiscal committee charged with analyzing the financial impact proposed legislation will have on the state.  The committee estimated that the bill would have cost the state’s General Fund $2.3 million in lost revenue in fiscal year 2018-19, and slightly less in future years.  It’s worth noting that, despite the fact that AB 2259 would have cost the state $2.3 million, the Legislative Analyst Office (LAO) recently projected that California will end the 2018-19 fiscal year with nearly $21 billion in total reserves. 

Bills that cost the state more than $150,000 are placed on the committee’s “suspense file.”  On May 25, the committee announced which bills were allowed to advance and which bills were “held under submission” (effectively held in committee).  

Unfortunately, while AB 2259 was held under submission and will not advance any further this year, this proposal should continue to be explored especially given its bipartisan support.

 

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