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Perspectivas: Campaña para eliminar la pobreza infantil; Semana Nacional de Migración

La CCC se suma a iniciativas para erradicar la pobreza infantil

La semana pasada, en el primer día oficial de la nueva sesión legislativa en California, la Conferencia Católica de California (CCC) se sumó a numerosos líderes religiosos y legisladores en una rueda de prensa para presentar varias recomendaciones ambiciosas con el objetivo de frenar la pobreza infantil dentro del estado.

Las medidas se fundamentan en un informe publicado recientemente por el Grupo de Trabajo para Sacar a los Niños y a las Familias de la Pobreza –  The Lifting Children and Families Out of Poverty Task Force. El Proyecto AB 1520 estableció Este Grupo de Trabajo en la última sesión y se le encomendó la tarea de elaborar un plan integral, basado en datos, que coloque los cimientos de trabajo para eliminar la pobreza infantil en California. El Proyecto AB 1520 fue patrocinado por GRACE y apoyado intensamente por la CCC.

“California tiene la quinta economía más importante del mundo …y sin embargo, seguimos teniendo la tasa más alta de pobreza en el país”, afirmó la asambleísta Autumn Burke (D-Inglewood), quien abogó por el Proyecto AB 1520 en la última sesión.

A la importante rueda de prensa asistieron ocho legisladores de California, así como aproximadamente 50 líderes religiosos y empresarios comprometidos con esta campaña. Las Hijas de la Caridad, fundadas por Santa Luisa de Marillac y San Vicente de Paul, se encuentran entre los principales patrocinadores de la campaña para eliminar la pobreza infantil.  

Algunos legisladores presentarán proyectos de ley para llevar a cabo las recomendaciones del informe del Grupo de Trabajo, el cual concluyó que California deberá aumentar significativamente los fondos para mejorar  los cuidados y el desarrollo de los niños de edad preescolar, la vivienda, la atención médica, y la red de asistencia social general para las familias de bajos recursos.  Otros proyectos de ley crearán el Nuevo Crédito Fiscal Selectivo por Niño (New Targeted Child Tax Credit) y expandirá los programas de Crédito por Ingreso del Trabajo (Earned Income Tax Credit –  EITC) y CalWorks.  Adicionalmente, algunas de las legislaciones abordarán el cuidado infantil, la asistencia médica, y las visitas al hogar.  

 

Noticias más importantes de la Conferencia Católica de California en el 2018

La carta pastoral redactada para crear conciencia sobre la crisis en la salud mental en este país, fue la noticia más importante en el sitio web de la Conferencia Católica de California, este año.  En esta carta, los Obispos recalcan la necesidad de encontrar formas para acompañar a las personas que luchan con los problemas de la salud mental.  

La manera en que la Iglesia afronta la crisis del abuso sexual obtuvo gran interés después de que la Procuraduría General de Pennsylvania publicara su informe este otoño. Otras noticias incluyen la actual saga en torno al suicidio asistido por médicos,  las cuestiones que giran alrededor del consumo de la marihuana y la confusión en relación a la educación sexual en las escuelas de California.

A continuación tenemos las noticias más importantes del 2018:

  1. Esperanza y Sanación – “Como pastores y obispos, estamos profundamente preocupados por la desgarradora prevalencia de las enfermedades mentales en nuestra sociedad y estamos tomando medidas para abordar esta forma trágica de sufrimiento y aflicción”.
  2. La Marihuana Recreativa: ¿Placer, Panacea, Veneno? – “El conflicto moral es preocupante y peligroso, a la vez que la sociedad aumenta su apoyo al consumo recreativo de la marihuana (aproximadamente el 58 por ciento de los estadounidenses)”.
  3. La Proposición 2 – Ley de No Existe Ningún Lugar Como el Hogar de 2018 – “Un voto de SÍ a la Proposición 2 significa que el estado podría utilizar los fondos existentes para la salud mental, del condado, para pagar la vivienda para las personas sin hogar que sufren de enfermedades mentales”.
  4. Proposiciones para la Elección General  - Las Proposiciones para la Elección General del 6 de noviembre de 2018
  5. Podemos ayudar a todos los niños a tener un inicio sólido al ejercitar su cerebro  – “Nuevos descubrimientos científicos de las universidades de Harvard, UCLA, Columbia, y otras organizaciones de investigación científica nos indican que es en los primeros tres años de vida, que miles de millones de neuronas se conectan en el cerebro de cada niño(a) — y que los cerebros bien ejercitados en esos primeros meses y años se vuelven más fuertes”.  
  6. Legislación volvería a abrir reclamos de abuso sexual una vez más  – “La Iglesia en los Estados Unidos no solamente ha reconocido sus faltas, sino que sigue desviviéndose para abordar, de forma rápida y abierta, el daño causado por algunos de sus integrantes y asegurarse que nunca vuelva a suceder”.
  7. Se publica análisis de las Proposiciones en la Boleta de Junio  – “El mantenerse informado y entender la doctrina católica, al tomar las decisiones sobre las políticas es fundamental, pero también puede requerir mucho tiempo”.  
  8. Obispos de los EE.UU. afrontan la crisis del abuso en su reunión anual  – “Los Obispos de los Estados Unidos se encontraron en su Reunión Anual en Baltimore esta semana para enfocarse en un tema – ¿cómo responsabilizarse personalmente y pedir cuentas a sus hermanos Obispos por la protección de los menores contra el abuso sexual”.  
  9. Sigue reinando la confusión respecto a la Ley FAIR de California  – “Seis años después de haber sido promulgada, la Ley de la Educación Justa, Acertada, Inclusiva, y Respetuosa (“FAIR Act”) sigue generando considerable confusión entre los funcionarios de las escuelas y los padres de familia”.  
  10. Inconstitucional la Ley de Opción al Final de la Vida  – “Nos ha animado el fallo de ayer de un juez del Tribunal Superior del Condado de Riverside revocando la ley del suicidio asistido en el estado.  Nuestra oposición al suicidio asistido no es ningún secreto, pero a esta legislación también se opuso una extensa coalición de médicos, enfermeras, personas de la tercera edad y personas de la comunidad con discapacidades, que han luchado contra este proyecto de ley por muchas, muchas razones”. (ACTUALIZACIÓN: Esta decisión fue revocada, pero continua el proceso legal.)

 

Recuerde a las víctimas de los incendios arrasadores esta Navidad

En esta época navideña,  deberíamos buscar la forma de ayudar a nuestros hermanos y hermanas en Cristo. Las personas afectadas por los incendios recientes en California aún sufren por la tremenda pérdida de vidas y de bienes, y muchos no tienen un hogar donde pasar los días festivos. En este tiempo en que se acostumbra dar, considere brindar su apoyo a los siguientes servicios:

 

Semana Nacional de Migración del 6 al 10 de enero

Por casi medio siglo, la Iglesia católica en los Estados Unidos ha celebrado la Semana Nacional de la Migración, la cual le brinda a la Iglesia una oportunidad para reflexionar sobre las circunstancias que enfrentan las personas migrantes, incluyendo a los inmigrantes, refugiados,  niños y víctimas y sobrevivientes de la trata de personas.

El lema para la Semana Nacional de Migración de 2019, del 6 al 10 de enero, es “Construyendo Comunidades de Acogida”.  En estos tiempos extremadamente desafiantes para los inmigrantes en los EE.UU.,  recordamos que independientemente de dónde nos encontramos y de dónde venimos, seguimos siendo parte de la familia humana y tenemos el llamado de ser solidarios el uno con el otro.

Justice for Immigrants cuenta con diversos materiales  para la Semana Nacional de Migración, incluyendo sugerencias para las homilías, consejos para los medios sociales, oraciones e ideas para invitar la participación de la comunidad. Pulse aquí para obtener los materiales para la Semana Nacional de la Migración de 2019.

 

Inste al Gobernador Brown para que detenga las ejecuciones antes de dejar su cargo

Anteriormente este año, se actualizó el Catecismo de la Iglesia Católica para reflejar la doctrina oficial de la Iglesia de que la pena de muerte es “inadmisible”.  Las ejecuciones sancionadas por el estado representan un rechazo violento a la dignidad inherente de los seres humanos, aplicada de manera inconsistente entre los diferentes grupos étnicos, y ya no es necesaria para proteger a la sociedad, dadas las técnicas modernas correctivas.

El Gobernador Jerry Brown, a quien le quedan apenas unas semanas en su cargo, tiene la oportunidad de abordar esta terrible desigualdad en el sistema de justicia de California, conmutando las condenas de muchas personas en el corredor de la muerte a condena de cadena perpetua. Él puede concederles indultos o ser misericordioso con las casi 750 personas condenadas a morir en California, o puede expedir una orden ejecutiva para detener las ejecuciones. En cualquiera de estos casos, el Estado Dorado – que tiene a más personas en el corredor de la muerte que cualquier otro estado – puede sumarse a los otros 19 estados que no utilizan la pena de muerte, en este país.

Tome un momento para enviar una carta al Gobernador Brown y súmese a las miles de personas y todos los grupos de alrededor del país y del estado que le han pedido al Gobernador que opte por esta medida compasiva. 

Public Policy Insight / Perspectivas regresará en enero de 2019.

14 de diciembre de 2018
Tomo 11, No. 34

 

Article source: https://www.cacatholic.org/perspectivas-campa%C3%B1a-para-eliminar-la-pobreza-infantil-semana-nacional-de-migraci%C3%B3n

Insights: Campaign to End Childhood Poverty; National Migration Week

CCC Joins Effort to Eradicate Childhood Poverty

Last week, on the first official day of the new California legislative session, the California Catholic Conference (CCC) joined numerous faith leaders and lawmakers at a press event to introduce several ambitious recommendations aimed at curbing childhood poverty in the state.

The measures are based on the recently released report by The Lifting Children and Families Out of Poverty Task Force. The Task Force was established by AB 1520 last session and charged with developing a comprehensive, data-based plan that lays the groundwork to end child poverty in California. AB 1520 was sponsored by GRACE and closely supported by the CCC.

“California is the fifth largest economy in the world…and yet we continue to have the highest poverty rate in the nation,” said Assemblymember Autumn Burke (D-Inglewood), who championed AB 1520 last session.

The large press event was attended by eight California legislators as well as approximately 50 faith and business leaders committed to the campaign. The Daughters of Charity, founded by Saint Louise de Marillac and St. Vincent de Paul, are major sponsors of the campaign to end childhood poverty.  

Legislators will be introducing bills to carry out the recommendations in the Task Force’s report, which concluded that California must significantly increase funding to strengthen early childcare and development, housing, health care, and the overall social safety net for low-income families.   Other bills will create the New Targeted Child Tax Credit and expand the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) and CalWorks programs.  In addition, some of the legislation will deal with childcare, health care, and home visits.

 

Top California Catholic Conference Stories of 2018

A pastoral letter designed to raise awareness of the mental health crisis in this nation was the top story on the California Catholic Conference’s website this year.  In it, the Bishops emphasize the need to find ways to accompany those who struggle with mental health issues.

How the Church is grappling with the sexual abuse crisis gained significant interests after the Pennsylvania Attorney General released his report this fall.  Other stories include the ongoing saga over physician-assisted suicide, questions swirling around marijuana use and confusion around sex education in California schools.

Here are the top stories from 2018:

  1. Hope and Healing – “As pastors and bishops, we are deeply concerned with the heartbreaking prevalence of mental illness in our society and are taking action to address this tragic form of misery and sorrow.” 
  2. Recreational Marijuana: Pleasure, Panacea, Poison? – “The moral slope is worrisome and dangerous as society grows in its support of recreational marijuana use (about 58 percent of Americans).”
  3. Proposition 2 – No Place Like Home Act of 2018 – “A YES vote on Proposition 2 means the state could use existing county mental health funds to pay for housing for those with mental illness who are homeless.”
  4. General Election Propositions – General Election Propositions, November 06, 2018
  5. We Can Help Every Child Get a Strong Start by Exercising Their Brain – “New science from Harvard, UCLA, Columbia, and other research organizations tells us the first three years of life are when billions of neurons connect in each child’s brain — and well exercised brains in those first months and years become stronger.”
  6. Legislation Would Re-Open Sexual Abuse Claims Yet Again – “The Church in the United States has not only recognized its failure but it continues to go to great lengths to swiftly and openly address the harm caused by some of its members and see that it never happens again.”
  7. Analysis of Propositions on June Ballot Released – “Staying informed and understanding Catholic teaching when making policy decisions is critical, but it can also be time-consuming.”
  8. U.S. Bishops Grapple with Abuse Crisis at Annual Meeting – “The Bishops of the United States gathered at their Annual Meeting in Baltimore this week focused on one topic – how to hold themselves and brother Bishops accountable for the protection of minors from sexual abuse.”
  9. Confusion Continues to Reign Regarding California’s FAIR Act – “Six years after its enactment, the Fair, Accurate, Inclusive, and Respectful Education Act (“FAIR Act”) continues to generate considerable confusion among school officials and parents.”
  10. End-of-Life Option Act Unconstitutional – “We are encouraged by yesterday’s ruling by a Superior Court judge in Riverside County overturning the state’s assisted suicide law.  Our opposition to assisted suicide is no secret, but this legislation was also opposed by a broad coalition of doctors, nurses, seniors and the disabled community, who fought this bill for many, many reasons.”  (UPDATE: This ruling was overturned but the legal process continues.)

 

Remember Wildfire Victims This Christmas

During this Christmas season, we should seek out ways to assist our brothers and sisters in Christ. Those affected by the recent California wildfires are still reeling from the tremendous loss of life and property, and many have no home for the holidays. In this time of giving, consider supporting the services below:

  • Those wishing to help victims of the Camp Fire can donate at this site provided by the Diocese of Sacramento
  • Northern Valley Catholic Social Services, part of the Diocese of Sacramento, is providing extensive relief efforts – especially in their Adopt-A-Family program and, more immediately, through gift cards so that evacuees can purchase necessities now.
  • The Society of St. Vincent de Paul, which operates in many parishes across the nation, also coordinates relief through its Disaster Services branch.  You can follow their efforts on the Twitter feed.
  • The Archdiocese of Los Angeles is providing support to the communities affected by the Woolsey and Hill fires through Catholic Charities of Los Angeles and local parishes and schools. Donations can be made here.
  • The Diocese of Sacramento has also offered free tuition to any student impacted by the fire.  As of mid-December, more than 30 students have been placed in Catholic schools around the diocese.

 

National Migration Week January 6-10

For nearly half of a century, the Catholic Church in the United States has celebrated National Migration Week, an opportunity for the Church to reflect on the circumstances confronting migrants, including immigrants, refugees, children, and victims and survivors of human trafficking.

The theme for National Migration Week 2019, which falls January 6 through 10, is “Building Communities of Welcome.” In this time of extreme challenge for immigrants in the U.S., it calls to mind that regardless of where we are and where we came from, we remain part of the human family and are called to live in solidarity with one another.

Justice for Immigrants has a variety of resources for National Immigration Week including homily suggestions, social media tips, prayers, and community engagement ideas. Click here for the 2019 National Migration Week Toolkit.

 

Urge Governor Brown to Stop Executions before Leaving Office

Earlier in the year, the Catechism of the Catholic Church was updated to reflect the official teaching of the church that the death penalty is “inadmissible.”  State-sanctioned execution is a violent rejection of the inherent dignity of human beings, inconsistently applied across demographic groups and no longer necessary to protect society given modern correctional techniques.

Governor Jerry Brown, with just weeks left in office, has an opportunity to address this appalling inequity in California’s justice system by commuting the sentences of many on death row to life imprisonment.  He can grant clemency, mercy to the nearly 750 people sentenced to die in California, or he can issue an executive order halting executions.  In either case, the Golden State – which has more people on death row than any other state – can join the 19 other states in the Union who do not use the death penalty.

Take a quick moment to send a letter to Governor Brown and join the thousands of individuals and the many groups around the nation and state who are asking the Governor to take merciful action. 

Public Policy Insights will return in January 2019.

December 14, 2018
Vol. 11, No. 34

En Español

 

Article source: https://www.cacatholic.org/insights-campaign-end-childhood-poverty-national-migration-week

Top California Catholic Conference Stories of 2018

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CCC Joins Effort to Eradicate Childhood Poverty

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Perspectivas: Obispos de los EE.UU. hablan sobre el racismo; Espacios en las escuelas, sin pagar matrícula, para las víctimas de los incendios

Obispos de los EE.UU.: El racismo es un mal persistente

La Conferencia de Obispos Católicos de los EE.UU. ha aprobado una nueva carta pastoral - Open Wide Our Hearts: The Enduring Call to Love – que analiza la historia “persistente” del racismo en este país.  Esta carta pastoral es particularmente oportuna ya que el FBI recientemente informó que los delitos motivados por el odio aumentaron en un 17 por ciento en el 2017, identificando a la raza/el origen étnico/el linaje,  como el prejuicio más común”.  El Padre Simon Kim, Director de las Iniciativas Interculturales de la Escuela de Teología Jesuita en Berkeley, formó parte del comité original de redacción y ofrece el siguiente resumen:

Como obispos de la Iglesia católica en los Estados Unidos, deseamos abordar un tipo de  perversidad particularmente destructiva y persistente.  A pesar de todos los avances prometedores que se han logrado en nuestro país, el racismo aún infecta a nuestra nación (3).

La Carta Pastoral del 2018 contra el Racismo, Open Wide Our Hearts: The Enduring Call to Love, de la USCCB (Conferencia de Obispos Católicos de los EE.UU.) aborda una creciente preocupación en nuestro país, basándose en un historial continuo de discriminación y violencia, además de las ideologías de un nacionalismo extremo (4). Con una postura de humildad, las palabras del profeta Miqueas se recalcan en esta carta como una forma de  reconocer el historial racista como un llamado a superar los pecados de omisión cuando se trata de combatir el racismo y al momento de colaborar para llevarnos hacia la reconciliación racial:

Ya se te ha dicho, hombre, lo que es bueno y lo que el Señor te exige:

Tan solo que practiques la justicia, que seas amigo de la bondad y te portes humildemente con tu Dios (Miq. 6:8).

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Inste al Gobernador Brown a que detenga las ejecuciones antes de que deje su cargo

El Catecismo de la Iglesia Católica fue actualizado a principios del año para reflejar la enseñanza oficial de la Iglesia de que la pena de muerte es “inadmisible”.  Las ejecuciones sancionadas por el Estado representan un rechazo violento frente a la dignidad inherente de los seres humanos. Estas ejecuciones implementadas de manera inconsistente entre los grupos demográficos ya no son necesarias para proteger a la sociedad, dadas las técnicas penitenciarias modernas.

Cuando solo le faltan algunas semanas en su cargo, el Gobernador Jerry Brown tiene la oportunidad de abordar esta terrible desigualdad en el sistema de justicia en California, conmutando la pena de muchas personas en el corredor de la muerte a una condena de cadena perpetua.  Él puede concederle indultos, o clemencia, a casi 750 personas condenadas a muerte en California, o puede expedir una orden ejecutiva para detener las ejecuciones. En ambos casos, el Estado Dorado – que tiene a más personas en el corredor de la muerte que cualquier otro estado – podría sumarse a los otros 19 estados de la Unión que no utilizan la pena de muerte.

Por favor contemple el sumarse a las miles de personas y a los diversos grupos por todo el país y estado que han pedido al Gobernador que tome esta medida compasiva. 

 

Diócesis de Sacramento da cabida a estudiantes evacuados por el Incendio Camp

La Diócesis de Sacramento ha ofrecido espacios en sus escuelas católicas para los estudiantes que han sido desplazados por el devastador Incendio Camp en el Condado de Butte County. Se les permitirá a los estudiantes asistir, sin costo alguno para sus familias, por lo que queda del año escolar.

“Muchas familias han perdido casi todo en este incendio, y el regresar a la escuela podría ser una fuerza estabilizante importante en la vida de un niño,” afirmó Lincoln Snyder, director ejecutivo de las Escuelas de la Diócesis de Sacramento, en una carta dirigida a las familias afectadas.  “Algunas clases en algunas de nuestras escuelas podrían dar cabida a más estudiantes, por tanto hemos decidido abrir estos espacios a las familias afectadas que se encuentren cerca de esas escuelas”.  

El Incendio Camp ha sido el más mortífero en la historia de California, matando a por lo menos 88 personas, con casi 200 aún desaparecidas.  Destruyó 14,000 casas y virtualmente hizo que el pueblo de Paradise dejara de existir. Los espacios disponibles son para los años de preescolar hasta el 12.

“Paradise no es una ciudad tan pequeña. Cuenta con – o contaba con – casi 30,000 habitantes, entonces el incendio desplazó a aproximadamente 4,000 niños y jóvenes, que han quedado sin escuelas a las cuales regresar,” declaró Snyder a la CNA.

Las personas que buscan más información sobre los espacios disponibles en las escuelas, pueden llamar al Departamento de Escuelas Católicas al (916) 733-0112. Cualquier persona que quiera contribuir al Fondo de Ayuda para Estudiantes del Incendio Camp podrá encontrar mayor información aquí.

 

Papa Francisco nombra a obispo auxiliar para que esté al frente de la Diócesis de Monterey

El Papa Francisco ha nombrado al obispo auxiliar de Austin, al Reverendísimo Mons. Daniel E. García, como el nuevo Obispo de Monterey.  Él sucede al Obispo Richard García, quien murió repentinamente este año.

El Obispo Daniel García nació el 30 de agosto de 1960 en Cameron, Texas. Obtuvo su  Licenciatura en Filosofía y Letras del Seminario  Saint Mary en la Universidad de St. Thomas en 1984. Completó sus estudios con un grado de Maestría en Divinidad en Saint Mary en 1988. En el 2007, obtuvo una Maestría en Estudios Litúrgicos de la Escuela de Teología de Saint John.  

Fue ordenado sacerdote para la Diócesis de Austin el 28 de mayo de 1988. Desde entonces, ha servido a las parroquias de St. Catherine of Siena, Cristo Rey, St. Louis, y St. Vincent de Paul, todas éstas en Austin. También sirvió tres años en la Arquidiócesis de Galveston-Houston en la Parroquia de St. Mary Magdalene en Humble, Texas. En la Diócesis de Austin, él ha servido como decano y como miembro de la Junta del Personal Sacerdotal, el Colegio de Consultores,  y la Comisión Litúrgica Diocesana, así como miembro y presidente del Consejo Presbiteral.

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Incendios arrasadores en California: Cómo ayudar

Los servicios católicos para los desastres están colaborando para ofrecer ayuda a las víctimas de los Incendios Camp y Woolsey del 2018.  A continuación tenemos a organizaciones que activamente ayudan y maneras en que usted puede apoyar a estos servicios. Si usted sabe de otros, por favor envíe un correo electrónico a: communications@cacatholic.org  con la información de contacto:

  • Northern Valley Catholic Social Services, parte de la Diócesis de Sacramento, provee extensivas labores de socorro – especialmente en su programa de Adoptar a Una Familia  y, más inmediatamente, mediante tarjetas de regalo para que los evacuados puedan ahora comprar lo más necesario.
  • La Sociedad de San Vicente de Paul, que trabaja en muchas parroquias a lo largo del país, también coordina la ayuda a través de su sucursal de Servicios para los Desastres .  Usted puede seguir sus iniciativas en su cuenta de Twitter .
  • La Arquidiócesis de Los Ángeles brinda apoyo a las comunidades afectadas por los Incendios Woolsey y Hill a través de Caridades Católicas de Los Ángeles y las parroquias y escuelas locales. Puede usted hacer su donativo aquí.
  • Las personas que deseen ayudar a las víctimas del Incendio Camp pueden donar en este sitio proveído por la Diócesis de Sacramento. Las personas con necesidad inmediata de un refugio temporal, alimentos o asistencia por los incendios, pueden contactar a su parroquia para recibir servicios de apoyo.  

30 de noviembre de 2018
Tomo 11, No. 32

En español

 

Article source: https://www.cacatholic.org/espanol/perspectivas/perspectivas-obispos-de-los-eeuu-hablan-sobre-el-racismo-espacios-en-las

Insights: U.S. Bishops on Racism; Tuition-Free School Openings for Fire Victims

US Bishops: Racism Is a Persistent Evil

The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops has approved a new pastoral letter - Open Wide Our Hearts: The Enduring Call to Love – examining the “persistent” history of racism in this nation.  The report is particularly timely in that the FBI recently reported that hate crimes increased by 17 percent in 2017 with the most common bias being “race/ethnicity/ancestry.”  Fr. Simon Kim, Director of Intercultural Initiatives at the Jesuit School of Theology in Berkeley, served on the original drafting committee and offers the following summary:

As bishops of the Catholic Church in the United States, we want to address one particularly destructive and persistent form of evil.  Despite many promising strides made in our country, racism still infects our nation (3).

The 2018 Pastoral Letter against Racism, Open Wide Our Hearts: The Enduring Call to Love, by the USCCB addresses a growing concern in our country based on a continuous history of discrimination and violence along with extreme nationalist ideologies (4). With a posture of humility, the words of the prophet Micah are highlighted in the letter as a way of acknowledging that history of racism as a call to overcome the sins of omission when it comes to combating racism and in working for racial reconciliation:

You have been told, O mortal, what is good, and what the Lord requires of you:

Only to do justice and to love goodness, and to walk humbly with your God (Mi 6:8).

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Urge Governor Brown to Stop Executions before Leaving Office

Earlier in the year, the Catechism of the Catholic Church was updated to reflect the official teaching of the church that the death penalty is “inadmissible.”  State-sanctioned execution is a violent rejection of the inherent dignity of human beings, inconsistently applied across demographic groups and no longer necessary to protect society given modern correctional techniques.

Governor Jerry Brown, with just weeks left in office, has an opportunity to address this appalling inequity in California’s justice system by commuting the sentences of many on death row to life imprisonment.  He can grant clemency, mercy to the nearly 750 people sentenced to die in California, or he can issue an executive order halting executions.  In either case, the Golden State – which has more people on death row than any other state – can join the 19 other states in the Union who do not use the death penalty.

Please consider joining the thousands of individuals and the many groups around the nation and state who are asking the Governor to take merciful action. 

 

Sacramento Diocese Accommodates Evacuated Camp Fire Students

The Diocese of Sacramento is offering spaces in its Catholic schools for students who have been displaced by the devastating Camp Fire in Butte County. Students will be allowed to attend at no cost to families for the remainder of the school year.

“Many families have lost nearly everything in this fire, and being back in a school can be a major stabilizing force in a child’s life,” said Lincoln Snyder, executive director of Schools for the Diocese of Sacramento, in a letter to affected families. “Some classes in some of our schools could accommodate more students, and we have thus decided to open those seats to affected families who find themselves near those schools.” 

The Camp fire is the deadliest in California’s history, killing at least 88 people, with almost 200 still unaccounted for. It destroyed 14,000 homes and left the town of Paradise virtually non-existent. Accommodations are available for grades preschool – 12.

“Paradise it not that small of a city. It has – or had – nearly 30,000 inhabitants, so the fire left around 4,000 school kids displaced, without any schools to go back to,” said Snyder to the CNA.

Those seeking more information on available school placements can call the Catholic School Department at (916) 733-0112. Anyone wishing to contribute to the Camp Fire Student Aid Fund can find more information here.

 

Pope Francis Names Auxiliary Bishop to Lead Diocese of Monterey

Pope Francis has named the auxiliary bishop of Austin, the Most Reverend Daniel E. Garcia, as the new Bishop of Monterey.  He succeeds Bishop Richard Garcia, who died suddenly earlier in the year.

Bishop Daniel Garcia was born August 30, 1960 in Cameron, Texas. He earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from Saint Mary’s Seminary at the University of St. Thomas in 1984. He completed his Master of Divinity studies at Saint Mary’s in 1988. In 2007, he earned a Master of Arts in Liturgical Studies from the Saint John’s School of Theology.  

He was ordained a priest for the Diocese of Austin on May 28, 1988. Since then, he has served at the parishes of St. Catherine of Siena, Cristo Rey, St. Louis, and St. Vincent de Paul, all in Austin. He also served three years in the Archdiocese of Galveston-Houston at St. Mary Magdalene Parish in Humble, Texas. In the Diocese of Austin, he has served as a dean and as a member of the Priests’ Personnel Board, the College of Consultors, and the Diocesan Liturgical Commission, as well as a member and chairman of the Presbyteral Council.

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California Wildfires: How to Help

Catholic disaster services are working to bring relief for the victims of the 2018 Camp and Woolsey fires.  Below are organizations actively assisting and ways that you can support these services. If you know of more, please email communications@cacatholic.org  with contact information:

  • Northern Valley Catholic Social Services, part of the Diocese of Sacramento, is providing extensive relief efforts – especially in their Adopt-A-Family program and, more immediately, through gift cards so that evacuees can purchase necessities now.
  • The Society of St. Vincent de Paul, which operates in many parishes across the nation, also coordinates relief through its Disaster Services branch.  You can follow their efforts on the Twitter feed.
  • The Archdiocese of Los Angeles is providing support to the communities affected by the Woolsey and Hill fires through Catholic Charities of Los Angeles and local parishes and schools. Donations can be made here.
  • Those wishing to help victims of the Camp Fire can donate at this site provided by the Diocese of Sacramento. Those in immediate need of temporary shelter, food or assistance fires can contact their parish for support services.

 

November 30, 2018
Vol. 11, No. 32

En Español

 

Article source: https://www.cacatholic.org/insights-us-bishops-racism-tuition-free-school-openings-fire-victims

US Bishops: Racism Is a Persistent Evil

The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops recently approved a new pastoral letter – Open Wide Our Hearts: The Enduring Call to Love – examining the “persistent” history of racism in this nation.  The report is particularly timely in that the FBI recently reported that hate crimes increased by 17 percent in 2017 with the most common bias being “race/ethnicity/ancestry.”  Fr. Simon Kim, Director of Intercultural Initiatives at the Jesuit School of Theology in Berkeley, served on the original drafting committee and offers the following summary:

As bishops of the Catholic Church in the United States, we want to address one particularly destructive and persistent form of evil.  Despite many promising strides made in our country, racism still infects our nation (3).

The 2018 Pastoral Letter against Racism, Open Wide Our Hearts: The Enduring Call to Love, by the USCCB addresses a growing concern in our country based on a continuous history of discrimination and violence along with extreme nationalist ideologies (4). With a posture of humility, the words of the prophet Micah are highlighted in the letter as a way of acknowledging that history of racism as a call to overcome the sins of omission when it comes to combating racism and in working for racial reconciliation:

You have been told, O mortal, what is good, and what the Lord requires of you: Only to do justice and to love goodness, and to walk humbly with your God (Mi 6:8)

“The persistence of the evil of racism is why we are writing this letter now. People are still being harmed, so action is needed (7)” say the Bishops. It is also fitting, they note, that this statement was released on the fiftieth anniversary of the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. as the Bishops point to Dr. King’s leadership which includes both ecumenical and interreligious collaboration as the way to address the roots of racism that is embedded in this country’s policies and institutions (28-29).

“The evil of racism,” we are told, “festers in part because as a nation, there has been very limited formal acknowledgement of the harm done to so many, no moment of atonement, no national process of reconciliation and, all too often a neglect of our history” (10).  Racism is defined in the statement, as a conscious or unconscious belief in racial superiority, acts that violate justice, and an ignorance of the fundamental truth that we are all created equally in God’s image (3-4).

Racism, then, not only resides within our hearts, but also in social structures of our culture and institutions (5). Therefore, justice is required where we must put our world into right relationships with God, one another, and creation (9). In order to do this, the bishops call for an acknowledgement of the history of violence done to our brothers and sisters for “[t]oo many good and faithful Catholics remain unaware of the connection between institutional racism and the continued erosion of the sanctity of life” (10).

In particular, the bishops draw our attention first to the Native American experience where indigenous peoples were forcibly removed from their land; thereby, also stripping them of their dignity in the process:

Colonial and later U.S. policies toward Native American communities were often violent, paternalistic, and were directed toward the theft of their land. Native Americans were killed, imprisoned, sold into slavery, and raped. These policies decimated entire communities and brought about tragic death (11).

Next, the African American experience highlights the “original sin” of our country as chattel slavery was much more brutal than any other forms of enslavement (13). We are still haunted by the depth of this degradation:

Consistently, African Americans have been branded, by individuals, society, and even, at times, by members of the Church, with the message that they are inferior. Likewise, this message has been imprinted into the U.S. social subconscious. African Americans continue to struggle against perceptions that they do not fully bear the image of God, that they embody less intelligence, beauty, and goodness (14).

Lastly, the Hispanic experience highlights again that racist attitudes of the past continue in their current reality as:

many Hispanics are often assumed to be in this country illegally. These attitudes of cultural superiority, indifference, and racism need to be confronted; they are unworthy of any follower of Christ . . . We must also remember that many people of Hispanic heritage come from families that were in this land long before the borders changed (16).

Racism of the past continues to rear its ugly head in the present conditions, plaguing our Church and society. Thus, the Bishops encourage educating ourselves through the encounters of the past as well as the present.  In listening to the stories of those around us, we come to better understand how the sins of the past still play out in the lives of people today (25):

[W]e have never sufficiently contended with the impact of overt racism. Nor have we spent the necessary time to examine where the racist attitudes of yesterday have become a permanent part of our perceptions, practices, and policies of today, or how they have been enshrined in our social, political, and economic structures (16-17).

To rebuild the relationships broken by centuries of oppressive acts of racism requires us to “love goodness” and to “walk humbly with God.” The urgent response to racism is to love courageously as illustrated in the life of Fr. Augustus Tolton, Servant of God (19).  His life – a runaway slave, ordained to the priesthood and now being considered for canonization – testifies to the love that resists racism as he faced discrimination in the seminary and even after his ordination to the priesthood.

The bishops have accepted their role “to do justice, love goodness, and walk humbly” by creating an Ad Hoc committee on racism where they will continue to listen through national dialogues, advise with working models, and explore racial reconciliation initiatives (24). However, these efforts fall short if individuals, parishes, and communities (21) do not also respond to racial inequalities in a similar manner since racism is unequivocally a life issue (30) requiring the conversion of all (29).

We ask them to fight the evil of racism by educating themselves, reflecting on their personal thoughts and actions, listening to the experience of those who have been affected by racism, and by developing and supporting programs that help repair the damages caused by racial discrimination. We need to continue to educate ourselves and our people about the great cultural diversity within our Church (27).

 Read the pastoral letter, Open Wide Our Hearts: The Enduring Call to Love.

 

Article source: https://www.cacatholic.org/persistent_evil_of_racism

Catholics Ask Governor to Commute Death Row before He Leaves Office

Representative from Catholic and other organizations opposed to the death penalty delivered nearly six thousand letters to Governor Jerry Brown today asking him to commute the sentences of the hundreds of men and women on death row before he leaves office.

Earlier in the year, the Catechism of the Catholic Church was updated to reflect the official teaching of the church that the death penalty is “inadmissible.”  State-sanctioned execution is a violent rejection of the inherent dignity of human beings, inconsistently applied across demographic groups and no longer necessary to protect society given modern correctional techniques.

Governor Jerry Brown, with just weeks left in office, has an opportunity to address this appalling inequity in California’s justice system by commuting the sentences of many on death row to life imprisonment.  He can grant clemency to many of the nearly 750 people sentenced to die in California, or he can issue an executive order halting executions.  In either case, the Golden State – which has more people on death row than any other state – can join the 19 other states in the Union who do not use the death penalty.

Catholics Against the Death Penalty, People of Faith Working Against the Death Penalty, the Catholic Mobilizing Network to End the Use of the Death Penalty and other groups such as Death Penalty Focus are all pleading with the Governor to take bold action in his last few weeks.

Presenting the letters to the Governor’s office were Marciano Avilla, Diocese of San Bernardino; Sr. Mary Sean Hodges, Catholics Against the Death Penalty (CADP); MariaJose Flores, California Catholic Conference; and Magdaleno Rose-Avila, Death Penalty Focus, California.

 

Statement from Fr. Chris Ponnet, Co Chair of CADP, Board member Death Penalty Focus and California People of Faith against the Death Penalty, commented on the letters:

“Catholic Against the Death Penalty was formed to bring Catholic values to the public conversations for the ballot initiatives in California to end the death penalty.  In 2016, despite the loss of Prop 62 and the passage of Prop 66, we celebrated the growing numbers of Californians in support of abolition. Our role within the Catholic Church was to educate residents and to advocate for the voices of victims and their families who want justice without the death penalty.

At the end of 2017, we began working on a petition to present to Governor Brown for him to follow the example and words of his father Governor Pat Brown, who wrote his book Public Justice, Private Mercy:  “Beyond its horror and incivility, it has neither protected the innocent nor deterred the wicked.”

“The nearly 6,000 letters we have collected that will be presented today (November 19, 2018) to Governor Brown reflect many hours of work at the 2018 Religious Ed Congress, the Diocese of San Bernardino, many religious community members and the local efforts of Death Penalty Focus, California People of Faith and Catholics Against the Death Penalty.

“We request the Governor before his term ends in the coming weeks, to consider the words of his father and the updated Catholic Catechism to say the death penalty is “inadmissible” for Catholics to support and we are called by faith to work for abolition. We hope Governor Brown, trained by Jesuits, will consider his legacy of respect of restorative justice.  We trust he knows that killing to punish killings only make us as State killers also.

“We thank all who helped make these nearly 6,000 personal statements of life and restorative justice become a real call for action under the law.

“Governor Brown–do the right thing.

“Under the law, commute as many of those on death row as possible.  Life without parole is seen by many as worst that the death penalty but it means we as society will not be killers.  It will leave open the possibility of redemption for those who are guilty of heinous crimes.  It also eliminates the ongoing reality of the innocent being executed by the State of California.  We trust you will join us at this time in history and move California closer to abolition.  And we pray that California, with the largest death row, will be an example for the United States.”

  • Fr Chris Ponnet Co Chair CADP, CPF, DPF St Camillus and Pax Christi So California, 323 719-7411

“Consistency in the abhorrence of violence is the hallmark of the Church’s teaching on the death penalty….state-sanctioned killing diminishes us all, the application of capital punishment is flawed and inconsistent, and that the state has other ways of punishing criminals.”

  • US Conference of Catholic Bishops

“The Death Penalty is inadmissible because it is an attack on the inviolability and dignity of the person….the Church will work with determination for its abolition worldwide.”

  • Pope Francis 2018

 

Article source: https://www.cacatholic.org/policies-issues/reverence-life/death-penalty/catholics-ask-governor-commute-death-row-he-leaves

Catholics Ask Governor to Commute Death Row before He Leaves Office

Representative from Catholic and other organizations opposed to the death penalty delivered nearly six thousand letters to Governor Jerry Brown today asking him to commute the sentences of the hundreds of men and women on death row before he leaves office.

Earlier in the year, the Catechism of the Catholic Church was updated to reflect the official teaching of the church that the death penalty is “inadmissible.”  State-sanctioned execution is a violent rejection of the inherent dignity of human beings, inconsistently applied across demographic groups and no longer necessary to protect society given modern correctional techniques.

Governor Jerry Brown, with just weeks left in office, has an opportunity to address this appalling inequity in California’s justice system by commuting the sentences of many on death row to life imprisonment.  He can grant clemency to many of the nearly 750 people sentenced to die in California, or he can issue an executive order halting executions.  In either case, the Golden State – which has more people on death row than any other state – can join the 19 other states in the Union who do not use the death penalty.

Catholics Against the Death Penalty, People of Faith Working Against the Death Penalty, the Catholic Mobilizing Network to End the Use of the Death Penalty and other groups such as Death Penalty Focus are all pleading with the Governor to take bold action in his last few weeks.

Presenting the letters to the Governor’s office were Marciano Avilla, Diocese of San Bernardino; Sr. Mary Sean Hodges, Catholics Against the Death Penalty (CADP); MariaJose Flores, California Catholic Conference; and Magdaleno Rose-Avila, Death Penalty Focus, California.

 

Statement from Fr. Chris Ponnet, Co Chair of CADP, Board member Death Penalty Focus and California People of Faith against the Death Penalty, commented on the letters:

“Catholic Against the Death Penalty was formed to bring Catholic values to the public conversations for the ballot initiatives in California to end the death penalty.  In 2016, despite the loss of Prop 62 and the passage of Prop 66, we celebrated the growing numbers of Californians in support of abolition. Our role within the Catholic Church was to educate residents and to advocate for the voices of victims and their families who want justice without the death penalty.

At the end of 2017, we began working on a petition to present to Governor Brown for him to follow the example and words of his father Governor Pat Brown, who wrote his book Public Justice, Private Mercy:  “Beyond its horror and incivility, it has neither protected the innocent nor deterred the wicked.”

“The nearly 6,000 letters we have collected that will be presented today (November 19, 2018) to Governor Brown reflect many hours of work at the 2018 Religious Ed Congress, the Diocese of San Bernardino, many religious community members and the local efforts of Death Penalty Focus, California People of Faith and Catholics Against the Death Penalty.

“We request the Governor before his term ends in the coming weeks, to consider the words of his father and the updated Catholic Catechism to say the death penalty is “inadmissible” for Catholics to support and we are called by faith to work for abolition. We hope Governor Brown, trained by Jesuits, will consider his legacy of respect of restorative justice.  We trust he knows that killing to punish killings only make us as State killers also.

“We thank all who helped make these nearly 6,000 personal statements of life and restorative justice become a real call for action under the law.

“Governor Brown–do the right thing.

“Under the law, commute as many of those on death row as possible.  Life without parole is seen by many as worst that the death penalty but it means we as society will not be killers.  It will leave open the possibility of redemption for those who are guilty of heinous crimes.  It also eliminates the ongoing reality of the innocent being executed by the State of California.  We trust you will join us at this time in history and move California closer to abolition.  And we pray that California, with the largest death row, will be an example for the United States.”

  • Fr Chris Ponnet Co Chair CADP, CPF, DPF St Camillus and Pax Christi So California, 323 719-7411

“Consistency in the abhorrence of violence is the hallmark of the Church’s teaching on the death penalty….state-sanctioned killing diminishes us all, the application of capital punishment is flawed and inconsistent, and that the state has other ways of punishing criminals.”

  • US Conference of Catholic Bishops

“The Death Penalty is inadmissible because it is an attack on the inviolability and dignity of the person….the Church will work with determination for its abolition worldwide.”

  • Pope Francis 2018

 

Article source: https://www.cacatholic.org/policies-issues/reverence-life/death-penalty/catholics-ask-governor-commute-death-row-he-leaves

Catholics Ask Governor to Commute Death Row before He Leaves Office

Representative from Catholic and other organizations opposed to the death penalty delivered nearly six thousand letters to Governor Jerry Brown today asking him to commute the sentences of the hundreds of men and women on death row before he leaves office.

Earlier in the year, the Catechism of the Catholic Church was updated to reflect the official teaching of the church that the death penalty is “inadmissible.”  State-sanctioned execution is a violent rejection of the inherent dignity of human beings, inconsistently applied across demographic groups and no longer necessary to protect society given modern correctional techniques.

Governor Jerry Brown, with just weeks left in office, has an opportunity to address this appalling inequity in California’s justice system by commuting the sentences of many on death row to life imprisonment.  He can grant clemency to many of the nearly 750 people sentenced to die in California, or he can issue an executive order halting executions.  In either case, the Golden State – which has more people on death row than any other state – can join the 19 other states in the Union who do not use the death penalty.

Catholics Against the Death Penalty, People of Faith Working Against the Death Penalty, the Catholic Mobilizing Network to End the Use of the Death Penalty and other groups such as Death Penalty Focus are all pleading with the Governor to take bold action in his last few weeks.

Presenting the letters to the Governor’s office were Marciano Avilla, Diocese of San Bernardino; Sr. Mary Sean Hodges, Catholics Against the Death Penalty (CADP); MariaJose Flores, California Catholic Conference; and Magdaleno Rose-Avila, Death Penalty Focus, California.

 

Statement from Fr. Chris Ponnet, Co Chair of CADP, Board member Death Penalty Focus and California People of Faith against the Death Penalty, commented on the letters:

“Catholic Against the Death Penalty was formed to bring Catholic values to the public conversations for the ballot initiatives in California to end the death penalty.  In 2016, despite the loss of Prop 62 and the passage of Prop 66, we celebrated the growing numbers of Californians in support of abolition. Our role within the Catholic Church was to educate residents and to advocate for the voices of victims and their families who want justice without the death penalty.

At the end of 2017, we began working on a petition to present to Governor Brown for him to follow the example and words of his father Governor Pat Brown, who wrote his book Public Justice, Private Mercy:  “Beyond its horror and incivility, it has neither protected the innocent nor deterred the wicked.”

“The nearly 6,000 letters we have collected that will be presented today (November 19, 2018) to Governor Brown reflect many hours of work at the 2018 Religious Ed Congress, the Diocese of San Bernardino, many religious community members and the local efforts of Death Penalty Focus, California People of Faith and Catholics Against the Death Penalty.

“We request the Governor before his term ends in the coming weeks, to consider the words of his father and the updated Catholic Catechism to say the death penalty is “inadmissible” for Catholics to support and we are called by faith to work for abolition. We hope Governor Brown, trained by Jesuits, will consider his legacy of respect of restorative justice.  We trust he knows that killing to punish killings only make us as State killers also.

“We thank all who helped make these nearly 6,000 personal statements of life and restorative justice become a real call for action under the law.

“Governor Brown–do the right thing.

“Under the law, commute as many of those on death row as possible.  Life without parole is seen by many as worst that the death penalty but it means we as society will not be killers.  It will leave open the possibility of redemption for those who are guilty of heinous crimes.  It also eliminates the ongoing reality of the innocent being executed by the State of California.  We trust you will join us at this time in history and move California closer to abolition.  And we pray that California, with the largest death row, will be an example for the United States.”

  • Fr Chris Ponnet Co Chair CADP, CPF, DPF St Camillus and Pax Christi So California, 323 719-7411

“Consistency in the abhorrence of violence is the hallmark of the Church’s teaching on the death penalty….state-sanctioned killing diminishes us all, the application of capital punishment is flawed and inconsistent, and that the state has other ways of punishing criminals.”

  • US Conference of Catholic Bishops

“The Death Penalty is inadmissible because it is an attack on the inviolability and dignity of the person….the Church will work with determination for its abolition worldwide.”

  • Pope Francis 2018

 

Article source: https://www.cacatholic.org/policies-issues/reverence-life/death-penalty/catholics-ask-governor-commute-death-row-he-leaves

Catholics Ask Governor to Commute Death Row before He Leaves Office

Representative from Catholic and other organizations opposed to the death penalty delivered nearly six thousand letters to Governor Jerry Brown today asking him to commute the sentences of the hundreds of men and women on death row before he leaves office.

Earlier in the year, the Catechism of the Catholic Church was updated to reflect the official teaching of the church that the death penalty is “inadmissible.”  State-sanctioned execution is a violent rejection of the inherent dignity of human beings, inconsistently applied across demographic groups and no longer necessary to protect society given modern correctional techniques.

Governor Jerry Brown, with just weeks left in office, has an opportunity to address this appalling inequity in California’s justice system by commuting the sentences of many on death row to life imprisonment.  He can grant clemency to many of the nearly 750 people sentenced to die in California, or he can issue an executive order halting executions.  In either case, the Golden State – which has more people on death row than any other state – can join the 19 other states in the Union who do not use the death penalty.

Catholics Against the Death Penalty, People of Faith Working Against the Death Penalty, the Catholic Mobilizing Network to End the Use of the Death Penalty and other groups such as Death Penalty Focus are all pleading with the Governor to take bold action in his last few weeks.

Presenting the letters to the Governor’s office were Marciano Avilla, Diocese of San Bernardino; Sr. Mary Sean Hodges, Catholics Against the Death Penalty (CADP); MariaJose Flores, California Catholic Conference; and Magdaleno Rose-Avila, Death Penalty Focus, California.

 

Statement from Fr. Chris Ponnet, Co Chair of CADP, Board member Death Penalty Focus and California People of Faith against the Death Penalty, commented on the letters:

“Catholic Against the Death Penalty was formed to bring Catholic values to the public conversations for the ballot initiatives in California to end the death penalty.  In 2016, despite the loss of Prop 62 and the passage of Prop 66, we celebrated the growing numbers of Californians in support of abolition. Our role within the Catholic Church was to educate residents and to advocate for the voices of victims and their families who want justice without the death penalty.

At the end of 2017, we began working on a petition to present to Governor Brown for him to follow the example and words of his father Governor Pat Brown, who wrote his book Public Justice, Private Mercy:  “Beyond its horror and incivility, it has neither protected the innocent nor deterred the wicked.”

“The nearly 6,000 letters we have collected that will be presented today (November 19, 2018) to Governor Brown reflect many hours of work at the 2018 Religious Ed Congress, the Diocese of San Bernardino, many religious community members and the local efforts of Death Penalty Focus, California People of Faith and Catholics Against the Death Penalty.

“We request the Governor before his term ends in the coming weeks, to consider the words of his father and the updated Catholic Catechism to say the death penalty is “inadmissible” for Catholics to support and we are called by faith to work for abolition. We hope Governor Brown, trained by Jesuits, will consider his legacy of respect of restorative justice.  We trust he knows that killing to punish killings only make us as State killers also.

“We thank all who helped make these nearly 6,000 personal statements of life and restorative justice become a real call for action under the law.

“Governor Brown–do the right thing.

“Under the law, commute as many of those on death row as possible.  Life without parole is seen by many as worst that the death penalty but it means we as society will not be killers.  It will leave open the possibility of redemption for those who are guilty of heinous crimes.  It also eliminates the ongoing reality of the innocent being executed by the State of California.  We trust you will join us at this time in history and move California closer to abolition.  And we pray that California, with the largest death row, will be an example for the United States.”

  • Fr Chris Ponnet Co Chair CADP, CPF, DPF St Camillus and Pax Christi So California, 323 719-7411

“Consistency in the abhorrence of violence is the hallmark of the Church’s teaching on the death penalty….state-sanctioned killing diminishes us all, the application of capital punishment is flawed and inconsistent, and that the state has other ways of punishing criminals.”

  • US Conference of Catholic Bishops

“The Death Penalty is inadmissible because it is an attack on the inviolability and dignity of the person….the Church will work with determination for its abolition worldwide.”

  • Pope Francis 2018

 

Article source: https://www.cacatholic.org/policies-issues/reverence-life/death-penalty/catholics-ask-governor-commute-death-row-he-leaves

California Wildfires: How to Help

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Perspectivas: Obispos de los EEUU luchan con la crisis causada por abusos; Llamado a la oración por los incendios arrasadores en CA

Obispos de los EE.UU. luchan con la crisis de abusos en su reunión anual

Los obispos de los Estados Unidos se juntaron esta semana en Baltimore para su Reunión Anual, enfocados en un tema: cómo responsabilizarse y pedir rendición de cuentas a sus hermanos obispos cuando se trata de proteger a los menores del abuso sexual.  

Pero con un anuncio inesperado durante los comentarios de apertura, ese objetivo se postergó por una petición del Vaticano de esperar hasta el sínodo de febrero, que se llevará a cabo en Roma, donde los obispos de todo el mundo se reunirán para lidiar con este asunto juntos. 

No obstante el desvío, seguía muy presente para ellos, la necesidad de actuar:  

“Hermanos obispos, dispensarnos nosotros mismos de estas estrictas normas de rendición de cuentas es inaceptable y no tiene cabida,” afirmó el Cardenal Daniel DiNardo, presidente de la Conferencia de Obispos de los EE.UU. “De hecho, nosotros, como sucesores de los apóstoles, debemos ceñirnos a los máximos estándares posibles. Hacer cualquier cosa inferior a esto sería un insulto para las personas que se han dado a la tarea de proteger y sanar de la lacra del abuso”.

No quedó claro qué fue lo que preocupaba al Vaticano acerca de las reformas propuestas, pero se obtuvo alguna idea del discurso del Nuncio Papal, el  Arzobispo Christophe Pierre:

“Para recuperar la confianza, no basta con sencillamente predicar usando palabras sobre la responsabilidad, sin vivir las dificultades de esa responsabilidad, aún de cara a la crítica,”  indicó el Arzobispo.  “Cuando se trata de las responsabilidades, que nos han sido encomendadas – con los niños y las personas vulnerables en el primer plano – debemos demostrar que podemos resolver los problemas en vez de sencillamente delegárselos a otros”.

Aunque el enfoque de las reformas ahora se transfiere a la reunión en Roma, los obispos abordaron diversos elementos de la crisis, incluyendo los siguientes:

  • Una presentación de la coordinadora de asistencia a víctimas de la Arquidiócesis de Los Ángeles sobre cómo acompañar a las víctimas y sobrevivientes del abuso sexual de menores.
  • Aunque no se votó sobre las propuestas, los obispos analizaron las recomendaciones referente a las acciones, como un mecanismo de denuncia por una tercera parte, normas de conducta para obispos y protocolos para los obispos que han renunciado o han sido destituidos debido al abuso.  El Arzobispo José Gómez de Los Ángeles esbozó las propuestas.
  • Escucharon informes del Consejo Nacional Asesor (National Advisory Council) y de la Junta Nacional Examinadora (National Review Board).

 

También hubo un llamado firme a que se “llegara al meollo” del caso del ex Cardenal Theodore McGarrick, quien avanzó en la jerarquía de la Iglesia a pesar de su historial de abuso sexual de seminaristas y de un menor.  “Este es el tema que se debe abordar,” dijo el Cardenal DiNardo. “Sencillamente es algo malo para nuestra gente”.

En otras cuestiones atendidas durante la reunión, los obispos aprobaron una carta pastoral denunciando el racismo (vea más aquí) y eligieron nuevos presidentes para los comités .   El Arzobispo Salvatore Cordileone de San Francisco fue elegido como presidente del Comité para los Laicos, el Matrimonio y la Vida Familiar, mientras que el Obispo Michael Barber fue elegido como presidente del Comité para la Educación. 

El Cardenal DiNardo cerró la conferencia reafirmando el compromiso de hacer lo necesario para llegar al fondo de la situación del Arzobispo McCarrick, de facilitar la denuncia del abuso y la conducta impropia por parte de los obispos, y de elaborar medios genuinamente independientes para la rendición de cuentas de los obispos, que sean debidamente autorizados y que incluyan una importante participación de los laicos.

“Hermanos, abrí la reunión, indicando cierta desilusión.  La concluyo con esperanza,” afirmó.

 

Llamado a la oración y asistencia para los incendios arrasadores en CA

Mientras que siguen ardiendo los incendios más mortíferos que California haya experimentado hasta la fecha, el Arzobispo de Los Ángeles,  Mons. José H. Gómez y el presidente de la CCC y obispo de Sacramento, Mons. Jaime Soto, están pidiendo oraciones y apoyo para todas las personas afectadas.  

“Amigos, continua la desolación por los incendios arrasadores — aquí en el sur de California como en la parte norte del estado,” aseveró el Arzobispo Gómez . “Debemos seguir orando por las personas que han perdido la vida y sus casas y su modo de subsistencia, así como por todos los hombres y mujeres que luchan contra los incendios. Que Dios proteja y mantenga a salvo a todos y que controle todos estos incendios.  Hemos establecido un fondo  para ayudar a las víctimas de estos incendios. Por favor bríndenles cualquier ayuda que les puedan ofrecer”.

La Arquidiócesis de Los Ángeles está proveyendo apoyo a las comunidades afectadas por los incendios Woolsey y Hill a través de Caridades Católicas de Los Ángeles y de las parroquias y escuelas locales.  Se pueden hacer donaciones en: archla.org/fires.  

El mortífero Incendio Camp en el Condado de Butte ya ha cobrado más de cincuenta vidas, y ha destruido más de 7,600 casas y más de 8,800 estructuras.

“Las tremendas pérdidas provocadas por el Incendio Camp, azotando partes de la diócesis, son devastadoras,”  manifestó el Obispo Soto. “Las familias de la ciudad de Paradise y de las comunidades circundantes, afectadas por el incendio, pueden confiar en el apoyo de nuestras oraciones. También oramos por los valientes hombres y mujeres que han respondido a este desastre, combatiendo los incendios. Que se les conceda el descanso eterno en las manos misericordiosas de Nuestro Señor Jesucristo a todos los que han muerto en este infierno catastrófico”.

Las personas que deseen ayudar a las víctimas del Incendio Camp pueden donar aquí. Las personas que necesiten un refugio temporal, alimentos o asistencia inmediata debido a los incendios, pueden comunicarse con su parroquia para recibir servicios de apoyo.

 

Doctrina católica: La pena de muerte es “inadmisible”

La congruencia en la abominación de la violencia es el sello distintivo de la doctrina de la Iglesia en torno a la pena de muerte.  

Los Obispos de los EE.UU. han señalado el hecho de que el exterminio sancionado por el estado nos disminuye a todos. La aplicación de la pena capital tiene fallas y es inconsistente, y el estado tiene otras formas de castigar a los malhechores.

En su discurso ante la Asociación Internacional de Derecho Penal, el Papa Francisco planteó la importancia de la necesidad de eliminar la pena capital.  

“Los argumentos contrarios a la pena de muerte son muchos y bien conocidos. La Iglesia ha oportunamente destacado algunos de ellos, como la posibilidad de la existencia del error judicial y el uso que hacen de ello los regímenes totalitarios y dictatoriales, que la utilizan como instrumento de supresión de la disidencia política o de persecución de las minorías religiosas y culturales, todas víctimas que para sus respectivas legislaciones son “delincuentes”, afirmó el Santo Padre.  “Todos los cristianos y los hombres de buena voluntad están llamados, por lo tanto, a luchar no sólo por la abolición de la pena de muerte, legal o ilegal que sea, y en todas sus formas, sino también con el fin de mejorar las condiciones carcelarias, en el respeto de la dignidad humana de las personas privadas de libertad.  Y esto yo lo relaciono con la cadena perpetua”.

Visite la página dedicada a la pena de muerte de la Conferencia Católica de California – Death Penalty page para aprender más sobre la doctrina católica y el renovado llamado a eliminar la pena de muerte y a defender toda vida humana.

 

Nueva declaración de los Obispos desafía el racismo

Durante su Asamblea General Nacional de esta semana, la Conferencia de Obispos Católicos de los EE.UU. (UCSSB) votó a favor de aprobar una Carta Pastoral abordando el mal del racismo y promoviendo la causa de santidad de la Hna. Thea Bowman, una hermana afroamericana pionera en los EE.UU.

“Open Wide Our Hearts: The Enduring Call to Love, una Carta Pastoral contra el Racismo,” fue aprobada por el cuerpo de obispos por mayoría de dos tercios con 241 votos a favor, 3 en contra y una abstención.

“Todo el cuerpo de obispos sintió la necesidad de abordar el tema del racismo, una vez más, después de ser testigos del deterioro del discurso público y los episodios de violencia y animosidad con connotaciones raciales y xenófobas, que han resurgido en la sociedad estadounidense en los últimos años,” aseguró la declaración del Comité de la Diversidad Cultural en la Iglesia de la USCCB.

“Las cartas pastorales de todo el Cuerpo de Obispos son raras, pocas y distantes entre sí. Pero en momentos clave de la historia, los obispos se han unido para hacer pronunciamientos importantes, prestando atención a un tema en particular y con la intención de ofrecer una respuesta cristiana, llena de esperanza, a los problemas de nuestro tiempo.  Éste es uno de esos momentos clave,” manifestó la declaración.  

Los Obispos además votaron para promover la causa de santidad de la Hna. Thea Bowman.  Siendo nieta de esclavos, la Hna. Bowman fue la única miembro afroamericana de las Hermanas Franciscanas de la Adoración Perpetua y fue la primera hermana de la raza negra que se dirigió a la USCCB. Ella luchó para trascender el racismo y dejó una huella indeleble en la vida católica de los EE.UU. a finales del siglo 20.  

La votación abre el camino para que una comisión diocesana determine si la Hna. Bowman vivió una vida de “virtud extraordinaria y heroica”.  

Lea más aquí

 

Los católicos hacen un llamado al Presidente para que reconsidere las políticas de asilo

Varias organizaciones católicas prominentes han publicado un comunicado reiterando que no es delito procurar el asilo e instan a la Administración a que busque otras soluciones que fortalezcan la integridad del sistema migratorio existente.

El Comité de Migración de la Conferencia de Obispos Católicos de los EE.UU., Caridades Católicas USA, la Red Católica de Inmigración Legal (Catholic Legal Immigration Network), y Catholic Relief Services han hecho un llamado a la Administración Trump para que reconsidere sus políticas de asilo:

“Reiteramos que no es un delito buscar asilo y este derecho de buscar refugio se encuentra codificado en nuestras leyes y en nuestros valores,” manifiesta el comunicado. “La Iglesia católica continuará sirviendo, acompañando y asistiendo a todas las personas que huyen de la persecución, independientemente de dónde buscan dicha protección y de dónde son”.  

Lea la declaración completa aquí.

 

16 de noviembre de 2018
Tomo 11, No. 31

En español

 

Article source: https://www.cacatholic.org/espanol/perspectivas/perspectivas-obispos-de-los-eeuu-luchan-con-la-crisis-causada-por-abusos

Insights: US Bishops Contend with Abuse Crisis; Call for Prayer for CA Wildfires

U.S. Bishops Grapple with Abuse Crisis at Annual Meeting

The Bishops of the United States gathered at their Annual Meeting in Baltimore this week focused on one topic – how to hold themselves and brother Bishops accountable for the protection of minors from sexual abuse. 

But in a surprise announcement during the opening remarks, that goal was delayed by a request from the Vatican to hold off until a February synod in Rome in which Bishops from the entire world will gather to struggle with the issue together.

Despite the detour, the need to act was still very much on their minds:

“Brother Bishops, to exempt ourselves from these high standards of accountability is unacceptable and cannot stand,” said Cardinal Daniel DiNardo, president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops. “In fact, we, as successors to the apostles, must hold ourselves to the highest possible standard. Doing anything less insults those working to protect and heal from the scourge of abuse.”

It was not clear what concerned the Vatican about the proposed reforms but some insight came from the speech by Papal Nuncio Archbishop Christophe Pierre:

“To regain trust it is not enough to simply preach words about responsibility, without living the difficulties of that responsibility, even in the face of criticism,” said the Archbishop.  “When it comes to the responsibilities, with which we are charged – with children and the vulnerable at the forefront – we must show that we can solve problems rather than simply delegating them to others.”

Even though the focus for reforms now shifts to the Rome meeting, the Bishops addressed several elements of the crisis, including:

 

  • A presentation by the Archdiocese of Los Angeles’ victim assistance coordinator on how to journey with victims and survivors of child sexual abuse.
  • While not voting on the proposals, the Bishops examined recommendations on actions such as a third-party reporting mechanism, standards of conduct for bishops and protocols for bishops resigned or removed because of abuse.  Archbishop Jose Gomez of Los Angeles outlined the proposals.
  • They heard reports from the National Advisory Council and National Review Board.

 

Calls were also very strong to “get to the heart” of the case of former Cardinal Theodore McGarrick who advanced in Church hierarchy despite a history of sexual abuse of seminarians and a minor.  “This is the one that needs to be addressed,” said Cardinal DiNardo. “It’s just bad for our people.”

In other business during the meeting, the Bishops approval a pastoral letter speaking out against racism (see more here) and elected new committee chairs.   Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone of San Francisco was elected chair of the Committee on Laity, Marriage and Family Life, while Bishop Michael Barber was elected chair of the Education Committee. 

Cardinal DiNardo closed the conference restating the commitment to do what is necessary to get to the bottom of the Archbishop McCarrick situation, to make reporting of abuse and misconduct by Bishops easier, and to develop a means of holding Bishops accountable that was genuinely independent, duly authorized and has substantial lay involvement.

“Brothers, I opened the meeting expressing some disappointment. I end it with hope,” he said.

 

Call for Prayer and Assistance for CA Wildfires

While the deadliest wildfires California has ever experienced continues to burn, Los Angeles Archbishop José H. Gomez and CCC President and Sacramento Bishop Jaime Soto are asking for prayer and support for all those affected.

“Friends, the devastation of the wildfires continues — both here in southern California and in the northern part of the state,” said Archbishop Gomez said. “We need to keep praying for those who have lost their lives and their homes and livelihoods, and for all the men and women fighting the fires. May God keep everyone safe and bring these fires under control.  We have started a fund to help the victims of these fires. Please offer whatever help you can.”

The Archdiocese of Los Angeles is providing support to the communities affected by the Woolsey and Hill fires through Catholic Charities of Los Angeles and local parishes and schools. Donations can be made at archla.org/fires.  

The deadly Camp Fire in Butte County has already claimed more than fifty lives, and has destroyed more than 7,600 homes and more than 8,800 structures.

“The tremendous loss from the Camp Fire ravaging parts of the diocese is devastating,” said Bishop Soto. “The families in Paradise and the surrounding communities affected by the fire can rely on the support of our prayers. We also pray for the brave men and women responding to this disaster and battling the fires. May all those who have died in this catastrophic inferno be granted eternal repose in the merciful hands of the Lord Jesus.”

Those wishing to help victims of the Camp Fire can donate here. Those in immediate need of temporary shelter, food or assistance fires can contact their parish for support services.

 

Catholic Teaching: Death Penalty Is “Inadmissible”

Consistency in the abhorrence of violence is the hallmark of the Church’s teaching on the death penalty.

U.S. Bishops have pointed to the fact that state-sanctioned killing diminishes us all, the application of capital punishment is flawed and inconsistent, and that the state has other ways of punishing criminals.

In his address to the International Association of Penal Law, Pope Francis stated the heaviness behind the need to end capital punishment.

“There are many well-known arguments against the death penalty. The Church has duly highlighted several, such as the possibility of judicial error and the use made by totalitarian and dictatorial regimes who use it as a means of suppressing political dissidence or of persecuting religious and cultural minorities, all victims who, in their respective legislation are termed “delinquents,” the Holy Father said. “All Christians and men of good will are thus called today to fight not only for the abolition of the death penalty, whether legal or illegal, and in all its forms, but also in order to improve prison conditions, with respect for the human dignity of the people deprived of their freedom. And I link this to life imprisonment.”

Visit the California Catholic Conference’s dedicated Death Penalty page to discover more on Catholic teaching and the renewed call to end the death penalty and take a stand for all lives.

 

New Bishops’ Statement Challenges Racism

During its National General Assembly this week, the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (UCSSB) voted to approve a Pastoral Letter addressing the evil of racism and advance the sainthood cause of Sister Thea Bowman, a trailblazing African-American sister in the U.S. 

“Open Wide Our Hearts: The Enduring Call to Love, A Pastoral Letter Against Racism,” was approved by the full body of bishops with a two-thirds majority vote of 241 to 3 with 1 abstention.

“The entire body of bishops felt the need to address the topic of racism, once again, after witnessing the deterioration of the public discourse, and episodes of violence and animosity with racial and xenophobic overtones, that have re-emerged in American society in the last few years,” said a statement from the USCCB Cultural Diversity in the Church Committee.

“Pastoral letters from the full body of bishops are rare, few and far between. But at key moments in history, the bishops have come together for important pronouncements, paying attention to a particular issue and with the intention of offering a Christian response, full of hope, to the problems of our time. This is such a time,” the statement said.

The Bishops also voted to further the cause of sainthood for Sr. Thea Bowman.  The granddaughter of slaves, Sr. Bowman was the only African-American member of the Franciscan Sisters of Perpetual Adoration and was the first black sister to address the USCCB. She fought to transcend racism and left a lasting mark on U.S. Catholic life in the late 20th century. 

The vote opens the way for a diocesan commission to determine whether Sr. Bowman lived a life of “extraordinary and heroic virtue.”

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Catholics Call on President to Reconsider Asylum Policies

Several prominent Catholic organizations have issued a statement reiterating that it is not a crime to seek asylum and urging the Administration to seek other solutions that will strengthen the integrity of the existing immigration system.

The U.S Conference of Catholic Bishops Committee on Migration, Catholic Charities USA, Catholic Legal Immigration Network, and Catholic Relief Services are calling on the Trump Administration to reconsider its asylum policies:

“We reiterate that it is not a crime to seek asylum and this right to seek refuge is codified in our laws and in our values,” the statement reads. “The Catholic Church will continue to serve, accompany and assist all those who flee persecution, regardless of where they seek such protection and where they are from.” 

Read the full statement here.

 

November 16, 2018
Vol. 11, No. 31

En Español

 

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Call for Prayer and Assistance for CA Wildfires

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U.S. Bishops Grapple with Abuse Crisis at Annual Meeting

The Bishops of the United States gathered at their Annual Meeting in Baltimore this week focused on one topic – how to hold themselves and brother Bishops accountable for the protection of minors from sexual abuse. 

But in a surprise announcement during the opening remarks, that goal was delayed by a request from the Vatican to hold off until a February synod in Rome in which Bishops from the entire world will gather to struggle with the issue together.

Despite the detour, the need to act was still very much on their minds:

“Brother Bishops, to exempt ourselves from these high standards of accountability is unacceptable and cannot stand,” said Cardinal Daniel DiNardo, president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops. “In fact, we, as successors to the apostles, must hold ourselves to the highest possible standard. Doing anything less insults those working to protect and heal from the scourge of abuse.”

It was not clear what concerned the Vatican about the proposed reforms but some insight came from the speech by Papal Nuncio Archbishop Christophe Pierre:

“To regain trust it is not enough to simply preach words about responsibility, without living the difficulties of that responsibility, even in the face of criticism,” said the Archbishop.  “When it comes to the responsibilities, with which we are charged – with children and the vulnerable at the forefront – we must show that we can solve problems rather than simply delegating them to others.”

Even though the focus for reforms now shifts to the Rome meeting, the Bishops addressed several elements of the crisis, including:

 

  • A presentation by the Archdiocese of Los Angeles’ victim assistance coordinator on how to journey with victims and survivors of child sexual abuse.
  • While not voting on the proposals, the Bishops examined recommendations on actions such as a third-party reporting mechanism, standards of conduct for bishops and protocols for bishops resigned or removed because of abuse.  Archbishop Jose Gomez of Los Angeles outlined the proposals.
  • They heard reports from the National Advisory Council and National Review Board.

 

Calls were also very strong to “get to the heart” of the case of former Cardinal Theodore McGarrick who advanced in Church hierarchy despite a history of sexual abuse of seminarians and a minor.  “This is the one that needs to be addressed,” said Cardinal DiNardo. “It’s just bad for our people.”

In other business during the meeting, the Bishops approval a pastoral letter speaking out against racism (see more here) and elected new committee chairs.   Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone of San Francisco was elected chair of the Committee on Laity, Marriage and Family Life, while Bishop Michael Barbour was elected chair of the Education Committee. 

Cardinal DiNardo closed the conference restating the commitment to do what is necessary to get to the bottom of the Archbishop McCarrick situation, to make reporting of abuse and misconduct by Bishops easier, and to develop a means of holding Bishops accountable that was genuinely independent, duly authorized and has substantial lay involvement.

“Brothers, I opened the meeting expressing some disappointment. I end it with hope,” he said.

 

Article source: https://www.cacatholic.org/us-bishops-grapple-abuse-crisis-annual-meeting

Insights: An Overhaul of Legal Immigration; AMA Retains Opposition to Assisted Suicide

An Overhaul of Legal Immigration, Through the Back-Door

Last month, the Trump Administration announced a dramatic change to long-standing definitions of what constitutes a “public charge” for legal immigration purposes.  Bishop Vasquez, Chairman of the US Conference of Catholic Bishops’ migration committee said that the changes, if enacted, would “undercut decades of administrative policies and guidelines on how immigrants are treated…it is likely to prevent families from accessing important medical and social services vital to public health and welfare.”

Dr. Gráinne McEvoy, a regular contributor on the history of immigration, continues to examine the ongoing situation in the U.S.

In late September, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) announced a proposed change in how it will evaluate the admissibility of immigrants based on their likelihood of becoming dependent upon the state. Although the “likely to be a public charge” provision has been part of federal immigration law since the 19th century, the new regulations would constitute a dramatic departure from existing practice. If implemented, this proposal could undermine the well-being of hundreds of thousands of immigrants and their families already in the country, and dramatically alter the nature of future legal immigration to the United States.

Under the new regulations, the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Service (USCIS) would

use a complex set of rules for assessing all applicants for visas or legal permanent residency (green cards), whether new applicants from outside the country or those already living in the U.S. who are legally applying to adjust their status. Immigration inspectors would have significant leeway, including the ability to deny admission or legal residency if an individual has utilized certain taxpayer-funded programs that support access to food aid, public housing, and Medicaid.

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Countdown to Midterm Election Day

With Election Day now less than two weeks away, the countdown has begun to get ballots filled out and delivered to voting locations in California. Political advertisements and mailers have descended as they try to persuade for or against the 11 propositions on the ballot, and the conflicting information can prove confusing and overwhelming as you try to discern your voting conscience.

The California Catholic Conference has published propositional analyses for each of the measures on the ballot, giving a background as well as applicable Catholic social teaching.

If you did not register to vote by the 15-day voter registration deadline, you may conditionally register to vote and cast a provisional ballot by visiting your county elections office, a vote center, or a designated satellite location during the period of 14 days prior to, and including, Election Day. 

Once your county elections official processes your affidavit of registration, determines your eligibility to register, and validates your information, your registration becomes permanent and your provisional ballot will be counted.  For more information, please visit the Secretary of State’s website.  

 

Catholic Church Lauds Washington State Supreme Court Death Penalty Ruling

The Catholic Bishops of Washington State applauded today’s decision by the state Supreme Court to abolish the death penalty in Washington.  The Bishops have long been on record as opposing capital punishment.

“We applaud the unanimous state Supreme Court decision issued today finding the death penalty unconstitutional,” said Archbishop J. Peter Sartain of Seattle.  “The Catholic Church’s consistent belief is that every human life is sacred from conception until natural death – it is this principle that has energized our efforts for decades to abolish the death penalty.”

Earlier this year, Washington’s Catholic Bishops provided testimony in support of legislation to repeal the death penalty citing the country’s imperfect record in imposing the death penalty, the potential for racial biases and specific instances where innocent people have been executed for crimes they did not commit.  Since 1973, 161 people sentenced to death have been exonerated.  Today’s decision by the Supreme Court indicates a move towards greater justice and greater respect for life at all stages.

The Catholic Bishops of Washington State are Archbishop J. Peter Sartain and Auxiliary Bishops Eusebio Elizondo and Daniel Mueggenborg of Seattle, Bishop Thomas Daly of Spokane, and Bishop Joseph Tyson of Yakima.

 

AMA Recommends Opposition to Assisted Suicide

There are pivotal updates on the front to fight physician-assisted suicide in the U.S.

The American Medical Association (AMA) Council on Ethical and Judicial Affairs continues to recommend that the AMA retain its position in opposition to assisted suicide. The report provides impetus for holding the line to oppose assisted suicide and sets up another battle at the June 2019 meeting.   

The American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP), however, recently changed its position to “engaged neutrality,” which presents a significant challenge in retaining the opposition position next year by the AMA.

“It is quite startling that the AAFP would be so diametrically opposed to the medical community’s historical and long-standing opposition against physician-assisted suicide,” said Dr. Peter T. Morrow, president of the Catholic Medical Association, in a statement. “It is in direct violation of the ‘do no harm’ Hippocratic Oath.”

Fortunately, the World Medical Association remains in opposition to assisted suicide.   Our Embracing Our Dying page has details on the Church’s end-of-life teaching.  The End of Life: Legal and Policy Issues page lays out some of the public policy debate on the issue.

 

Spotlight on Immigration

The Bishops of the United States have been calling for meaningful immigration reform in the U.S. for decades.  Today, with spread of misinformation and the targeting of immigrants, both legal and undocumented, trying to learn the heart of the issue through the current rhetoric and emotions can be overwhelming.

The CCC has published several articles to assist in learning the crux of the immigration issue and Catholic social teaching regarding migration and neighborly compassion.

The articles were penned by Dr. Grainne McEvoy, 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.

Take a moment to review the articles to help clarify the need for compassion and concern for refugees around the world.

 

October 26, 2018
Vol. 11, No. 31

En Español

 

Article source: https://www.cacatholic.org/insights-overhaul-legal-immigration-ama-retains-opposition-assisted-suicide

Perspectivas: Reforma de la inmigración legal; La AMA mantiene su oposición al suicidio asistido

Reforma de la inmigración legal, por la puerta trasera

El mes pasado, la Administración Trump anunció un cambio dramático a las antiguas definiciones de lo que constituye una “carga pública” para fines de la inmigración legal.  El Obispo Vásquez, presidente del comité de migración de la Conferencia de Obispos Católicos de los EE.UU., dijo que los cambios, si se decretan, “debilitarán a décadas de políticas y guías administrativas establecidas sobre cómo tratar a los inmigrantes…es probable que esto impida que las familias tengan acceso a importantes servicios médicos y sociales que son vitales para la salud y bienestar del público”.

La Dra. Gráinne McEvoy, quien contribuye con regularidad en torno al tema de la historia de la inmigración, continua analizando la situación constante en los EE.UU.  

A finales de septiembre, el Departamento de Seguridad Interna (Department of Homeland Security, DHS) anunció su propuesta de efectuar un cambio  en la manera en que evaluará la admisibilidad de los inmigrantes basándose en la probabilidad de que se vuelvan dependientes del estado.  Aunque la disposición de “tener probabilidades de convertirse en una carga pública” ha formado parte de la ley federal migratoria desde el siglo 19, los nuevos reglamentos constituirían un cambio dramático a la práctica existente. Si se implementa, esta propuesta podría socavar el bienestar de cientos de miles de inmigrantes y sus familias que ya están en el país, y alteraría dramáticamente el tipo de inmigración legal futura para los Estados Unidos.

Conforme a los nuevos reglamentos,  el Servicio de Inmigración y Ciudadanía de los EE.UU. ( U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Service, USCIS) utilizaría un conjunto complejo de reglas para evaluar a todo solicitante de visas o residencia legal permanente (tarjetas verdes), ya sea que sean nuevos solicitantes desde el extranjero o personas que ya vivan en los EE.UU.  y que estén legalmente solicitando un ajuste a su estatus. Los inspectores migratorios tendrían una significativa flexibilidad, incluyendo la habilidad de denegar el ingreso o la residencia legal, a una persona que haya utilizado ciertos programas financiados por los contribuyentes, que apoyan el acceso a alimentos, vivienda pública y Medicaid.

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Conteo regresivo para el Día de Elecciones de Medio Término

Faltando menos de dos semanas para el Día de Elecciones, ha empezado el conteo regresivo para llenar las boletas y llevarlas a los lugares de votación en California. La publicidad y correspondencia política han descendido para tratar de persuadir los votos a favor o en contra de las 11 proposiciones que figuran en la boleta, y la información contradictoria podría ser confusa y agobiante al momento de tratar de discernir cómo votar, según su conciencia.

La Conferencia Católica de California ha publicado un análisis sobre las proposiciones  para cada una de las medidas que figuran en la boleta, ofreciendo información de fondo, además de la enseñanza social católica procedente.  

Si usted no se ha inscrito para votar para la fecha límite de 15 días para la inscripción de votantes, puede inscribirse para votar condicionalmente y presentar una boleta provisional al visitar la oficina de elecciones de su condado, un centro de votación, o un sitio satélite designado en los 14 días antes de, e incluyendo el Día de Elecciones.

Una vez que el funcionario de elecciones de su condado procese su declaración jurada del formulario de inscripción del votante, determine su elegibilidad para inscribirse, y valide su información, su inscripción se vuelve permanente y su boleta provisional contará.  Para más información, favor de visitar el sitio web de la Secretaría del Estado

 

Iglesia católica elogia dictamen de la Corte Suprema del Estado de Washington sobre la pena de muerte

Los Obispos Católicos del Estado de Washington aplaudieron la decisión de hoy, de la Corte Suprema del Estado, de abolir la pena de muerte en Washington.  Hace mucho tiempo ya que los Obispos se habían pronunciado en contra de la pena capital.  

“Aplaudimos la decisión unánime de la Corte Suprema del estado que se emitió hoy, determinando que la pena de muerte es inconstitucional,” afirmó el arzobispo J. Peter Sartain de Seattle.  “La consistente creencia de la Iglesia católica es que toda vida humana es sagrada desde la concepción hasta la muerte natural – es este el principio que ha estimulado nuestros esfuerzos por décadas, cuando se trata de la abolición de la pena de muerte”.  

A principios del año, los Obispos Católicos de Washington ofrecieron testimonio en apoyo de la legislación para revocar la pena de muerte, aludiendo al récord imperfecto del país al momento de imponer la pena de muerte, la posibilidad del perjuicio racial, e instancias concretas donde se ha ejecutado a personas inocentes por crímenes que no cometieron.  Desde 1973, se ha exonerado a 161 personas que habían sido condenadas a muerte.  La decisión del día de hoy, de la Corte Suprema, indica que se avanza hacia una mayor justicia y mayor respeto por la vida en todas sus etapas. 

Los Obispos Católicos del Estado de Washington son el arzobispo J. Peter Sartain y  los obispos auxiliares Eusebio Elizondo y Daniel Mueggenborg de Seattle, el obispo Thomas Daly de Spokane, y el obispo Joseph Tyson de Yakima.

 

AMA recomienda la oposición al suicidio asistido

Hay actualizaciones trascendentales en el frente de batalla contra el suicido asistido por médicos en los EE.UU.

El Consejo de Ética y Asuntos Judiciales de La Asociación Médica Americana (American Medical Association, AMA) sigue recomendando que la AMA mantenga su postura en contra del suicidio asistido. El informe provee el impulso para que se mantenga la línea de oponerse al suicidio asistido y se prepara otra batalla para la reunión de junio de 2019.   

La Academia Americana de Médicos de Familia (American Academy of Family Physicians, AAFP), sin embargo, recientemente cambió su postura para la “participación neutral,” la cual presenta un desafío significativo para que la AMA mantenga su oposición el próximo año.

“Es bastante asombroso que la AAFP se encuentre tan diametralmente opuesta a la oposición histórica y arraigada de la comunidad médica contra el suicido asistido por médicos,” aseveró el Dr. Peter T. Morrow, presidente de la Asociación Médica Católica (Catholic Medical Association), en un comunicado. “Va directamente en contra del Juramento Hipocrático de ‘no dañar ‘ “.

Afortunadamente, la Asociación Médica Mundial  se sigue oponiendo al suicidio asistido.   Nuestra página Embracing Our Dying contiene detalles respecto a la enseñanza de la Iglesia cuando se llega al final de la vida.  La página, Final de la Vida: Cuestiones Legales y Políticas –  End of Life: Legal and Policy Issues detalla parte del debate de políticas públicas sobre el tema.

 

La Inmigración en Primer Plano

Los Obispos de los Estados Unidos han estado llamando a una reforma migratoria significativa en los EE.UU. por décadas.  Actualmente, con la difusión de la desinformación y la focalización en los inmigrantes, tanto legales como indocumentados, pueden ganarnos las emociones y resultar agobiante el  tratar de ver el meollo del asunto a través de la actual retórica.

La CCC ha publicado varios artículos para ayudar a informarnos sobre lo esencial de la cuestión migratoria y la enseñanza social católica respecto a la migración y a la compasión por nuestro prójimo.   

Los artículos son de la autoría de la Dra. Grainne McEvoy, una becaria de postdoctorado del Consejo de Investigación Irlandés del Trinity College, Dublin, y actualmente escribe un libro acerca del pensamiento social católico estadounidense y la política migratoria en el siglo 20.

Tome un momento para repasar los artículos para ayudar a aclarar la necesidad de ser compasivos e interesarse por los refugiados de alrededor del mundo.

 

26 de octubre de 2018
Tomo 11, No. 31

En español

 

Article source: https://www.cacatholic.org/espanol/perspectivas/perspectivas-reforma-de-la-inmigraci%C3%B3n-legal-la-ama-mantiene-su-oposici%C3%B3n-al

An Overhaul of Legal Immigration, Through the Back-Door

Last month, the Trump Administration announced a dramatic change to long-standing definitions of what constitutes a “public charge” for legal immigration purposes.  Bishop Vasquez, Chairman of the US Conference of Catholic Bishops’ migration committee said that the changes, if enacted, would “undercut decades of administrative policies and guidelines on how immigrants are treated…it is likely to prevent families from accessing important medical and social services vital to public health and welfare.”

In late September, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) announced a proposed change in how it will evaluate the admissibility of immigrants based on their likelihood of becoming dependent upon the state. Although the “likely to be a public charge” provision has been part of federal immigration law since the 19th century, the new regulations would constitute a dramatic departure from existing practice. If implemented, this proposal could undermine the well-being of hundreds of thousands of immigrants and their families already in the country, and dramatically alter the nature of future legal immigration to the United States.


Gráinne McEvoy is an independent scholar based in South Bend, Indiana, and is currently writing a book on American Catholic social thought and immigration policy in the 20th century.


Under the new regulations, the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Service (USCIS) would use a complex set of rules for assessing all applicants for visas or legal permanent residency (green cards), whether new applicants from outside the country or those already living in the U.S. who are legally applying to adjust their status. Immigration inspectors would have significant leeway, including the ability to deny admission or legal residency if an individual has utilized certain taxpayer-funded programs that support access to food aid, public housing, and Medicaid. The regulations comprise a complex set of tests that weigh “negative factors” in an individual’s background such as using welfare programs like Medicaid and food stamps, being in ill-health without insurance, or having a large family. In contrast, a household income significantly above the federal poverty line would be considered a “strongly positive” factor.

The new regulations would be a significant departure from existing application of the “likely to be a public charge” rule. In particular, while the definition of what constitutes a public charge has historically been understood as being dependent upon the state for the majority of one’s subsistence, the new proposal lowers that bar considerably. The current guidelines, in place since 1999, define a public charge as being primarily dependent upon the federal government, typically through direct cash assistance or long-term support. At present, immigration inspectors are explicitly barred from penalizing for use of non-cash benefits, such as food stamps or Section 8 housing vouchers. In contrast, this proposal would expand the definition of public charge, in such a way as to include those who benefit from programs designed not to provide a livelihood, but to improve conditions for those living at or near the poverty level. 

Analysts have identified two potential outcomes from this broadening of the public charge definition. The first, affecting immigrants already legally resident in the U.S., would be the retreat of non-citizens from various forms of public welfare assistance, to which they are entitled, because they are afraid of being denied a green card and losing their immigration status. When an initial proposal was leaked to the press in March, it included an expansive cradle to grave list of welfare programs such as home heating aid, Head Start and the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC). Although the latest draft is less draconian, news of the original proposal generated sufficient fear and confusion to provoke withdrawals from health, nutrition and social services. The Migration Policy Institute and the DHS itself predicted this “chilling effect,” and, in recent months, public health agencies have reported anecdotal observations of this reaction. According to the American Association of Pediatricians, pregnant women are opting out of vital prenatal care, while agencies in 18 states are blaming fears around the changing regulations for declines of up to 20 per cent in enrollment in WIC, which provides low-income parents with assistance in buying infant formula and healthy food for young children.

The second potential outcome affects those applying for immigrant visas from abroad, and could constitute an overhaul of the very nature of legal immigration to the U.S. The fullest application of the new regulation would fall heaviest on those who are lower-income, less educated, older, and immigrating to join family members already in the U.S, a type of immigration that typically originates in Asia, Latin America, and Africa. This change therefore has the capacity to dramatically alter the character of legal immigration in the future. Analysts have found that 56% of noncitizens who arrived within the last 5 years would fail to meet the “strongly positive” threshold of an income that is 250% of the poverty line, this includes 71 per cent of Mexicans and Central Americans, 69 per cent of Africans and 52 per cent of Asians. It is worth noting that 40 per cent of U.S-born people would also fall below this line.

The proposed administrative change has significant ramifications from the perspective of Catholic social thought and its application to immigration policy. Secretary of Homeland Security Kirstjen Nielsen has insisted that the rule will “promote immigrant self-sufficiency and protect finite resources by ensuring that they are not likely to become burdens on American taxpayers.” A Catholic understanding of U.S. immigration law does not disagree with this goal. Catholic observers of immigration policy have historically supported the principle that the state has a right and responsibility to reasonably control immigration in the interests of both citizens and immigrants. This has included arguments in favor of regulating admissions in ways that protect a living wage for all, such as Monsignor John Ryan’s support for literacy testing of immigrants in the 1910s, or the National Catholic Rural Life Conference’s concern about the importation and exploitation of low-skilled agricultural laborers from Mexico in the 1950s and 1960s.    

While Catholic social thought supports the DHS’s expressed end, it contains significant challenges to the proposed means. Any process that undermines the health and well-being of the nation’s children, parents, and the elderly, whether citizens or immigrants, runs counter to the Catholic principle that the integrity of the family unit is the vital heart of a stable society. As regards immigrants, Catholic social thought holds that adaptation is undermined by inadequate nutrition, housing, and healthcare, and by the existence of a horrific threat of deportation should a person fall into ill-health or unemployment, despite paying-taxes and following the complex, demanding rules of immigration law. Evidence also suggests that the argument that low-income immigrants constitute an excessive drain on the federal purse is a strawman. Studies have found that immigrants utilize both healthcare and welfare programs at significantly lower rates than U.S. citizens, and may even subsidize citizen healthcare to the point that loss of this contribution could raise costs in the future. According to Catholic social thought, the proposed public charge rule is therefore not a reasonable exercise of the state’s right and responsibility to control immigration.

A Catholic response also opposes any immigration policy change that may be a racially-motivated mechanism for reducing immigration from certain parts of the world. Critics of the proposed regulation view its potential effect on legal immigration from poorer nations as a back-door attempt to reverse the reforms of the Immigration and Nationality Act of 1965. This law enshrined family-reunification in immigration law and removed existing race and nationality-based restrictions on immigration that were introduced in the 1920s as a deliberate means of skewing admissions toward immigrants from Western Europe. Catholic voices were consistent critics of the national origins quota system from its inception to its dismantling, and embraced the principle of racial equality in immigration law more fully by the 1960s.

One of the most striking aspects of this potentially dramatic overhaul of our legal immigration system is that, as an administrative adjustment, this change can go into effect without the approval of Congress. American residents should insist that such a proposal be considered by Congress, and they have an avenue for doing so. Members of the public have until December 10 to submit comments on the proposal now published in the Federal Register. The DHS must then consider and address these views before adopting a final version of the regulation in several months.

Article source: https://www.cacatholic.org/policies-issues/human-dignity/immigration/overhaul-legal-immigration-through-back-door

Governor Delivers on Important Vetoes, Respect Life Month

Governor Delivers on Important Vetoes

Last Sunday, at midnight, was the deadline for Governor Jerry Brown to sign or veto a slew of bills.  As traditional, he saved many of the more controversial bills to the very end.

Of the 1,217 bills sent to him this year, the Governor vetoed only 201, or approximately 16 percent.  Hundreds of new bills became law but the CCC is pleased to report that in the final hours before the signing deadline, Governor Brown vetoed two bills that the CCC had opposed.

SB 320 (Leyva, D-Chino) would have mandated that all public universities in the state provide chemical abortion drugs in their on-campus student health centers. The Governor vetoed this bill, refuting the author’s claim that there is limited access to abortion services in California.

You can view all of the Reverence for Life bills followed by the Conference this year at our Legislation page.  You can also review bills in other legislative priority areas.

SB 320 was one of the most significant Reverence for Life bills and has been before the legislature for two years now, a rarity in California’s legislative process.  Thank you to The Legislative Network and all who took the time to write letters and contact legislators to ensure the Catholic voice was heard.

In addition, the Governor vetoed SB 3120 (Gonzales-Fletcher, D-San Diego), which would have ”re-opened” the statute of limitation for civil liability in childhood sexual assault cases. This bill is similar to another he vetoed five years ago which, as cited in Governor Brown’s veto message, failed to include all victims.

The final fate of other bills that the CCC advocated for or against proved mostly successful with a few disappointments.  

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Children Remain Separated from Parents as Migrant Policies Stress “Zero Tolerance”

Last week, more than 1,600 migrant children were quietly moved during the night to a new tent facility in Tornillo Texas.  After a national outcry over the separation of children and parents during the summer, the number of separated children remains high with no remedies in sight.  Dr. Grainne McEvoy, a regular contributor on the history of migration, looks at the ongoing situation:

“Children are not instruments of deterrence but a blessing from God.”

  • Bishop Joe S. Vásquez, Chairman of USCCB Committee on Migration

Last June, the nation’s attention was riveted by a new aspect of the Trump Administration’s “zero tolerance” immigration policy, one which resulted in the separation of more than 2,500 children from parents detained while crossing the southern border. The reports were heart-breaking: separation through subterfuge, children denied human touch or any comfort from supervising adults, and the evidence that at least 100 were under the age of five. The backlash was vociferous and widespread, and, in July, the administration was ultimately forced to walk back this tactic.

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October is Respect Life Month

This month marks the 46th year celebrating Respect Life Month, sponsored by the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops.  We are called to cherish, defend, and protect those who are most vulnerable, from the beginning of life to its end, and at every point in between.

In a Respect Life Month message, Cardinal Timothy Dolan wrote, “At such a time as this, we become even more aware of the need for messengers of God’s love and instruments of His healing. We realize again, with renewed urgency, our personal call to help others encounter God’s transforming, life-giving love and to defend the sanctity of every person’s life, at every stage and in every circumstance.”

This year’s Respect Life theme is “Every Life: Cherished, Chosen, Sent,” highlighting our call to build a culture of life as missionary disciples. Drawing upon the story of Our Lady of Guadalupe and St. Juan Diego, this theme is briefly unpacked in a short reflection.

There is an abundance of materials and resources available including homily helps, intercessions, flyers, images and much more.

Raising Awareness of Hospice and Palliative Care

All too often, it is only when facing serious and life-threatening illness that people discuss their wishes.  But, it’s at this time that a dizzying array of health care choices materialize, concerns over health predominate every waking moment and worry about family and other concerns can become overwhelming.

Better.  Talk about your wishes ahead of time.  Learn about the options and let your loved ones know your needs.

That’s exactly what World Hospice and Palliate Care Day, October 13, 2018, is all about – raising awareness and understanding of the needs – medical, social, practical, spiritual – of people and their families living with a life-limiting illness.

“Palliative care is an expression of the truly human attitude of taking care of one another, especially of those who suffer,” said Pope Francis to a gathering of health care professionals. “It is a testimony that the human person is always precious, even if marked by illness and old age. Indeed, the person, under any circumstances, is an asset to him/herself and to others and is loved by God.”

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Spotlight on Human Trafficking Bills

It is the unfortunate truth that California is home to a large human trafficking enterprise. With this deplorable practice taking place throughout the state, the CCC is pleased that several bills were signed by Governor Brown that target trafficking.

Two measures supported by the CCC that were signed into law will unite entire school communities with a common awareness of how to identify indicators that children are being groomed for such enslavement and how to prevent it. 

AB 1861 (Rodriquez, D-Pomona) and SB 1104 (Roth, D-Riverside) will provide students and parents together with vital information, training and education on ways to combat this horror of labor and sexual exploitation. 

SB 970 (Atkins, D-San Diego) was also signed by the Governor.  This bill will amend the California Federal Employment and Housing Act (FEHA) to require that specified employers provide at least 20 minutes of training and education to their employees to help recognize human trafficking.

The CCC is hopeful that the next legislative session will bring even more awareness and action to help stop this practice in our state.

October 5, 2018
Vol. 11, No. 30

En Español

 

Article source: https://www.cacatholic.org/governor-delivers-important-vetoes-respect-life-month

Gobernador cumple con vetos importantes, Mes de Respeto a la Vida

Gobernador cumple con vetos importantes

El pasado domingo, a la medianoche, se llegó la fecha límite para que el gobernador, Jerry Brown, firmara o vetara una multitud de proyectos de ley. Como es típico, guardó muchos de los proyectos más controversiales hasta el final.

De los 1,217 proyectos de ley que se le enviaron este año, el Gobernador vetó únicamente 201, o aproximadamente el 16 por ciento.  Cientos de nuevos proyectos se convirtieron en ley, pero a la CCC le complace informar que en las últimas horas, antes de que llegara la hora límite para firmar,  el Gobernador Brown vetó dos proyectos a los cuales se oponía la CCC.

SB 320 (Leyva, D-Chino) hubiese mandado que todas las universidades públicas, dentro del estado, proveyeran fármacos para los abortos químicos en los centros de salud ubicados en los recintos universitarios.  El Gobernador vetó este proyecto, refutando la afirmación de la autora de que el acceso a los servicios abortivos es limitado en  California.

Usted puede ver todos los proyectos de ley del Respeto a la Vida seguidos por la Conferencia este año en nuestra página de Legislación .  Usted también puede leer los proyectos de ley en otros campos de prioridad legislativa.

El Proyecto de Ley SB 320 era uno de los proyectos más importantes relacionados al Respeto a la Vida y había estado frente a la Legislatura por dos años ya, algo muy singular que se da en el proceso legislativo en California.  Agradecemos a la Red Legislativa y a todos los que tomaron el tiempo para escribir cartas y comunicarse con los legisladores para asegurarse que se hiciera escuchar la voz católica.  

Adicionalmente, el Gobernador vetó el Proyecto de Ley SB 3120 (Gonzales-Fletcher, D-San Diego), el cual hubiese “vuelto a abrir” la ley de prescripción para la responsabilidad  civil en los casos de agresión sexual infantil. Este proyecto es similar a uno que él vetó hace cinco años, el cual,  como se citó en el mensaje del Gobernador Brown, no incluía a todas las víctimas .

El destino final de otros proyectos de ley que la CCC promovía o combatía, resultó ser, en su mayoría satisfactorio, con unas cuantas decepciones.  

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Niños siguen separados de sus padres mientras que las políticas migratorias recalcan “Tolerancia Cero”

Más de 1,600 niños migrantes fueron trasladados sigilosamente, durante la noche, la semana pasada, a un nuevo centro de carpas en Tornillo Texas.  Después de la indignación del público a lo largo del país, debido a la separación de niños y sus padres en el verano, el número de niños separados sigue siendo alto, sin que se vislumbre una solución. La Dra. Grainne McEvoy, una contribuyente regular en torno a la historia de la migración, analiza la situación que continua:

“Los niños no son instrumentos de disuasión, sino una bendición de Dios”.  Obispo Joe S. Vásquez, presidente del Comité de Migración de la Conferencia de Obispos Católicos de los EE.UU.

En el pasado mes de junio,  la atención del país se quedó clavada en un nuevo aspecto de la política migratoria de “tolerancia cero” de la Administración Trump,  la cual resultó en la separación de más de 2,500 niños de sus padres, mientras que cruzaban la frontera sur. Los informes eran desgarradores: la separación mediante el subterfugio, negándole a los niños el toque humano o algún consuelo por parte de los adultos que les supervisaban, y pruebas de que por lo menos 100 niños eran menores de cinco años. Las reacciones fueron enérgicas y amplias, y en julio, la administración se vio finalmente obligada a dejar atrás esta táctica.  

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Octubre es el Mes de Respeto a la Vida

Este mes se conmemoran 46 años de celebrar el Mes de Respeto a la Vida, auspiciado por la Conferencia de Obispos Católicos de los EE.UU. Se nos ha llamado a atesorar, defender y proteger a las personas más vulnerables, desde el principio de la vida hasta el final, y en el intervalo.

En un mensaje del Mes del Respeto a la Vida , el Cardenal Timothy Dolan escribió: “En un momento como este,  nos percatamos aún más de lo necesario que son los mensajeros que comunican el amor de Dios y que son instrumentos de Su sanación. Caemos en cuenta nuevamente,  con una urgencia renovada, de nuestro llamado personal a ayudar a otras personas a encontrar el amor transformador de Dios, que da vida, y a defender la santidad de la vida de cada persona, en cada etapa y en cada circunstancia”. 

El lema de Respeto a la Vida de este año es:  “Toda Vida –  Atesorada, Escogida, Enviada,” Acentuando nuestro llamado a construir una cultura de vida como discípulos misioneros. Inspirándonos en el relato de Nuestra Señora de Guadalupe y San Juan Diego, se explica brevemente este lema en una breve reflexión.

Hay abundantes materiales y recursos disponibles incluyendo asistencia para las homilías, intercesiones, volantes, imágenes y mucho más.

Crear conciencia sobre los cuidados paliativos y la asistencia a los enfermos incurables

Ocurre con demasiada frecuencia que las personas hablan de sus deseos, únicamente cuando enfrentan alguna enfermedad seria o ven su vida amenazada.  Pero es en ese momento que se materializa una variedad de decisiones vertiginosas sobre la salud, predominan las preocupaciones sobre el bienestar cada momento en que se está despierto, y la preocupación por la familia y otras cosas puede resultar abrumadora.

Por eso es mejor hablar sobre sus deseos por adelantado. Infórmese sobre las opciones que hay disponibles y comparta con sus seres queridos sus necesidades.   

De eso exactamente trata el Día Mundial de Hospicio y de Cuidados Paliativos, celebrado el 13 de octubre de 2018  - para crear conciencia y comprensión respecto a las necesidades – médicas, sociales, prácticas, espirituales – de las personas y familiares que viven con una enfermedad que les limita la vida.  

“Los cuidados paliativos son una expresión de la actitud verdaderamente humana de cuidarnos uno al otro, especialmente cuidando a los que sufren,” dijo el Papa Francisco en una reunión de profesionales de la salud. “Es testimonio de que la persona humana es siempre preciosa, aún si se ve caracterizada por la enfermedad y la edad avanzada. Desde luego, la persona, bajo cualquier circunstancia, es un bien para sí mismo(a) y para otros y es amado(a) por Dios”.  

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Poniendo de relieve los proyectos de ley sobre la trata de personas

Es una lamentable verdad que California es sede para una empresa muy grande de la trata de personas.  Ya que esta deplorable práctica se lleva a cabo a lo largo del estado, a la CCC le complace ver que el Gobernador Brown firmó diversos proyectos que abordan la trata de personas.

Dos medidas que gozaban del apoyo de la CCC  y que pasaron a convertirse en ley unirán a comunidades escolares enteras con el conocimiento común de cómo identificar las señales en los niños que están siendo preparados para este tipo de esclavitud y cómo prevenirlo.  

El Proyecto de Ley AB 1861 (Rodriquez, D-Pomona) y el Proyecto de Ley SB 1104 (Roth, D-Riverside) proveerá, conjuntamente, a los estudiantes y a sus padres,  información vital, capacitación y educación sobre las formas en que se puede combatir esta atrocidad de explotación sexual y laboral.   

El Proyecto de Ley SB 970 (Atkins, D-San Diego) también fue firmado por el Gobernador. Este proyecto enmendará la Ley Federal de Empleo y Vivienda en California (California Federal Employment and Housing Act, FEHA) para requerir que ciertos empleadores provean un mínimo de 20 minutos de capacitación y educación a sus empleados para ayudar a reconocer los casos en que hay trata de personas.

La CCC espera que la próxima sesión legislativa brinde una concientización y acción aún mayor para ayudar a eliminar esta práctica en nuestro estado.  

5 de octubre de 2018
Tomo 11, No. 30

Article source: https://www.cacatholic.org/espanol/gobernador-cumple-con-vetos-importantes-mes-de-respeto-la-vida

Governor Delivers on Important Vetoes

Last Sunday, at midnight, was the deadline for Governor Jerry Brown to sign or veto a slew of bills.  As traditional, he saved many of the more controversial bills to the very end.

Of the 1,217 bills sent to him this year, the Governor vetoed only 201, or approximately 16 percent.  Hundreds of new bills became law but the CCC is pleased to report that in the final hours before the signing deadline, Governor Brown vetoed two bills that the CCC had opposed.

SB 320 (Leyva, D-Chino) would have mandated that all public universities in the state provide chemical abortion drugs in their on-campus student health centers. The Governor vetoed this bill, refuting the author’s claim that there is limited access to abortion services in California.

You can view all of the Reverence for Life bills followed by the Conference this year at our Legislation page.  You can also review bills in other legislative priority areas.

SB 320 was one of the most significant Reverence for Life bills and has been before the legislature for two years now, a rarity in California’s legislative process.  Thank you to The Legislative Network and all who took the time to write letters and contact legislators to ensure the Catholic voice was heard.

In addition, the Governor vetoed SB 3120 (Gonzales-Fletcher, D-San Diego), which would have ”re-opened” the statute of limitation for civil liability in childhood sexual assault cases. This bill is similar to another he vetoed five years ago which, as cited in Governor Brown’s veto message, failed to include all victims.

The final fate of other bills that the CCC advocated for or against proved mostly successful with a few disappointments.  

Restorative Justice - SB 1391 (Lara, D-Bell Gardens), was signed by the Governor. A Catholic Advocacy Day bill, SB 1391 will prohibit youth ages 14 and 15 from entering the adult criminal justice system and instead keep them in the juvenile justice system.

SB 960 (Leyva, D-Chino) was also signed by the Governor. This bill will require California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR) to submit a report to the legislature in regards to the department’s progress on suicide risk evaluations and 72-hour treatment plans that are designed to reduce risk factors associated with suicide.

SB 1232 (Bradford, D-Compton) was also signed. The bill will provide victims of violent crime more time to apply for compensation.

SB 1437 (Skinner, D-Berkeley), also signed, will restore proportional responsibility in the application of California’s murder statute.  We believe in reserving the harshest punishments for those who intentionally plan or actually commit murder is a better public policy for the state of California.

Education - The number of underprepared teachers working in California’s classrooms has more than doubled in just three years.  As a top education priority, the CCC advocated several measures to strengthen our statewide K-12 teaching force for all students – especially those most in need.

AB 2285 (O’Donnell, D – Long Beach) will recruit more out-of-state teachers in high-demand subjects.  SB 577 (Dodd, D – Napa) will allow community colleges to offer a teacher credentialing programs for those areas with low college-going rates or limited access to teacher credentialing.  Both AB 225 and SB 577 were approved by the Governor.  

It is essential to educate children both at home as well as school to respect the life and dignity of all persons.  The CCC supported the enactment of SB 972 (Portantino, D-La Canada Flintridge) which will require that all student identification cards are imprinted with a suicide hotline.  AB 1868 (Cunningham, R – San Luis Obispo), also enacted, will enable students to be educated in the curriculum under the Healthy Youth Act on the dangers of messaging sexually explicit materials through cell phones, social networking sites, computer networks, or other digital media.

Care for Our Common Home – Pope Francis reminds us that we are an interdependent world, one people, living in a common home. Climate change represents one of the principal challenges facing humanity, with its worst impact felt by our poorest communities and developing countries worldwide in the coming decades.  Signed by the Governor with the CCC’s support SB 100 (de León, D- Los Angeles) will help to reduce carbon dioxide emissions.  This establishes a new state policy that all electricity must come from renewable and zero-carbon resources by 2045. 

Public environmental literacy is vital to address the complex social-ecological crises of our times.  This begins in our state’s K-12 classrooms. Every California student should be educated in Environmental Principles and Concepts (EPCs) as well as an integrated approach to combating poverty, restoring dignity to the excluded, protecting the most vulnerable among us, and at the same time protecting nature. To that end, the CCC supported the approval of SB 720 (Allen, D- Santa Monica) to better integrate EPCs throughout California’s elementary and secondary curriculum across multiple subject areas

Immigration – Unfortunately, AB 638 (Caballero, D-Salinas) could not garner enough votes on the Senate Floor and stopped there.  AB 638 would have made it unlawful for an individual not authorized to practice law in CA to represent others on immigration matters.

However, AB 2887 (Aguiar-Curry, D-Winters) was signed by Governor Brown on deadline day.  AB 2887 will provide additional flexibility to the State’s Office of Migrant Services to better serve the state’s migratory agricultural workers.

The fate of these other Catholic Advocacy Day were determined earlier in the legislative session and previously reported.  AB 2701 (Rubio, D-Baldwin Park) would have created a grant program to provide funding for school-based trauma recovery centers. It failed to pass the Assembly Appropriations Committee, along with AB 2269 (Lackey, R-Palmdale).    AB 2269 would have extended the CalWORKs program for persons receiving aid until he or she reaches the age of 20, if the recipient was attending school and making satisfactory progress toward graduation or completion of a program.  The other Catholic Advocacy Day bills, SB 1214 (Portantino, D- La Canada Flintridge) and AB 1862 (Santiago, D-Los Angeles) both died in committee.   More information on these bills is still available on our Catholic Advocacy Day page.

 

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