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Perspectivas: Importantes Alertas de Acción; Semana de las Escuelas Católicas

Alertas actuales – Favor de actuar hoy, fechas límite inminentes

Diga a los legisladores que emitan un voto de ‘No” en torno al proyecto de ley que ordenaría se provean píldoras abortivas en los centros de salud de las universidades – SB 320 (Leyva, D-Chino) requeriría que los centros de salud localizados en los planteles de las universidades públicas, en California, ofrezcan fármacos que inducen abortos, como el RU-486, ya que los partidarios siguen promoviendo abortos de cualquier forma posible.  El proyecto de ley fue aprobado en los dos consejos del Senado y ahora va en camino al plenario.  ¡Favor de actuar el día de hoy!

Súmase a la campaña de la CCC en Twitter para apoyar a DACA –La Conferencia Católica de California (CCC) ha emprendido una campaña en Twitter  instando a los legisladores para que apoyen una solución permanente para el programa de la Acción Diferida para Llegados en la Infancia (Delayed Action for Childhood Arrivals – DACA).

Vea nuestra Página de Twitter  y retuite´ nuestro mensaje para ayudar a garantizar que nuestros legisladores vean la importancia que tiene DACA para tantas personas en nuestro estado y a lo largo de nuestro país.

Las negociaciones en torno a DACA siguen cambiando a cada hora. Visite la emisión de la CCC en Twitter  y Página de Facebook  con regularidad para enterarse de los últimos acontecimientos.  Lea nuestro artículo documental sobre algunos destacados recipientes de DACA en California, aquí.

 

Semana Nacional de las Escuelas Católicas inicia el 28 de enero

El lema de la Semana Nacional de las Escuelas Católicas de este año es “Escuelas Católicas: Aprende. Sirve. Dirige. Triunfa.” Los eventos tendrán lugar del 28 de enero hasta el 3 de febrero. Las celebraciones incluirán Misas, “casas abiertas” (open houses), y otras actividades para los estudiantes, familiares, feligreses, y la comunidad en general.

Debido a que las escuelas católicas a menudo tienen mejor funcionamiento que las escuelas del sector público y del sector privado, va en aumento la demanda y el entusiasmo por las escuelas católicas.

En una declaración publicada el año pasado, los Obispos Católicos de California expresaron sentirse orgullosos de que “las escuelas católicas sigan formando a todos los estudiantes, incluyendo a los inmigrantes recién llegados y a los estudiantes frecuentemente relegados a los márgenes de la sociedad. Sabemos que, con la gracia de Dios y nuestro empeño colaborativo concertado, las escuelas católicas de California tienen un futuro sólido”.

Para mayor información, pulse aquí o visite nuestra Página de Educación  para enterarse de otros temas importantes relacionados a la educación en California.

También puede ver qué eventos y “casas abiertas” locales ofrecerá su diócesis para la Semana de las Escuelas Católicas.

 

Marchas por la Vida y eventos en California para el 2018

Los católicos y otras personas de fe realizarán diversas manifestaciones públicas esta semana y la próxima para afirmar su apoyo a la vida.  Estas marchas y reuniones, que tienen lugar cada año cerca del aniversario de la decisión de Roe v. Wade, han crecido más y más cada año.

Pulse en los siguientes enlaces para encontrar un evento que celebre el don sagrado de la vida:

·      Una Vida (One Life) LA – Los Ángeles, sábado 20 de enero de 2018

·      Caminata por la Vida de la Costa Oeste (Walk for Life West Coast) – San Francisco, sábado 27 de enero de 2018

·      Caminata por la Vida en San Diego (San Diego Walk for Life)  - San Diego, sábado 20 de enero de 2018

·      Simposio Juvenil Elije la Vida 2018 (Choose Life 2018 Youth Symposium) – Sacramento, martes 22 de enero de 2018

La Conferencia de Obispos Católicos de los EE.UU. (USCCB, por sus siglas en inglés) ha auspiciado la Vigilia Nacional de Oración por la Vida, que inició ayer, pero aún hay tiempo para sumarse a la peregrinación digital de oración y acción de los 9 Días por la Vida , enfocado en la apreciación del don de la vida de cada persona.

 

Elementos de acción para el Mes de Prevención de la Trata de Personas

Enero es el Mes de Prevención y de la Toma de Conciencia sobre la Trata de Personas. Cada año, se calcula que aproximadamente 17,000 hombres, mujeres y niños son traficados por nuestras fronteras para luego ser obligados a trabajar como esclavos. Muchos de ellos han huido de situaciones terribles en sus países de origen, y los refugiados y niños que han viajado solos son especialmente vulnerables.

Aunque piense que lo que usted puede hacer para ayudar a combatir esta atrocidad humana es poco, realmente hay muchas cosas que puede hacer, incluyendo mantenerse alerta para ayudar a identificar a las víctimas de la trata de personas

A través de los materiales de la USCCB – Become A Shepherd Toolkit –  puede informarse sobre la trata de personas, desde una perspectiva católica, preparándose con las herramientas educativas para crear conciencia sobre la trata de personas en las parroquias, escuelas u otras redes sociales.

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19 de enero de 2018
Tomo 11, No. 3

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Insights: Important Action Alerts; Catholic Schools Week

Tell Legislators to Vote ‘No” on Bill to Mandate Abortion Pills at College Health Centers – SB 320 (Leyva, D-Chino) would require the on-campus health centers of public universities in California to offer abortion-inducing drugs like RU-486 as advocates continue to promote abortions in any way they can.  The bill passed the two Senate committees and is now headed to the floor.  Please take action today!

Join CCC Twitter Campaign to Support DACA -The California Catholic Conference (CCC) has embarked upon a Twitter campaign urging lawmakers to support a permanent solution for the Delayed Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program.

Check out our Twitter Page and retweet our post to help ensure our lawmakers see the importance of DACA for so many in our state and across the country.

The negotiations regarding DACA continue to change by the hour. Visit the CCC Twitter feed and Facebook Page regularly for the latest developments.  Read our feature story on some outstanding California DACA recipients here.

 

National Catholic Schools Week Begins Jan. 28

The theme of this year’s National Catholic Schools Week is “Catholic Schools: Learn. Serve. Lead. Succeed.” Events will take place from January 28 through February 3. Celebrations will include Masses, open houses, and other activities for students, families, parishioners, and the community at large.

As Catholic schools frequently outperform schools in both the public and private sectors, the demand and enthusiasm for Catholic schools is growing.

In a released statement last year, the California Catholic Bishops expressed their pride that “Catholic schools continue to educate all students, including the newly arrived immigrant and the often neglected student on the margins of society. We know that, with God’s grace and our concerted, collaborative effort, California’s Catholic schools have a robust future.”

For more information, click here or visit our Education page for more on important educational issues in California.

You can also check in with your diocese for local Catholic Schools Week events and open houses.

 

2018 California Life Marches and Events

Catholics and other people of faith will hold several public demonstrations this week and next to affirm their support of life.  Held each year near the anniversary of the Roe v. Wade decision, the marches and gatherings have grown larger and larger each year.

Click on the links below to find an event to celebrate the sacred gift of life.

·      One Life LA – Los Angeles, Saturday, January 20, 2018

·      Walk for Life West Coast – San Francisco, Saturday, January 27, 2018

·      San Diego Walk for Life  - San Diego, Saturday, January 20, 2018

·      Choose Life 2018 Youth Symposium – Sacramento, Tuesday, January 22, 2018

The USCCB hosted the National Prayer Vigil for Life started yesterday but there is still time to join the 9 Days for Life digital pilgrimage of prayer and action focused of cherishing the gift of every person’s life. 

 

Human Trafficking Prevention Month Action Items

January is Human Trafficking Awareness and Prevention Month. Each year, an estimated 17,000 men, women and children are trafficked across our borders and then forced into slavery. Many are fleeing terrible situations in their home countries, and refugees and unaccompanied children are especially vulnerable.

While you may feel there is little that you can do to help combat this human atrocity, there is actually much you can do, including keeping a watchful eye to help identify victims of human trafficking

Through USCCB’s Become A Shepherd Toolkit, you can learn about human trafficking from a Catholic perspective, equipping yourself with the educational tools to raise awareness of human trafficking in parishes, schools, or other social networks.

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January 19, 2018
Vol. 11, No. 3

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2018 California Life Marches and Events

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Human Trafficking Prevention Month Action Items

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Perspectivas: Impulso para proteger a los “Soñadores” (Dreamers); Avanza proyecto de ley de abortos químicos

Beneficiarios de DACA – Manteniendo vivo el sueño americano

Desde el 2012, el programa de Acción Diferida para personas llegadas en la infancia, o DACA (por sus siglas en inglés), ha concedido permisos de trabajo y protección contra la deportación a jóvenes inmigrantes indocumentados que llegaron al país cuando eran niños. Hoy, más de un cuarto de los 800,000 beneficiarios de DACA, a quienes frecuentemente se les llama “Soñadores” (Dreamers), viven en California. Aunque hayan llegado a los Estados Unidos por distintos caminos, su dedicación a las comunidades donde viven es muy similar.

(Baje un archivo PDF de este artículo apto para utilizarse como encarte en el boletín  o para enviar mensaje al Congreso.)

Uno de esos Soñadores (Dreamers) es Jesús Limón, que fue traído a los EE.UU. desde México cuando tenía ocho años de edad. Limón ha dicho que sus años de crianza en California estuvieron repletos de momentos de temor e incertidumbre debido a su estatus migratorio. Pero Limón atribuye a su fe en Dios la fortaleza que le ayudó a superar los tiempos difíciles.

Él también cree que el poder aportar a la comunidad es de capital importancia. En el pasado, Limón trabajó como redactor profesional de subvenciones y como instructor voluntario. “He entendido cómo la alfabetización puede potenciar a las comunidades,” dijo. Después de que se promulgó DACA, Limón obtuvo su título de Maestría y empezó a trabajar como profesor asistente y ponente de la materia de inglés en las universidades del área de Sacramento.  “Hubo un cambio enorme en cuanto a mi situación económica,” dijo.

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No hay grandes sorpresas en el presupuesto que el Gobernador propone

Al anunciar las últimas propuestas para el presupuesto, de sus cuatro términos como Gobernador del Estado Dorado, el Gobernador Jerry Brown parece mezclar los ahorros con inversiones y está garantizando su legado a la vez que “ata” los cabos sueltos.

En lo que para él ha sido típico últimamente, el Gobernador ha advertido que la actual recuperación económica pronto podría convertirse en una de las más largas de la historia del Estado, pero que la recuperación no puede durar eternamente.

Sumando a la cantidad ordenada por los votantes en la Proposición 2, añadió $3,5 mil millones al fondo de ahorros para los malos tiempos, lo cual llevará a cumplir su meta 100 por ciento para finales del año 2019.  El Gobernador hizo la observación de que la nueva ley Federal de impuestos aumentó la incertidumbre para el futuro fiscal del Estado, justificando así su contribución suplementaria a ese fondo.  

En lo que equivale a una estrategia de “mantenimiento”, el Gobernador Brown destacó un aumento en los fondos para la educación de los niveles K-12; una continuación en los fondos para el seguro médico para los niños y programas de Medi-Cal, no obstante la incertidumbre que existe a nivel nacional; e “inversión” en los campos como la infraestructura (Por ejemplo, el mantenimiento de las carreteras a través del nuevo impuesto sobre la gasolina), las líneas ferroviarias de alta velocidad que él caracteriza como mejorías en el corredor para “las personas que viajan diariamente a sus trabajos de una ciudad a otra’ y programas de vivienda que la legislatura aprobó el año pasado.

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Avanza proyecto de ley de abortos químicos en los planteles universitarios

Continuando su campaña para promover el aborto, los partidarios del proyecto de ley SB 320 (Leyva, D-Chino) pasaron su proyecto sin impedimentos por el Consejo de Educación del Senado esta semana y el mismo ahora se dirige al Consejo de Asignación de Fondos del Senado. Este proyecto de ley requeriría que los centros de salud localizados en los planteles de las universidades públicas, en California, ofrezcan fármacos para inducir el aborto o que obtengan transporte para que las estudiantes sean llevadas a un proveedor de abortos cercano.

Pulse aquí para enviar una carta dirigida a su Senador estatal de California para decirle que nunca debería haber un incentivo  para abortar a una criatura, y que usted se opone a este proyecto de ley tendencioso.  Pulse aquí para mayor información sobre el proyecto SB 320.

Obispos emprenden campaña de “9 Días por la Vida” el 18 de enero

 

El 18 de enero, la Conferencia de Obispos Católicos de los EE.UU.  emprenderá la campaña nacional de “9 Días por la Vida” haciendo un llamado a los católicos y a los fieles para que se unan en una “peregrinación digital” de 9 días enfocada en la valoración del don de la vida humana desde el momento de la concepción hasta la muerte natural.

 

Vea una lista de importantes acontecimientos relacionados a la vida por celebrarse próximamente en California.

 

La campaña abarca la Jornada de Oración para la Protección Legal de los Niños Aún No Nacidos , la cual tiene lugar en el aniversario de la decisión de la Corte Suprema, Roe v. Wade—la cual legalizó el aborto en los Estados Unidos durante todo el embarazo. Se les pide a los participantes que oren y que participen en una gestión unificada centrada en la intención específica del día y podrán subscribirse para recibir mensajes diarios enwww.9daysforlife.com. Los materiales para los líderes, incluyendo dossier de prensa, disponibles en www.usccb.org/9-days-for-life-toolkit

 

Obispos se pronuncian sobre la terminación del programa TPS para los salvadoreños

El 8 de enero, el Departamento de Seguridad Nacional (Department of Homeland Security – DHS) anunció que dará por terminado el Estatus de Protección Temporal (TPS, por sus siglas en inglés) para El Salvador. TPS es un programa migratorio humanitario autorizado estatutariamente, temporal, y renovable, que permite a las personas permanecer y trabajar legalmente en los EE.UU. durante un periodo en que se considera es peligroso para sus ciudadanos regresar a ese país. La gran mayoría de los beneficiarios del TPS en los EE.UU. son salvadoreños.

En una declaración publicada, el Arzobispo José H. Gómez lamentó las graves injusticias que esta decisión inducirá diciendo: “Ahora estas familias enfrentan una difícil decisión sobre su futuro — ya sea permanecer juntos y regresarse a El Salvador para posiblemente enfrentar la violencia y la explotación o separarse, posiblemente de manera permanente, para que los niños puedan quedarse aquí, en un entorno seguro, con todos los beneficios de ser ciudadanos de los EE.UU.”.

“Esta es una elección inhumana que nadie tendría que hacer,” dijo.

Actualmente hay 200,000 residentes con estatus de TPS viviendo en los EE.UU., que tienen a 193,000 hijos que son ciudadanos de los EE.UU.

Según el Obispo Kevin Vann de la Diócesis de Orange, “Esta es una decisión más, mal planteada, de una administración que hace caso omiso de las enormes contribuciones que los inmigrantes han hecho a nuestro país y que ha perdido de vista la larga historia de los Estados Unidos de ser un refugio seguro para las personas que huyen del peligro en el extranjero”.  

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 12 de enero de 2018
Tomo 11, No. 2

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Insights: Push to Protect Dreamers; Chemical Abortion Bill Advances

DACA Recipients – Keeping the American Dream Alive

Since 2012, the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, or DACA, has granted work permits and protection from deportation to young undocumented immigrants who arrived to the U.S. as children. Today, more than a quarter of DACA’s 800,000 recipients, often referred to as “Dreamers,” live in California. Although their paths to the United States may have been different, the dedication to the community in which they live is quite similar.

(Download a PDF file of this story suitable for use as a bulletin insert or send a message to Congress.)

One such Dreamer is Jesus Limón, who was brought to the U.S. from Mexico when he was eight-years-old. Limón said his time growing up in California was filled with moments of fear and uncertainty due to his residency status. But, Limón credits his faith in God for helping him through hard times.

He also believes giving back to the community is paramount. In the past, Limón worked as a grant writer and as a volunteer tutor. “I learned the way literacy can empower communities,” he said. After DACA was enacted, Limón earned his Master’s degree and began working as an Assistant Professor and English Lecturer at Sacramento area colleges.  “There was a tremendous shift in terms of economics,” he said.

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No Big Surprises in Governor’s Budget Proposal

Governor Jerry Brown, announcing the final budget proposals of his four terms as Governor of the Golden State, appears to be mixing savings with investing and insuring his legacy while “wrapping up” loose ends.

In what has been typical for him of late, the Governor cautioned that the current economic recovery might soon become one of the longest in the State’s history but that recoveries do not last forever. 

In addition to the amount mandated by voters in Prop 2, he added $3.5 billion to the rainy day fund which will bring it to 100 percent of its target by the end of 2019.  The new Federal tax law added uncertainty to the State’s fiscal future noted the Governor, in further justifying the supplemental contribution to the fund.

In what amounts to a “maintenance” approach, Governor Brown highlighted increased funding for K-12 education; continued funding for the Children’s Health Insurance and Medi-Cal programs despite the uncertainty at the national level; and “investment” in such areas as infrastructure (e.g. road maintenance through the new gas tax), high-speed rail which he characterizes as “commuter’ corridor enhancements and housing programs which the legislature approved last year.

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College Chemical Abortion Bill Advances

In the continuing quest of advocates to promote abortions, SB 320 (Leyva, D-Chino) cleared the Senate Education Committee this week and is headed to the Senate Appropriations Committee. This bill would require the on-campus health centers of public universities in California to offer abortion-inducing medication or arrange transportation for students to a nearby abortion provider.

Click here to send a letter to your California State Senator and tell him or her that there should never be an incentive to abort any child, and that you oppose this one-sided bill.  Click here for more information on SB 320.

 

Bishops Launch “9 Days of Life” Campaign on Jan. 18

On January 18, the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops will launch the national “9 Days for Life” campaign calling Catholics and the faithful together for a 9-day “digital pilgrimage” focusing on cherishing the gift of human life from conception to natural death.

View a list of the major life events upcoming in California.

The campaign surrounds the annual Day of Prayer for the Legal Protection of Unborn Children, which occurs on the anniversary of Roe v. Wade—the Supreme court decision that made abortion legal in the United States throughout pregnancy. Participants are called to both prayer and action unified around each day’s specific intention and can subscribe to receive daily messages atwww.9daysforlife.com. Leaders’ resources, including a press kit, are available at www.usccb.org/9-days-for-life-toolkit

 

Bishops Speak Out on Salvadorian TPS Termination

On January 8th, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) announced that it is terminating Temporary Protected Status (TPS) for El Salvador. TPS is a temporary, renewable, and statutorily authorized humanitarian migration program that permits individuals to remain and work lawfully in the U.S. during a period in which it is deemed unsafe for nationals of that country to return home. The vast majority of TPS recipients in the U.S. are Salvadoran.

In a released statement, Archbishop José H. Gomez lamented the travesties this decision will induce saying, “Now these families face a hard decision about their future — either stay together and go back to El Salvador to face likely violence and exploitation or separate possibly permanently so that the children can remain here in safety, with all the benefits of U.S. citizenship.”

“This is an inhumane choice that no one should have to make,” he said.

There are currently 200,000 residents with TPS status living in the U.S. who have 193,000 children who are U.S. citizens.

According to Bishop Kevin Vann of the Diocese of Orange, “This is yet another ill-conceived decision by an administration that ignores the immense contributions to our country by immigrants and that has lost sight of the United States’ long history as a safe haven for people who flee danger abroad.”

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 January 12, 2018
Vol. 11, No. 2

Article source: http://www.cacatholic.org/insights-push-protect-dreamers-chemical-abortion-bill-advances

Bishops Speak Out on Salvadorian TPS Termination

On January 8th, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) announced that it is terminating Temporary Protected Status (TPS) for El Salvador. TPS is a temporary, renewable, and statutorily authorized humanitarian migration program that permits individuals to remain and work lawfully in the U.S. during a period in which it is deemed unsafe for nationals of that country to return home. The vast majority of TPS recipients in the U.S. are Salvadoran.

In a released statement, Archbishop José H. Gomez lamented the travesties this decision will induce saying, “Now these families face a hard decision about their future — either stay together and go back to El Salvador to face likely violence and exploitation or separate possibly permanently so that the children can remain here in safety, with all the benefits of U.S. citizenship.”

“This is an inhumane choice that no one should have to make,” he said.

There are currently 200,000 residents with TPS status living in the U.S. who have 193,000 children who are U.S. residents.

According to Bishop Kevin Vann of the Diocese of Orange, “This is yet another ill-conceived decision by an administration that ignores the immense contributions to our country by immigrants and that has lost sight of the United States’ long history as a safe haven for people who flee danger abroad.”

Vann, who also serves as chairman of the board of the Catholic Legal Immigration Network, Inc. continued, “The administration fails to address how it makes the United States any safer to expel people who have been living and working legally as valued residents of our country. Instead of withdrawing their protections, our government should welcome these long-term, settled members of our communities and find ways to give them a permanent path to residency.”

All who have TPS status are employed. California is home to almost 50,000 TPS, the largest number of any state. 

Pope Francis weighed in on the matter imploring that “It must not be forgotten that migration has always existed. Nor should we forget that freedom of movement, for example, the ability to leave one’s own country and to return there, is a fundamental human right.”

The pope went on to call for abandoning “the familiar rhetoric and start from the essential consideration that we are dealing, above all, with persons.”

Article source: http://www.cacatholic.org/bishops-speak-out-salvadorian-tps-termination

California Life Marches and Events 2018

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Personas Beneficiadas Por DACA — Manteniendo Vivo El Sueño Americano

Personas Beneficiadas Por DACA — Manteniendo Vivo El Sueño Americano

“… Consideremos lo siguiente: todos somos inmigrantes en nuestro recorrido por la vida, ninguno de nosotros tiene una morada fija en esta tierra, todos tendremos que irnos algún día” – Papa Francisco 

(In English) A partir del año 2012, el programa de Acción Diferida para los llegados en la Infancia, o DACA, ha concedido permisos de trabajo y protegido de la deportación a incontables jóvenes inmigrantes indocumentados que llegaron a los EE.UU. siendo niños. Hoy, más de una cuarta parte de los 800,000 beneficiados por DACA, a menudo llamados “Soñadores” o “Dreamers,” viven en California. Aunque hayan llegado aquí por distintos caminos, su dedicación a las comunidades donde viven es muy similar.

(Decarque un PDF de este articulo para su uso en el boletín parroquial o mande un mensaje al Congreso.)

Uno de estos Soñadores es Jesús Limón, a quien trajeron de México a los EE.UU. cuando tenía ocho años de edad. Limón dice que pasó por momentos de mucho temor e incertidumbre debido a su estatus migratorio, al ir creciendo en California. Pero Limón considera que su fe en Dios es lo que lo ayudó a sobrellevar esos momentos difíciles. “El hecho de haber crecido a la vuelta de la esquina de una iglesia me brindó una estrategia para lidiar con el temor,” dice Limón. Él también cree que aportar a la comunidad es de primordial importancia. Anteriormente, Limón trabajó como redactor de solicitudes para subsidios y como maestro particular voluntario. “Me di cuenta cómo la alfabetización puede potenciar a las comunidades,” afirma. Después de que DACA fue promulgada, Limón recibió su título de Maestría y empezó a trabajar como profesor coadjutor y conferencista de la materia de inglés en las universidades de la zona de Sacramento. “Hubo un cambio tremendo en cuanto a la situación económica se refiere,” afirmó.

Cuando Karina tenía apenas cuatro años de edad, su padre salió del hogar familiar en México para venir a los Estados Unidos y poder proveer una mejor vida para su familia. Dos años después, Karina, sus hermanas y su madre viajaron para reunirse con él. “Reencontrarnos con papá fue muy gratificante,” dijo. Karina opina que, en sus años de crianza en el Valle Central, la fe siempre desempeñó un papel importante en su vida, especialmente cuando asistió a la universidad. “Cuando estaba aprendiendo sobre la política y el poder, supe que tenía que mantenerme cimentada en la Iglesia,” asegura. Karina cree que el aportar a la comunidad es gratificante y le ha ayudado a dirigir una campaña para abogar a favor de las becas universitarias “Cal Grant”.“Quería que otros Soñadores pudieran ingresar a la universidad,” aseveró.

Los padres de Moisés De León lo trajeron a los Estados Unidos cuando él apenas tenía dos años y medio. Cuando asistió a la escuela preparatoria De La Salle High School, él adoptó el lema de, “Entra para aprender, sal para  servir” y vive su vida en base a esas palabras. Cuando ve la oportunidad de ofrecerse como voluntario en su parroquia localizada en el Área de la Bahía de San Francisco, lo hace sin titubear. Él también colabora con la organización “Catholic Relief Services,” ayudando a las personas necesitadas de alrededor del mundo. A De León le entusiasma que pronto recibirá su título de Licenciatura en psicología para poder seguir aportando ayuda. Cuando se le pregunta sobre su recorrido como persona beneficiada por DACA, De León dice: “Sé que existen muchos obstáculos, pero el hecho de saber que Dios está conmigo alivia mi estrés”.

Ahora los Soñadores enfrentan una nueva ola de incertidumbre debido a que la Administración de Trump está eliminando a DACA por fases. Respectivamente, Limón y De León se han reunido con los asistentes de sus congresistas y funcionarios públicos a nivel estatal y federal para abogar a favor de la Ley de los Sueños (Dream Act) y la reforma migratoria. Limón se siente optimista en torno al futuro de DACA. “Por  las conversaciones que he tenido con algunos líderes en la capital de los EE.UU., tengo muchas esperanzas,” expresó. Karina, quien cuenta con una Licenciatura en Ciencia Política, viajó a Washington, D.C. con la organización “Church World Service” y se reunió con dirigentes del Congreso, exhortándoles a que firmen una nueva Ley de los Sueños (Dream Act)—una vía para la ciudadanía de los EE.UU., sin mayores aumentos designados para un muro o la seguridad fronteriza. A la pregunta de por qué ella tiene una opinión tan firme sobre el trabajo que ella promueve, Karina contesta, “Este lugar es mi casa. He contribuido tanto a ésta”.

Para mas informacion, visite estos sitos de web:
Recursos Catolicos para los estudiantes de DACA en California
Recursos de la Arquidiócesis de Los Ángeles

La Iglesia Católica en California sirve y aboga por los pobres, vulnerables, y los necesitados, no porque ellos sean Católicos, sino porque nosotros somos Católicos.

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No Big Surprises in Governor’s Budget Proposal

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DACA Recipients—Keeping The American Dream Alive

 “…Let us consider this: we are all immigrants on the journey of life, none of us has a fixed abode in this land, we all must go.” – Pope Francis (03/21/2015)

(En Espanol) Since 2012, the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, or DACA, has granted work permits and protection from deportation to young undocumented immigrants who arrived to the U.S. as children. Today, more than a quarter of DACA’s 800,000 recipients, often referred to as “Dreamers,” live in California. Although their paths to the United States may have been different, the dedication to the community in which they live is quite similar.

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One such Dreamer is Jesus Limón, who was brought to the U.S. from Mexico when he was eight-years-old. Limón said his time growing up in California was filled with moments of fear and uncertainty due to his residency status. But, Limón credits his faith in God for helping him through hard times.

He also believes giving back to the community is paramount. In the past, Limón worked as a grant writer and as a volunteer tutor. “I learned the way literacy can empower communities,” he said. After DACA was enacted, Limón earned his Master’s degree and began working as an Assistant Professor and English Lecturer at Sacramento area colleges.  “There was a tremendous shift in terms of economics,” he said.

When Karina was just four-years-old, her father left the family’s home in Mexico to come to the United States and provide a better life for his family.  Two years later, Karina, her sisters and their mother joined him. “Reuniting with my father was really rewarding,” she said. Growing up in the Central Valley, Karina said faith always played an important role in her life, especially as she attended college.  “Even as I was learning about politics and power, I knew I had to stay grounded in the church,” she said. Karina says giving back to the community is rewarding and has helped lead a Cal Grant advocacy campaign.  “I wanted other Dreamers to be able to come into the university,” she said.

Moises De Leon’s parents brought him to the United States from Mexico when he was just two-and-a half- years-old. While attending De La Salle High School, he embraced the motto,  “Enter to learn, leave to serve” and lives his life by those words.  Whenever he sees an opportunity to volunteer at his parish in the San Francisco Bay Area, he does so without hesitation. He also works for Catholic Relief Services, helping those in need around the world. De Leon is excited to receive his Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology soon so he can continue giving back.  When asked about his journey as a DACA recipient, de Leon said, “I know there are a lot of obstacles, but knowing God is with me lifts my stress.”

Now Dreamers face a new wave of uncertainty as the Trump Administration is phasing out DACA. Separately, both Limon and De Leon have met with Congressional aides and elected officials on the state and federal level to advocate for the Dream Act and immigration reform. Limon is optimistic about the future of DACA.  “Based on conversations I’ve had with leaders in D.C., I’m really hopeful,” he said. Karina, who has a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science, traveled to Washington, D.C. with Church World Service and met with Congressional leaders, encouraging them to sign a clean Dream Act—a pathway to U.S. citizenship without increased spending on a border wall or security.  When asked why she feels so strongly about her advocacy work, Karina said, “I’ve found this place to be my home.  I’ve contributed so much.”

For more information

Catholic Resources for DACA Students in California

Archdiocese of Los Angeles DACA Resources

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National Migration Week January 7-13

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Support Professional Development of Teachers

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Perspectivas: Regresa proyecto de ley de aborto medicinal; Se legaliza la marihuana

Regresa legislación que alienta a las universidades públicas de CA a proveer abortos medicinales

 

Regresa a la Legislatura, en el 2018, un proyecto de ley sumamente polémico que alentaría a las universidades públicas en California a proveer a las estudiantes medicamentos para inducir abortos. 

Se presentó el proyecto SB 320 (Leyva, D-Chino) el año pasado, pero éste se quedó paralizado en el Comité de la Educación del Senado. Debido a que la Legislatura sigue un programa que tiene sesiones de dos años, el proyecto SB 320 es elegible para presentarse de nuevo este año y se conocerá en el Comité de la Educación del Senado el 10 de enero en el Capitolio del Estado.

(ACTUALIZACIÓN:  El proyecto SB 320 originalmente obligaba una gran parte de lo que ahora se “alienta” y motivaba a los centros de salud a que proporcionaran los medicamentos abortivos.  Las enmiendas se realizaron en la primera semana del 2018.)

La propuesta motivaría a los centros de salud en las instalaciones universitarias de la California State University (CSU) y University of California a ofrecer medicamentos para inducir el aborto o se encargarían del transporte a un proveedor de abortos cercano. Adicionalmente fomenta el que los centros de salud de las instalaciones universitarias ofrezcan abortos médicos y servicios de consejería relacionados al aborto a sus estudiantes, pero deliberadamente excluye los métodos de consejería próvida.  

Actúe ya para oponerse al proyecto de ley SB 320

Continúe leyendo

 

La marihuana de uso recreativo: ¿placer, panacea, veneno?

El Padre Gerald Coleman, profesor adjunto en la Escuela de Posgrado en los Ministerios Pastorales (Graduate School of Pastoral Ministries) de la Universidad de Santa Clara, analiza las diversas cuestiones discutibles en torno a la legalización de la marihuana para uso recreativo, ley vigente en California a partir del 1ro de enero.

El diario New York Times concluyó su artículo, publicado el 28 de diciembre, sobre la legalización de la marihuana para uso recreativo, vigente a partir del 1ro de enero, diciendo: “Las personas se vuelven más confiadas al extenderse la legalización, y esto va a aumentar enormemente”. La marihuana médica es legal en 28 estados, y el uso recreativo de la marihuana es legal en ocho estados. Las empresas que invierten en la marihuana van creciendo de manera exponencial, una buena muestra es el Valle del Silicón y Oakland, especialmente debido a que vender marihuana en California tiene el potencial de generar $5 mil millones al año.

Es preocupante y peligroso el declive moral conforme aumenta el apoyo al uso recreativo de la marihuana en la sociedad (aproximadamente el 58 por ciento de los estadounidenses lo apoyan). California fue el estado que encabezó la legalización de la marihuana médica en el país en 1996. Como se demuestra en el documental del 2013 de nombre Weed  (Mota) del corresponsal médico del canal CNN, el Dr. Sanjay Gupta, se han visto efectos médicos positivos (por ejemplo, aliviar el dolor y la náusea.) Puesto que se acepta en general estos hechos, ahora el siguiente paso sencillamente es llegar a la conclusión de que la marihuana de uso recreativo tiene los mismos efectos curativos. Es una manera simplista de creer que lo que es legal es benéfico y moral.

En enero de 2017, las Academias Nacionales de la Ciencia, la Ingeniería y Medicina (National Academies of Science, Engineering and Medicine) publicaron un informe de fundamental importancia sobre las investigaciones profesionales realizadas sobre el uso de la marihuana con fines recreativos. Conjuntamente con datos publicados en diciembre de 2017 por la revista Journal of the American Medical Association (Publicación de la Asociación Médica Americana, JAMA)se plantean inquietudes que exigen que las escuelas y municipalidades pongan en marcha, tan rápido como sea posible, programas para la prevención del abuso de sustancias. (Sería bueno que las parroquias, especialmente las que tienen escuelas, consideren realizar talleres instructivos para los padres de familia y los jóvenes.)

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Semana Nacional de la Migración, 7 al 13 de enero

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

Con el lema para la Semana Nacional de la Migración 2018, “Muchos Caminos, Una Familia,” señalamos el hecho de que cada una de nuestras familias tiene una historia de migración, algunas son recientes y otras del pasado lejano. Independientemente de dónde nos encontramos o de dónde vinimos, seguimos siendo parte de la familia humana y tenemos el llamado de vivir en solidaridad el uno con el otro.

La organización de Justicia para Inmigrantes (Justice For Immigrants) cuenta con una variedad de materiales para la Semana Nacional de la Migración, incluyendo un seminario web, caja de herramientas, estampitas con una oración, y un póster. Haga clic aquí para los materiales sobre la conmemoración, incluyendo seminarios web, volantes y artículos para la acción.

 

Enfoque del mes: La pobreza y la prevención de la trata de personas

Durante el Mes de Conciencia de la Pobreza, súmese a los Obispos de los EE.UU., a la  Campaña Católica para el Desarrollo Humano  y a la comunidad católica en los Estados Unidos para asumir el desafío del Papa Francisco de vivir en solidaridad con los pobres.  

Además del calendario que destaca diversas maneras de participar cada día en el mes de enero, también se encuentran disponibles reflexiones diarias más extensas.   Tenemos ayuda pastoral para incorporar a la liturgia el Mes de la Conciencia de la Pobreza. Todos estos materiales también están disponibles en español.  También se puede inscribir para que se le envíen por correo electrónico las reflexiones diarias durante el Mes de Conciencia de la Pobreza.

Enero también es el mes de Prevención de la Trata de Personas.  Descrita como la esclavitud de los tiempos modernos, la trata de personas atrapa a más de 20 millones de personas alrededor del mundo en una esclavitud económica y sexual forzada. Lea más al respecto aquí y aquí.

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En las próximas semanas

Los líderes del Congreso se reunirán con los miembros del personal de la Casa Blanca para empezar a abordar la amenaza de un cierre del gobierno Federal el 19 de enero. Parece ser que el Presidente presionará para obtener los fondos para la construcción del muro en la frontera con México a la vez que los Demócratas podrían presionar para que se conceda ayuda para los Soñadores (Dreamers).  No hay nada claro, puesto que la postura de ambos partidos suele variar casi cada hora. La próxima semana, destacaremos a tres excepcionales Soñadores de California como parte de la Semana Nacional de la Migración.  Mientras tanto, examine las enseñanzas de los Obispos en nuestra página de la inmigración e inste a sus representantes Federales a que apoyen a los beneficiarios de DACA .

La próxima semana, el Gobernador Jerry Brown revelará su propuesta para el presupuesto del 2019-20.  Los presupuestos del gobierno son “documentos morales” ya que éstos establecen las prioridades de la política pública para la jurisdicción en cuestión. Durante la Gran Recesión, los Obispos de California detallaron el marco que dichos documentos deberían enfrentar.  Lea En Busca del Bien Común ( In Search of the Common Good ) para prepararse para el anuncio del Gobernador.

5 de enero de 2018
Tomo 11, No. 1

Article source: http://www.cacatholic.org/espanol/perspectivas/perspectivas-regresa-proyecto-de-ley-de-aborto-medicinal-se-legaliza-la

Insights: Medical Abortion Bill Returns; Marijuana Legalized

Legislation Mandating CA Public Colleges Provide Medical Abortions Returns

A highly controversial bill that would mandate California public colleges provide abortion-inducing medication to students is returning to the Legislature in 2018. 

SB 320 (Leyva, D-Chino) was introduced last year but stalled in the Senate Education Committee.  As the Legislature operates on a two-year session schedule, SB 320 is eligible to be brought up again this year and will be heard in the Senate Education Committee on January 10th at the State Capitol.

The proposal would tell student health centers on California State University (CSU) and University of California campuses to offer abortion-inducing medication or arrange for transportation to a nearby abortion provider.  It further requires on-campus health centers to offer abortion-counseling services to their students but deliberately excludes pro-life counseling approaches.

Act Now To Oppose SB 320

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Recreational Marijuana: Pleasure, Panacea, Poison?

Fr. Gerald Coleman, adjunct professor in the Graduate School of Pastoral Ministries at Santa Clara University, examines the many open questions surrounding the Jan. 1 legalization of recreational marijuana in California.

The New York Times concluded its December 28 article about the January 1, 2018 legalization of recreational marijuana in California by stating, “People are gaining confidence as legalization spreads, and the growth is going to be huge.” Medical marijuana is legal in 28 states, and recreational marijuana legal in eight states. Companies investing in marijuana are growing exponentially, well-exampled in Silicon Valley and Oakland, especially since selling marijuana in California has the potential to generate $5 billion yearly.

The moral slope is worrisome and dangerous as society grows in its support of recreational marijuana use (about 58 percent of Americans). California led the nation in legalizing medical marijuana in 1996. As demonstrated in the 2013 documentary Weed by CNN medical correspondent Dr. Sanjay Gupta, positive medical effects have been witnessed, e.g., treating pain and relieving nausea. Since these facts are generally accepted, it is now a simple next step to conclude that recreational marijuana likewise carries curative effects. It’s a facile approach to believe that what is legal is beneficial and moral.

In January 2017, the National Academies of Science, Engineering and Medicine released a pivotal report on professional research carried out about the use of marijuana for recreational purposes. Along with December 2017 facts released by the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA)serious concerns are raised that demand schools and local municipalities to put into place as quickly as possible substance abuse prevention programs. (Parishes, especially those with schools, would do well to consider educational workshops for parents and youth.)

Continue Reading

 

National Migration Week January 7-13

For nearly half of a century, the Catholic Church in the United States has celebrated National Migration Week, which is 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 2018, “Many Journeys, One Family,” draws attention to the fact that each of our families have a migration story, some recent and others in the distant past. 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 a webinar, toolkit, prayer card, and poster. Click here for resources on the commemoration, including webinars, flyers and action items.

 

Poverty, Trafficking Prevention in Focus this Month

During Poverty Awareness Month, join the U.S. Bishops, the Catholic Campaign for Human Development and the Catholic community in the United States in taking up Pope Francis’ challenge to live in solidarity with the poor.

In addition to a calendar featuring ways to participate each day during the month of January, longer daily reflections are also available.  There is a liturgical aid to incorporate Poverty Awareness Month into the liturgy. All of these resources are also in Spanish.  You can also sign up to have the daily reflections emailed to you during Poverty Awareness Month.

January is also Human Trafficking Prevention month.  Described as modern day slavery, human trafficking traps more than 20 million people around the world in forced economic and sexual enslavement.  Read more about it here and here.

Click here for more.

 

In the Coming Weeks

Congressional leaders are meeting with White House staffers to start dealing with the threat of a Federal government shut-down on January 19.  It appears the President will push for funding for a wall on the Mexican border while the Democrats may push for relief for Dreamers.  Nothing is clear, as the position of both parties tend to vary almost on an hourly basis.  Next week, we’ll profile three outstanding California Dreamers as part of National Migration Week.  In the meantime, examine the Bishops’ teachings on our Immigration page and urge your Federal representatives to support DACA recipients.

Next week, Governor Jerry Brown will reveal his budget proposal for 2019-20.  Government budgets are “moral documents” since they lay out the public policy priorities for the jurisdiction in question.  During the Great Recession, the California Bishops detailed the framework such documents should face.  Read In Search of the Common Good to prepare for the Governor’s announcement.

January 5, 2018
Vol. 11, No. 1

Article source: http://www.cacatholic.org/insights-medical-abortion-bill-returns-marijuana-legalized

Insights: Medicinal Abortion Bill Returns; Marijuana Legalized

Legislation Encouraging CA Public Colleges to Provide Medicinal Abortions Returns

A highly controversial bill that would encourage California public colleges to provide abortion-inducing medication to students is returning to the Legislature in 2018. 

SB 320 (Leyva, D-Chino) was introduced last year but stalled in the Senate Education Committee.  As the Legislature operates on a two-year session schedule, SB 320 is eligible to be brought up again this year and will be heard in the Senate Education Committee on January 10th at the State Capitol.

(UPDATE:  SB 320 originally mandated much of what is now “encouraged” and incentivizes health care centers to provide the abortion medication.  The amendments were made the first week of 2018.)

The proposal would incentivize student health centers on California State University (CSU) and University of California campuses to offer abortion-inducing medication or arrange for transportation to a nearby abortion provider.  It further encourages on-campus health centers to offer medical abortions and abortion-counseling services to their students but deliberately excludes pro-life counseling approaches.

Act Now To Oppose SB 320

Continue Reading

 

Recreational Marijuana: Pleasure, Panacea, Poison?

Fr. Gerald Coleman, adjunct professor in the Graduate School of Pastoral Ministries at Santa Clara University, examines the many open questions surrounding the Jan. 1 legalization of recreational marijuana in California.

The New York Times concluded its December 28 article about the January 1, 2018 legalization of recreational marijuana in California by stating, “People are gaining confidence as legalization spreads, and the growth is going to be huge.” Medical marijuana is legal in 28 states, and recreational marijuana legal in eight states. Companies investing in marijuana are growing exponentially, well-exampled in Silicon Valley and Oakland, especially since selling marijuana in California has the potential to generate $5 billion yearly.

The moral slope is worrisome and dangerous as society grows in its support of recreational marijuana use (about 58 percent of Americans). California led the nation in legalizing medical marijuana in 1996. As demonstrated in the 2013 documentary Weed by CNN medical correspondent Dr. Sanjay Gupta, positive medical effects have been witnessed, e.g., treating pain and relieving nausea. Since these facts are generally accepted, it is now a simple next step to conclude that recreational marijuana likewise carries curative effects. It’s a facile approach to believe that what is legal is beneficial and moral.

In January 2017, the National Academies of Science, Engineering and Medicine released a pivotal report on professional research carried out about the use of marijuana for recreational purposes. Along with December 2017 facts released by the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA)serious concerns are raised that demand schools and local municipalities to put into place as quickly as possible substance abuse prevention programs. (Parishes, especially those with schools, would do well to consider educational workshops for parents and youth.)

Continue Reading

 

National Migration Week January 7-13

For nearly half of a century, the Catholic Church in the United States has celebrated National Migration Week, which is 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 2018, “Many Journeys, One Family,” draws attention to the fact that each of our families have a migration story, some recent and others in the distant past. 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 a webinar, toolkit, prayer card, and poster. Click here for resources on the commemoration, including webinars, flyers and action items.

 

Poverty, Trafficking Prevention in Focus this Month

During Poverty Awareness Month, join the U.S. Bishops, the Catholic Campaign for Human Development and the Catholic community in the United States in taking up Pope Francis’ challenge to live in solidarity with the poor.

In addition to a calendar featuring ways to participate each day during the month of January, longer daily reflections are also available.  There is a liturgical aid to incorporate Poverty Awareness Month into the liturgy. All of these resources are also in Spanish.  You can also sign up to have the daily reflections emailed to you during Poverty Awareness Month.

January is also Human Trafficking Prevention month.  Described as modern day slavery, human trafficking traps more than 20 million people around the world in forced economic and sexual enslavement.  Read more about it here and here.

Click here for more.

 

In the Coming Weeks

Congressional leaders are meeting with White House staffers to start dealing with the threat of a Federal government shut-down on January 19.  It appears the President will push for funding for a wall on the Mexican border while the Democrats may push for relief for Dreamers.  Nothing is clear, as the position of both parties tend to vary almost on an hourly basis.  Next week, we’ll profile three outstanding California Dreamers as part of National Migration Week.  In the meantime, examine the Bishops’ teachings on our Immigration page and urge your Federal representatives to support DACA recipients.

Next week, Governor Jerry Brown will reveal his budget proposal for 2019-20.  Government budgets are “moral documents” since they lay out the public policy priorities for the jurisdiction in question.  During the Great Recession, the California Bishops detailed the framework such documents should face.  Read In Search of the Common Good to prepare for the Governor’s announcement.

January 5, 2018
Vol. 11, No. 1

Article source: http://www.cacatholic.org/insights-medicinal-abortion-bill-returns-marijuana-legalized

Legislation to Require California Public Colleges to Provide Medicinal Abortions Returns

A highly controversial bill that would require California public colleges to provide abortion-inducing medication to students is returning to the Legislature in 2018.  SB 320 (Leyva, D-Chino) was introduced last year but stalled in the Senate Education Committee.  As the Legislature operates on a two-year session schedule, SB 320 is eligible to be brought up again this year and will be heard in the Senate Education Committee on January 10th at the State Capitol.

The proposal would mandate that student centers on California State University (CSU) campuses offer abortion-inducing medication or arrange for transportation to a nearby abortion provider.  It further requires on-campus health centers to offer medical abortions and abortion counseling services to their students but deliberately excludes pro-life counselling approaches.  In addition, the bill would impose these same requirements on the University of California (UC) by attempting to make the implementation of these requirements a condition of UC receiving state funds.

Tell your legislator to oppose SB 320

As a preliminary matter, SB 320 threatens the health of the very college-age women it purports to support.

First, the legislation mandates the provision of abortion-inducing drugs, including the “Abortion Pill,” RU-486.  These drugs operate by causing women to have miscarriages during the first 10 weeks of pregnancy.  These drugs may result in painful and serious medical complications, including hemorrhaging.  Moreover, use of these drugs may result in the delivery of fetal remains in students’ homes, dormitory rooms, and public restrooms, placing them at greater risk for complications.

In addition, SB 320 threatens women’s health care by requiring college health clinics to provide chemical abortifacients, something they are ill-equipped to provide.  This fact was even acknowledged in the Senate Health Committee analysis of the bill:

It is unclear whether these institutions, particularly community colleges and CSU campuses, have the ability to provide these services given how their health centers are set up.  In the case of community colleges, most of these health centers only offer very basic services, such as first aid and assessment and referral functions.  With regard to UC health centers, according to UC, none are equipped to offer abortion services.

College women deserve a safe and supportive environment where they can receive appropriate health care and support, including pregnancy counseling and options regarding adoption.  SB 320 will instead jeopardize student health and place them at risk of medical complications.  The bill does not require campus clinics to connect students with the proper care and follow-up treatment that traditional medical staff and professional health care would ensure.  To the contrary, the proposal forces women’s health to take a back seat to a pro-abortion political ideology.

Moreover, SB 320 inappropriately requires the State of California to promote and encourage abortions in our higher educational institutions, even to the point of punishing students and campuses that fail to comply by taking away critical funding for all students’ health services.  Ironically, even if California public colleges comply with this bill’s requirements, students will still be negatively affected.  The Senate Health Committee analysis noted:

Because campus health centers are all funded through fees on students, this bill may result in either shutting down the centers or substantial increases in student fees to pay for the additional services due to new staffing and equipment necessary to provide them.

As Catholics, because we believe that all of us are created in the image of God, we hold life to be sacred from conception to natural death.  We believe that we are stewards, not owners, of this gift of life from a loving God.  As a result, we oppose abortion and public taxpayer funding of abortion.  Instead, we support policies and services that assist pregnant women in making life-affirming choices, many of which are provided for free by crisis pregnancy centers and other clinics.  In the words of Pope Francis, “All life has inestimable value, even the weakest and most vulnerable, the sick, the old, the unborn and the poor…deserv[e] the utmost reverence and respect.”

SB 320 is supported by groups including Planned Parenthood and NARAL Pro-Choice California.  The bill is opposed by the California Catholic Conference, Californians for Life, the California ProLife Council, and others.

Tell your legislator to oppose SB 320

Article source: http://www.cacatholic.org/SB_280_background

Legislation Encouraging CA Public Colleges to Provide Medicinal Abortions Returns

A highly controversial bill that would encourage California public colleges to provide abortion-inducing medication to students is returning to the Legislature in 2018.  SB 320 (Leyva, D-Chino) was introduced last year but stalled in the Senate Education Committee.  As the Legislature operates on a two-year session schedule, SB 320 is eligible to be brought up again this year and will be heard in the Senate Education Committee on January 10th at the State Capitol.

(UPDATE:  SB 320 originally mandated much of what is now “encouraged” and incentivizes health care centers to provide the abortion medication.  The amendments were made the first week of 2018.)

The proposal would incentivize student centers on California State University (CSU) and University of California campuses to offer abortion-inducing medication or arrange for transportation to a nearby abortion provider.  It further encourages on-campus health centers to offer medical abortions and abortion counseling services to their students but deliberately excludes pro-life counselling approaches

Tell your legislator to oppose SB 320

As a preliminary matter, SB 320 threatens the health of the very college-age women it purports to support.

First, the legislation encourages the provision of abortion-inducing drugs, including the “Abortion Pill,” RU-486.  These drugs operate by causing women to have miscarriages during the first 10 weeks of pregnancy.  These drugs may result in painful and serious medical complications, including hemorrhaging.  Moreover, use of these drugs may result in the delivery of fetal remains in students’ homes, dormitory rooms, and public restrooms, placing them at greater risk for complications.

In addition, SB 320 threatens women’s health care by having college health clinics provide chemical abortifacients, something they are ill-equipped to provide.  This fact was even acknowledged in the Senate Health Committee analysis of the bill:

It is unclear whether these institutions, particularly community colleges and CSU campuses, have the ability to provide these services given how their health centers are set up.  In the case of community colleges, most of these health centers only offer very basic services, such as first aid and assessment and referral functions.  With regard to UC health centers, according to UC, none are equipped to offer abortion services.

College women deserve a safe and supportive environment where they can receive appropriate health care and support, including pregnancy counseling and options regarding adoption.  SB 320 will instead jeopardize student health and place them at risk of medical complications.  The bill does not require campus clinics to connect students with the proper care and follow-up treatment that traditional medical staff and professional health care would ensure.  To the contrary, the proposal forces women’s health to take a back seat to a pro-abortion political ideology.

Moreover, SB 320 inappropriately has the State of California promote and encourage abortions in our higher educational institutions.  Ironically, even if California public colleges comply with this bill’s requirements, students will still be negatively affected.  The Senate Health Committee analysis noted:

Because campus health centers are all funded through fees on students, this bill may result in either shutting down the centers or substantial increases in student fees to pay for the additional services due to new staffing and equipment necessary to provide them.

As Catholics, because we believe that all of us are created in the image of God, we hold life to be sacred from conception to natural death.  We believe that we are stewards, not owners, of this gift of life from a loving God.  As a result, we oppose abortion and public taxpayer funding of abortion.  Instead, we support policies and services that assist pregnant women in making life-affirming choices, many of which are provided for free by crisis pregnancy centers and other clinics.  In the words of Pope Francis, “All life has inestimable value, even the weakest and most vulnerable, the sick, the old, the unborn and the poor…deserv[e] the utmost reverence and respect.”

SB 320 is supported by groups including Planned Parenthood and NARAL Pro-Choice California.  The bill is opposed by the California Catholic Conference, Californians for Life, the California ProLife Council, and others.

Tell your legislator to oppose SB 320

 

Article source: http://www.cacatholic.org/SB_280_background

Legislation Requiring CA Public Univesities to Provide Medicinal Abortions Returns

A highly controversial bill that would require California public colleges to provide abortion-inducing medication to students is returning to the Legislature in 2018.  SB 320 (Leyva, D-Chino) was introduced last year but stalled in the Senate Education Committee.  As the Legislature operates on a two-year session schedule, SB 320 is eligible to be brought up again this year and will be heard in the Senate Education Committee on January 10th at the State Capitol.

The proposal would require student centers on California State University (CSU) and University of California campuses to offer abortion-inducing medication or arrange for transportation to a nearby abortion provider.  It further requires on-campus health centers to offer  abortion counseling services to their students but deliberately excludes pro-life counselling approaches

Tell your legislator to oppose SB 320

As a preliminary matter, SB 320 threatens the health of the very college-age women it purports to support.

First, the legislation encourages the provision of abortion-inducing drugs, including the “Abortion Pill,” RU-486.  These drugs operate by causing women to have miscarriages during the first 10 weeks of pregnancy.  These drugs may result in painful and serious medical complications, including hemorrhaging.  Moreover, use of these drugs may result in the delivery of fetal remains in students’ homes, dormitory rooms, and public restrooms, placing them at greater risk for complications.

In addition, SB 320 threatens women’s health care by having college health clinics provide chemical abortifacients, something they are ill-equipped to provide.  This fact was even acknowledged in the Senate Health Committee analysis of the bill:

It is unclear whether these institutions have the ability to provide these services given how their health centers are set up.  In the case of community colleges, most of these health centers only offer very basic services, such as first aid and assessment and referral functions.  With regard to UC health centers, according to UC, none are equipped to offer abortion services.

College women deserve a safe and supportive environment where they can receive appropriate health care and support, including pregnancy counseling and options regarding adoption.  SB 320 will instead jeopardize student health and place them at risk of medical complications.  The bill does not require campus clinics to connect students with the proper care and follow-up treatment that traditional medical staff and professional health care would ensure.  To the contrary, the proposal forces women’s health to take a back seat to a pro-abortion political ideology.

Moreover, SB 320 inappropriately has the State of California promote, funcd and encourage abortions in our higher educational institutions.  Ironically, even if California public colleges comply with this bill’s requirements, students will still be negatively affected.  The Senate Health Committee analysis noted:

Because campus health centers are all funded through fees on students, this bill may result in either shutting down the centers or substantial increases in student fees to pay for the additional services due to new staffing and equipment necessary to provide them.

As Catholics, because we believe that all of us are created in the image of God, we hold life to be sacred from conception to natural death.  We believe that we are stewards, not owners, of this gift of life from a loving God.  As a result, we oppose abortion and public taxpayer funding of abortion.  Instead, we support policies and services that assist pregnant women in making life-affirming choices, many of which are provided for free by crisis pregnancy centers and other clinics.  In the words of Pope Francis, “All life has inestimable value, even the weakest and most vulnerable, the sick, the old, the unborn and the poor…deserv[e] the utmost reverence and respect.”

SB 320 is supported by groups including Planned Parenthood and NARAL Pro-Choice California.  The bill is opposed by the California Catholic Conference, Californians for Life, the California ProLife Council, and others.

Tell your legislator to oppose SB 320

 

Article source: http://www.cacatholic.org/SB_280_background

Recreational Marijuana: Pleasure, Panacea, Poison?

The New York Times concluded its December 28 article about the January 1, 2018 legalization of recreational marijuana in California by stating, “People are gaining confidence as legalization spreads, and the growth is going to be huge.” Medical marijuana is legal in 28 states, and recreational marijuana legal in eight states. Companies investing in marijuana are growing exponentially, well-exampled in Silicon Valley and Oakland, especially since selling marijuana in California has the potential to generate $5 billion yearly.

The moral slope is worrisome and dangerous as society grows in its support of recreational marijuana use (about 58 percent of Americans). California led the nation in legalizing medical marijuana in 1996. As demonstrated in the 2013 documentary Weed by CNN medical correspondent Dr. Sanjay Gupta, positive medical effects have been witnessed, e.g., treating pain and relieving nausea. Since these facts are generally accepted, it is now a simple next step to conclude that recreational marijuana likewise carries curative effects. It’s a facile approach to believe that what is legal is beneficial and moral.

In January 2017, the National Academies of Science, Engineering and Medicine released a pivotal report on professional research carried out about the use of marijuana for recreational purposes. Along with December 2017 facts released by the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA), serious concerns are raised that demand schools and local municipalities to put into place as quickly as possible substance abuse prevention programs. (Parishes, especially those with schools, would do well to consider educational workshops for parents and youth.)

These reports raise grave concerns. Despite efforts to the contrary, the use of recreational marijuana has increased in Colorado and Washington among tenth graders and teenagers below the age of sixteen. There is overwhelming evidence showing that when persons of this age begin to use marijuana, they become addicted and fall into bottomless pits, e.g., serious driving accidents, truancy, memory impoverishment, respiratory problems leading to bronchitis, especially heightened when also smoking cigarettes. Heavy use of marijuana, especially when started in early years, has been shown in some cases to lead to schizophrenia.

Marijuana (cannabis sativa) is known by several names, e.g., reefer, pot, dope, weed, bud, Mary Jane, hippie lettuce. It is often called “grass.” Adults who smoked grass in their teenage and young adult years might think that present-day “grass” is the same. It is not. Marijuana is a drug composed of at least 86 diverse chemical compounds, with THC (tetrahydrocannabinol) being the compound that stimulates the brain to release dopamine, creating euphoria while often inducing hallucinations and delusions.

CBD (cannabidiol) is the compound primarily responsible for alleviating certain medical problems. Most marijuana dispensaries make their money on products that are high in the psychoactive compound (THC) and low in the compound (CBD) that offers medical benefits.   Today’s recreational marijuana contains higher doses of THC than ever before. It is naïve to believe that it is just like “smoking a little weed” or having a vodka and tonic.

Recent statistics released by JAMA present grim data that go to the heart of the moral use of recreational marijuana. Between 2009-2016, the use of marijuana among pregnant women in California jumped from 4.2 percent to 7.1 percent. THC can be transmitted from the mother to her fetus, as well as to her baby while breastfeeding. This ushers in the addictive cycle. If the mother smokes, so does the fetus. 

The use of marijuana among California teenagers under 18 jumped by 12.5 percent to 21.5 percent during this same time period. Smoke Signals: A Social History of Marijuana – Medical, Recreational, and Scientific (2012) testifies that troubled adolescence who start smoking marijuana at a young age are more likely to become heavy users, drop out of school, and display various behavioral problems. Seventeen percent of teenagers who use marijuana regularly become addicted to its use. Roughly 36 percent of 12th Graders in 2013 reported having used marijuana on a regular basis. This is a severe and moral issue that legislation exasperates, no matter what safeguards are in place.

Pope Francis has spoken out against the “liberalization of drug use.” “Drug problems already ravage the lives of young people, and society should not multiply this problem exponentially. Instead of sowing the seeds of suffering and death, we should educate young people in the values that build up life in society.”

What’s to be said, then, about recreational marijuana: pleasure? panacea? poison?

Statistics lean heavily, convincingly and despondently toward poison.

 

Gerald D. Coleman, P.S.S.
Adjunct Professor
Graduate School of Pastoral Ministries
Santa Clara University

Article source: http://www.cacatholic.org/recreational-marijuana-pleasure-panacea-poison

President Should Work with Congress to Remedy Flaws in Tax Bill, Says U.S. Bishops Chairman

WASHINGTON— After the U.S. House of Representatives and U.S. Senate passed The Tax Reform and Jobs Act, Bishop Frank J. Dewane of Venice, Florida, chairman of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops’ Committee on Domestic Justice and Human Development, drew attention to unacceptable problems that remain, and called on President Trump to insist that Congress fix them before he signs a bill into law.

The full statement follows:

“Today, Congress passed its tax reform legislation, The Tax Reform and Jobs Act, and it has been sent to the President to consider.  The legislation achieves some laudable things, like doubling the standard deduction, which will help many struggling families avoid tax liability, expanding the use of 529 education plans, and increasing the child tax credit.

“However, the Act contains a number of problematic provisions that will have dramatic negative consequences, particularly for those most in need.  Among other things, the Joint Committee on Taxation indicates that the bill will eventually raise taxes on those with lower incomes while simultaneously cutting taxes for the wealthy.  This is clearly problematic, especially for the poor.  The repeal of the personal exemption will cause larger families, including many in the middle class, to be financially worse off.  The final bill creates a large deficit that, as early as next year, will be used as a basis to cut programs that help the poor and vulnerable toward stability.  The legislation is also likely to produce up to a $13 billion drop in annual charitable giving to nonprofits that are relied upon to help those struggling on the margins.  This will also significantly diminish the role of civil society in promoting the common good.

“As the President considers the tax bill before him, we ask that he take into account the full consequences of its provisions and work with Congress to remedy them before signing a tax bill into law.”


Bishop Frank J. Dewane’s December 6, 2017, letter analyzing the Senate and House bills prior to reconciliation can be found at: http://www.usccb.org/issues-and-action/human-life-and-dignity/federal-budget/upload/Tax-Conference-Letter-Congress-2017-12-06.pdf

Article source: http://www.cacatholic.org/president-should-work-congress-remedy-flaws-tax-bill-says-us-bishops-chairman

UPDATE: Tax Reform Bill Now Reflects USCCB’s Education Priorities

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Insights: Demand Changes to Tax Bill; Urgent Support for DACA

Demand Changes to Tax Reform Bill

According to Congress’ own nonpartisan analysis, the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act bills recently passed by the House and the Senate raises taxes on the poor and cut taxes on the rich, violating basic principles of justice. Congress has proposed a web of wide-ranging and complex changes to the tax code, yet is approaching the process at a pace that makes it difficult even for experts in the impacted areas to analyze effects. 

The sheer amount of policy changes contained in a single bill is staggering.  The fact that it was drafted without public hearings and hurriedly as Congress was pressed by artificial deadlines raises serious concerns about unintended consequences.  Finally, the lack of cooperation on this, and other issues, further polarizes our nation and ignores potentially good, bi-partisan problem-solving.

(Send a letter to your U.S. Senator and Congressmember now)

In letters to both the House and the Senate last month, the US Bishops outlined key moral principles that should be considered in any tax legislation. Given the passage of these bills and the unusual conference process now underway, the USCCB urged lawmakers in both houses and both parties to insist on several policies changes to ensure that a final tax bill is morally acceptable.

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Please Support DACA Young People

Unless Congress acts soon, the federal Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program will expire on March 5, 2018. In order to make this program permanent, it is urgent that the U.S. House of Representatives pass legislation before the end of 2017. 

According to a new Quinnipiac University poll, roughly 84 percent of U.S. voters said DREAMers brought to the U.S. as children should be allowed to remain in the country. Almost 77 percent said they should be allowed to apply for citizenship. Among Republican voters, 70 percent said DREAMers should be allowed to remain in the U.S. and fifty-seven percent said they should have a chance at citizenship.

(Send letters to your representatives now supporting DACA.)

Bishops around the United States, and especially in California, are calling on all people of faith and good-will to contact their local representatives by phone, email or letter to urge them to do the right thing and support the DREAM Act and make the DACA protections permanent.

“Our elected officials know what they need to do. They need to know right now that we care — and that millions of voters care also,” said Archbishop Gomez of Los Angeles in a letter to all people of faith.

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Support Professional Development of Teachers

Congress is currently considering whether to fund or eliminate Title II-A of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act, which deals with the professional development of teachers.  The Senate Appropriations Committee has approved $2 billion in funding for Title II-A, but the spending bill passed by the House provides no funding whatsoever for the program.

The California Catholic Conference supports teachers in all our schools – public, religious and private.  As Pope Francis has said: “Education…is critical for the future of society. How important it is for promoting the culture of encounter, respect for the dignity of each person and the absolute value of every human being!”

As negotiations on a final FY 2018 spending bill move forward, please encourage your leaders, appropriators, and conference committee members to fund Title II-A at $2 billion to help teachers across the country improve their capacity to educate the children in their care.

Click here to send a letter now to encourage your leaders, appropriators, and conference committee members to fund Title II-A. 

 

His Holiness Pope Francis’ Message for World Day of Peace

“In a spirit of compassion, let us embrace all those fleeing from war and hunger, or forced by discrimination, persecution, poverty and environmental degradation to leave their homelands,” writes Pope Francis in the this year’s World Day of Peace message.

In his statement, the Holy Father speaks of the “over 250 million migrants worldwide, of whom 22.5 million are refugees.” He also cites Pope Benedict XVI’s referral to these individuals as those “who are searching for somewhere to live in peace.”

The World Day of Peace is January 1.  Popes traditionally release the message a couple of weeks prior.

Read the statement in its entirety here.

 

Charter for the Protection of Young People and Children

The Charter for the Protection of Children and Young People is a comprehensive set of procedures established by the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops in June 2002 for addressing allegations of sexual abuse of minors by Catholic clergy. The Charter also includes guidelines for reconciliation, healing, accountability, and prevention of future acts of abuse. 

If you have any questions on the measures the Catholic Church has put into place to protect children or you have any suspicious activity to report, every archdiocese and diocese in the state has a Safe Environment Coordinator to contact.  You can find a list on our Protecting Our Children page.

December 15, 2017
Vol. 10, No. 36

Article source: http://www.cacatholic.org/insights-demand-changes-tax-bill-urgent-support-daca

Perspectivas: Exija cambios para Proyecto de Ley de Impuestos; Apoyo urgente para DACA

Exija cambios para el Proyecto de Ley de Impuestos

Según el propio análisis no partidista del Congreso, los proyectos de ley de Recortes de Impuestos y Empleos, recientemente aprobados por la Cámara de Representantes y el Senado, aumentan los impuestos para los pobres y recortan los impuestos para los ricos, lo cual vulnera los principios básicos de justicia.  El Congreso ha propuesto una maraña de cambios complejos y de amplio alcance al código de impuestos, sin embargo, aborda el proceso a un ritmo que dificulta el poder analizar sus efectos, incluso para los expertos en los campos afectados.

Es asombroso tan solo la cantidad de cambios en las políticas que contiene este singular proyecto de ley. El hecho de que éste se redactó sin audiencias públicas y aceleradamente, puesto que el Congreso se encontraba presionado por fechas límite artificiales, provoca una verdadera preocupación por las consecuencias no intencionadas que pudieran darse. Por último, la falta de colaboración que requirió esto y otros problemas, polariza más a nuestro país e ignora la búsqueda de soluciones potencialmente positivas y bipartidistas.

(Envíe una carta a su Senador de EE.UU. y miembros del Congreso ahora)

En cartas dirigidas a la Cámara de Representantes y al Senado el mes pasado, los Obispos de los EE.UU. delinearon los principios morales claves que deberían considerarse en cualquier legislación de impuestos. Debido a la aprobación de estos proyectos de ley y el proceso de pláticas formales inusual que se está llevando a cabo ahora, la USCCB (Conferencia de Obispos Católicos de los EE.UU.) ha instado a los legisladores de ambas cámaras y a ambos partidos que insistan en diversos cambios en las políticas para asegurarse de que el proyecto de ley definitivo sea moralmente aceptable.

Continúe leyendo

 

Favor de apoyar a los jóvenes de DACA

A menos que el Congreso actúe pronto, el programa de Acción Diferida para los Llegados en la Infancia (DACA) terminará el 5 de marzo de 2018. Para que este programa sea permanente, es urgente que la Cámara de Representantes de los EE.UU. apruebe alguna legislación antes de que termine el año 2017.

Según una nueva encuesta de la Universidad Quinnipiac, aproximadamente el 84 por ciento de los votantes en los EE.UU. dice que a los Soñadores (“DREAMers”) que fueron traídos a los EE.UU. cuando eran niños, debería permitírseles quedarse en este país. Casi el 77 por ciento ha dicho que se les debería permitir solicitar la ciudadanía. Entre los votantes Republicanos, el 70 por ciento ha dicho que se les debería permitir a los Soñadores permanecer en los EE.UU. y el 57 por ciento ha dicho que debería brindárseles la oportunidad de obtener la ciudadanía.  

(Envíe cartas a sus representantes ahora para que apoyen a DACA.)

Los obispos a lo largo de los Estados Unidos, y especialmente en California, han hecho un llamado a toda persona de fe y buena voluntad para que se comunique con sus representantes locales por teléfono, correo electrónico o carta, para exhortarles a que hagan lo correcto y que apoyen la Ley de los Sueños (DREAM Act) y que hagan que las protecciones de DACA se conviertan en algo permanente.

“Nuestros funcionarios electos saben lo que tienen que hacer. Tenemos que dejarles saber ya mismo que éste es un tema que nos importa — y que también importa a millones de votantes,” dijo Mons. Gómez, Arzobispo de Los Ángeles en una carta dirigida a todas las personas de fe.

Continúe leyendo

 

Apoye el desarrollo profesional de los maestros

El Congreso actualmente está considerando si provee fondos o elimina el Título II-A de la Ley de la Educación Primaria y Secundaria, que trata el desarrollo profesional de los maestros.  El Comité de Asignación de Fondos del Senado ha aprobado $2 mil millones en fondos para el Título II-A, pero la cuenta de gastos aprobados por la Cámara de Representantes no designa fondos para este programa.

La Conferencia Católica de California apoya a los maestros en todas nuestras escuelas – públicas, religiosas y privadas.  Como afirma el Papa Francisco: “La educación…es crucial para el futuro de la sociedad. ¡Qué importante es ésta para promover la cultura de encuentro, el respeto a la dignidad de cada persona y el valor absoluto de todo ser humano”!

En este momento en que avanzan las negociaciones para la cuenta definitiva de gastos para el año fiscal 2018, le pedimos que aliente a sus líderes, a los que asignan los fondos, y a los miembros de los comités de conferencia para que provean fondos para el Título II-A por $2 mil millones para ayudar a los maestros a lo largo del país para que tengan mayor capacidad de enseñar a los niños que tienen a su cargo.

Pulse aquí para enviar una carta ya  para impulsar a sus líderes, a los encargados de los fondos, y a los miembros de los comités de conferencia para que proporcionen fondos para el Título II-A. 

 

Mensaje de Su Santidad el Papa Francisco por la Jornada Mundial de la Paz

“En un espíritu de compasión, abracemos a todas las personas que huyen de la guerra y del hambre, o forzados por la discriminación, persecución, pobreza y degradación del medio ambiente, a dejar su tierra natal,” ha escrito el Papa Francisco en su mensaje de este año para la Jornada Mundial de la Paz.

En su declaración, el Santo Padre alude a “más de 250 millones de migrantes a nivel mundial, de éstos, son refugiados 22,5 millones”. Él también cita al Papa Benedicto XVI cuando describe a estas personas como “aquellos que buscan un lugar dónde vivir en paz”.

La Jornada Mundial de la Paz es el 1ro. de enero.  Los Papas tradicionalmente publican su mensaje con un par de semanas de antelación.

Lea la declaración en su totalidad aquí.

 

Estatuto para la Protección de los Niños y Jóvenes

El Estatuto para la Protección de los Niños y Jóvenes es un conjunto de procedimientos integrales establecidos por la Conferencia de Obispos Católicos de los EE.UU. en junio de 2002, para abordar los alegatos de abuso sexual infantil por miembros del clero católico. El Estatuto también incluye pautas para la reconciliación, sanación, rendición de cuentas, y prevención de futuros actos de abuso. 

Si usted tiene alguna pregunta sobre las medidas que la Iglesia católica ha establecido para proteger a los menores de edad o si tiene alguna actividad sospechosa que denunciar, todas las arquidiócesis y diócesis en nuestro estado cuentan con un coordinador(a) del programa Ambiente Seguro que usted puede contactar.  Encontrará una lista en nuestra página de Protecting Our Children page.

15 de diciembre de 2017
Tomo 10, No. 36

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