Gov. Cuomo signs bill restoring long-used reimbursement formula for nonpublic schools

Published on November 16th, 2018

After vetoing similar legislation last year, Governor Cuomo has signed a bill that restores a standard for calculating state reimbursement of administrative mandates placed on Catholic and other religious and independent schools. The “instructional time” standard of 5 hours per day for K-6 and 5.5 hours per day for 7-12 had been used for nearly four decades in calculating reimbursements. However, in recent years the state had begun requiring many schools to factor in non-instructional hours as well, thereby reducing reimbursements.

By restoring the instructional time standard, the legislation, which passed unanimously in both the state Senate and Assembly, will save Catholic schools from facing at least a 4 percent reduction in reimbursement in coming years.

“We are grateful to Gov. Cuomo and the entire legislature for their action in averting devastating cuts in reimbursements to our schools,” said James Cultrara, director for education of the New York State Catholic Conference.

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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”.  

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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

 

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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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New Bishops’ Statement Challenges Racism

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Catholic Teaching: Death Penalty Is “Inadmissible”

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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

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“We need to participate for the common good. Sometimes
we hear: a good Catholic is not interested in politics. This is not true: good
Catholics immerse themselves in politics by offering the best of themselves so
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– Pope Francis, 9/16/13

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their care; to contribute to civil and respectful public dialogue; and to shape
political choices in the coming election in light of Catholic teaching. The
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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.

 

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

CCC Responds to Lawsuit by Jeff Anderson & Associates

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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. Gráinne 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.


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.


In recent months, there have been press reports of “missing” children, record levels of minors in detention, and preparations for family detention centers. The details are troubling, but the issues and policies have also been confused and conflated. It is vital that our citizenry take time to understand the practices and proposals at stake in the administration’s treatment of migrant families and children.

Family Separations

In early April, Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced that federal authorities would adopt a new policy of “zero tolerance” for illegal entry into the United States, particularly along the southwest border. This meant the prosecution of anyone who crossed the border between ports of entry, even those seeking asylum. The decision to ramp up detentions in this way had particular significance for migrant families. Under the terms of a 1997 federal court ruling Flores v. Reno, the government’s ability to keep children in immigration detention is limited, and so the prosecution and detention of parents entails the removal of their children to the custody of a separate federal agency, the Office of Refugee Resettlement (ORR). Pointing to the Flores settlement, the administration repeatedly claimed that it was legally bound to separate detained families, and that, without legislative reform by Congress, its hands were tied. This deliberate obfuscation omitted the fact that previous administrations of both parties, noting serious moral and ethical questions, have generally avoided separation by exempting migrating families from prolonged detention. In both public statements and internal memos, the administration has demonstrated that the separations were a deliberate policy choice, designed to act as a deterrent to future border crossings.

At the end of June, a federal judge issued an injunction ordering the government to reunify families within 30 days, and 14 days for children under five-years-old. It soon became clear that the administration had no plan, nor had they made any advance provision, for reunification. It has only been through cooperation with non-profits and volunteer lawyers that federal authorities have been able to reunite the majority of children with either their parents or another relative. As of mid-September, however, more than 400 children remain in custody. The parents of the majority of this group have already been deported and are proving extremely difficult to locate. The long-term effect of this policy foray on the mental health of thousands of children and their families remains to be seen.    

Detention of Families and Unaccompanied Minors

In early September, in light of its truncated family separation tactic the administration announced a new proposed regulation aimed at family detention. This would effectively eliminate the Flores settlement and enable the authorities to detain families in federal facilities until the conclusion of typically far-off immigration hearings. Policy analysts interpret this proposal as another arrow in the “zero tolerance” quiver, and a second stab at deterring further unauthorized arrivals. A necessary accompaniment to this approach is an expansion of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) family detention capacity, a process which requires congressional authorization.  

It has also come to light that a record number of unaccompanied minors, a five-fold increase over the past year, are being held in federal custody. As of mid-September, approximately 13,300 unaccompanied minors are currently spending an average of 59 days in shelters, foster homes, and, increasingly, “tent cities” run by the Department of Health and Human Services (HSS). Mostly older children fleeing violence and instability in countries like Guatemala, El Salvador and Honduras, they have arrived at the southern border without a parent or legal guardian, often intending to reunite with a family member in the U.S. The children still separated from their parents since the early summer comprise just a small fraction of the total number.

The reasons for this record level of child detention are complex, but a major factor is the dramatic drop in the rate at which children are discharged into the custody of relatives or sponsors. While it is true that the process for securing sponsor approval has become lengthier and more difficult, critics have pointed to the chilling effect of various Trump administration procedural changes that have discouraged potential sponsors from coming forward to claim their young relatives. These include a new policy of fingerprinting all household members and sharing that information with ICE, a major disincentive when many relatives may themselves be undocumented or at least live in mixed-status homes. Reports also emerged that ICE agents arrested 41 unauthorized immigrants who had come forward to take custody of unaccompanied children.

Holding Law-Makers to Account

It is true that certain aspects of the challenging family migration situation precede the tenure of the current administration and are not of its making. But critics and analysts have raised questions about the legality of current strategies explicitly aimed at “general deterrence” and their efficacy as regards reducing undocumented border crossings. 

For instance, in a statement on the family separations last June, Bishop Joe S. Vásquez, Chairman of the USCCB Committee on Migration, described family unity as “a cornerstone of our American immigration system and a foundational element of Catholic teaching.” The position taken by Church leaders and immigration experts over many decades is the intersection at which these two traditions meet.

Since at least the 1920s, Catholic spokespersons have applied the teachings of Catholic social thought to immigration questions of the day, insisting upon both the right of sovereign nations to control their borders in the national interest, and the right of individuals and families to migrate in order to secure safety and a decent standard of living. When the restrictive immigration laws were enacted in the 1920s, Catholic representatives criticized the ways in which the new regulations resulted in the separation of immigrant men already in the U.S. from their wives and children still abroad. Through debates over Chinese exclusion, discrimination according to national origins, the practice of importing Mexican migrant labor, and refugee admissions, Catholic voices have insisted that the integrity of the family unit is the most important feature of a just, moral immigration policy, and, by extension, of a stable, humane society. Also recognizing the importance of the family unit, from the 1920s, law-makers introduced incremental protections of the migrating family unit. The Immigration and Nationality Act of 1965 then enshrined the principle of family reunification as a central plank of American immigration law.

It is hard to avoid becoming distracted by the many pressing, high drama flashpoints in our current political life. In the meantime, the administration is detaining children and arresting their family members while simultaneously calling for Congressional action to prevent family separations.  The contradictions are apparent but the solutions are still not in sight.

 

 

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

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.”

Hospice and palliative care are different although many people confuse the two.  Hospice is for people with a terminal illness and who are not expected to live longer than six months, says the Catholic Health Association. The focus is on comfort, not curing an illness.

Palliative case if for people living with serious illness who may also be receiving treatment to cure their illness or prolong their life.  Health care professionals recommend early referrals to palliative care.

Confusion, anxiety and fear of being a burden are common problems that people with serious illnesses encounter.  To addresses this situation, the California Catholic Conference has teamed with the two major Catholic health care providers in California (Dignity Health and Providence/St. Joseph).

The Whole Person Care Initiative will work to ensure that parishioners and patients are loved and well supported during their illness, can openly talk with their spiritual leaders, clinicians, and family members about their wishes at the end of life, and have access to high quality, lower cost palliative care before they suffer needless medical procedures.  (Watch a video.)

As part of the initiative, the California partnership is working with the Catholic Health Association of the United States (CHA) to disseminate the principals and practice of Whole Person Care to other states.  To mark World Hospice and Palliative Care Day and National Hospice and Palliative Care Month (November), CHA and the Supportive Care Coalition (SCC) have developed resources to encourage health care providers and the public to learn more about the benefits of palliative care.

“And even if we know that we cannot always guarantee healing or a cure, we can and must always care for the living, without ourselves shortening their life, but also without futilely resisting their death,” explained Pope Francis.  “This approach is reflected in palliative care, which is proving most important in our culture, as it opposes what makes death most terrifying and unwelcome — pain and loneliness.”

Article source: https://www.cacatholic.org/palliative-care-hospice-day

Telemedicine Should Save Lives, Not End Them

Access to quality health care is a basic human right. Advances in technology have made it possible for so many to get the highest quality care no matter where they live. So many lives are being saved in remarkable ways using telemedicine.

The Pennsylvania House of Representatives will be considering Senate Bill 780 which will establish important guidelines about who can provide telemedicine services, and will clarify insurance coverage for those services. It is good to support advancements in telemedicine services, but only if they are ordered toward saving lives, not ending them.

State Representative Kathy Rapp (R-Warren) proposed an amendment that would prohibit the use of telemedicine for abortions. This simple amendment would allow Senate Bill 780 to move forward without putting vulnerable unborn patients at risk.

The Pennsylvania Catholic Conference and the Pennsylvania Catholic Health Association are urging lawmakers to support the amendment and allow Senate Bill 780 to move forward without putting the lives of the vulnerable unborn at risk.

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Article source: https://www.pacatholic.org/telemedicine-should-save-lives-not-end-them/

Telemedicine Should Save Lives, Not End Them

Access to quality health care is a basic human right. Advances in technology have made it possible for so many to get the highest quality care no matter where they live. So many lives are being saved in remarkable ways using telemedicine.

The Pennsylvania House of Representatives will be considering Senate Bill 780 which will establish important guidelines about who can provide telemedicine services, and will clarify insurance coverage for those services. It is good to support advancements in telemedicine services, but only if they are ordered toward saving lives, not ending them.

State Representative Kathy Rapp (R-Warren) proposed an amendment that would prohibit the use of telemedicine for abortions. This simple amendment would allow Senate Bill 780 to move forward without putting vulnerable unborn patients at risk.

The Pennsylvania Catholic Conference and the Pennsylvania Catholic Health Association are urging lawmakers to support the amendment and allow Senate Bill 780 to move forward without putting the lives of the vulnerable unborn at risk.

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Catholic Charities USA Issues Statement on Change to Public Charge Rules

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Pennsylvania’s Bishops: We Pledge Our Support for Independent Sex Abuse Survivors’ Compensation Program

The Catholic Bishops of Pennsylvania issued the following statement:

Since the release of the grand jury report on August 14, we the Catholic bishops of Pennsylvania have reflected deeply on the ugly record of clergy sexual abuse in our Commonwealth, and on times when Church leadership failed to protect our people over a period of decades.

We fully acknowledge that the Church sometimes failed the most vulnerable among us — children and young adults. We deeply regret the suffering of survivors and any decisions that failed to protect them.

As the Pennsylvania General Assembly returns for the fall legislative session, assuring the protection of children and help for survivors of sexual abuse should rightly be one of its top priorities. As various alternatives and programs are proposed, we will support all reasonable and constitutional efforts focused on helping survivors and their families on a path toward healing.

We recognize our responsibility to provide an opportunity for sexual abuse survivors whose cases are time-barred from pursuing civil claims to share their experiences, identify their abusers, and receive compensation to assist their healing and recovery.

To that end, we commit ourselves to creating or participating in an independent, voluntary program that will include a panel of qualified experts to review individual cases and determine financial assistance.  We understand that this compensation program will require substantial fiscal commitment and all dioceses will be seriously impacted. We stress that it is most important for all experts serving on this panel to be independent of the influence of the Church or of any institution in which children may have been abused.

We believe such a program will expedite the process for survivors to present their cases to experienced, compassionate experts who will determine an outcome for each case in a swift, efficient manner. In doing so, the panel will provide a resolution to survivors and allow them to avoid difficult and prolonged litigation. We believe an independent panel is the best option, considering a window or reviver of the statute of limitations will inevitably result in bankruptcy for dioceses. Bankruptcy would cripple the ability of a diocese to provide compensation and healing for survivors, while vastly reducing or eliminating social service programs that greatly benefit all Pennsylvanians by serving some of the most at-risk people in our communities.

We hope that as the program develops it will be open to any youth service organization, private or public, to opt into it to fulfill its obligations to survivors of abuse. We welcome legislative support for such a program.

We cannot undo the harm that childhood sexual abuse has caused, but in humility and repentance we hope the path forward offers a way toward healing for survivors and their families.

-The Catholic Bishops of Pennsylvania

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Article source: https://www.pacatholic.org/pennsylvanias-bishops-we-pledge-our-support-for-independent-sex-abuse-survivors-compensation-program/

Perspectivas: Actualización sobre proyectos legislativos; Recursos disponibles para la elección

Brown firma algunos proyectos de ley a la vez que aún se desconoce la suerte de otros

Ya pasaron tres semanas desde que la Legislatura de California levantó su sesión y envió un paquete de más de 1,000 proyectos de ley al Gobernador Jerry Brown para  su firma o veto.

A la Conferencia Católica de California (CCC) le complace informar que el Gobernador ha firmado varios proyectos de ley educativos y del medio ambiente que beneficiarán a todos los californianos, a la vez que seguimos esperando noticias respecto a otros proyectos que podrían tener un impacto devastador.

Se firmó el proyecto AB 2285 (O’Donnell, D-Long Beach), que reclutará a más maestros de fuera del estado para materias de mucha demanda, conjuntamente con el Proyecto SB 972 (Portantino, D-La Cañada Flintridge), el cual requerirá que todas las tarjetas de identidad de estudiantes lleven impreso el número telefónico de una línea de ayuda de emergencia anti suicidios. El Proyecto AB 1868 (Cunningham, R-Condado de San Luis Obispo) permitirá que se instruya a los estudiantes, conforme al Acta de Jóvenes Sanos (Healthy Youth Act) tocante a los peligros de enviar mensajes de contenido sexualmente explicito a través de los medios digitales.

A la CCC le complace que el Gobernador haya también firmado el Proyecto SB 100 (de León, D-Los Ángeles), el cual reducirá de forma cuantificable las emisiones  que dañan nuestro planeta y la salud de nuestras comunidades, especialmente para beneficio de nuestros californianos más vulnerables.

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Caridades Católicas brinda ayuda con tentativas relacionadas al Huracán Florence

Caridades Católicas USA (CCUSA, por sus siglas en inglés) colabora estrechamente con algunas agencias locales en Carolina del Norte, Carolina del Sur y Virginia para brindar ayuda a las comunidades impactadas por el Huracán Florence.

La agencia de CCUSA ha establecido una página de donaciones  y una plataforma para donar a través de mensajes por texto, para así recaudar fondos para esta causa.  Como lo ha hecho en respuesta a los huracanes del año pasado, la agencia CCUSA manda el 100 por ciento de los fondos recaudados a las agencias locales de Caridades Católicas que sirven a las comunidades afectadas.

“Estamos orando por los afectados por la tormenta,” aseguró la Hna. Donna Markham, OP, Ph.D., presidenta y directora general de CCUSA. “Lamentablemente, las personas más impactadas por los desastres naturales son individuos y familias que de por sí ya tenían dificultad para subsistir. Pero, gracias a la generosidad de nuestros donantes,  se cubren las necesidades inmediatas de los más vulnerables y se les apoya para que puedan reconstruir sus vidas”.

Para ofrecer su donativo, envíe mensaje de texto CCUSADISASTER al 71777. También puede usted donar por teléfono llamando al 1-800-919-9338. Pulse aquí para donar en línea.

Para obtener la información más reciente, pulse aquí.

 

Comunicado del Comité Administrativo de la USCCB y medidas que se seguirán en torno a los escándalos por abuso sexual

El Comité Administrativo de la Conferencia de Obispos Católicos de los EEUU (USCCB, por sus siglas en inglés), publicó el siguiente comunicado esta semana, en respuesta a los escándalos por abuso sexual. En su comunicado, los obispos se comprometen a “sanar y proteger con toda la fuerza que Dios nos da”.  

Volverse al Señor

“Cuando cada uno de nosotros recibimos la ordenación como obispos, se nos dijo: ‘Cuiden a todo el rebaño que el Espíritu Santo les ha confiado para pastorear a la Iglesia de Dios’.

Nosotros, el Comité Administrativo de la Conferencia de Obispos Católicos de EEUU, nos reunimos en Washington en este momento de vergüenza y dolor. 

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Administración recorta número de refugiados permitidos en los EEUU

La Administración anunció esta semana que fijará el número de refugiados permitidos en los Estados Unidos en 30,000 para el año 2019.  Este es el número más bajo que se ha fijado en la historia del programa de ingreso de refugiados a los EEUU,  el cual fue creado formalmente en 1980.

“Ofrecer refugio a los que huyen de la violencia, la tortura o la persecución religiosa es piedra angular de nuestra historia,” afirmó el Mons. Joe S. Vásquez, obispo de Austin, Texas, presidente del Comité de Migración de la Conferencia de Obispos de los EEUU en un comunicado publicado. “Como país, hemos recibido la bendición de contar con grandes recursos que nos brindan la capacidad de acoger de forma segura a los que huyen del peligro. Como pueblo, no cerramos nuestras puertas a las personas que buscan dicha seguridad”. 

El anuncio coincidió con un congreso en Roma sobre “La Xenofobia, el Racismo y el Nacionalismo Populista en el Contexto de la Migración Mundial”.  Esta conferencia realizada del  18 al 20 de septiembre, en Roma, fue auspiciada conjuntamente por el dicasterio del vaticano y el Consejo Mundial de Iglesias con sede en Ginebra en colaboración con el Consejo Pontificio para la Promoción de la Unidad Cristiana.

“Nos duele reconocer que cuando se trata de la migración internacional, prevalecen con demasiada frecuencia la desconfianza y el temor, por encima de la confianza y la apertura hacia el otro,” más sin embargo, a la vez, hay muchos ejemplos de solidaridad y compasión que también se manifiestan, afirmó el Cardenal Peter Turkson, prefecto del Dicasterio para la Promoción del Desarrollo Integral Humano.

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Materiales para la elección ahora disponibles

Las boletas para votantes ausentes empezarán a llegar a los buzones el 8 de octubre, en preparación para la Elección del 6 de noviembre.  La Conferencia Católica de California cuenta con diversos recursos para ayudarle a preparase para emitir su voto. 

Usted podrá encontrar un resumen de todas las  11 proposiciones que figuran en la boleta, incluyendo información de fondo y la doctrina católica que aplica en línea. Hay un grupo de medidas increíblemente diversas para estudiar, incluyendo asuntos fiscales, de vivienda, del agua y del medio ambiente, los hospitales para niños, impuestos y de horario de verano.

Para los que se preguntan sobre el papel de la iglesia, los feligreses y la participación ciudadana, tenemos las preguntas frecuentes para ser ciudadanos fieles -  Faithful Citizenship Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ). Analice las guías sobre las cuestiones morales, éticas y teológicas como: ¿Qué es una conciencia bien formada y cómo formo la mía?  También tenemos información disponible para la registración de votantes.

Le recordamos que los Obispos han publicado guías para la promoción, el cabildeo y la acción política –  guidelines for advocacy, lobbying and political action para que las parroquias entiendan mejor el papel de la Iglesia en los asuntos públicos. Revise esta página para contestar las preguntas sobre la participación política y la promoción, en las actividades en su parroquia o aquellas auspiciadas por ésta.

 

Arquidiócesis de SF busca coordinador(a) de Proyecto Raquel

 

21 de septiembre de 2018
Tomo 11, No. 29

En español

 

Article source: https://www.cacatholic.org/espanol/perspectivas/perspectivas-actualizaci%C3%B3n-sobre-proyectos-legislativos-recursos-disponibles

Insights: Legislative Bill Update; Election Resources Available

Brown Signs Some Bills While Fate of Others Still Unknown

It has been three weeks since the California Legislature adjourned for the session and sent a stack of more than 1,000 bills to Governor Jerry Brown for his signature or veto.

The California Catholic Conference (CCC) is pleased to report that the Governor has signed several educational and environmental bills that will benefit all Californians, while we continue to await news on others that could have devastating impacts.  

AB 2285 (O’Donnell, D-Long Beach), which will recruit more out-of-state teachers in high-demand subjects was signed along with SB 972 (Portantino, D-La Cañada Flintridge), which will require that all student identification cards are imprinted with an anti-suicide helpline.  AB 1868 (Cunningham, R-San Luis Obispo County) will enable students to be educated under the Healthy Youth Act on the dangers of messaging sexually explicit materials through digital media.

The CCC is pleased that the Governor also signed SB 100 (de León, D-Los Angeles), which will quantifiably reduce the emissions harmful to our planet and the health of our communities, especially for our most vulnerable Californians.

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Catholic Charities Assisting in Hurricane Florence Efforts

Catholic Charities USA (CCUSA) is working closely with local agencies in North Carolina, South Carolina and Virginia to respond to those impacted by Hurricane Florence.

CCUSA has set up a donation page and text-to-give platform to raise funds for this effort.  As it did in response to last year’s hurricanes, CCUSA forwards 100 percent of funds raised to the local Catholic Charities agencies that serve the affected communities.

“We are praying for those affected by the storm,” said Sister Donna Markham, OP, Ph.D., President and CEO of CCUSA. “Unfortunately, those most impacted by natural disasters are the individuals and families who are already struggling to make ends meet. But thanks to the generosity of our donors the most vulnerable have their immediate needs met and the long-term recovery support they need to rebuild their lives.”

To donate, text CCUSADISASTER to 71777. You may also donate by phone by calling 1-800-919-9338. Click here to donate online.

For the latest information, click here.

 

USCCB Admin Committee Statement and Actions to be Taken on Sex Abuse Scandals

The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops’ (USCCB) Administrative Committee issued the following statement this week in response to the recent sex abuse scandals. In the statement, the bishops say they pledge to “heal and protect with every bit of the strength God provides us.”

Turning to the Lord

“When each of us was ordained as a bishop, we were told: ‘Keep watch over the whole flock in which the Holy Spirit has appointed you to shepherd the Church of God.’

We, the Administrative Committee of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, assembled last week in Washington at this time of shame and sorrow. 

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Administration Slashes Number of Refugees Allowed in US

The Administration announced this week that it will set the level of refugees allowed into the United States at 30,000 for 2019.  This is the lowest number set in the history of the U.S. refugee admissions program which was formally created in 1980.

“Offering refuge to those fleeing violence, torture, or religious persecution is a cornerstone of our history,” said Most Reverend Joe S. Vásquez, Bishop of Austin, Texas, Chair of the of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops’ Committee on Migration in a released statement. “We as a country are blessed with vast resources making us capable of securely welcoming those fleeing harm. Closing our doors on those seeking such safety is not who we are as a people.”

The announcement coincided with a conference in Rome on “Xenophobia, Racism and Populist Nationalism in the Context of Global Migration.” The gathering Sept. 18-20 in Rome was jointly hosted by the Vatican dicastery and the Geneva-based World Council of Churches in collaboration with the Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity.

“It pains us to note that when it comes to international migration, too often mistrust and fear prevail over trust and openness toward the other,” yet at the same time, there are many examples of solidarity and compassion being demonstrated as well, said Cardinal Peter Turkson, prefect of the Dicastery for Promoting Integral Human Development.

 

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Election Resources Now Available

Absentee ballots will start landing in mailboxes on October 8 in advance of Election Day November 6. To help you prepare to vote, the California Catholic Conference has several resources available.

An overview of all of the 11 propositions on the ballot, including background information and applicate Catholic teaching can be found online. There are an incredibly diverse set of measures to research including fiscal issues, housing, water and the environment, children’s hospitals, taxes and daylight savings time

For those wondering about the role of the church, parishioners and civic participation, there is a Faithful Citizenship Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ). Examine guidance on moral, ethical and theological questions such as: What is a well-formed conscience and how do I form my own?  There is also voter registration information available.

A reminder that the Bishops have published guidelines for advocacy, lobbying and political action for parishes to better understand the role of the Church in public affairs. Review this page to answer questions on political involvement and advocacy at your parish or church-sponsored function.

 

SF Archdiocese Seeks Project Rachel Coordinator

 

September 21, 2018
Vol. 11, No. 29

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Brown Signs Some Bills While Fate of Others Still Unknown

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