SB 360, Threat to Seal of Confession, Passes California Senate

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Real Property Tax Exemption

Published on May 23rd, 2019

Memorandum of Opposition

Re: S.1662-A Skoufis / A.3692-A, Gunther
In relation to Real Property Tax Exemption 

The above-referenced bill seeks to impose a seven-year deadline on the time in which a non-profit organization in the mandatory exempt class (religious, charitable, hospital, educational or moral or mental improvement of men, women or children) must build or make improvements on acquired property in order to retain the property tax exemption on that land.

The Catholic Conference opposes this legislation 

Placing an arbitrary time limit in which a non-profit organization must construct a building or make other physical improvements on subject property does not account for the economic realities of the nonprofit realm. Organizations must rely on fundraising and grants for funding, and often prioritize expenditures for the services provided to the poor and vulnerable populations they serve above their own building projects. The existing law has a “good faith” standard in place governing this matter. The arbitrary deadline proposed by this legislation might well jeopardize the good and difficult work of innumerable organizations that faithfully serve the people of New York State. 

Further, we note the recent amendment to this legislation intended to exempt real property used for the purpose of a children’s overnight camp or summer day camp. While we support the intention of this amendment, we believe it clearly demonstrates the recognition by sponsors of the legitimate exempt purpose of undeveloped land. We are concerned that local tax assessors will use the provisions of this bill to aggressively push nonprofit property onto the local tax rolls despite the legitimacy of the nonprofit purpose of the usage. 

The Introducer’s Memorandum cites the example of a non-profit charitable organization removing property from the tax roll by purchasing land as an investment vehicle. We believe the current law’s “good faith” standard is an adequate remedy to allow assessors to challenge singular events such as this without causing upheaval in the nonprofit community. 

Article source: https://www.nyscatholic.org/real-property-tax-exemption/

Archbishop Gomez: CA confession bill amendment is still ‘unacceptable violation of our religious freedoms’

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Perspectivas: Nuevo Programa de Indemnización para Víctimas del Abuso; Presupuesto Estatal Modificado

Diócesis en CA anuncian nuevo Programa de Indemnización para las Víctimas de Abuso

Los obispos católicos en California anunciaron hoy el establecimiento de un nuevo programa de indemnización disponible para cualquier persona que haya sido abusada siendo menor de edad, por sacerdotes de las diócesis participantes, independientemente de cuándo pudiera haber ocurrido dicho abuso.

El nuevo Programa Independiente de Indemnización para Víctimas-Sobrevivientes de Abuso Sexual de Menores por Sacerdotes, no está sujeto al control de la Iglesia. Kenneth R. Feinberg y Camille S. Biros, conocidos mediadores a nivel nacional y administradores de programas de indemnización particulares, han estado colaborando con los obispos en California desde el pasado mes de noviembre, para diseñar y administrar este programa.

El programa será supervisado por un consejo independiente de supervisión que incluye al ex gobernador Gray Davis y a la dirigente empresarial y ex directora de la Administración de la Pequeña Empresa en los EE.UU. (U.S. Small Business Administration), María Contreras-Sweet.

Feinberg y Biros ejecutan programas similares para la indemnización de abusos, los cuales abarcan las diócesis católicas en Nueva York, Pennsylvania, Nueva Jersey y Colorado.

El programa de California que se anuncia hoy, incluirá a la Arquidiócesis de Los Ángeles y las Diócesis de Sacramento, San Bernardino, San Diego, Orange, y Fresno. Juntas, estas diócesis incluyen a 10 millones de católicos, o aproximadamente el 80 por ciento de la población católica del estado.

Se está completando el sitio web para este programa y Feinberg y Biros anunciarán próximamente cuándo es que iniciará este programa. Se encuentran disponibles los borradores de los escritos del Protocolo y las Preguntas Frecuentes. La versión definitiva de éstos estará lista antes de que se emprenda el programa.

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ACTUALIZACIÓN: “Secreto de Confesión” enmendado

El Proyecto de Ley 360 del Senado, que se abre paso por la legislatura y que ha intentado eliminar el “secreto de la confesión,” fue enmendado en el Comité de Asignación de Fondos del Senado ayer y está en camino al Pleno del Senado. La CCC está a la espera de revisar el nuevo texto que contiene el proyecto, pero se muestra cautamente optimista de que éste ahora proteja la santidad del confesionario.

Gracias a todas las personas que participaron en las Alertas de Acción y enviaron correos electrónicos a sus legisladores. Aunque la CCC aún está a la espera de la publicación del nuevo texto del proyecto, estamos seguros de que sus cartas fueron tomadas en cuenta, al momento de adoptar algunas enmiendas para el proyecto original propuesto. 

El proyecto original proponía eliminar la exención para la comunicación penitencial al tratarse de abuso sexual de menores. El rito de la confesión es una de las creencias católicas más sacrosantas y los penitentes se amparan en esa  garantía inquebrantable para confesarse libremente y procurar la reconciliación con Dios. Un sacerdote que quebrante ese secreto es automáticamente excomulgado (Canon 1388).

En este artículo, explicó el Arzobispo José H. Gómez,  “el patrocinador del Proyecto SB 360  hace una aseveración radical  de que “el privilegio entre el clero y el penitente ha sido abusado a gran escala, lo cual ha generado el abuso sistemático y no denunciado de miles de niños de múltiples denominaciones y fes”.

“Eso sencillamente no es cierto.  Las audiencias realizadas en torno a este proyecto de ley no han presentado un solo caso —  en California o en cualquier otro lugar ­— donde este tipo de delito pudo haberse evitado si un sacerdote hubiera divulgado información revelada en la confesión,” aseguró el Arzobispo Gómez.

En un artículo de opinión publicado en wordonfire.com, el Obispo Robert Barron explicó: “Puesto que el derecho canónico de la Iglesia especifica que el quebrantamiento consciente del secreto de la confesión desemboca en la excomulgación automática, todo sacerdote, con arreglo a esta nueva ley, sería amenazado con ser procesado y posiblemente encarcelado por un lado  y por el otro lado, sería excluido del cuerpo de Cristo. ¿Y acaso hay alguien que dude que, si la ley es promulgada, se intente atrapar a los sacerdotes, poniéndolos en una situación insostenible?”

Esté atento a la CCC mientras que estudiamos el texto enmendado del proyecto, una vez éste se publique en los próximos días.  

 

Gob. Newsom publica modificación de mayo para el presupuesto

El Gob. Newsom publicó su presupuesto estatal modificado la semana pasada, indicando importantes mejoras para los créditos fiscales que se conceden a las personas de bajos ingresos, los programas para las personas sin hogar, los programas piloto de justicia restaurativa, y los fondos para obtener dos años sin pagar por la matrícula del colegio comunitario para los nuevos estudiantes.

El presupuesto modificado triplicaría el Crédito por Ingresos del Trabajo de California (Earned Income Tax Credit – CalEITC) y ampliaría la admisibilidad para abarcar aproximadamente a otros tres millones de familias. La CCC está luchando para que también apliquen estos créditos a las familias inmigrantes de bajos recursos que pagan impuestos, con números de Identificación personal del contribuyente (ITIN), asignados por el gobierno federal.

El presupuesto, a través del Proyecto SB 678 (Glazer, D – Orinda), también proveería fondos para tres programas pilotos de la justicia restaurativa, por un plazo de cinco años y un costo de $25 millones. Estos programas darían prioridad a las víctimas y ayudarían a transformar a las personas que han cometido delitos, con la finalidad de reducir nuestra dependencia en la encarcelación masiva.  

El Gobernador está aprovechando que hay ingresos adicionales para dejar su firma en la educación. Él propone un nivel de financiamiento substancialmente mayor para la enseñanza y los cuidados en la primera infancia — incluyendo $31,4 millones para añadir 10,000 nuevos espacios preescolares para los niños de 4 años de bajos recursos. Adicionalmente, se han designado $50 millones para establecer Cuentas de Ahorros para Niños con la finalidad de prepararlos para el acceso a las universidades.  Para ayudar a reclutar y retener a maestros calificados en los distritos escolares con altos índices de maestros con poca preparación, la Modificación de  Mayo incluye $89,8 millones para ofrecer asunciones de préstamos (reembolsos) para que los nuevos maestros recién acreditados puedan trabajar en escuelas de mucha necesidad, por un mínimo de cuatro años. En el presupuesto también se han contabilizado dos años gratuitos de colegio comunitario para los nuevos estudiantes a tiempo completo.

Además, el presupuesto de Newsom agrega  $150 millones extras en subvenciones para que las comunidades elaboren programas que ayuden a las personas sin hogar, lo cual hace que la cantidad total disponible para esas iniciativas ascienda a  $650 millones.

Hoy es la fecha límite para que los proyectos de ley sean aprobados en sus respectivos Comités de Asignación de Fondos y se dirijan al pleno. El Senado actualmente está considerando 350 proyectos fiscales, a la vez que la Asamblea estudia 750.

Manténgase atento a las noticias de la CCC, ya que los legisladores seguirán negociando sobre el presupuesto antes de llegar a la fecha límite del 15 de junio para aprobar un presupuesto definitivo para el año fiscal 2019-2020.

 

17 de mayo de 2019
Tomo 12, No. 16

 

Article source: https://www.cacatholic.org/espanol/perspectivas/perspectivas-nuevo-programa-de-indemnizaci%C3%B3n-para-v%C3%ADctimas-del-abuso

Perspectivas: Procuraduría General de CA revisará registros; El Vaticano publica nuevas reglas para la rendición de cuentas

Procurador General de California revisará registros diocesanos de  informe obligatorio

Xavier Becerra, el Procurador General de California, ha pedido a todas las 12 diócesis de California que conserven sus archivos y documentos en relación a su cumplimiento como informantes obligatorios del abuso sexual de menores ante las autoridades policiales locales.

Adicionalmente, la Oficina de la Procuraduría General ha pedido que seis de las 12 diócesis voluntariamente presenten estos mismos documentos para que la Oficina de la PG pueda vigilar su apego a la letra y al espíritu de la ley. Esas arqui /diócesis son: Los Ángeles, San Francisco, Fresno, Orange, Sacramento y San José.

Las diócesis se han comprometido a colaborar con las autoridades civiles y hacer todo lo posible para instruir a su personal, voluntarios y feligreses acerca de las leyes de informe obligatorio, además de cómo reconocer los indicios de abuso sexual. 

Adicionalmente, como señaló Mons. Jaime Soto, obispo de Sacramento, en respuesta a la carta del Procurador General: “incluso a las personas que no son consideradas informantes obligatorios, se les recuerda que tienen la obligación moral de estar conscientes de los signos de abuso infantil y de denunciar cuando exista la sospecha razonable de que ha habido abuso”.

Existe la expectativa de que las arqui/diócesis cooperen con el pedido del Procurador General.

 

La Conferencia de Obispos Católicos de los EE.UU. (USCCB) publica comunicado en respuesta al  Motu Propio del Papa

El Cardenal Daniel N. DiNardo, Arzobispo de Galveston-Houston y Presidente de la Conferencia de Obispos Católicos de los Estados Unidos, ha publicado el siguiente comunicado respecto a la publicación del Motu Proprio del Papa Francisco el día de hoy. El Motu Proprio, Vos estis lux mundi (“Tú eres la luz del mundo”), es una orden del Papa dirigida a todo el mundo, en respuesta a la perversidad del abuso sexual. Esta nueva ley surge después del encuentro en Roma que reunió a todos los presidentes de las conferencias episcopales de todas partes del mundo para dialogar sobre la crisis del abuso sexual en la Iglesia.

A continuación tenemos el texto completo del comunicado del Cardenal DiNardo:

“Hoy el Papa Francisco ordenó una respuesta mundial a la perversidad del abuso sexual. Se requiere establecer sistemas para la presentación de denuncias, que sean de acceso fácil, normas claras para el apoyo pastoral que se brinda a las víctimas y a sus familias,  la puntualidad y el rigor en las investigaciones, la protección para los denunciantes que presenten acusaciones, y la participación activa de los laicos. También permite a las conferencias nacionales de los obispos, como a la USCCB, la libertad de especificar aún más para dar cuenta de sus circunstancias locales. Recibimos el Motu Proprio Vos estis lux mundi (‘Tú eres la luz del mundo) como una bendición que potenciará a la Iglesia en todas partes para someter a la justicia a los depredadores, independientemente del rango que ocupen en la Iglesia. También permite a la Iglesia el tiempo y la oportunidad para brindar sanación espiritual.  

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Campaña de ‘Súbete al Bus’

Este fin de semana, algunos niños irán a visitar a sus madres presas, gracias a los esfuerzos de los voluntarios, en las parroquias a lo largo del estado.  Los Ministerios Católicos de la Justicia Restaurativa coordinan la campaña de Súbete al Bus, la cual lleva a los niños y a sus cuidadores, de toda California, a visitar a sus padres encarcelados.

El evento anual ofrece a los niños el transporte gratuito a las prisiones. Voluntarios locales patrocinan dos viajes al año, uno a las dos prisiones para mujeres, cerca de Chowchilla, por la fecha del Día de las Madres, y otro por la fecha del Día de los Padres, a los reclusorios para hombres, cerca de Soledad.  

Cada niño(a) recibe una bolsa para el viaje, una fotografía con el papá o la mamá, y los alimentos de ese día.  Durante su viaje de regreso a casa, los niños reciben un osito de peluche con una carta escrita por su padre/madre y asesoría psicológica después del evento.

Súbete al Bus (Get on the Bus)  es un programa del Centro para las Obras de la Justicia Restaurativa (The Center for Restorative Justice Works), una organización sin fines de lucro que une a los niños, a las familias y a las comunidades separadas por la delincuencia y el sistema de justicia penal.  

Para apoyar este programa u otros ministerios del Centro para las Obras de la Justicia Restaurativa, pulse aquí.

 

Día Nacional de Oración y Recuerdo para los Marineros

El Día Nacional de Oración y Recuerdo para los Marineros y Gente del Mar se celebrará el 22 de mayo. Este homenaje se realiza conjuntamente con el Día Marítimo Nacional en los Estados Unidos de América, establecido desde 1933 para honrar a quienes sirven como marineros mercantes y para reconocer los beneficios de la industria marítima.

Mons. J. Kevin Boland, obispo emérito de Savannah, Georgia y promotor del Apostolado del Mar (AOS, por sus siglas en inglés), alienta a las diócesis a que conmemoren el día nacional, recordando a los hombres y mujeres del mar en las homilías e incluyendo peticiones especiales durante la Misa. Cuando se celebre la Misa el 22 de mayo, se insta a que se utilice el texto para la Misa Voto de la Santísima Virgen María, Estrella del Mar.

“De forma especial, recordemos a los que han perdido la vida en el mar y a las personas en situaciones peligrosas,” afirmó el Obispo Boland.

Mons. Boland celebrará una Misa conmemorando el Día Marítimo el domingo 20 de mayo a las 10 a.m., en la Iglesia de la Cripta en la Basílica del Santuario Nacional de la Inmaculada Concepción en Washington.

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Alertas de Acción

La abundancia de Alertas de Acción de la CCC, en los últimos días, son una indicación de los muchos proyectos de ley fundamentales que se mueven dentro de los muros del Capitolio. Gracias a todos los que han atendido el llamado y han enviado cartas a sus legisladores.  Agradecemos su paciencia y disponibilidad para dar testimonio a favor de su Iglesia.

No ha terminado el trabajo y aún hay Alertas de Acción activas que necesitan de su voz.

Pulse aquí para ver alertas.

 

10 de mayo de 2019
Tomo 12, No. 15

 

 

Article source: https://www.cacatholic.org/espanol/perspectivas/perspectivas-procuradur%C3%ADa-general-de-ca-revisar%C3%A1-registros-el-vaticano-publica

Health Care Decision Making

Published on May 20th, 2019

Memorandum of Opposition

 Re: S.5939 Rivera / A.730 Rosenthal
In relation to health care decision-making 

The above-referenced bill would remove an important safeguard currently in the Public Health Law that sets a reasonable and prudent standard that physicians and hospitals must observe when making decisions for individuals who lack capacity. This bill proposes to lower a decision-making standard currently found in our state’s Health Care Proxy Law (Article 29-C Public Health Law). 

Under current law, the reasonably known wishes of the patient must be ascertained prior to an agent making decisions regarding medically-assisted nutrition and hydration. This bill would repeal this standard and allow for the ‘substituted judgment’ of the health care agent, effectively stripping the patient of the ability to have their medical decisions respected by giving the power to make those decisions to a third-party surrogate. Removing this protection will prove most detrimental to the powerless, isolated, vulnerable incapacitated population. 

Instead of bringing the decision-making standard of the Family Health Care Decisions Act of 2010 up to match the standard found in the Health Care Proxy Law, this bill lowers the standard in the proxy law, which we believe will negatively impact many patients’ ability to receive life-sustaining medically-assisted nutrition and hydration, which provides ordinary nourishment. 

The New York State Catholic Conference has for many years been actively engaged on the issue of health care decision-making and has long advocated for respect for each and every human life, including those who are disabled, vulnerable and incapacitated. To ensure appropriate legal protection for all persons who are unable to make their own healthcare decisions, particularly regarding life-or-death medical decisions, we strongly oppose this legislation and urge that it be defeated. 

Article source: https://www.nyscatholic.org/health-care-decision-making/

Statement on SB 360 Amendments and the Seal of Confession

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Insights: New Compensation Program for Abuse Victims; Revised State Budget

CA Dioceses Announce New Compensation Program for Abuse Victims

Catholic bishops in California today announced the establishment of a new compensation program that will be available to any person who has been sexually abused as a minor by diocesan priests of the participating dioceses, no matter when that abuse might have occurred.

The new Independent Compensation Program for Victim-Survivors of Sexual Abuse of Minors by Priests is independent from Church control. Kenneth R. Feinberg and Camille S. Biros, nationally known mediators and private compensation program administrators, have been working with the California bishops since last November to design and administer the program.

The program will be overseen by an independent oversight board that includes former Governor Gray Davis and business leader and former Administrator of the U.S. Small Business Administration, Maria Contreras-Sweet.

Feinberg and Biros are running similar abuse compensation programs covering Catholic dioceses in New York, Pennsylvania, New Jersey and Colorado.

The California program announced today will include the Archdiocese of Los Angeles and the Dioceses of Sacramento, San Bernardino, San Diego, Orange, and Fresno. Together, these dioceses comprise more than 10 million Catholics, or about 80 percent of the state’s Catholic population.

A program website is being finalized and there will be a forthcoming announcement by Feinberg and Biros on the program launch. A draft Protocol and Frequently Asked Questions are available. They will be finalized prior to the program launch.

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UPDATE: “Seal of Confession” Amended

Senate Bill 360, the bill making its way through the legislature that had attempted to eliminate the “seal of confession,” was amended in the Senate Appropriations Committee yesterday and is on its way to the Senate Floor. The CCC is waiting to review the new language contained in the bill but is cautiously optimistic that it now protects the sanctity of the confessional.

Thank you to everyone who participated in Action Alerts and sent emails to lawmakers. While the CCC is still waiting for the release of the new language, we are confident that your letters were taken into consideration into adopting amendments over the bill’s original proposal.  

The original bill proposed to eliminate the penitential communication exemption when it comes to child sexual abuse. The rite of confession is one of the most sacrosanct of Catholic beliefs and penitents rely on this unbreakable guarantee to freely confess and seek reconciliation with God. A priest who breaks the seal is automatically excommunicated (Canon 1388).

In this piece, Archbishop José H. Gomez explained, “SB 360’s sponsor makes a sweeping claim that “the clergy-penitent privilege has been abused on a large scale, resulting in the unreported and systemic abuse of thousands of children across multiple denominations and faiths.”

“That is simply not true. Hearings on the bill have not presented a single case — in California or anywhere else ­— where this kind of crime could have been prevented if a priest had disclosed information he had heard in confession,” Archbishop Gomez said.

In an op-ed on wordonfire.com, Bishop Robert Barron explained, “Since the canon law of the Church stipulates that the conscious violation of the seal of confession results in automatic excommunication, every priest, under this new law, would be threatened with prosecution and possible imprisonment on the one hand or formal exclusion from the body of Christ on the other. And does anyone doubt that, if this law is enacted, attempts will be made to entrap priests, effectively placing them in this impossible position?”

Stay with the CCC as we review the amended language of the bill when it is released in the coming days.

 

Gov. Newsom Releases May Budget Revise

Gov. Newsom released his revised state budget last week, showing major gains for tax credits for low-income earners, homeless programs, restorative justice pilot programs, and funding for two free years of community college tuition for first-time students.

The revised budget would triple the California Earned Income Tax Credit (CalEITC) and expand eligibility to cover roughly another three million households. The CCC is working to make tax-paying low-income immigrant families with federally assigned Individual Taxpayer Identification Numbers (ITINs) eligible for the credit as well.

The budget, through SB 678 (Glazer, D – Orinda), would also fund three restorative justice pilot programs over the course of five years at a cost of $25 million. These programs would put victims first and help transform those who have committed crimes to reduce our reliance on mass incarceration.

The Governor is taking advantage of additional revenue to put his stamp on education.  He proposes significantly more funding for early childhood education and child care — including $31.4 million to add 10,000 new preschool slots for low-income 4-year-olds in 2020. Additionally, $50 million is allocated for establishing Child Savings Accounts to prepare for college access.  To help recruit and retain qualified teachers in school districts with high rates of under‑prepared teachers, the May Revision includes $89.8 to provide loan assumptions (repayments) for newly credentialed teachers to work in high-need schools for at least four years.  Two free years of community college for first time, full time students is also accounted for in the budget.

Additionally, Newsom’s budget adds an extra $150 million in grants for communities to build programs that help the homeless, bringing the total available for those efforts to $650 million.

Bills have until today to pass their respective Appropriations Committees and head to the floor. The Senate is currently considering 350 fiscal bills while the Assembly is reviewing 750.

Stay tuned to the CCC as lawmakers will continue budget negotiations before the June 15 deadline to pass a final budget for the 2019-2020 fiscal year.

 

May 17, 2019
Vol. 12, No. 16

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Article source: https://www.cacatholic.org/insights-new-compensation-program-abuse-victims-revised-state-budget

Gov. Newsom Releases May Budget Revise

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Statement on “Born Alive” Hostile Amendment in State Senate

Published on May 16th, 2019

During the State Senate session May 13, Senator Pamela Helming (R-Geneva) introduced a hostile amendment to restore legal protections to born-alive abortion survivors. Sadly, the amendment was defeated in a show-of-hands vote along party lines. The amendment attempted to rectify a portion of the radical “Reproductive Health Act” passed in January, which removed such protections for fully-formed babies in the womb and infants who survive late-term abortion. 

The scale of New York’s abortion expansion shocked the country and began a national conversation about the horror of infanticide and the extreme agenda of the pro-abortion movement. Yet a motion to correct this heinous overreach and to restore protections to born children went down to defeat when the Democratic majority was presented with an opportunity to rectify this portion of the law.

It defies common sense and public opinion. We continue to pray for a change of heart among elected officials who support such a radical assault on the sacredness and dignity of human life.

Article source: https://www.nyscatholic.org/statement-on-born-alive-hostile-amendment-in-state-senate/

Las Diócesis Católicas de California Anuncian Nuevo Programa de Indemnización para las Víctimas de Abuso

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SACRAMENTO, Mayo 14, 2019; Los obispos católicos en California anunciaron hoy el establecimiento de un nuevo programa de indemnización que estará disponible para cualquier persona que haya sido abusada sexualmente siendo menor de edad por los sacerdotes diocesanos de las diócesis participantes, sin importar cuándo se haya producido dicho abuso.

El nuevo Programa de Indemnización Independiente para Víctimas Sobrevivientes del Abuso Sexual de Menores por Sacerdotes es independiente del control de la Iglesia. Kenneth R. Feinberg y Camille S. Biros, mediadores conocidos a nivel nacional y administradores privados del programa de indemnización, han estado trabajando con los obispos de California desde el pasado noviembre para diseñar y administrar el programa.

El programa será supervisado por una junta de supervisión independiente que incluye al ex gobernador Gray Davis y a la líder empresarial y ex directora de la Administración de Pequeños Negocios de los Estados Unidos (U.S. Small Business Administration), María Contreras-Sweet.

Feinberg y Biros están dirigiendo programas similares de indemnización por abuso que cubren diócesis católicas en Nueva York, Pensilvania, Nueva Jersey y Colorado.

El programa de California anunciado hoy incluirá la Arquidiócesis de Los Ángeles y las Diócesis de Sacramento, San Bernardino, San Diego, Orange y Fresno. Juntas, estas diócesis comprenden más de 10 millones de católicos, o aproximadamente el 80 por ciento de la población católica del estado.

Se está finalizando un sitio web del programa y habrá un próximo anuncio de Feinberg y Biros en el lanzamiento de éste. Un borrador de protocolo y preguntas frecuentes están disponibles. Se finalizarán antes del lanzamiento del programa.

Este nuevo programa es voluntario. Las víctimas-sobrevivientes pueden elegir participar en este programa como una alternativa para presentar sus reclamos contra la Iglesia en la corte.

Feinberg y Biros tendrán total autonomía para determinar la elegibilidad de los reclamos individuales y solo ellos determinarán la cantidad de indemnización ofrecida a cualquier víctima. Las diócesis han acordado cumplir con las decisiones de Feinberg y Biros y los montos de las indemnizaciones correspondientes no están sujetos a apelación por parte de las diócesis.

Las seis diócesis contactarán a las víctimas que previamente han presentado denuncias de abuso para alertarlas sobre este nuevo programa. Además, el programa invitará a otras personas que podrían haber sido víctimas de abuso a que también se presenten.

Debido a que los obispos están comprometidos a proporcionar medios para todas las víctimas, este nuevo programa está abierto a un rango más amplio que el que es elegible para presentar reclamos en tribunales civiles. Aquellas personas perjudicadas hace muchos años y a quienes se les prohibió presentar demandas debido a los estatutos de limitaciones civiles serán elegibles para hacer reclamos bajo este nuevo programa. Además, debido a que este programa no tiene un requisito de prueba de ciudadanía, los inmigrantes indocumentados que pudieron haber sido abusados también son elegibles para hacer reclamos.

A diferencia de los litigios civiles en los tribunales, este nuevo programa proporciona un proceso que no es contradictorio y protege la privacidad de las víctimas. Las víctimas-sobrevivientes no necesitan tener un abogado para participar y no hay costos por participar. Las liquidaciones por reclamos completos se pueden pagar en un plazo de 90 días.

El nuevo programa independiente es una iniciativa importante en el compromiso continuo de los obispos de California de brindar atención pastoral y apoyo financiero a las víctimas y sobrevivientes del abuso sexual de menores por parte de sacerdotes.

En las últimas dos décadas, las diócesis católicas de California han trabajado para ofrecer asistencia a los sobrevivientes de abusos, brindándoles orientación y otro tipo de apoyo, mientras que también pagan cerca de $1.5 mil millones a miles de sobrevivientes en un esfuerzo por reconocer la responsabilidad por los delitos graves cometidos por sacerdotes y para indemnizar a las víctimas por su dolor y sufrimiento.

Las diócesis católicas también han implementado políticas y programas estrictos para proteger a los jóvenes y crear entornos seguros en las parroquias, escuelas y otros ministerios. Cientos de miles de adultos en todo el estado han sido capacitados sobre la prevención de abusos y denuncias. A cientos de miles de personas más en posiciones de liderazgo se les han tomado las huellas digitales y se les han sometido a una verificación de antecedentes. Las diócesis han implementado estrictos requisitos de presentación de informes, trabajando estrechamente con los funcionarios locales encargados de hacer cumplir la ley para denunciar inmediatamente las acusaciones de abuso y remover a los acusados del ministerio.

Como resultado, nuevos casos de conducta sexual inapropiada por parte de sacerdotes que involucran a menores de edad son poco frecuentes actualmente en la Iglesia Católica en California. No obstante, los Obispos emprenden este programa en sus continuos esfuerzos para proporcionar vías para que las víctimas-sobrevivientes de abusos reciban asistencia para continuar su curación.

Article source: https://www.cacatholic.org/resources/programa-de-indemnizacion-para-victimas-de-abuso

California Catholic Dioceses Announce New Compensation Program for Abuse Victims

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Insights: CA AG Reviewing Records; Vatican Issues New Accountability Rules

California Attorney General to Review Diocesan Mandatory Reporting Records

Xavier Becerra, the California Attorney General, has asked all 12 dioceses in California to preserve files and documents that concern their compliance as mandatory reporters of child abuse to local law enforcement.

In addition, the Attorney General’s Office has asked that six of the 12 dioceses voluntarily produce these same documents so that the AG’s Office can monitor their compliance with the letter and spirit of the law.  Those arch/dioceses are Los Angeles, San Francisco, Fresno, Orange, Sacramento and San Jose.

Dioceses are committed to working with the civil authorities and have gone to great lengths to educate staff, volunteers and parishioners on mandatory reporting laws and recognizing the signs of sexual abuse. 

In addition, as Sacramento Bishop Jaime Soto pointed out in response to the letter from the Attorney General “even those who are not mandated reporters are reminded of the moral obligation to be aware for the signs of child abuse and to report it when there is a reasonable suspicion an abuse has occurred.”

Arch/diocese are expected to cooperate with the AG’s request.

 

USCCB Issues Statement in Response to Pope’s Motu Propio

Cardinal Daniel N. DiNardo, Archbishop of Galveston-Houston and President of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, has issued the following statement regarding the release of Pope Francis’s Motu Proprio earlier today. The Motu Proprio, Vos estis lux mundi (“You are the light of the world”), is a worldwide order to the Church from the Pope, in response to the evil of sexual abuse. The new law comes after a meeting in Rome that brought together all episcopal conference presidents from across the globe to discuss the Church sex abuse crisis.

Cardinal DiNardo’s full statement follows:

“Today, Pope Francis ordered a worldwide response to the evil of sexual abuse. It calls for the establishment of easily accessible reporting systems, clear standards for the pastoral support of victims and their families, timeliness and thoroughness of investigations, whistleblower protection for those making allegations, and active involvement of the laity. It also leaves latitude for national bishops’ conferences, such as the USCCB, to specify still more to account for their local circumstances. We receive the Motu Proprio Vos estis lux mundi (‘You are the light of the world’) as a blessing that will empower the Church everywhere to bring predators to justice, no matter what rank they hold in the Church. It also permits the Church the time and opportunity to bring spiritual healing.

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Get on the Bus’ Campaign

Children are heading to visit their mothers in prison this weekend thanks to the efforts of volunteers in parishes around the state.  Catholic Restorative Justice Ministries coordinates the Get on The Bus campaign, which takes children and their caregivers from throughout the state of California to visit incarcerated parents.

The annual event offers free transportation for the children to the prison. Local volunteers sponsor two trips each year, one to the two women’s prisons near Chowchilla around Mothers’ Day and one to the men’s facilities near Soledad around Fathers’ Day.  

Each child receives a travel bag, a photo with his or her parent, and meals for the day. On the trip home, children are provided with a teddy bear with a letter from their parent and post-event counseling.

Get on The Bus is a program of The Center for Restorative Justice Works, a non-profit organization that unites children, families and communities separated by crime and the criminal justice system.  

To support this program or other ministries of The Center for Restorative Justice Works, click here.

 

National Day of Prayer and Remembrance for Mariners

The National Day of Prayer and Remembrance for Mariners and People of the Sea will be celebrated May 22. The day is observed in conjunction with National Maritime Day in the United States of America, which has been celebrated since 1933 to honor those who serve as merchant mariners and to recognize the benefits of the maritime industry.

Bishop J. Kevin Boland, bishop emeritus of Savannah, Georgia and Apostleship of the Sea (AOS) promoter, encouraged dioceses to mark the national day by remembering the men and women of the sea in homilies and by including special petitions during Mass. When Mass is celebrated on May 22, the text for the Votive Mass of the Blessed Virgin Mary, Star of the Sea, is encouraged.

“In a special way, let us remember those who have lost their lives at sea and those in dangerous situations,” Bishop Boland said.

Bishop Boland will celebrate a Mass in observance of Maritime Day on Sunday, May 20, at 10 a.m., in the Crypt Church at the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception in Washington.

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Action Alerts

The abundance of Action Alerts from CCC over the last few days are an indication of the many pivotal bills moving inside the Capitol walls. Thank you to all who have heeded the call and sent letters to your legislators. We appreciate your patience and willingness to witness for the Church.

Work is not done and there are still active Action Alerts that need you to give voice to them.

Click here for alerts.

 

 

May 10, 2019
Vol. 12, No. 15

En Español

 

Article source: https://www.cacatholic.org/insights-ca-ag-reviewing-records-vatican-issues-new-accountability-rules

Catholic Charities official testifies at farmworker hearing

Published on May 6th, 2019

Shannon Kelly, chief operating officer of Catholic Charities of Orange, Sullivan, and Ulster testified in support of the Farmworkers Fair Labor Practices Act on May 2 at a legislative hearing held in Loch Sheldrake in Sullivan County. The hearing was one of three regional hearings being held around the state on the controversial legislation, the others being on Long Island and in Western New York. The NYS Catholic Conference has supported the farmworker rights bill through its more than two decades of consideration by the state legislature.

“We must ensure that farmworkers are treated humanely and with dignity, in the same way we work to ensure other workers of our state are treated,” Kelly said. “This is not about putting farmworkers ahead of farms. You can’t support the farmworkers without supporting the farms, and vice versa. Both depend on and need the other.”

Farmworkers were excluded from basic labor protections granted other professions under the federal New Deal-era Fair Labor Standards Practices Act. This legislation would grant New York State farmwokers such rights as a day of rest each week, overtime pay, workers compensation insurance, sanitary housing conditions, and collective bargaining rights. The bill is opposed by the NYS Farm Bureau, which argues that the economic impact on farmers would be too great.

Read the full testimony.

Article source: https://www.nyscatholic.org/catholic-charities-official-testifies-at-farmworker-hearing/

Farmworker Fair Labor Practices Act Testimony

Published on May 3rd, 2019

Testimony on the Farmworker Fair Labor Practices Act at a regional Joint Hearing of the NYS Senate Standing Committee on Agriculture and Senate Standing Committee on Labor

Presented by Shannon Kelly, Chief Operating Officer, Catholic Charities of Orange, Sullivan, and Ulster

Seelig Theatre at SUNY Sullivan, 112 College Road, Loch Sheldrake, NY

May 2, 2019

Good evening, and thank you for the opportunity to testify
on this important legislative issue facing our state. My name is Shannon Kelly.
I am the Chief Operating Officer of Catholic Charities of Orange, Sullivan, and
Ulster. As one of the human services agencies of Catholic Charities of the
Archdiocese of New York, our organization is committed to building a
compassionate and just society. Catholic Charities of Orange, Sullivan, and
Ulster serves the homeless, the hungry, those with emotional or physical
disabilities, as well as immigrants, the marginalized and the vulnerable of this
tri-county region. Last year, we served more than 42,000 individuals and
families, regardless of race, religion, or ability to pay.

I speak today on behalf of our regional agency, as well as
for Catholic Charities agencies across New York State, and in solidarity with
the New York State Catholic Conference, which represents the Catholic Bishops
of New York State. Catholic Charities and the Catholic Conference have been
advocating for passage of the Farmworkers Fair Labor Practices Act for more
than two decades. At the same time, the Church has been working on the ground
to meet the spiritual and material needs of farmworkers and their families –
through Catholic Charities, Catholic parishes, and individual clergy, religious
and lay people.

It is through this lens that I deliver my remarks today. Let
me begin by making one thing clear: Support for basic rights for farmworkers is
not anti-farmer. At least it need not
be. Our organization serves farm families and farmworkers alike. We are in this
community and are well aware of the unique nature of farming and the challenges
facing farmers, from uncontrollable weather factors, to the pressures of modern
economies, to injuries, the high cost of maintenance, distribution of a
perishable product and competition from foreign markets. We need our family
farms, for our local economy and for our very subsistence.

But at the same time, just as farming has evolved
technologically, it must also evolve to a 21st century understanding
of fair working conditions for farmworkers. We must ensure that farmworkers are
treated humanely and with dignity, in the same way we work to ensure other
workers of our state are treated. This is not about putting farmworkers ahead
of farms. You can’t support the farmworkers without supporting the farms, and
vice versa. Both depend on and need the other.

Justice and human dignity demand, however, that changes come
to the industry in terms of how workers are treated. It is important to
remember that farmworkers do not seek special rights; they seek only the same
rights guaranteed to other workers in every other sector – the right to
overtime pay, the right to a day of rest every week, the right to workers
compensation, the right to sanitary housing conditions, and the right to
collectively bargain.

We hear and appreciate the concerns of those who argue that
providing fair treatment to this population will raise prices for consumers,
but we can truly make the same case about any other sector of the workforce,
and we do not allow that to stop us from doing what is right.

If New York is truly the progressive state that we say we
are, how do we justify this continued unfair playing field? We can’t. We are
faced now with an opportunity. We must grab that chance and not let it slip
away yet again.

I hope and pray that the Legislature will work
collaboratively with the farmworkers and our family farms to craft meaningful
reform this year, one that recognizes the unique contributions of our farmers,
and the human dignity of our farmworkers.

Thank you again for the opportunity to speak to you today,
and God bless you.

Article source: https://www.nyscatholic.org/farmworker-fair-labor-practices-act-testimony/

Insights: Religious Rights at Risk; Successful Catholic Advocacy Day

USA Today: Religious Rights at Risk

The following is an op-ed that appeared in USA Today on April 28, 2019.  Voice your opposition to this threat against the seal of confession with this Action Alert.

The Bill of Rights is supposed to protect people from having to choose between the most sacrosanct part of their religious beliefs and imprisonment.

California is considering a proposed law that is nothing less than an attempt to jail innocent priests. California Senate Bill 360 seeks to change its law to force a priest, when he hears of sins in the confessional regarding sexual abuse, to make a choice. He must choose to either maintain the confidentiality of the sacrament and face possible imprisonment or to betray that confidentiality and violate his deepest conscience and the laws of God and the Roman Catholic Church. No priest I know would choose the latter. 

In 1813, the New York Court of General Sessions commented on the Catholic sacrament of confession and the government’s proper role in respecting the secrecy of the confessional as a part of its constitutional duty to protect religious freedom. It said: “To decide that the minister shall promulgate what he receives in confession, is to declare that there shall be no penance; and this important branch of the Roman Catholic religion would be thus annihilated.” 

Continue Reading on USAToday.com.

 

Bishop McElroy on Synagogue Shooting

Last week witnessed the tragic shooting at a San Diego area Jewish synagogue that left one dead and three others wounded. Bishop Robert W. McElroy, Diocese of San Diego, issued the following statement and asked all priests in the diocese to say prayers in Sunday Masses for the victims and for the Jewish community.

“Our hearts go out to everyone at Chabad House Poway for the senseless violence that took place earlier today. Houses of worship should be places of peace. Know that the entire Catholic Community of San Diego and Imperial Counties is keeping you in our prayers,” the Bishop said in a general statement.

The Bishop suggested the following prayer be included during Sunday Masses:

“For the victims of the Chabad shootings and their families; for the Jewish community, our elder brothers in faith, who are once again subjected to the evil of anti-Semitic hatred and violence, this time in our own diocese; and for our world, so consumed by anger and division, that we might understand that the gift of peace you give in today’s Gospel is a command for us to love every man and woman in the human family; we pray to the Lord.”

 

Newsom Entrusts Catholic Charities with Trust of Refugees

Governor Gavin Newsom announced last week plans to transfer $521,000 from the state Rapid Response Reserve Fund to Catholic Charities of San Bernardino and Riverside Counties to assist asylum seekers from Central America.

California is a state of refuge,” said Newsom in a statement. “As the federal government demonizes legal asylum seekers, communities are coming together in California to assist those fleeing violence and poverty in their home countries. Our state sends deep appreciation to the faith leaders, nonprofit organizations and local officials who are organizing humanitarian efforts in communities across Southern California.”

Read more here.

 

Catholic Advocacy Day A Success

More than 100 Catholics from throughout the state traveled to the State Capitol in Sacramento on Tuesday for Catholic Advocacy Day.

All of the parishioners met for a morning opening prayer service led by Bishop Gerald Barnes, San Bernardino, and a legislative update from the California Catholic Conference staff. After lunch, participants met with lawmakers and their staff at the Capitol to champion the Catholic voice, discussing issues such as life, families, and education.  

“The bills as a Catholic are really close to my heart because they provide protections for all different members of our community,” said Alicia from the Diocese of Orange. “Our community is super diverse so it’s important for me to be able to represent their voice and my voice.”

Click here to view a video from the event.

A huge thanks to those who participated, and a friendly reminder to submit your reports so we can accurately process the event.  Use this link.

Bills are moving around the Capitol at full throttle right now with upcoming legislative deadlines looming. This, coupled with fiscal bills awaiting action by the Appropriation Committees, means that you can expect to see a lot of Action Alerts once the logjam breaks in Appropriations. When those come your way, please take just a moment to send a note to your legislators and join in the work being done on behalf of the Church. It really does make an impact.

In the meantime, visit our Take Action page for current alerts.

 

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Cantu Takes Reigns in San Jose

Bishop Oscar Cantu, coadjutor bishop of San Jose, California, has assumed pastoral governance of the diocese with the resignation of Bishop Patrick J. McGrath.

Bishop Cantu, 52, had been coadjutor bishop since July. Bishop McGrath, 73, had led the Diocese of San Jose since 1999.

The appointment was announced May 1 in Washington by Archbishop Christophe Pierre, apostolic nuncio to the United States.

Read more on AngelusNews.com.

 

Brennan Installed in Fresno

The Mass of Installation of The Most Reverend Joseph V. Brennan, D.D., as the Sixth Bishop of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Fresno was held yesterday at Saint Anthony of Padua Catholic Church in Fresno.

More here.

 

May 3, 2019
Vol. 12, No. 14

 

Article source: https://www.cacatholic.org/insights-religious-rights-risk-successful-catholic-advocacy-day

Perspectivas: Derechos religiosos corren peligro; Exitosa Jornada de Propugnación Católica

Diario USA Today: Derechos religiosos corren peligro

El siguiente es un artículo de opinión, publicado en el diario USA Today, el 28 de abril de  2019.  Exprese su oposición ante esta amenaza contra el secreto de la confesión con esta Alerta de Acción .

Se supone que la Carta de los Derechos debe proteger a las personas para que no tengan que elegir entre la parte más sacrosanta de sus creencias religiosas o ir a la cárcel.

California está considerando una ley propuesta que es nada menos que un intento de encarcelar a sacerdotes inocentes. El Proyecto de ley 360 del Senado de California  procura cambiar la ley para obligar que el sacerdote tome una decisión, al escuchar sobre pecados de abuso sexual, en el confesionario. Él debe elegir entre mantener la confidencialidad del sacramento y enfrentar un posible encarcelamiento, o traicionar esa confidencialidad y vulnerar su más íntima conciencia y las leyes de Dios y de la Iglesia católica romana. Ningún sacerdote que conozco escogería lo último. 

En el año 1813, el Tribunal de Sesiones Generales de Nueva York, comentó sobre el sacramento católico de la confesión y el papel adecuado del gobierno en respetar la confidencialidad del confesionario como parte de su obligación constitucional de proteger la libertad religiosa. Éste afirmó: “Decidir que el ministro divulgará lo que él recibe en la confesión, es declarar que no habrá penitencia; y esta rama importante de la religión católica romana, por consiguiente, quedaría aniquilada”. 

Continúe leyendo en USAToday.com.

 

Obispo McElroy sobre el tiroteo en la sinagoga

La semana pasada presenció un trágico tiroteo en una sinagoga judía de la zona de San Diego, que dejó a una persona muerta y a tres otras heridas. Mons. Robert W. McElroy, obispo de la Diócesis de San Diego, publicó el siguiente comunicado y pidió a todos los sacerdotes de la diócesis que oraran en las misas dominicales por las víctimas y por la comunidad judía.

“Nuestras condolencias a todas las personas de Chabad House Poway por la violencia absurda que tuvo lugar al principio del día.  Los templos deberían ser lugares de paz. Sepan ustedes que toda la comunidad católica de los condados de San Diego y de Imperial les mantendrá en sus oraciones,” afirmó el Obispo en su comunicado general.

El Obispo sugirió que se incluyera la siguiente oración durante las misas dominicales:

“Por las víctimas de los tiroteos en el templo Chabad y por sus familias; por la comunidad judía, nuestros hermanos mayores en la fe, que nuevamente han sido sometidos a la maldad del odio y la violencia antisemitas, esta vez en nuestra diócesis; y por nuestro mundo, tan consumido por la ira y la división, para que podamos comprender que el don de la paz que ofreces en el Evangelio de hoy, es un mandamiento para que amemos a todo hombre y mujer que forma parte de la familia humana; oremos al Señor”.

 

Newsom encomienda a Caridades Católicas fondo para refugiados

El gobernador Gavin Newsom anunció la semana pasada que piensa transferir $521,000 del Fondo de Reserva para la Respuesta Rápida estatal, a Caridades Católicas de los condados de San Bernardino y Riverside, para ayudar a los que buscan asilo, provenientes de Centro América.  

California es un estado de refugio,” aseguró Newsom en un comunicado. “Mientras que el gobierno federal demoniza a los que buscan el asilo legal, las comunidades en California se unen para ayudar a los que huyen de la violencia y la pobreza en sus países de origen.  Nuestro estado agradece profundamente a los líderes religiosos, a las organizaciones sin fines de lucro y a los funcionarios locales  que organizan tentativas humanitarias a lo largo del Sur de California”.

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Jornada de Propugnación Católica un éxito

Más de 100 católicos, provenientes de todo el estado, viajaron al Capitolio del estado en  Sacramento, este martes, para la Jornada de Propugnación Católica.  

Todos los feligreses se reunieron para un servicio matutino de oración, conducido por Mons. Gerald Barnes, Obispo de San Bernardino, y para recibir información legislativa actualizada del personal de la Conferencia Católica de California. Después del almuerzo, los participantes se reunieron con los legisladores y sus equipos en el Capitolio para abogar por la voz católica, tratando los temas sobre la vida, las familias y la educación.

“Estos proyectos de ley, como persona católica,  son muy cercanos a mi corazón porque brindan protecciones para todos los diferentes miembros de nuestra comunidad,” aseveró Alicia de la Diócesis de Orange. “Nuestra comunidad es súper diversa, así que para mí, es importante poder representar su voz y mi voz”.  

Pulse aquí para ver video de este evento.

Agradecemos enormemente a todas las personas que participaron, y les recordamos que entreguen sus informes para que podamos procesar el evento de manera precisa.  Use este enlace.

Los proyectos de ley ahora se desplazan por el Capitolio a toda velocidad, con las fechas límites legislativas que se avecinan. Esto, conjuntamente con los proyectos fiscales que esperan que actúen los Comités de Asignación de Fondos, significa que usted puede esperar ver muchas Alertas de Acción, una vez que se rompa el estancamiento en los Comités de Asignación de Fondos.  Cuando reciba las Alertas, favor de tomarse un momento para enviar una nota a sus legisladores y sumarse a la labor que se realiza en nombre de la Iglesia. Su participación realmente afecta los resultados.

Mientras tanto, visite nuestra página para tomar acción –  Take Action page en torno a las alertas actuales.

 

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Cantú toma las riendas en San José

Mons. Oscar Cantú, obispo coadjutor de San José, California, ha asumido la administración pastoral de la diócesis, después de que renunciara el Obispo Patrick J. McGrath.

Mons. Cantú, de 52 años, había sido el obispo coadjutor desde julio. Mons. McGrath, de 73 años, había administrado la Diócesis de San José desde 1999.

Su nombramiento fue anunciado el 1ro de mayo en Washington, por el Arzobispo Christophe Pierre, nuncio apostólico de los Estados Unidos.

Lea más en AngelusNews.com.

 

Brennan instalado en Fresno

La Misa de Instalación del Reverendísimo Mons. Joseph V. Brennan, D.D., como el sexto obispo de la Diócesis Católica Romana de Fresno, se llevó a cabo ayer en la Iglesia Católica de San Antonio de Padua, en Fresno.

Más aquí.

 

3 de mayo de 2019
Tomo 12, No. 14

 

Article source: https://www.cacatholic.org/espanol/perspectivas/perspectivas-derechos-religiosos-corren-peligro-exitosa-jornada-de-propugnaci%C3%B3n

Catholic Advocacy Day A Success

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School Energy Efficiency Collaboration Programs

Published on May 1st, 2019

Memorandum of Support

Re: S.4480 Ranzenhofer / A.6820 Crespo
In relation to including private and religious schools in school energy efficiency collaboration programs 

The above-referenced legislation amends Chapter 403 of the laws of 2016, in relation to including private and religious schools in school energy efficiency collaboration programs. 

The New York State Catholic Conference supports this legislation. 

New York’s religious and independent schools make considerable efforts to improve the energy efficiency of their facilities. Their efforts, however, are often hampered by limited funding and the difficulties in accessing state and federal energy efficiency programs. This legislation will enable the state’s religious and independent schools to more fully participate in the collective effort to be smarter about our energy use. 

Not only will this measure help our schools in the stewardship of their school budgets, but a greater benefit will accrue to all utility rate payers. 

For the above reasons, we urge your favorable action on this bill. 

Article source: https://www.nyscatholic.org/school-energy-efficiency/

Pro-Life Pregnancy Centers

Published on April 28th, 2019

Memorandum of Opposition

Re: S.2264 Hoylman / A.2352 Glick
In relation to pregnancy centers 

This bill would impose unconstitutional requirements on pregnancy centers in violation of the First Amendment. Specifically, it would require that a mandatory, government-designed statement be made by pro-life pregnancy centers to disclose to clients the services they do not provide. It therefore mandates an impermissible form of coerced speech. We urge you to oppose this bill. 

The legislation also improperly imposes this message only on certain speakers, and thus is an unconstitutional form of viewpoint-based discrimination. The state would never seek to require any other business to immediately — upon first contact — inform clients of the goods or services they do not provide, either orally or in writing. Yet this is what this onerous and discriminatory bill would require for pro-life centers. The unconstitutionality of this bill is clear in light of the 2018 Supreme Court decision in NIFLA v. Becerra

Since New York State’s abortion rate is almost twice the national average, it is clear that pregnant women here are not confronting difficulties in obtaining pregnancy terminations. Anyone who believes in “freedom of choice” should therefore allow pro-life pregnancy centers to carry out their mission of providing other options to women facing unplanned pregnancies. 

Pro-life pregnancy centers provide valuable services, assisting often frightened and vulnerable pregnant women with alternatives to the abortion procedure. This legislation is an attempt to silence these pro-life voices and shut these centers down. It violates the constitutional guarantee of free speech. We urge you to oppose it. 

Article source: https://www.nyscatholic.org/pro-life-pregnancy-centers/

Perspectivas: Jornada de Propugnación Católica; Planned Parenthood Afectó la cobertura para los abortos

Jornada de Propugnación Católica la próxima semana

Los delegados de las diócesis de alrededor del estado se reunirán en el Capitolio, el próximo martes 30 de abril, para la Jornada de Propugnación Católica de este año.

Los congregados se reunirán con los legisladores para compartir la voz católica y para abogar por la vida, los niños y las familias.  

Para las personas que no piensan asistir, aún hay formas en que pueden marcar una diferencia. Pulse en las alertas siguientes para enviar rápidamente una carta a sus legisladores y así lograr que su voz también se escuche.  Apenas le tomará un minuto y los efectos pueden ser duraderos y profundos.

Le pedimos que por favor ore por las personas que viajarán a Sacramento la próxima semana y para que nuestros legisladores actúen prudentemente. Vea los boletines de los análisis y otra información sobre las actividades del día en nuestra página –  Jornada de Propugnación Católica .

 

 Planned Parenthood participó en la creación de la obligación de ofrecer cobertura para los abortos

Una serie de correos electrónicos de una causa sobre la libertad religiosa ha detallado cómo la organización de Planned Parenthood instó a las autoridades reguladoras en  California a obligar a los empleadores religiosos a incluir los abortos en la cobertura del seguro médico para sus empleados  aunque los creadores de las reglas no procuraron ni permitieron otros comentarios del público. 

En el 2014, el Departamento de Atención Médica Administrada (Department of Managed Health Care  - DMHC) expidió una regla que requiere que todos los empleadores, incluyendo los empleadores religiosos, paguen por la cobertura de los abortos voluntarios, para sus empleados.  Normalmente, como lo requiere la Ley de Procedimientos Administrativos (Administrative Procedures Act – APA), una regla de este tipo estaría sujeta a audiencias y comentarios públicos.

La Conferencia Católica de California, las Guadalupanas Misioneras del Espíritu Santo, y la Alianza para la Defensa de la Libertad (Alliance Defending Freedom – ADF) han estado buscando recursos legales desde entonces. Los correos electrónicos  son prueba en la causa de la ADF.

“No sorprende que los políticos en California se propasen cuando se trata de promover la ideología abortiva,” afirmó Andrew Rivas, director ejecutivo de la Conferencia Católica de California, “pero es desconcertante ver que las autoridades reguladoras en California colaboran tan estrechamente con Planned Parenthood a la vez que simultáneamente se contrarresta cualquier oportunidad para discrepar con los deseos de la principal organización proveedora de abortos en el país”.  

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La dignidad humana y las políticas migratorias

Los líderes católicos y expertos en temas migratorios hoy insisten que el reconocimiento y la preservación de la dignidad humana son esenciales para la elaboración de leyes migratorias eficaces y justas. El concepto social católico sobre la migración reconoce el derecho que tiene el ser humano de migrar para poder gozar de la seguridad y las condiciones para una vida digna y el derecho y la responsabilidad de un estado soberano de controlar el desplazamiento a través de sus fronteras para poder proteger el bien común. Dicho de otra manera, la preservación de la dignidad humana está sentada firmemente en una báscula, sopesada frente al derecho y obligación que tiene un país de controlar sus fronteras. El negar la humanidad de los pueblos migrantes revierte este equilibrio y amenaza con producir políticas migratorias injustas e inmorales que no protegen el bienestar y la seguridad de los estadounidenses ni de los migrantes.  

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San José Vaz, ora por Sri Lanka

La alegría del Domingo de la Pascua de Resurrección fue interrumpida brutalmente para nuestras hermanas y hermanos en Sri Lanka este año, cuando algunos ataques terroristas mataron a cientos de personas y lesionaron a cientos más. Tres iglesias católicas y tres hoteles fueron atacados en el día más sagrado del año, y las oraciones de todos los católicos de todo el mundo centraron su atención en las almas de las personas muertas y de sus familias dolientes.

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Obispos ruegan que todos sean incluidos en los esfuerzos para el censo

Mons. Frank Dewane, de Venice, Florida, presidente del Comité de la Justicia Nacional y el Desarrollo Humano de la Conferencia de Obispos Católicos de los EE.UU. (USCCB, por sus siglas en inglés) y Mons. Joe Vásquez, de Austin, presidente del Comité de la Migración, publicaron el siguiente comunicado antes del argumento oral del Departamento del Comercio v. Nueva York, ante la Corte Suprema de los Estados Unidos, respecto a la importancia de garantizar un conteo preciso en el Censo de los EE.UU.  

“Nuestro país realiza un Censo cada diez años para contar el número de hombres, mujeres y niños que viven en los Estados Unidos. La información recogida del Censo ayuda a destinar más de $800 mil millones anualmente para programas claves diseñados para promover el bien común, fortalecer a las familias y reducir la pobreza. La Iglesia católica y otros proveedores de servicios confían en que el Censo nacional provea un conteo preciso para poder servir de manera eficaz a las personas necesitadas,” afirmó el Obispo Dewane.

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26 de abril de 2019
Tomo 12, No. 13

 

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Insights: Catholic Advocacy Day; Planned Parenthood Affected Abortion Coverage

Catholic Advocacy Day Next Week

Delegates from dioceses around the state will gather in the Capitol next Tuesday, April 30, for this year’s Catholic Advocacy Day.

The congregation will be meeting with lawmakers to share the Catholic voice and lobby for life, children, and families.

For those that aren’t planning to attend, there are still ways you can make a difference. Click on the alerts below to quickly send a letter to your legislators so your voice is also counted. It takes only a moment and the impacts can be lasting and profound.

Please be in prayer for those traveling to Sacramento next week and for wisdom for our lawmakers. View backgrounders and other information on the day’s events on our Catholic Advocacy Day page.

 

Planned Parenthood Played Role in Forcing Abortion Coverage

A string of emails from a religious freedom case have detailed how Planned Parenthood urged California regulators to force religious employers to include abortions in their employees’ health insurance coverage even though the rule-makers did not seek or allow any other public comment. 

In 2014, the Department of Managed Health Care (DMHC) issued a rule that requires all employers, including faith-based, to pay for elective abortion coverage for employees.  Normally, as required by the Administrative Procedures Act (APA), such a rule would be subject to public hearings and comments. 

California Catholic Conference, the Guadulapanas Missionaries of the Holy Spirit, and the Alliance Defending Freedom (ADF) have been pursuing legal remedies ever since. 

The emails are evidence in the ADF’s case.

“It’s no surprise that California politicians go overboard in promoting abortion ideology,” said Andrew Rivas, executive director of the California Catholic Conference, “but it is disturbing to see that California regulators work so closely with Planned Parenthood while simultaneously forestalling any opportunity to disagree with the wishes of the nation’s largest abortion provider.”

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Human Dignity and Immigration Policy

Catholic leaders and immigration experts today insist that recognition and preservation of human dignity is essential to the crafting of effective and just immigration laws. A Catholic social thought understanding of migration recognizes both the natural right of humans to migrate in order to secure safety and a decent standard of living and the right and responsibility of a sovereign state to control movement across its borders so as to protect the common good. Put another way, the preservation of human dignity sits firmly in one scale balanced against the nation’s right and duty to control its borders. Denying the humanity of migrating people upends this equilibrium and risks producing unjust and immoral immigration policies that fail to protect the welfare and security of either Americans or migrants.

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Saint Joseph Vaz, pray for Sri Lanka

The joy of Easter Sunday was brutally cut short for our Catholic sisters and brothers in Sri Lanka this year, as terrorist attacks killed hundreds and wounded hundreds more. Three Catholic churches and three hotels were attacked on the holiest day of the year, and the prayers of all Catholics around the world turned to the souls of those murdered and their grieving families.

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Bishops Urge All Must Be Included in Census Efforts

Bishop Frank Dewane, of Venice, Florida, Chairman of the USCCB Committee on Domestic Justice and Human Development and Bishop Joe Vasquez, of Austin, Chairman of the Committee on Migration, issued the following statement in advance of the oral argument of Department of Commerce v. New York, before the United States Supreme Court regarding the importance of ensuring an accurate count for the U.S. Census.

“Our country conducts a Census every ten years to count the number of men, women and children residing in the United States. Census data helps direct more than $800 billion annually to key programs designed to advance the common good, strengthen families and reduce poverty. The Catholic Church and other service providers rely on the national Census to provide an accurate count in order to effectively serve those in need,” said Bishop Dewane.

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April 26, 2019
Vol. 12, No. 13

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Preservation of Human Dignity Essential to a Just and Effective Immigration Policy

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.

Catholic leaders and immigration experts today insist that recognition and preservation of human dignity is essential to the crafting of effective and just immigration laws. A Catholic social thought understanding of migration recognizes both the natural right of humans to migrate in order to secure safety and a decent standard of living and the right and responsibility of a sovereign state to control movement across its borders so as to protect the common good. Put another way, the preservation of human dignity sits firmly in one scale balanced against the nation’s right and duty to control its borders. Denying the humanity of migrating people upends this equilibrium and risks producing unjust and immoral immigration policies that fail to protect the welfare and security of either Americans or migrants.

The Church’s insistence upon the protection of migrants’ human dignity is rooted in over a century of Catholic social thinking and experience gained by Catholic leaders and social activists working in the field of immigrant welfare and policy reform. These leaders looked to Catholic social teaching to help them understand and confront the challenges and opportunities posed by immigration to the United States. Time and again, they called upon lawmakers to craft policies that recognized and protected immigrants’ human dignity, by, in particular, allowing their natural right to family unity and a living wage. Catholic voices insisted upon these rights, even if it meant opening America’s doors to some while closing them to others. The context within which migration occurs today is different in many ways to that of the previous century. But, this historical experience remains instructive, revealing the importance of protecting migrants’ human dignity whatever the circumstances.

Through the 19th century, the U.S. received millions of immigrants from Germany, Ireland, Italy, and many countries and regions across Europe, as well as arrivals from China and other parts of Asia. In the first decade of the 20th century, however, that the country experienced historically high levels of new arrivals, predominately from southern and eastern Europe. In this context, leading Catholic social thinkers weighed in on the resulting debate over immigration policy reform, doing so in ways that gave priority to the individual’s right to a living wage. This wage, they argued, must be sufficient to provide a decent standard of living, one which would promote the spiritual and material wellbeing of individuals and their families. Monsignor John A. Ryan and others, committed to protecting the dignity of immigrants and American workers alike, voiced their support for proposed legislation that would introduce literacy testing at ports of entry. Regulating entry in this way, they believed, would reduce the admission of a low-skilled labor force that would be vulnerable to exploitation and undercut American wages. Through a recognition of the human dignity of both immigrants and Americans, Catholic social thinkers insisted that legislators in the 1910s could craft effective and just immigration policy.

In the 1920s, largely due to a nativist response to the high rate of arrivals, the federal government passed a series of highly restrictive, sometimes exclusionary, reforms of immigration law. In response, staff of the Immigration Bureau of the National Catholic Welfare Conference (the precursor to today’s U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops) looked at how the nation’s laws disregarded or threatened human dignity. They focused in particular on the ways in which immigration laws and bureaucracy were causing the prolonged or indefinite separation of immigrant families. Catholic bishops and their representatives repeatedly appealed for legislative reform, highlighting the “natural and sacred” union between husband, wife, and child. Catholic critics insisted that the individual, imbued with human dignity, had a natural right to live with their family, that guarantor of moral and socio-economic stability. In 1943, Immigration Bureau staff threw their support behind a legislative proposal that would permit U.S. citizens of Chinese heritage to live in the U.S. with their Chinese-born wives, prohibited from entering the country by Chinese exclusion laws that long preceded the restrictions of the 1920s. The Bureau’s support for repeal of the racist bar against Chinese immigration was far from whole-hearted, but they did insist upon the individual’s right to family unity, a recognition and protection of their human dignity. 

After World War II, the Catholic social critique of immigration law developed another layer, one which continued to insist upon the protection of human dignity as an imperative. In the context of the post-war refugee and displaced person crisis, American Catholics, taking a cue from the Vatican, again insisted that their government observe the human dignity and natural rights of the world’s homeless. In his 1941 Pentecostal address, Pope Pius XII focused on the right of all humans to access the God-given material goods of the Earth, an understanding of natural rights to land and resources that transcended but did not ignore national boundaries. After 1945, the National Catholic Rural Life Conference argued that “under proper cultivation, the agricultural lands of the nation will support a much greater population,” and, as such, “the possession of such a superabundance of land places on the people of the United States a moral obligation to provide homes for homeless victims of the war.” In this way, they argued, the U.S. government had an opportunity to craft policy that would protect both the human dignity and natural rights of refugees and the common good and prosperity of the United States.  

Catholic social thinkers were also consistent critics of the bi-national agreements between the United States and Mexico that facilitated the importation of migrant workers from Mexico and elsewhere, typically referred to as the Bracero program. Between 1942 and 1964, around 4.6 million Bracero contracts were granted, mainly to Mexican agricultural laborers. Catholic voices were among those who called for an end to a program that exploited Braceros and encouraged the growth of a parallel, illegal market for undocumented laborers, all of which undermined the wages, working conditions, and stability of both Mexican and American farmworkers. Through the 1950s, Rural Life issued policy statements and Congressional testimonies that highlighted how the Bracero program had contributed to the creation of an itinerant and precariously-employed farm labor workforce, creating conditions that were “destructive of human dignity and of the integrity of family life.”

This Catholic response to migration is vitally important in the 21st century. The first decades of the 21st century have brought the migration of millions of people around the world, fleeing violence, persecution, poverty, and environmental catastrophe. Since the earliest stages of his papacy, Pope Francis has repeatedly reminded the faithful to recognize the human dignity possessed by all migrants, warning against their mistreatment. The Holy Father has inveighed against a “globalization of indifference,” which has led us to lose sight of the humanity and suffering of others, particularly our migrant brothers and sisters. In his letter to mark the 2018 World Day of Migrants and Refugees, he called upon political leaders to devise policies that would permit those in need of refuge to cross borders safely and legally, alluding to the balance between the natural rights of individuals and the common good of sovereign nations by insisting that “the principle of the centrality of the human person … obliges us to always prioritize personal safety over national security.” Ordinary citizens, including Catholics, also have a responsibility to lobby their political leaders and work, within local communities, towards the protection and integration of migrants and refugees. 

For over a century, Catholics leader and social activists have turned to the Church’s social teaching to identify ways to respond to the challenges and opportunities of immigration to the U.S. A Catholic social thought understanding of migration recognizes that the migrant and the receiving nation both have rights and responsibilities. Although extremely challenging in practice, this balance can only be achieved by the mutual preservation of both the common good of a sovereign state and the human dignity of the individual seeking a home.

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