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Oakland Catholics offer prayers, support for fire victims
Dec. 13, 2016, By Catholic News Service
OAKLAND – The local Catholic community in Oakland – parishioners, priests, school students and Catholic Charities’ workers – have been offering prayers and support for victims of the Dec. 2 fire that erupted in an Oakland warehouse, killing 36.  

Pot legalization: Windfall seen for cannabis industry
Sep. 12, 2016, By Valerie Schmalz
If voters legalize marijuana in California on Nov. 8, the cannabis industry can expect sales to increase to $6.5 billion by 2020, a new cannabis industry marketing report predicts.   

Opponents say egg donation bill would encourage damaging procedure
Aug. 22, 2016, By Valerie Schmalz
Women could earn thousands of dollars for donating their eggs for research under legislation awaiting a vote on the floor of the state Senate – a change which the California Catholic Conference warns would increase exploitation of college students and poor young women ...

LGBTQ rights bill targeting faith-based colleges revised
Aug. 22, 2016, By Valerie Schmalz
Legislation that would have violated the religious freedom of faith-based colleges in California is in the process of being rewritten and the California Catholic Conference expects to remove its opposition, a Catholic Conference official said.  

LA archbishop: Bill would hurt minority, low-income college students
Aug. 9, 2016, By Valerie Schmalz
Legislation that purports to protect LGBTQ college students and employees from discrimination would violate the religious freedom of faith-based colleges and jeopardize California financial aid grants for tens of thousands of Latino, African-American, Asian and low-income ...

CA bill would remove religious exemption for most faith-based colleges
Jun. 21, 2016, By Valerie Schmalz
Gay-rights driven legislation approved by the California Senate and now before a state Assembly committee would narrow religious freedom for faith-based colleges and universities, say the California Catholic Conference and others.   

CA bishops: Participation in public life a moral obligation
May. 24, 2016
Wondering how or whether to vote on June 7?  

California budget: $2.3 million for assisted suicide drugs for poor
Apr. 19, 2016, By California Catholic Conference
Without fanfare or announcement, Gov. Jerry Brown’s proposed 2016 budget recommends $2.3 million to allow California to purchase lethal drugs for Medi-Cal patients who want their physician to help them commit suicide. California’s assisted suicide law is scheduled to ...

Assisted suicide law repeal sought
Nov. 17, 2015, By Valerie Schmalz
The bishops of California are supporting a signature-gathering campaign to place on the November 2016 ballot a referendum to overturn the state’s physician-assisted suicide law.  

California Catholic Conference: Question results from Guttmacher ‘think tank’
Nov. 9, 2015
In the continuing debate over abortion, Planned Parenthood has a unique associate that often provides credibility for the organization when its own statements have low credibility.

California bishops exploring options to repeal doctor-prescribed suicide law
Oct. 20, 2015, By Valerie Schmalz
California bishops are supporting “the right and duty” of citizens who have started a signature gathering campaign to repeal the physician-assisted suicide act signed into law by Gov. Jerry Brown earlier this month.   

Bishops dismayed by assisted-suicide law
Oct. 12, 2015, By Catholic News Service
SACRAMENTO – California’s bishops expressed disappointment with Gov. Jerry Brown’s Oct. 5 signing of a measure legalizing physician-assisted suicide in the state, saying the law “stands in direct contradiction to providing compassionate, quality care for ...

Signing of assisted-suicide bill called ‘dark day’
Oct. 6, 2015, By Catholic San Francisco
Opponents of doctor-assisted suicide condemned Gov. Jerry Brown’s signature Oct. 5 of a measure that will allow physicians to prescribe lethal doses of drugs to terminally ill patients.  

Assisted suicide bill appears dead for 2015
Jul. 8, 2015, By Valerie Schmalz
The primary sponsors of legislation legalizing physician-assisted suicide pulled the bill hours before a state Assembly hearing July 7, with its authors saying the bill is dead for this year.

San Diego bishop pledges ‘accompaniment’
Apr. 22, 2015, By Catholic News Service
CARMEL VALLEY – The Second Vatican Council teaches that the Catholic Church “is constantly on a pilgrimage toward the heavenly kingdom, guided always by the Lord,” San Diego’s new bishop said at his installation Mass at St. Therese of Carmel Church.

Assisted suicide bill introduced in California
Jan. 28, 2015, By Valerie Schmalz
California legislators have introduced assisted suicide legislation modeled on Oregon’s assisted suicide law, energized by the heartbreaking story of Brittany Maynard, a young woman with brain cancer, who moved from the San Francisco Bay Area to Oregon to end her own ...

Prop. 47: State voters to decide on reduced prison sentences
Oct. 15, 2014, By Christina Gray
In the nearly 15-year course of mourning the death of her police officer husband in the line of duty and waiting for his young killer’s conviction, Dionne Wilson of Morgan Hill has been transformed from embittered crime victim to activist for criminal justice policy reform.

Bishops respond to refugee crisis
Jul. 15, 2014, By Catholic San Francisco
The Catholic bishops of California are coming to the aid of children of families fleeing violence in Central America, saying the crisis calls for a humanitarian response.






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