Petitions Submitted to Overturn AB1266, the CA Co-Ed Bathroom Law. Pray for a Fair Signature Count. SAN FRANCISCO, December 2, 2013 -- Thanks to efforts of those circulating petitions to reject the so-called California co-ed bathroom law, more than enough signatures to qualify were submitted to county registrars throughout the state. They are currently being counted.
The new law, AB 1266, permits elementary and high school students to choose which bathrooms, shower rooms or locker facilities that want to use depending on their “gender identity”. Read more.
ACTION Completed AB460 signed
UPDATE: Governor Signed into LawCalifornia Bill Promoting Creation of Fatherless Children SACRAMENTO, October 8, 2013 -- California Bill AB460, a bill to facilitate lesbians qualifying for insurance coverage when they seek to create children using artificial reproductive technology (ART), has passed both houses of the legislature and has now been signed into law by the Governor. Proponents were able to cover up a major unintended consequence of the bill that the legislators never had a chance to consider and discuss.Read more, take action
ACTION Completed Both signed
UPDATE Governor signs AB 154 & AB 980 Compromises Women's Health SACRAMENTO, October 9, 2013 – Today, California Governor Jerry Brown signed both AB 154 and AB 980 into law. Both bills support Planned Parenhoods business plan at the expense of women's health. California voters opposed AB 154 (Atkins) by greater than 2-1 margin. Read more, take action
Governor Vetoes Unjust Attack on Church CA SB 131 SACRAMENTO, October 13, 2013 --California Governor Jerry Brown vetoed SB 131, an unjust bill that would have reopened the statute of limitations for filing sexual abuse law suits for just the Catholic Church and other private employers. Public schools and other government programs are exempt. Despite bi-partisan opposition, the trial lawyers who were driving this bill with a great deal of political manipulation, were just barely able to get it out of the legislature and to the Governor's desk. California bishops have thanked the Governor for his veto. We are also grateful for the thousands of people who contacted the Governor to request the veto. Read more, take action.
While Waiting with Mary for Christ, Tips for Holiday Dialogue about Marriage With Family and Friends SAN FRANCISCO, December 2013 -- As you gather with your extended family over Thanksgiving, if your family is like mine, there may be a lot of diverse opinions shared including different understandings about marriage. It is always good to share insights in a charitable way that help reveal the truth about marriage as an integral part of God’s plan for creation. Doing this does not require changing someone’s mind or getting them to acknowledge that they are wrong.
‘Evangelii Gaudium’: Pope Francis’ Blueprint for Evangelization LOUISVILLE, KY, December 3, 2013 — Pope Francis is moving fast to advance his “dream of … a missionary impulse, capable of transforming everything, so that the Church’s customs, ways of doing things, times and schedules, language and structures can be suitably channeled for the evangelization of today’s world.”
Do Courage and EnCourage Teach Virtue or Intolerance? NEW YORK, November 25, 2013 -- Pope Francis famously made headlines over the summer when he said in an interview, "If someone is gay and is searching for the Lord and has good will, then who am I to judge him?" His words made me grateful for the church's ministry, called Courage, which assists and supports people with a same-sex attraction to live virtuous lives, and EnCourage, dedicated to the spiritual needs of parents and relatives of those with same sex attraction.
Thinking about the Pope at the U.S. Bishops’ meeting BALTIMORE, November 15, 2013 -- "It’s not only that many of our neighbors don’t share the Church’s beliefs on fundamental issues such as abortion, sexuality and marriage. This is true and troubling. But those issues are signs of deeper troubles. They are signs that our society has turned away from God to embrace what Pope Francis calls the “idols” of a materialist view of the world." - Archbishop Jose Gomez
Multiple Parents in a “Brave New World SAN FRANCISCO, November 14, 2013 -- Recently, the California governor signed a law whereby children could legally have not just two, but three parents at the same time. This is the fifth state, plus the District of Columbia, to have such legislation. The law is proposed, naturally, under the rubric of “helping the child,” of keeping him out of a foster home. Whether giving a child two “parents” of the same sex is good for the child in the first place is likewise not brought up. The bill was not clear about who will have authority when there is a conflict among the three parents about some course of family action. Will it require a unanimous vote or only a 2-1 majority?
Church’s Poverty Work Merits Recognition, Cardinal Says BALTIMORE, MD, November 13, 2013 -- Cardinal Sean O’Malley of Boston has said that the Catholic Church’s work in addressing poverty in the United States needs to be made “front and center” in people’s minds.
US Bishops' New Leaders Commit to Protecting Human Dignity BALTIMORE, November 13, 2013 -- The incoming leaders of the U.S. bishops’ conference voiced a commitment to reaching out in love to defend human life and dignity wherever it is threatened in the modern culture.
Confession Renews The Grace of Baptism VATICAN, November 13, 2013 – In the catechesis of this Wednesday's general audience, the Pope continued his reflection on the articles of the Creed. This time he spoke about the only explicit reference to a Sacrament in the profession of faith: “I believe in one Baptism for the forgiveness of sins”. In effect, Baptism is the “door” to faith and Christian life, and the mission of the Church, following the mandate of the Risen Christ is “to evangelise and to forgive the sins through Sacramental Baptism”. To better explain this expression, the Pontiff divided it into three points: “I believe”, “in one Baptism”, and “for the forgiveness of sins”.
US Bishops to Address 'Pervasive' Challenges of Pornography BALTIMORE, MD, November 12, 2013 -- The U.S. bishops have overwhelmingly approved the creation of a statement on pornography to address the “serious pastoral challenges” and consequences that it poses on a spiritual, social and personal level.
Archbishop Kurtz Elected President of US Bishops' Conference BALTIMORE, MD, November 12, 2013 -- The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops has elected Archbishop Joseph E. Kurtz of Louisville as its next president, giving national prominence to a prelate with significant experience in Catholic social services.
Bishops Extend Initiative for Life, Marriage, Religious Liberty BALTIMORE, MD, November 12, 2013 -- The U.S. bishops have voted overwhelmingly to continue their “Call to Prayer” aimed at the promotion of life, marriage and religious freedom.
French Marriage Movement Welcomes All WASHINGTON, DC, November 12, 2013 -- A French movement dedicated to the understanding of marriage as an institution between a man and a woman has assembled a large coalition that respects all persons, regardless of political affiliation or sexuality.
Women Uniquely Understand 'Truth of Man,' Philosopher Says VATICAN, November 4, 2013 -- In light of Pope Francis’ call for a deeper theology of women, a leading Italian philosopher spoke of the importance of Edith Stein’s writings on gender, saying that she extracts the essence of human sexuality.
Vatican Releases Preparatory Document for Synod on Family VATICAN CITY, November 5, 2013 -- At a press conference Tuesday, the Vatican released the official preparatory document on the upcoming synod of bishops on the family, revealing key topics of the meeting's discussions.
Cardinal Highlights Humility in New Evangelization
MANILA, Philippines, November 1, 2013 -- At a recent conference on the New Evangelization, Cardinal Louis Antonio Tagle of Manila emphasized the need for interior conversion as the faithful seek to be a light for the world.