- Sep 29, 2020
California’s Catholic bishops announced their support July 14 for Proposition 62, a voter initiative on the November ballot that would repeal the death penalty, also their opposition to Proposition 66, also on the November ballot, which would expedite executions in California.
St. Junípero Serra once wrote that “we [Fathers] came here. . . for the single purpose of doing [Indians] good and for their eternal salvation,” and that example of service and evangelization still has the power to inspire people today.
Catholic leaders in California say a new bill that would bar colleges receiving state funding from making employment, student housing, admission and other decisions on the basis of gender identity, gender expression or sexual orientation, amounts to a restriction of religious freedom.
A decision by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services upholds California’s 2014 order requiring seven insurance companies to rescind and re-issue policies covering workers at organizations whose leadership objects to abortion on moral grounds, such as Catholic universities.
In California, a bill sponsored by Planned Parenthood that would criminalize distributing secretly recorded conversations involving health care providers is drawing strong resistance from both free speech advocates and Catholic officials, who see it as an effort to muzzle pro-life activism.
California implements a new law on Thursday that backers cheer as a form of personal choice, but opponents condemn as a plunge into moral quicksand — a looming danger to the most vulnerable in society who may be coerced to end their lives.