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Commentary: Redefining Gender While California Burns

California is still burning. At this point, 42 people are dead. Some 217,000 acres are devastated. Thousands of homes are destroyed. Entire towns are now charred wreckage. As the fires burned their hottest, trees glowed a seething orange behind their bark, before exploding. Families took...

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Pope Francis Offers Prayer For Victims Of California Wildfires

With more than 30 deaths caused by the various wildfires devouring swaths of California, Pope Francis on Friday sent a message voicing his solidarity with victims, and ensuring his prayer for all those affected by the blazes. “Informed of the tragic loss of life and the destruction of property...

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From Religious Freedom To Immigration, Catholic Leaders Weigh In On Proposed Bills

The California Catholic Conference is urging Catholics to let their voices be heard on a number of bills awaiting Gov. Jerry Brown’s signature this fall, including one — Assembly Bill 569 — the conference sees as a direct attack on religious freedom. The governor has until Oct. 15 to act on...

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California May Move Primary Day Up

A proposed bill in the California legislature would move the state’s primary day from June to March, allowing voters to weigh in on the 2020 presidential race far earlier than they have in previous elections. Senate Bill 568, “The Prime Time Primary Act” would move the statewide primary to the...

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California Bill Seeks To Punish 'misgendering' With Jail Time

A new bill in California would punish the ‘misgendering’ of nursing home and long-term care patients with hefty fines and even jail time. In February, state senator Scott Wiener introduced SB 219, the “Long-term care facilities: rights of residents” bill, which has already been passed by...

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California's First Catholic School Sparks Controversy By Removing Statues

Parents are concerned after a California Catholic school has removed several religious statues from its campus in an effort to be more inclusive of other faiths. San Domenico School in San Anselmo, California removed several religious statues from display on campus, donating some and relocating...

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Theologian Pia De Solenni Appointed Orange County Chancellor

Moral theologian and cultural analyst Dr. Pia de Solenni has been appointed chancellor for the Diocese of Orange in California, effective Aug. 28. “Pia is an inspirational and well-respected theologian and has proven herself a thoughtful and humble leader within our Church,” said Bishop Kevin...

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Religious Brothers From Across Nation Gather In L.A. For 46th Conference

Last month, the religious brothers who do so much to support their communities all over the country had the opportunity to congregate in support of one another at the 46th annual Religious Brothers Conference. The brothers of the Archdiocese of Los Angeles didn’t have to travel far this year,...

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Could A California Bill Make Catholic Conduct Codes Illegal?

Sacramento, Calif., Jul 21, 2017 / 12:02 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Pro-abortion groups are lobbying for a California law that Catholic leaders warn would open employers like Catholic schools to lawsuits for asking teachers to follow their codes of conduct. “The bill unmistakably targets religious...

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Calif. Supreme Court Weighs Ballot Measure To Hasten Death Penalty

Sacramento, Calif., Jun 8, 2017 / 11:55 am (CNA/EWTN News).- A ballot measure intended to speed up the application of the death penalty is now being challenged before the California Supreme Court. For its part, the California Catholic Conference has repeated its warning that a speedy death...

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San Diego’s Bishops: A Brief History

Seen by Juan Rodriguez Cabrillo in 1542 (Native Americans had “discovered” the area centuries earlier), and settled by St. Junipero Serra with the founding of Mission San Diego de Alcala in 1769, San Diego can rightfully be described as the birthplace of Catholicism in California. Upon...

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San Bernardino Bishop Prays For School Community After Deadly Shooting

San Bernardino, Calif., Apr 10, 2017 / 03:16 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- After two people were killed in a shooting at a classroom in a San Bernardino elementary school on Monday, the city's bishop is praying for the victims and the school community. “I'm praying for the victims&entire school...

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Planned Parenthood Investigators Reject 'bogus' Felony Charges

San Francisco, Calif., Mar 29, 2017 / 04:07 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- The undercover journalists whose work appeared to implicate Planned Parenthood officials in the illegal sale of unborn baby body parts now face 15 felony charges in California, but one insists the allegations are phony. David...

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California Priest Found Guilty Of Embezzling Donations

San Jose, Calif., Mar 24, 2017 / 06:38 am (CNA).- A priest in California has been found guilty of diverting $19,000 in donations to his personal account. Father Hien Minh Nguyen, 57, was found guilty on 14 counts of bank fraud by U.S. District Judge Beth Labson Freeman of San Jose, CBS San...

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California’s Travel Ban Against Anti-LGBT States Preventing Students From Sharing Ideas, Competing In Sports

College athletes and graduate students are taking a hit after California banned the use of public funds for travel to anti-LGBT states. Gov. Jerry Brown signed the bill into law in September. The Los Angeles Times reported that the new law halted travel funding to at least 18 students from...