Congratulations to Bishop-designate Jacques Fabre, C.S. Read more about the new bishop of Charleston, SC, particularly his service in Georgia.
Bishop-designate Fabre is a member of the Congregation of the Missionaries of St. Charles – known as Scalabrinians – an international community of religious serving migrants and refugees of different cultures, religions and ethnicities in 32 countries and on five continents. The bishop-designate has worked and studied extensively with migrants and refugees throughout his ministries.
Pray for the Ukraine! With his heart aching for the people of Ukraine, Pope Francis has designated March 2, Ash Wednesday, as a day of “Fasting for Peace.”
As always, Catholic Relief Services will be in the midst of the poor and the refugees.
Georgia General Assembly. The Georgia Catholic Conference continues to follow legislation affecting the common good and seek amendments, as warranted, in bills before the Georgia General Assembly.
SB 456 – Women’s Health & Safety Act to require medical supervision of chemical abortions and prohibit mauling of abortion pills. This bill has been favorably reported by the Senate Health and Human Services committees and is ready for consideration by the full Senate in the near future. This bill deserves our support.
HB 1426 – Georgia law currently requires proof of intellectual disability by proof beyond a reasonable doubt in the penalty phase of a death penalty case – the highest standard in law. HB 1426 would provide a process for considering intellectual disability by proof or reasonable doubt.
The attempt to repeal the death penalty in Georgia will not move forward this session, but HB 1426 will move the State in a good direction.
HB 999 – would have established a “Promise Scholarship”, which would allow $6,000.00 scholarship for qualified educational expenses to a student in a public school who withdraws from that school to attend a private school. This bill, will not go forward this year due to some ill-advised tactics by one of our allies.
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