Governmental policy and legislation report No. 18

What happens after the Dobbs decision? More than a month has passed since the Supreme Court’s decision in Dobbs v. Jackson overturned Roe v. Wade and held that there was no federal constitutional right to abortion. The Court returned to state governments the right to regulate abortion. Although Catholic leaders joined many others in applauding … Read more

Governmental policy and legislation report No. 17

Reflections on an immersion experience. Anyone who has not traveled the road of asylum seekers cannot appreciate the emotions that arise. An advocacy attorney for Catholic Legal Immigration Network, Inc. (CLINIC) chose to accompany a group of seekers led by the Sisters of Mercy of the Americas and the Columban Mission Center. Read Elnora Bassey’s … Read more

Governmental policy and legislation report No. 16

U.S. Supreme Court opinions. The United States Supreme Court has issued several opinions that are significant to the Church and its people. Each of these cases will have an impact and they will all affect legislation at the federal and state level in the coming years. Dobbs v. Jackson health system overturned Roe v. Wade, … Read more

Governmental policy and legislation report No. 15

DACA was intended as temporary. When the Obama administration adopted the Deferred Action Childhood Arrival (DACA) program in 2012, it was intended as a temporary program to defer deportation of young people who had been brought to the United States as children. Unfortunately, despite various proposals, there has been no permanent legislative help for these … Read more

Governmental policy and legislation report No. 14

Congratulations to Cardinal-Elect Robert McElroy. As bishop of San Diego, Cardinal-elect McElroy is responsible for a diocese which serves many of the immigrants passing through from Mexico. Read more here. Did you know that CLINIC has a state and local immigration project? Most law related to immigration is federal in nature, but there are important … Read more

Governmental policy and legislation report No. 13

Pray for the children. We all grieve for the children and adults killed in Texas last week. There are no words that are adequate. Watch Archbishop Hartmayer’s homily regarding his tragedy and stay to pray the Franciscan litany for peace at the end of the homily. Pope Francis prays and calls for action on guns. … Read more

Governmental policy and legislation report No. 12

When will the Supreme Court issue the final opinion in Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Care Organization? Speculation continues as to when the final order will be issued in the case that may reverse Roe v. Wade. The short answer is that no one outside the court knows for sure. We know that the court … Read more

Governmental policy and legislation report No. 11

Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Care Organization. In response to the widely discussed draft Supreme Court opinion on the Dobbs case related to overturning Roe v. Wade, Archbishop William Lori, USCCB Pro-life Committee chair, released an statement that emphasized the need for prayer, fasting and outreach to women in need.  Likewise, Archbishop Gregory Hartmayer of … Read more

Governmental policy and legislation report No.10

“Immigration reform and the church’s voice” is a new report out now from USCCB Migration and Refugee Services that highlights some of the challenges confronting efforts to bring about positive immigration reform and the church’s effort to bring meaningful reform. Read the report here. Ukraine updates Justice for Immigrants maintains a frequently updated resource page … Read more

Governmental policy and legislation report No.9

Blessed and happy Easter to all as we continue to pray for peace in Ukraine and other areas experiencing armed conflict around the world. Welcoming and protecting refugees. The world is experiencing rapidly increasing numbers of refugees. In the media, they may be portrayed as criminals, terrorists and worse, but through Christian eyes, they are … Read more