Brothers and Sisters,

Today we celebrate the fourth anniversary of the Papal Encyclical Ladato Si, an important and thoughtful reflection of Pope Francis on the call to all people of good will to Care for God's Creation. In commemoration of this anniversary my brother bishops of California and I are releasing "God Calls Us All to Care for Our Common Home," a pastoral statement on the meaning of environmental stewardship in our bountiful state of California.

I invite you to read this statement,

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 Catholic officials, including Bishop Gerald Barnes, are urging the faithful to continue to oppose a California bill that would force priests to disclose information about child sexual abuse that they hear in the Sacrament of Confession, which is advancing in the state legislature.

 Current California law requires clergy to report suspected abuse or neglect unless the information about the abuse was obtained during Confession.

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The Diocese of San Bernardino has joined five other California dioceses in establishing a new Independent Compensation Program (ICP) for Victim-Survivors of Sexual Abuse of Minors by Priests. In a statement, Bishop Gerald Barnes said the ICP builds on efforts of the Diocese to bring healing to victims and acknowledge responsibility for past failures to protect minors from abuse.

Bishop Gerald Barnes Statement on ICP (Bilingual)
ICP Media Release
ICP Frequently Asked Questions
Bishop Gerald Barnes Video Message (English)
Bishop Gerald Barnes Video Message (Spanish)

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By Steven Halligan

SAN BERNARDINO—The Diocese’s flagship lay formation program, the Ministry Formation Institute (MFI), has become one of only seven in the country, and the first in California, to receive a key national certification from the U.S. Bishops’ Conference.

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TEMECULA—Saint Jeanne de Lestonnac Catholic High School has brought new meaning to the mission of “extend your hand” through its newly chartered Future Farmers of America (FFA) program.
 As the high school curriculum was being formed, an active group of parents approached the school’s administration to introduce a program that engages students in entrepreneurship, project-based learning, agricultural classroom experiences that combine STEM and hands-on experiences, leadership and public speaking opportunities in a one-stop national organization, FFA.

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