Bishop Jaime Soto of Sacramento, president of the state's bishops' conference, called for continued vigilance to protect the dignity of human life at all stages after a referendum attempt failed.
California's bishops expressed disappointment with Gov. Jerry Brown's Monday signing of a measure legalizing physician-assisted suicide in the state, saying the law "stands in direct contradiction to providing compassionate, quality care for those facing a terminal illness."
"This bill does nothing to validate the lives of the vulnerable," said the California Catholic Conference, the public policy arm of the state's bishops, in a statement soon after Brown's action.
"It was unfair to the vast majority of victims and unfair to all private and nonprofit organizations," said Auxiliary Bishop Gerald Wilkerson of Los Angeles.
Auxiliary Bishop Gerald Wilkerson of Los Angeles said new California laws "dramatically increase the availability of abortion" in the state
A suspended Sacramento priest was sentenced to eight years in a California prison for pleading no contest to charges that he molested a girl when she was 13.