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    Domestic Social Development


    Happening Now

    Ending the Use of the Death Penalty
    Archbishop Thomas G. Wenski and Cardinal Seán O'Malley call for recomittment to Bishop's Catholic Campaign to End the Use of the Death Penalty.

    Improving Working Tax Credits
    Archbishop Thomas G. Wenski and Sister Donna Markham, OP, Ph.D. penned a letter Congress on expanding and improving working tax credits.

    Offering a Second Chance
    In a joint letter to the Senate Judiciary Committee, Archbishop Wenski and Sr. Donna Markham urge support for the Second Chance Act as an important step in addressing some of the issues facing the formerly imprisoned as they reenter society

    Implementing a National Standard to Reduce Carbon Pollution from Power Plants
    Archbishop Wenski writes to Congress urging opposition to legislation and appropriations riders designed to reverse the efforts to implement a national standard to reduce carbon pollution from existing power plants.

    The Past, Present, and Future of SNAP:  The World of Nutrition and the Role of the Charitable Sector
    The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, Catholic Charities USA, Catholic Rural Life and The Society of St. Vincent de Paul submit written testimony before the House Committee on Agriculture.

    Protecting the Poor and Vulnerable in the FY 2016 Agriculture Appropriations Bills
    The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, Catholic Relief Services and Catholic Charities USA, in a joint letter to the Senate and House Committees on Appropriations, urge Congress to resist cuts to both domestic and international food aid, as well as conservation and rural development programs.

    Archbishop Wenski and Sr. Donna Markham write to urge Congress to support robust funding for Housing and Urban Development (HUD) programs.

    Protecting the Poor and Vulnerable Through Affordable Housing
    Archbishop Wenski and Sr. Donna Markham write to Congress in support of the National Housing Trust Fund.

    Protecting the Poor and Vulnerable in the Federal Budget
    In a letter to Congress, Archbishop Wenski and Bishop Cantú address the moral dimensions of the federal budget and urge protection of programs that serve poor and vulnerable people.

    Straddling History and Hope in Selma
    Catholic Campaign for Human Development director Ralph McCloud participated in the recent re-enactment of the Selma March. Read his reflections.

    The Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP) and Questions of Free Trade
    This trade agreement could have serious consequences for the United States and other countries.

    Mission & Identity

    "Jesus' command to his disciples… means working to eliminate the structural causes of poverty and to promote the integral development of the poor."

    - Pope Francis

    The Office of Domestic Social Development is part of the Department of Justice, Peace and Human Development.

    The Office assists the bishops in advancing the social mission of the Church in the United States, especially in educating the faithful on Catholic social teaching. The bishops advocate for policies that advance justice, defend human dignity and protect poor and vulnerable communities.

    The office also serves the bishops in their efforts to accompany and empower the poor and marginalized, especially though the Catholic Campaign for Human Development.

    Read more
    about the Office of Domestic Social Development's mission and mandate.

    DSD: Working on the Margins

    Capital Punishment
    Cardinal O’Malley and Archbishop Wenski have welcomed the U.S. Supreme Court’s January 23 announcement that it would review the drug protocols of lethal injection executions in the State of Oklahoma.

    Racial Disparities and Perverse Incentives
    In an opinion piece, Archbishop Wenski calls for an end to mass incarceration, takes aim at racial disparities in sentencing, and criticizes the perverse incentives of a profit-driven prison industry.

    Archbishop Wenski and Bishop Pates have written the Environmental Protection Agency on the importance of protecting Creation and the health of poor and vulnerable communities by setting a national standard to reduce carbon pollution from existing power plants.

    Catholic Campaign for Human Development
    Learn how CCHD is helping communities support environmental justice. Since 2013, CCHD has invested nearly $2.5 million and partnered with over 35 community-based organizations and 31 dioceses in 22 states to support environmental justice.

    The USCCB supports a living wage for workers.

    Corporate Welfare and the Minimum Wage
    In an opinion the Sun Sentinel, Archbishop Wenski calls for an end to "corporate welfare" and an increase in the federal minimum wage.

    More Domestic Issues

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