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"Jesus' command to his disciples… means working to eliminate the
structural causes of poverty and to promote the integral development of
- 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.
CRIMINAL JUSTICE REFORM
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 piece.in the Sun Sentinel, Archbishop Wenski calls for an end to "corporate welfare" and an increase in the federal minimum wage.
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