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    Domestic Social Development

    "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 an office of the Department of Justice, Peace and Human Development.

    The Office of Domestic Social Development 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 office advocates for national policies that advance justice, defend human dignity and protect poor and vulnerable communities.

    The office also serves the bishops of the United States in their pastoral mission 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.

    Happening Now

    The director of CCHD writes on the meaning of charity, fasting and Pope Francis in these weekly Lenten Reflections.


    In a letter to the Senate, the USCCB Committee on Domestic Justice and Human Development and Catholic Charities USA urge support for the Smarter Sentencing Act.

    In a letter to Congressional Judiciary leaders, Archbishop Wenski asks Congress to pass the Second Chance Act. The Second Chance Act will facilitate the reintegration of ex-offenders into society in a way that respects human dignity, builds community and promotes justice over vengeance.

    DSD: Working on the Margins

    Minimum Wage
    The USCCB supports a living wage for workers.

    In a letter to the United States Senate dated January 8, 2014, USCCB Domestic Justice Chairman Archbishop Wenski and Fr. Larry Snyder, president of Catholic Charities USA, urge lawmakers to ensure that workers receive just wages. They note that the current federal minimum wage falls short of the standard of a just wage, which should provide a dignified standard of living for families.

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

    Trans Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPP)
    In a letter to Congress, Archbishop Wenski and Bishop Pates offer principles to consider should the TPP agreement be presented to Congress for ratification. The bishops stress the principles of human life and dignity, and urge Congress to consider the importance of labor protections, indigenous communities, migration, agriculture and sustainable development along with other key principles of Catholic social teaching.

    Mexico and the United States

    In a letter to U.S. Secretary of State Kerry, Archbishop Wenski and Bishop Pates have said that in U.S. efforts to promote security in Mexico, overemphasis on military engagement is counterproductive and that greater emphasis should be placed on equitable development.

    More Domestic Issues

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