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    Domestic Social Development


    Happening Now

    Preserve Important Gains in Health Care Coverage and Access
    In a January 18th letter to Congress, Bishop Frank J. Dewane urged members of Congress to work in a bipartisan fashion to protect vulnerable Americans and preserve important gains in health care coverage and access. 

    The New U.S. Poverty Statistics and Our Catholic Response
    The Census Bureau has released its updated statistics on income and poverty. Understanding and utilizing this data help guide our advocacy efforts and improve our educational outreach. Watch the webinar that discusses the statistics and what it all means for people struggling to make ends meet. You can also view the slideshow.

    2016 Labor Day Statement | En Español
    Archbishop Thomas G. Wenski
    September 5, 2016

    Call to Support Legislation Reforming Mental Health Care
    Archbishop Thomas G. Wenski encouraged continued legislative prioritization of mental health care that embraces every human person as valued and filled with inherent dignity.

    Faith For Just Lending Calls for End of Predatory Payday Loans
    A non-partisan group of religious leaders, practitioners, and social service providers, working together to end the debt trap caused by predatory payday loan, write to Consumer Financial Protection Bureau Director Cordray to support efforts of the Bureau to draft a payday lending rule.

    Addressing the Moral and Human Dimensions of the FY 2017 Agriculture Appropriations
    In a joint letter to Congress, the USCCB, Catholic Relief Services, Catholic Charities USA, and Catholic Rural Life write to Congress urging members of the Subcommittee on Agriculture, Rural Development, Food and Drug Administration, and related Agencies to support robust funding for both domestic and international food aid, and for conservation and rural development programs, and to resist cuts.

    Letter to Congress Urging Adequate Funding for HUD Programs in FY 2017
    As work begins on the Fiscal Year 2017 Transportation, Housing and Urban Development, and Related Agencies appropriations bill, Archbishop Thomas G. Wenski and Sr. Donna Markham urge adequate funding for programs that serve poor and vulnerable households struggling to make ends meet.

    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

    Letter to the House Committee on Ways and Means Regarding the Child Tax Credit
    In a letter expressing opposition to legislation requiring inclusion of the taxpayer's social security number in order to claim the refundable portion of the child tax credit, Archbishop Wenski, Bishop Elizondo, and Sr. Donna Markham write to urge Congress to vote against the measure should it be brought before the Committee on Ways and Means.

    Letter to Congress Urging Support for the Second Chance Act

    In a letter to the House Judiciary Committee, the Most Reverend Thomas G. Wenski and Sr. Donna Markham urge support for the Second Chance Act siting that the legislation is an important step in addressing issues facing formerly incarcerated individuals reentering society.  The legislation would support programs proven to reduce recidivism.

    Letter to Congress in Support of the Puerto Rico Chapter 9 Uniformity Act
    In order to address the suffering of the Puerto Rican people resulting from the financial crisis gripping Commonwealth's economy, Archbishop Wenski writes to Congress stating that they can and should remedy the situation by advancing the Puerto Rico Chapter 9 Uniformity Act.

    Letter to Congress Regarding Sentencing Reform Act of 2015
    In a joint letter, the Most Reverend Thomas G. Wenski and Sr. Donna Markham, President and CEO of Catholic Charities USA, write to the House Committee on the Judiciary to express support of the Sentencing Reform Act of 2015 and to urge the cosponsors to remain committed to addressing broader criminal justice reform through legislation which provides programming for incarcerated individuals as well as assistance for them in transitioning back into their communities.Joint Letters to Congress and U.S. Department of State on Climate Change and Reduction of Carbon Emissions

    Joint Letters to Congress and U.S. Department of State on Climate Change and Reduction of Carbon Emissions
    In advance of the United Nations Climate Change Conference in Paris, Archbishop Wenski, Bishop Cantú, Sr. Donna Markham, and Dr. Carolyn Woo write to Congress and to the U.S. Department of State to urge U.S leadership in addressing climate change by supporting global commitments to reduce carbon emissions.

    Joint Letter to the Senate Judiciary Committee Regarding the Sentencing Reform and Corrections Act of 2015
    The Most Reverend Thomas G. Wenski and Sr. Donna Markham write in support of the Sentencing Reform and Corrections Act of 2015 (S.2123) and welcome it as a bipartisan first step towards reforming our nation's broken criminal justice system.

    A Peace Economy: Rebalancing Spending Priorities
    The priorities of federal spending--where the dollars actually go, and how many--has received much less attention, so the real imbalance that exists in the federal discretionary budget is unknown to many.

    Anti-Poverty Programs and the Federal Budget
    The federal budget includes powerful and effective life-saving antipoverty programs that protect vulnerable people and families as well. Learn how the Church is fighting poverty and promoting peace in our families, communities, and common home.

    Background on Criminal Justice
    U.S. Bishops call for reform of the criminal justice system to promote the common good, help restore a sense of community, promote rehabilitation and resist the violence that too often en-gulfs much of our culture.

    Background on Predatory Banking & Payday Lending
    Learn more about predatory banking and payday lending and what the Church is doing to combat their devastating effects.

    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.

    Environmental Justice
    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.

    Living Wage
    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.

    More Domestic Issues

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