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    Domestic Social Development


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    January is Poverty Awareness Month!
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    New Blog! To Go Forth confronts the issues of the day with the insights of Catholic social teaching, human stories and the perspective of the bishops of the United States. Join the dialogue on Twitter @togoforth.

    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 as invested nearly $2.5 million and partnered with over 35 community-based organizations and 31 dioceses in 22 states to support environmental justice.

    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

    Smarter Sentencing Act
    A reform of the United States criminal justice system is long overdue. Sentencing practices are costly, ineffective and display patent disparities. Archbishop Wenski asks Congress to support the Smarter Sentencing Act, a modest first step in reforming broken sentencing policies.

    Second Chance 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.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.

    The USCCB supports a living wage for workers.

    Letter to Lawmakers on Living Wage
    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.

    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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