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WASHINGTON (November 18, 2010) — Bishop Roger Morin of Biloxi, Mississippi,
chairman of the Subcommittee for the Catholic Campaign for Human Development
(CCHD), the anti-poverty program of the U.S. bishops, reported on the recent
steps by his committee and a workgroup of bishops to review and renew the
policies and practices of the program. He made this report November 15 at the
annual Fall General Assembly of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops
(USCCB) in Baltimore. Joining him for the presentation of the report were Bishop
David Zubik of Pittsburgh, Bishop Terry Steib of Memphis, Tennessee, and Bishop
Frank Kane, auxiliary of Chicago.
Full report follows:
The Review and Renewal of CCHD
A year ago I came to this podium to pledge a serious review of our Catholic Campaign for Human Development. Today I come to thank those who led the effort to fulfill that pledge, to thank our Administrative Committee for their action in September to “accept and affirm” the Review and Renewal of CCHD as the basis for moving forward, and to thank you my brother bishops, for your sharing your concerns and input and recommendations throughout this process and in our regional meetings this morning that continue to shape this task.
This Review and Renewal of CCHD does three fundamental things:
Our work is not done. We will be responding to the suggestions voiced earlier today in our Regional Meetings and in the discussions to come. The concerns expressed this morning reflect the specific new directions of the Report.
These are your concerns and our agenda for the future.
The work is already underway, your CCHD Subcommittee approved on Saturday:
The Report provides a detailed plan of action, making clear that this review is neither repackaging “business as usual” nor abandoning CCHD’s unique mission to the poor. We:
At this time of growing poverty, we need a renewed, strengthened, faithful
CCHD more than ever. In the midst of economic crisis, this Review and Renewal
commits us once again not only to CCHD, but also to Jesus’ mission, and ours,
“to bring good news to the poor, liberty to captives, new sight to the blind and
to set the downtrodden free.” (Luke 4:18)
Keywords: Catholic Campaign for Human Development, CCHD, U.S. bishops, United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, Bishop Roger Morin, Fall General Assembly, Baltimore, Review and Renewal of Catholic Campaign for Human Development
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