Mission & Identity

 

The Committee on Domestic Justice and Human Development is staffed by the Office of Domestic Social Development, which 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.

Happening Now

Moral and Human Dimensions of the FY 2022 Agriculture Appropriations Legislation
On behalf of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops’ Committees on Domestic Justice and Human Development and International Justice and Peace, Catholic Charities USA, Catholic Relief Services, and Catholic Rural Life write a July 12th, 2021 letter to Congress to address the moral and human dimensions of the FY 2022 Agriculture Appropriations legislation.

Increase Funding for Housing Programs
Urging an increase in funding for housing programs, Archbishop Paul S. Coakley and Sr. Donna Markham of Catholic Charities USA write to Congress on June 29, 2021 regarding fiscal year 2022 appropriations for Transportation, and Housing and Urban Development, and Related Agencies.

Letter to Congress Regarding the Right to Vote
Recognizing the importance of ensuring the integrity of the elections processes, Archbishop Paul S. Coakley and Bishop Shelton J. Fabre write a June 24, 2021 letter to Congress regarding proposed legislation to ensure the right to vote is available to all citizens.

Faith for Just Lending Coalition Support Challenge to Rule Overriding State Usury Laws and Legalizing Predatory Lending
On June 16, 2021, Archbishop Paul S. Coakley and the Faith for Just Lending Coalition write to Congress to express support for the Congressional Review Act (CRA) challenge to the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency’s (OCC) “National Banks and Federal Savings Associations as Lenders” rule. The OCC rule overrides state usury laws, legalizing predatory lending even in states that have outlawed it.

Bishops Offer a Moral Framework for Proposed Infrastructure Legislation
In an April 22, 2021 letter to Congress, the chairmen of five USCCB committees write to offer a moral framework and points of emphasis for consideration in the members of Congress consider a variety of policies that could be included in legislation on infrastructure.

News Release: U.S. Bishop Chairman Calls for Easter Response to Mass Shooting in Indianapolis

Extend the Eviction Moratorium
On March 26, 2021, Chairman of the Committee on Domestic Justice and Human Development, Archbishop Paul S. Coakley, Sr. Donna Markham, Director of Catholic Charities USA, and Sr. Mary Haddad, Director of Catholic Health Association write to Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Director Walensky urging her to take immediate action to extend the Centers for Disease Control’s eviction moratorium for the duration of the COVID-19 pandemic.

News Release: Bishop Chairmen Affirm Right to Shelter for All, Commend Improvements to HUD Rule

Letter to Congress Calling for the End of the Federal Death Penalty
Archbishop Paul S. Coakley and Archbishop Joseph F. Naumann, January 11, 2021

Recalling the Meaning of Advent, U.S. Bishop Chairmen Call for End to Executions
Archbishop Paul S. Coakley and Archbishop Joseph F. Naumann, December 7, 2020

U.S. Bishops Renew Call to Stop Executions
Archbishop Paul S. Coakley and Archbishop Joseph F. Naumann, November 18, 2020

Statement of U.S. Bishop Chairmen on Federal Executions Scheduled This Week
Archbishop Paul S. Coakley, September 22, 2020

Bishop Chairmen Affirm Right to Shelter for All, Commend Improvements to HUD Rule
Archbishop Paul S. Coakley, Archbishop Thomas G. Wenski, Bishop David A. Konderla, September 11, 2020

Bishop Chairman Calls on Congress, White House to Reach a Deal on COVID Relief that Prioritizes Urgent Needs
Archbishop Paul S. Coakley, September 8, 2020

Pastoral Reflection Guide Now Available for Labor Day Weekend | en Español
The resource contains homily notes, Prayers of the Faithful, social media announcements, and more.

Bishop Chairman Issues Labor Day Statement on Rebuilding a Dignified Post-COVID World
Archbishop Paul S. Coakley, September 2, 2020

Bishop Chairmen Issue Statement for World Day of Prayer for the Care of Creation
Archbishop Paul S. Coakley, Bishop David J. Malloy, September 1, 2020

Bishop Chairman Issues Statement in Celebration of the Fifth Anniversary of Laudato Si’
Archbishop Paul S. Coakley, August 18, 2020

U.S. Bishop Chairmen Lament Additional Federal Executions
Archbishop Paul S. Coakley, August 27, 2020

Bishops Call for COVID-19 Relief for Those Most in Need
On July 30, 2020, bishops write to Congress to renew their call for relief that focuses on those people who are most in need and advances the common good of all who have been affected by the deadly COVID-19 virus.

Weakened Fair Housing Rule Fails to Promote Dignity of Human Person
Archbishop Paul S. Coakley, Bishop Shelton J. Fabre, Sr. Donna Markham, July 28, 2020

U.S. Bishops Urge President to Rescind Divisive Memorandum Excluding Undocumented from Inclusion in Apportionment of U.S. House of Representative Seats
Archbishop Paul S. Coakley, Bishop Mario E. Dorsonville, July 22, 2020

Bishop Chairmen Condemn Acts of Vandalism, Destruction at Catholic Sites
Archbishop Thomas G. Wenski, Archbishop Paul S. Coakley, July 22, 2020

Bishop Chairman Comments on Paycheck Protection Program
Archbishop Paul S. Coakley, July 10, 2020

Payday Lending Rule Exposes the Poor and Vulnerable to Predatory and Abusive Lending Practices
Archbishop Paul S. Coakley, July 10, 2020

Bishop Chairman Calls on Administration to Reverse Course on Federal Executions
Archbishop Paul S. Coakley, June 30, 2020

Bishop Chairmen Call for Better Police Formation and Accountability
Archbishop Paul S. Coakley, June, 24, 2020

Bishop Chairman Issues Statement in Celebration of the Fifth Anniversary of Laudato Si’
Archbishop Paul S. Coakley, June 18, 2020

Bishop Chairmen Applaud HHS Bringing Health Care Nondiscrimination Regulations into Alignment with Federal Law
Archbishop Joseph F. Naumann, Archbishop Paul S. Coakley, Bishop David A. Koderla, June, 12, 2020

Statement of U.S. Bishop Chairmen in Wake of Death of George Floyd and National Protests
Bishop Shelton J. Fabre, Archbishop Nelson J. Pérez, Archbishop Paul S. Coakley, Archbishop Joseph F. Naumann, Bishop Joseph C. Bambera, Bishop David G. O’Connell, Bishop Joseph N. Perry
May 29, 2020 

Bishop Chairmen Express Solidarity with Native and Indigenous Communities During the Coronavirus Pandemic
Bishop Shelton J. Fabre, Archbishop Paul S. Coakley, Bishop James S. Wall, May 13, 2020

Bishops Letter to House on Health Care during the COVID-19 Pandemic (May 7, 2020) | Bishops Letter to Senate on Health Care during the COVID-19 Pandemic (May 7, 2020)
On May 7, 2020, bishops write to Congress to renew their call for health care that upholds the dignity of the person and the common good of all who have been affected by the deadly COVID-19 virus.

Bishop Chairmen Urge FDA to Develop Ethical Vaccine for COVID-19
Archbishop Joseph F. Naumann, Archbishop Paul S. Coakley, Bishop Kevin C. Rhoades, and Bishop John F. Doerfler, April 17, 2020

USCCB President and Committee Chairman Call for Prayers, Hope, and Assistance Following Deadly Storms in the South
Archbishop Jose H. Gomez and Archbishop Paul S. Coakley, April 13, 2020

Bishop Chairmen Issue Statement on Rationing Protocols by Health Care Professionals in Response to Covid-19
Bishop Kevin C. Rhoades, Archbishop Joseph F. Naumann and Archbishop Paul S. Coakley, April 3, 2020

U.S. Bishops’ Chairman for Domestic Justice and Human Development Praises Lawmakers for Historic Emergency Legislation on Coronavirus Relief
Archbishop Paul S. Coakley, March 28, 2020

News Release: USCCB Statements on Coronavirus (COVID-19)
March 13, 2020

Chairman of U.S. Bishops' Committee on Domestic Justice and Human Development Encourages Lawmakers in Providing Aid and Relief to Those Affected by Coronovirus
Archbishop Paul S. Coakley, March 12, 2020

Faith for Just Lending Letter to Congress in Support of the Veterans and Consumer Fair Credit Act
Faith for Just Lending Coalition of organizations and denominations representing millions of Christians across the country, writes to the House of Representatives to urge support for the Veterans and Consumer Fair Credit Act and by so doing establishing an interest rate cap of 36% and taking an important step toward preventing harm caused by predatory lending practices.

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