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

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.

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.

News Release: 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

News Release: 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

News Release: 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

News Release: 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

News Release: 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 Lendingoalition 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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