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

Bishop Chairman Welcomes Passage of Bipartisan Safer Communities Act
Archbishop Paul S. Coakley, Archbishop Salvatore J. Cordileone, Archbishop William E. Lori, and Bishop Thomas Daly, June 24, 2022

Letter to Congress Regarding Gun Violence and the Bipartisan Safer Communities Act
Archbishop Paul S. Coakley, Archbishop Salvatore J. Cordileone, Archbishop William E. Lori, and Bishop Thomas Daly, June 23, 2022

Letter to Congress on Increasing FY2023 Appropriations for Environmental Protection Agency and Department of Interior
Archbishop Paul S. Coakley, June 21, 2022

U.S. Bishops’ Domestic Policy Chairman Commends Congressional Efforts to Address Gun Violence
Archbishop Paul S. Coakley, June 14, 2022

Letter to Congress on Budget Reconciliation and Climate Change
Archbishop Paul S. Coakley, June 8, 2022

Bishop Chairmen Call for Congressional Action to Address Gun Violence 
Archbishop Paul S. Coakley, Archbishop Salvatore J. Cordileone, Archbishop William E. Lori, and Bishop Thomas A. Daly, June 3, 2022

Letter to Congress Regarding Gun Violence and Root Causes of Violence
Archbishop Paul S. Coakley, Archbishop Salvatore J. Cordileone, Archbishop William E. Lori, and Bishop Thomas A. Daly, June 3, 2022

Letter to Congress in Support of the FOREST Act
Archbishop Paul S. Coakley and Bishop David J. Malloy, May 23, 2022

Letter to Congress Regarding Improvement of Child Tax Credit
Archbishop Paul S. Coakley, Archbishop William E. Lori, Archbishop Salvatore J. Cordileone, and Bishop Mario E. Dorsonville, May 19, 2022

Puerto Rico and US Religious Leaders Statement on Debt Settlement and the Way ForwardDeclaración de Líderes Religiosos de Puerto Rico y EE. UU. Sobre el Acuerdo de Deuda y el Camino a Seguir
On March 14, 2022, Archbishop Paul S. Coakley jointed Puerto Rican and U.S. religious leaders in issuing a statement on the settlement for Puerto Rico's debt and the opportunity to forge a comprehensive strategy for recovery and economic development.

Statement of USCCB President and Bishop Chairmen in Advance of Supreme Court’s Ruling in Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization
Archbishop José H. Gomez, Bishop Thomas A. Daly, Bishop Robert P. Reed, Bishop Andrew H. Cozzens, Archbishop Paul S. Coakley, Bishop David J. Malloy, Archbishop Salvatore J. Cordileone, Bishop Mario E. Dorsonville, and Archbishop William E. Lori, March 21, 2022

Bishops Chairmen Commend Life-Affirming Provisions in Budget Agreement
Archbishop William E. Lori, Cardinal Timothy M. Dolan, Bishop David J. Malloy, Archbishop Paul S. Coakley, Bishop Mario E. Dorsonville, March 11, 2022

Letter to U.S. Senate Regarding Reauthorization of the Violence Against Women Act
Cardinal Timothy Dolan, Archbishop Paul S. Coakley, and Archbishop Salvatore J. Cordileone, March 9, 2022

Response to COVID-19 Pandemic

2020-Present

Letter to Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Director Walensky Regarding Extension of the Eviction Moratorium
Archbishop Paul S. Coakley, Sr. Donna Markham, and Sr. Mary Haddad, March 26, 2021

Letter to Congress on Additional COVID-19 Relief
Archbishop Paul S. Coakley, Archbishop Joseph F. Naumann, Bishop David J. Malloy, Bishop Michael C. Barber, Bishop Shelton J. Fabre, and Bishop Mario E. Dorsonville, February 3, 2021

Statement Calling on Congress and the White House to Reach a Deal on COVID Relief that Prioritizes Urgent Needs
Archbishop Paul S. Coakley, September 8, 2020

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

Letters to Congress Calling for COVID-19 Relief for Those Most in Need
Archbishop Paul S. Coakley, Archbishop Joseph F. Naumann, Bishop David J. Malloy, Bishop Michael C. Barber, and Bishop Mario E. Dorsonville, July 30, 2020

Letter to U.S. House of Representatives on Health Care During the COVID-19 Pandemic | Letter to U.S. Senate on Health Care during the COVID-19 Pandemic 
Archbishop Paul S. Coakley, Archbishop Joseph F. Naumann, Bishop George V. Murry, and Bishop Mario E. Dorsonville, May 7, 2020

Statement Urging 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

Letter to U.S. Senate Committee on Education, Labor, and Pensions and to U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Education and Labor on Relief During Coronavirus Pandemic
Bishop Michael C. Barber, Archbishop Paul S. Coakley and Bishop Mario E. Dorsonville, April 9, 2020

Letter to U.S. Senate and U.S. Hour of Representatives Committees on Appropriations on Relief During Coronavirus Pandemic
Archbishop Paul S. Coakley, Bishop Michael C. Barber, Bishop Mario E. Dorsonville, Bishop David J. Malloy, and Bishop Michael F. Burbidge, April 9, 2020

Letter to U.S. Senate and U.S. House of Representatives Committees on the Judiciary on Coronavirus Pandemic Issues for Detained Persons
Bishop Mario E. Dorsonville, Bishop Michael F. Burbidge, Archbishop Paul S. Coakley, April 9, 2020

Letter to Congressional Committees on Finance, Ways and Means, Energy and Commerce on Coronavirus Pandemic Relief
Archbishop Paul S. Coakley, Bishop Michael C. Barber, and Bishop Mario E. Dorsonville, April 9, 2020

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

Statement Praising Lawmakers for Historic Emergency Legislation on Coronavirus Relief
Archbishop Paul S. Coakley, March 28, 2020

Statements Regarding Coronavirus (COVID-19)
Archbishop José H. Gomez, Archbishop Paul S. Coakley, and Bishop David J. Malloy, March 13, 2020

Statement Encouraging Lawmakers in Providing Aid and Relief to Those Affected by Coronavirus
Archbishop Paul S. Coakley, March 12, 2020

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