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    Domestic Social Development


    Happening Now

    We need politicians "genuinely disturbed by the state of society, the people, the lives of the poor!"
    Call your members of Congress and urge them to protect antipoverty programs.

    A Peace Economy: Rebalancing Spending Priorities  
    The priorities of federal spending--where the dollars actually go, and how many--has received much less attention, so the real imbalance that exists in the federal discretionary budget is unknown to many.

    Anti-Poverty Programs and the Federal Budget

    The federal budget includes powerful and effective life-saving antipoverty programs that protect vulnerable people and families as well. Learn how the Church is fighting poverty and promoting peace in our families, communities, and common home.

    Background on Criminal Justice
    U.S. Bishops call for reform of the criminal justice system to promote the common good, help restore a sense of community, promote rehabilitation and resist the violence that too often en-gulfs much of our culture.

    Background on Predatory Banking & Payday Lending
    Learn more about predatory banking and payday lending and what the Church is doing to combat their devastating effects.

    2015 Labor Day Statement
    In this year's Labor Day Statement (en Español), Archbishop Thomas G. Wenski reflects on how dignified work with a living wage is critical to helping our families and our greater society thrive.

    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

    Capital Punishment
    Cardinal O’Malley and Archbishop Wenski have welcomed the U.S. Supreme Court’s January 23 announcement that it would review the drug protocols of lethal injection executions in the State of Oklahoma.

    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.

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

    The USCCB supports a living wage for workers.

    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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