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Archbishop Wenski has written the administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency to ensure that respect for the poor and vulnerable be at the center of the EPA's efforts to address carbon pollution and climate change. See more on the USCCB's Environmental Justice Program.
2014 CCHD New Leadership Award
Dr. Bethany Welch has been awarded CCHD's annual award for emerging leaders! She is working on the margins in service to poor and immigrant communities in South Philadelphia.
"Jesus' command to his disciples… means working to eliminate the
structural causes of poverty and to promote the integral development of
- 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.
CRIMINAL JUSTICE REFORM
Smarter Sentencing Act
A reform of the United States criminal justice system is long overdue. Sentencing practices are costly, ineffective and display patent disparities. Archbishop Wenski asks Congress to support the Smarter Sentencing Act, a modest first step in reforming broken sentencing policies.
Second Chance Act
In a letter to Congressional Judiciary leaders, Archbishop Wenski asks Congress to pass the Second Chance Act. The Second Chance Act will facilitate the reintegration of ex-offenders into society in a way that respects human dignity, builds community and promotes justice over vengeance.Criminal Justice Reform
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.
The USCCB supports a living wage for workers.
Letter to Lawmakers on Living Wage
In a letter to the United States Senate dated January 8, 2014, USCCB Domestic Justice Chairman Archbishop Wenski and Fr. Larry Snyder, president of Catholic Charities USA, urge lawmakers to ensure that workers receive just wages. They note that the current federal minimum wage falls short of the standard of a just wage, which should provide a dignified standard of living for families.
Corporate Welfare and the Minimum Wage
In an opinion piece.in the Sun Sentinel, Archbishop Wenski calls for an end to "corporate welfare" and an increase in the federal minimum wage.
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