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Letter to Congress Urging Support for the Second Chance Act
In a letter to the House Judiciary Committee, the Most Reverend Thomas G. Wenski and Sr. Donna Markham urge support for the Second Chance Act siting that the legislation is an important step in addressing issues facing formerly incarcerated individuals reentering society. The legislation would support programs proven to reduce recidivism.
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Working family tax credits protect millions of children from poverty every year. Contact your members of Congress and urge them to permanently extend these programs. Take action now!
Letter to Congress in Support of the Puerto Rico Chapter 9 Uniformity Act
In order to address the suffering of the Puerto Rican people resulting from the financial crisis gripping Commonwealth's economy, Archbishop Wenski writes to Congress stating that they can and should remedy the situation by advancing the Puerto Rico Chapter 9 Uniformity Act.
Letter to Congress Regarding Sentencing Reform Act of 2015
In a joint letter, the Most Reverend Thomas G. Wenski and Sr. Donna Markham, President and CEO of Catholic Charities USA, write to the House Committee on the Judiciary to express support of the Sentencing Reform Act of 2015 and to urge the cosponsors to remain committed to addressing broader criminal justice reform through legislation which provides programming for incarcerated individuals as well as assistance for them in transitioning back into their communities.
Joint Letters to Congress and U.S. Department of State on Climate Change and Reduction of Carbon Emissions
In advance of the United Nations Climate Change Conference in Paris, Archbishop Wenski, Bishop Cantú, Sr. Donna Markham, and Dr. Carolyn Woo write to Congress and to the U.S. Department of State to urge U.S leadership in addressing climate change by supporting global commitments to reduce carbon emissions.
Joint Letter to the Senate Judiciary Committee Regarding the Sentencing Reform and Corrections Act of 2015
The Most Reverend Thomas G. Wenski and Sr. Donna Markham write in support of the Sentencing Reform and Corrections Act of 2015 (S.2123) and welcome it as a bipartisan first step towards reforming our nation's broken criminal justice system.
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.
"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
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 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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