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    Domestic Social Development


    Happening Now

    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.

    Tell your Senators and Representative Now is the Time for Criminal Justice Reform!
    Most members of Congress will be home during the summer recess between August 3 and September 7. Take this opportunity to write your Senators and Representative and tell them to pass effective sentencing and criminal justice reform. Take Action Now!

    Just and Fair Wages
    In a letter to Congress, the Committee on Domestic Justice and Human Development of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops and Catholic Charities USA lift up the struggles of low-wage workers and their families and urge Congress to advance legislation and policies that would ensure fair and just wages for all workers.

    Criminal Justice Reform
    The USCCB Committee on Domestic Justice and Peace, Catholic Charities USA, and the Society of St. Vincent de Paul submit testimony on criminal justice reform for a hearing of the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform.

    Ending the Use of the Death Penalty
    Archbishop Thomas G. Wenski and Cardinal Seán O'Malley call for recomittment to Bishop's Catholic Campaign to End the Use of the Death Penalty.

    Improving Working Tax Credits
    Archbishop Thomas G. Wenski and Sister Donna Markham, OP, Ph.D. penned a letter Congress on expanding and improving working tax credits.

    Offering a Second Chance
    In a joint letter to the Senate Judiciary Committee, Archbishop Wenski and Sr. Donna Markham urge support for the Second Chance Act as an important step in addressing some of the issues facing the formerly imprisoned as they reenter society

    Implementing a National Standard to Reduce Carbon Pollution from Power Plants
    Archbishop Wenski writes to Congress urging opposition to legislation and appropriations riders designed to reverse the efforts to implement a national standard to reduce carbon pollution from existing power plants.

    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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