WASHINGTON, D.C. (February 25, 2014)—Christian leaders, representing a broad coalition of Christian churches and denominations in the United States, voiced their united opposition to mass incarceration, February 7. Mass Incarceration was the topic of the 2014 annual meeting of Christian Churches Together (CCT), in Newark, February 4-7. USCCB has taken part in CCT since 2004.
News Release (USCCB): USCCB and National Catholic Partners Respond to Farm Bill Conference Committee Bill
WASHINGTON, D. C. (January 29, 2014)— The chairmen of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops’ Committees on Domestic Justice and Human Development and International Justice and Peace, along with representatives of Catholic Relief Services (CRS), Catholic Charities USA, the Society of St. Vincent de Paul and Catholic Rural Life, responded to the agreement of the Farm Bill Conference Committee, commending their ability to set aside partisan differences to advance a farm bill.
News Release (USCCB): Catholic Schools Week to be Observed in Dioceses Across the Country, January 26-February 1
WASHINGTON, D.C. (January 15, 2014)—National Catholic Schools Week 2014 will be observed in dioceses around the country January 26 – February 1. This year’s theme, “Catholic Schools: Communities of Faith, Knowledge and Service,” focuses on the principles of a Catholic education.
(by Jason Adkins)
December 18, 2013
The Compendium of the Social Doctrine of the Church states that “participation in community life is not only one of the greatest aspirations of the citizen, called to exercise freely and responsibly his civic role with and for others, but is also one of the pillars of all democratic orders and one of the major guarantees of the permanence of democratic life.” (CSDC 190.)
Many would say that voting is one of the most important ways individuals participate in the civic life of society. Read More…
News Release: USCCB Chairmen Praise Introduction of the ‘Marriage and Religious Freedom Act’ in the Senate
Non-discrimination Act necessary because of intolerance
Those who affirm that marriage is one man and one woman need protection
House and Senate urged to pass Act
WASHINGTON, D. C. (December 12, 2013) —Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone of San Francisco, chairman of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops’ Subcommittee for the Promotion and Defense of Marriage, and Archbishop William Lori of Baltimore, chairman of the Ad Hoc Committee for Religious Liberty, expressed strong support for the Marriage and Religious Freedom Act (S. 1808) introduced today in the U.S. Senate by Senator Mike Lee. Both archbishops previously endorsed the companion Marriage and Religious Freedom Act introduced by Rep. Raúl Labrador in the U.S. House of Representatives on September 19, 2013.
News Release: USCCB Committee on Migration Designates February 8 as a Day of Prayer for Survivors and Victims of Human Trafficking
WASHINGTON, D.C. (December 9, 2013) — The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) Committee on Migration designated February 8 as an annual day of prayer for survivors and victims of human trafficking.
February 8 is the feast day of St. Josephine Bakhita, who was kidnapped as a child and sold into slavery in Sudan and Italy. Once Josephine was freed, she dedicated her life to sharing her testament of deliverance from slavery and comforting the poor and suffering.
News Release (USCCB): Bishop Blaire, Bishop Pates Urge Budget Conference Committee to Protect Poor and Vulnerable While Responsibly Replacing Sequestration
WASHINGTON, D.C. (November 15, 2013)—As Congress works on a budget package, it should replace sequestration and protect programs that serve the poor and vulnerable, at home and abroad, wrote Bishop Richard E. Pates of Des Moines, Iowa, and Bishop Stephen E. Blaire of Stockton, California. Bishop Pates and Bishop Blaire, who addressed their November 12 letter to the leadership of Budget Conference Committee, chair the U.S. bishops’ Committees on International Justice and Peace and Domestic Justice and Human Development, respectively.
News Release (USCCB): Citing “great moral urgency,” USCCB President Calls Upon House of Representatives to Pass Immigration Reform Legislation
November 7, 2013—In a November 7 letter addressed to Speaker of the House John Boehner, Cardinal Timothy Dolan of New York, president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, called upon members of the House of Representatives to address immigration reform legislation “as soon as possible, ideally prior to the end of the calendar year.”
In stating the case for action, Cardinal Dolan cited the ongoing suffering of immigrants and their families caused by a broken immigration system.
News Release (USCCB): Cardinal O’Malley to Congress: Support the “Abortion Insurance Full Disclosure Act”
WASHINGTON, D.C. (November 1, 2013)—The chairman of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops’ Committee on Pro-Life Activities wrote to members of the House of Representatives to support the “Abortion Insurance Full Disclosure Act” (H.R. 3279), to address one part of the abortion-related problem in the Affordable Care Act (ACA).
News Release (USCCB): Archbishop Gomez, Bishops Blaire and Pates Urge Congress to Fulfill Role of Government and Meet Basic Needs of People, Challenges of the World
WASHINGTON D.C. (October 1, 2013)—The bishops who chair three committees of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) urged Congress to fulfill the basic role of government and meet the challenges facing the United States at home and abroad. In September 30 letters to the House and Senate, Archbishop José H. Gomez of Los Angeles, Bishop Stephen E. Blaire of Stockton, California, and Bishop Richard E. Pates of Des Moines, Iowa, cited issues including rampant domestic unemployment and the millions of people displaced by the conflict in Syria.