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Action urged on 2012 Farm Bill

Catholic World News - April 26, 2012

The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, Catholic Relief Services, Catholic Charities USA, and the National Catholic Rural Life Conference are urging Catholic to contact senators about the 2012 Farm Bill.

The organizations “have identified some positive provisions in the bill that we strongly support as well as some provisions that we cannot support.”

“We are grateful for the proposed reduction in direct payments to farmers overall and we urge you to target subsidies to small and moderate-sized farms, especially minority-owned farms,” a suggested e-mail to members of Congress states. “Use savings from the reduction in subsidies and direct payments to fund domestic nutrition programs such as SNAP (formerly Food Stamps) and international food assistance programs such as Title II.”

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  • Posted by: impossible - May. 02, 2012 11:26 AM ET USA

    Crying "wolf" on each and every issue in politics, particularly those about which the Bishops have no special competence and about which differing prudential decisions might properly apply, is harmful and counterproductive. They damage their credibility among the faithful when it comes to pronouncements on faith and morals which falls within their job descriptions. "First do no harm" applies to them in spades.

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