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USCCB, CRS again urge Catholics to lobby for foreign aid for poor

Catholic World News - June 12, 2012

The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) and Catholic Relief Service (CRS) have again urged Catholics to lobby their representatives and senators on behalf of poverty-focused international assistance.

“Thanks to you and thousands of other Catholics throughout the country, poverty-focused international assistance supported by the US Conference of Catholics Bishops and Catholic Relief Services was spared from drastic cuts” in May, according to a new action alert from the USCCB and CRS. “In fact, the Senate slightly increased funding for the accounts we prioritize.”

“While we’re encouraged by this small victory, the legislative process continues and so does our work,” the action alert added. “Your advocacy efforts are needed this summer to support the tiny portion of the budget that saves millions of lives globally by providing food to the hungry, shelter to refugees, helping small farmers grow more crops, and educating children. Please contact your Senators and Representative and urge them to support poverty-focused international assistance in the fiscal year 2013 appropriations bills at the Senate levels.”

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  • Posted by: djpeterson - Jun. 16, 2012 1:15 PM ET USA

    The U.S. has military bases in over 100 nations and we spend several billions of dollars trying to export democracy to areas like Iraq and Afghanistan. Wouldn't it be better to offer developing nations something more useful and constructive?

  • Posted by: Savonarola - Jun. 12, 2012 6:47 PM ET USA

    Taxpayer-funded charity is really not charity. Has the USCCB heard of the principle of subsidiarity? Why not promote private and Catholic charity instead of seeking "federal funds" as the answer to all problems?

  • Posted by: sparch - Jun. 12, 2012 2:34 PM ET USA

    There is something inherently wrong with the government providing funds for poverty assistance. It is not the role of this or any government to provide for the poor in the all encompassing way it does now. It is even more disturbing that our church , the one entity that should be providing that assistance, is the one asking for the government to step in and provide funds. I wish I knew why the church is pursuing this approach and not concentrating on our own programs.

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