Challenge Grant: Our Boosters will match donations up to $45,000. We have $36,642 to go. Please donate!
Click here to advertise on CatholicCulture.org

USCCB bishops, other Christian leaders: protect the poor during budget negotiations

Catholic World News - February 27, 2013

Three heads of committees of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops joined with other Catholic, Orthodox, mainline Protestant, and evangelical leaders in signing “A Pastoral Letter about Faith, Finances, and the Federal Budget.”

Assuring the president and congressional leaders of their prayers, the signatories thanked them “for reducing the deficit while limiting cuts to programs serving poor people.”

“We understand that the country’s fiscal health will require further cost savings and additional revenue,” the signatories continued. “To reduce the deficit, we need revenue and savings that don’t increase poverty … Medicare can be reformed in ways that do not harm those who depend on the health care coverage it provides, especially seniors with modest means. Any savings in Medicaid should avoid changes harming low-income beneficiaries either directly — by cutting benefits or eligibility — or indirectly by shifting costs to states.”

“We strongly affirm the government’s responsibility concerning poor people,” they added. “Please, protect the poor and help create the opportunities that make them poor no more.”

Additional sources for this story
Some links will take you to other sites, in a new window.

An appeal from our founder, Dr. Jeffrey Mirus:

Dear reader: If you found the information on this page helpful in your pursuit of a better Catholic life, please support our work with a donation. Your donation will help us reach seven million Truth-seeking readers worldwide this year. Thank you!

Our Fall Campaign
Progress toward our year-end goal ($124,732 to go):
$150,000.00 $25,268.34
83% 17%
Sound Off! CatholicCulture.org supporters weigh in.

All comments are moderated. To lighten our editing burden, only current donors are allowed to Sound Off. If you are a donor, log in to see the comment form; otherwise please support our work, and Sound Off!

Show 1 Comments? (Hidden)Hide Comments
  • Posted by: unum - Feb. 27, 2013 6:44 PM ET USA

    The bishops have signed on to a letter that says, "First, we thank you for reducing the deficit while limiting cuts to programs serving poor people." That doesn't jibe with CBO projections of the deficit over the next 10 years. Our religious leaders should leave the spin to the politicians. Lying to the American people is not a part of their job descriptions!

Fall 2014 Campaign
Subscribe for free
Shop Amazon
Click here to advertise on CatholicCulture.org

Recent Catholic Commentary

Could respect for the papacy mean resisting the Pope? 8 hours ago
The Church Moves On, Slowly October 24
Is Cardinal Kasper losing his grip? October 24
The Pope is not the problem October 23
Do not confuse sacramental discipline and Catholic doctrine. October 23

Top Catholic News

Most Important Stories of the Last 30 Days
Key synod report calls for 'gradualism' in Church response to irregular family situations CWN - October 13
As synod concludes, bishops issue message, approve document; Pope weighs in CWN - October 20
Cardinal Parolin: UN must protect innocents from Islamic State CWN - September 30
Synod of Bishops opens with Mass in St. Peter’s Basilica CWN - October 6