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Catholic Charities ‘encouraged,’ ‘heartened’ by president’s State of the Union address

Catholic World News - January 30, 2014

Catholic Charities USA has issued a statement welcoming President Barack Obama’s State of the Union address.

“Catholic Charities USA was encouraged by President Obama’s State of the Union address, particularly his focus on creating ladders of opportunity that have the potential to raise up the most vulnerable in our nation, strengthening communities across the country and restoring the dignity of every American,” said Father Larry Snyder, president of Catholic Charities USA.

“We were also very heartened by the President’s discussion on immigration, the recognition of the need to provide food for the poor, the need for increased access to quality early education and job training as important pathways to opportunity,” Father Snyder continued. “We are also hopeful to see that the White House understands the importance of identifying proven results and evidence-based practice, as this is something CCUSA has advocated for since 2006.”

“However, we also feel an urgency to place a priority on addressing more effective methods for reducing poverty for the more than 46 million Americans living in poverty today,” he added.

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  • Posted by: unum - Jan. 31, 2014 11:35 AM ET USA

    It is time for "Catholic" Charities to start being Catholic and stop being political. Why should Catholic donors give funds to a liberal political organization?

  • Posted by: Thomas429 - Jan. 31, 2014 12:05 AM ET USA

    Yet another reason to continue not supporting Catholic Charities. It is not charity for the government to take from those of us who have worked and saved to give to those who have not. It is also wrong for this country to fail to enforce its borders. It is not doing either the invaders or the country's legal residents any favors. I suppose the Church could show us our shortcomings by housing the homeless in and on their properties.

  • Posted by: MatJohn - Jan. 30, 2014 11:07 PM ET USA

    The talk will not be joined by the walk. CCUSA, please inform us when it does.

  • Posted by: FredC - Jan. 30, 2014 9:25 PM ET USA

    Catholic Charities receives governmental funds.

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