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USCCB official: end sequestration, adopt budget that protects anti-poverty programs

July 23, 2013

Chiding Congress for “an abdication of leadership, a refusal to make tough choices,” an official of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops called for an end to automatic budget reductions and the protection of “effective programs that help hungry and poor people in our country and abroad.”

“Indiscriminate sequestration should be replaced with a sound fiscal plan that assures children living in poverty access to learning opportunities and safe, decent housing; that offers the poorest and sickest people in developing countries access to lifesaving drugs; that provides nutritious meals to elderly Americans who might otherwise have nothing to eat,” said Kathy Saile, the USCCB’s director of domestic social development, in a blog post coauthored by the National Association of Evangelicals’ vice president for government relations.

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  • Posted by: williiam ronner - Jul. 24, 2013 11:40 AM ET USA

    Maybe this "mouthpiece" could spend her time decrying abortion, same sex marriage and the effects of over spending on the financial well being of all Americans. With the sequestration our government is spending 15,000,000,000 MORE this year then last year. We have adequate funding for program to feed everyone in this country PLUS send tens of billions overseas to feed our enemies. And remember, congress cut the amount of growth in the budget the president designated where the cuts were applied.

  • Posted by: samuel.doucette1787 - Jul. 24, 2013 7:45 AM ET USA

    Time for Pope Francis to disband all national bishops' conferences for the wasteful bureaucracies that they are. Especially when they do little but act as mouthpieces for the welfare state.

  • Posted by: jimr451 - Jul. 23, 2013 7:58 PM ET USA

    Again, I'm confused - does the government do charity better than the Catholic Church? Shame on us and our bishops if it does. That seems to be what the USCCB is saying here.

  • Posted by: dbancrof_20005038 - Jul. 23, 2013 7:33 PM ET USA

    I agree with the two comments already posted. The automatic budget reductions have been instituted because of gridlock and the indiscriminant spending of our government that must be stopped. Look at the government programs that lead to the downfall of Detroit. In general I think good people who are affiliated with Christian organizations will do a good job but government will always waste or corrupt the programs they oversee.

  • Posted by: Defender - Jul. 23, 2013 4:33 PM ET USA

    "Chiding Congress..." is rather humorous after the nearly $3 million CRS fiasco, don't you think? It would help feed people, too.

  • Posted by: the.dymeks9646 - Jul. 23, 2013 1:25 PM ET USA

    I agree that a sound fiscal budget is in order, but why the knee jerk belief that state sponsored programs are the best solution for the poor when there is so much truth out there stating otherwise. Even the Missionaries of the Poor, Fr Ho Lung, recognized years ago the futility in believing in government run charities. The bishops need to spend some time with Fr. Lung and those missionaries to witness true charity.