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USCCB action alert: end sequestration, raise debt ceiling, pass conscience-protection law

October 09, 2013

The Department of Justice, Peace and Human Development of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops has issued an “action alert” urging Catholics to contact their senators and representative in the wake of the federal government shutdown.

“A commitment to the common good has taken a back seat to partisanship and ideology,” the alert stated, adding:

Tell your Senators and Representative to … adequately fund programs that address hunger and joblessness, and help people rise above poverty in the United States and around the world; replace sequestration with a balanced plan that includes revenues as well as responsible spending cuts; raise the debt ceiling in a responsible manner so as not to harm struggling families and poor and vulnerable people in our country and around the world; and work for inclusion of the Health Care Conscience Rights Act (H.R. 940, S. 1204). Government must not force Americans to violate their religious and moral beliefs on respect for life when they provide health care or purchase health coverage.


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  • Posted by: - Oct. 09, 2013 10:23 PM ET USA

    More government is good for you ! Forget the cost.

  • Posted by: dbancrof_20005038 - Oct. 09, 2013 7:58 PM ET USA

    Rpp; I agree completely. The Church loses its identity and freedoms when bishops support and encourage government run programs or support programs that have unintended consequences (all government activities have these). There is an article about the problems of Catholic Relief Services (CRS) in this same group of headlines, which indicates that some of CRS problems are linked to use of government funds. The Catholic universities have the same problems.

  • Posted by: dover beachcomber - Oct. 09, 2013 7:00 PM ET USA

    More follies from this arm of the USCCB! They deplore "ideology" on Capitol Hill but have actually taken an ideological stand themselves, in favor of left-wing Progressivism.

  • Posted by: [email protected] - Oct. 09, 2013 6:41 PM ET USA

    These "leaders" need some basic economics. They are willing to enslave our children and grandchildren to a monolithic and insatiable government for short term satisfaction. We the people need to insist by all means necessary that the government follow the Constitution to include the 1st Amendment. We are allowing government to define the practice and conscience of Religion. Trying to tie this to other issues is a mistake.

  • Posted by: rpp - Oct. 09, 2013 3:24 PM ET USA

    Well, I guess one out of three is all we can really hope for. Charity must be voluntary to have any real spiritual benefit. Compulsive charity (putatively help the needy via taxation) is not charity. Fiscal responsibility, while critically important, is impossible when money is wasted on helping those who are not genuinely in need, as many government programs inevitably do. Bankrupting a country, and supporting socialism/communism are both opposed to authentic Christian teachings.