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USCCB, Catholic Charities: don’t cut domestic anti-poverty programs

April 27, 2017

Citing a dozen federal programs by name, the chairman of the US bishops’ Committee on Domestic Justice and Human Development and the president and CEO of Catholic Charities USA called upon members of Congress to “oppose proposed damaging cuts or structural changes to domestic anti-poverty programs that would undermine assistance to people in need.”

“In a time of great uncertainty for many, those struggling on the margins must be among our highest national priorities,” Bishop Frank Dewane and Sister Donna Markham wrote in a letter to members of Congress. “If Congress increases defense spending, there ought to be corresponding increases in spending on programs for those most in need.”


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  • Posted by: kylertaggart1575 - Apr. 30, 2017 3:32 AM ET USA

    While I agree with the bishop's and sister's remarks on the importance of anti-poverty programs, I am left wondering - for every attack on such policies as are now being introduced, are they issuing two attacks on the culture of death, legal abortion, et cetera? THAT is the foremost of our national priorities.

  • Posted by: james-w-anderson8230 - Apr. 28, 2017 6:02 PM ET USA

    The Bishops can't even control their employees who run Catholic Charities USA and the Campaign for Human Development. Given that, what makes them think they are competent to tell the Congress what they should be doing?

  • Posted by: Louise01 - Apr. 27, 2017 6:48 PM ET USA

    The Federal Government is mandated to defend the Country, not provide social welfare