Catholic Charities USA (CCUSA) follows the teachings and ethical practices of the Catholic Church and as we and other Church institutions have done for decades, we engage in coalitions focused on reducing poverty in our nation. We do this with a mutual understanding that we cannot and will not endorse the public policy statements of any coalition that are inconsistent with our teachings and ethical practices.
A recent online news story notes that CCUSA is a dues-paying member of a coalition that – in addition to its work on poverty – has supported policies against Catholic teachings and ethical practices. CCUSA’s involvement in the Coalition for Human Needs is limited to its work to combat poverty. In fact, a prerequisite of our participation in the coalition was the inclusion of a disclaimer to policy statements that clearly indicates that statements made by the coalition do not necessarily represent the positions of any of the individual organizations.