Efforts

Advocacy

"For the whole law is fulfilled in one statement, namely, 'You shall love your neighbor as yourself." Galatians 5:14

What We Do

The CCUSA Advocacy and Social Policy team helps governments understand better the impact that poverty has on the American economy and family. We educate policymakers on the ways people in need are being served by their local Catholic Charities agencies. We also encourage those most affected by governmental decisions to share their experiences, which in turn helps to inform policies.

  1. CCUSA and the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops conducted 12 state convenings to discuss federal anti-poverty efforts with local Catholic organizations.

  2. Catholic Charities agencies and CCUSA staff delivered testimony to Congress on issues of importance to the Catholic Charities ministry.

  3. Catholic Charities advocated in support of the Housing through Modernization Act, the Evidence Based Policy Commission Act, Management, and Economic Stability Act, among others.

Why We Do It

The Social Doctrine of the Catholic Church teaches that the government and the Church should respect each other’s competencies. This does not prohibit interaction between the two. Rather, the Church as an organization of society, made up of citizens, has the duty to inform the government on issues of morality and justice. The Church also cooperates with the government in the achievement of the common good.

“The Church cannot and must not take upon herself the political battle to bring about the most just society possible. She cannot and must not replace the State. Yet at the same time she cannot and must not remain on the sidelines in the fight for justice. She has to play her part…”

Deus Caritas Est, No. 28

Our Impact

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Get to know your elected officials and tell them what you think are the right strategies and policies to achieve the common good with peace and justice, especially for the most vulnerable in society.

Our Advocacy

The CCUSA Advocacy and Social Policy team helps governments understand better the impact that poverty has on the American economy and family. We educate policymakers on the ways people in need are being served by their local Catholic Charities agencies. We also encourage those most affected by governmental decisions to share their experiences, which in turn helps to inform policies.

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