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Economic Justice
for All

Twenty-five years ago, the U.S. Bishops issued a landmark 99-page pastoral letter entitled Economic Justice for All: Catholic Social Teaching and the US Economy. Today, with a record number of people suffering in a flailing economy, the letter’s call to promote human dignity in economic, policy and individual actions is as relevant as ever.

Human Dignity

We believe that each person has a right to access the basic necessities of life. We advocate for food and income security for all—especially children and the elderly. We believe in policies for decent housing and shelter, especially for farm workers. We support access to basic health care for all. We advocate for employment and promote the idea of fair wages and fair taxes. We oppose unjust discrimination, racism, torture and human trafficking.

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June 30, 2020 Economic Justice, Human Dignity

The California Catholic Conference (CCC) welcomes recognition given for essential workers yesterday when Governor Newsom signed a budget that includes a remedial inclusion to the California Earned Income Tax Credit program (Cal EITC). 

June 18, 2020 Immigration, Human Dignity

The U.S. Supreme Court on Thursday ruled 5-4 to protect the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, which prevents the deportation of approximately 700,000 qualified children of immigrants, also known as “Dreamers.”

June 11, 2020 Immigration, Human Dignity

Any day now, the U.S. Supreme Court is expected to hand down a decision on whether President Trump can enforce his elimination of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) Program.

April 24, 2020 Economic Justice, Immigration, Human Dignity

From the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops

The Coronavirus, also known as COVID-19, has changed life for most of the planet, as billions of people experience social isolation and quarantine. Here in the United States, it is estimated that close to 95% of Americans have been impacted by some form of stay-at-home order. For those who are under such stay-at-home mandates, we thank you for doing your part in following the guidelines of the CDC and social distancing recommendations of your dioceses, state, and local governments to curb the spread of this pandemic.

September 10, 2019 Abortion & Procreation, Economic Justice, Reverence for Life, Human Dignity, Education

Governor Newsom has signed into law a bill aimed at providing help to single parents in college as they balance classwork and parenting.  One of our Catholic Advocacy Day bill, the Conference has been working diligently on the passage of AB 809 for the entire session.

August 21, 2019 Immigration, Human Dignity

In recent years, chain migration has become a contentious concept in debates over immigration to the U.S. Those who support a particular vision for changes to pathways to legal immigration present chain migration as a form of immigration to the United States that is constantly proliferating, uncontrolled by current laws and, by its size and nature, a threat to the nation’s security, economic stability, and character.

August 15, 2019 Immigration, Human Dignity

Originally posted on October 23, 2018

Last month, the Trump Administration announced a dramatic change to long-standing definitions of what constitutes a “public charge” for legal immigration purposes.  Bishop Vasquez, Chairman of the US Conference of Catholic Bishops’ migration committee said that the changes, if enacted, would “undercut decades of administrative policies and guidelines on how immigrants are treated…it is likely to prevent families from accessing important medical and social services vital to public health and welfare.”

August 14, 2019 Reverence for Life, Human Dignity

Violence, Racism Raise Fears but
Bishops Call for Determination in Addressing the Issues

Horrific mass shootings in El Paso and Dayton merged with the national debate on racism last week, leaving many people exasperated but also forging renewed determination to combat the evils of violence and racism in our society.

July 25, 2019 Protect Our Common Home, Human Dignity

In their recent pastoral statement, God Calls Us to Care for Our Common Home, the California Bishops asked all to heed the call to a spiritual conversion that respects our common home and cares for all.  They also identified specific responsibility for lawmakers, public officials and other policy makers who “because of their influence over institutions, have extra responsibilities for upholding the common good.”

April 24, 2019 Immigration, Human Dignity

Gráinne McEvoy is an independent scholar based in South Bend, Indiana, and is currently writing a book on American Catholic social thought and immigration policy in the 20th century.