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December 20, 2017 News, News

WASHINGTON— After the U.S. House of Representatives and U.S. Senate passed The Tax Reform and Jobs Act, Bishop Frank J. Dewane of Venice, Florida, chairman of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops’ Committee on Domestic Justice and Human Development, drew attention to unacceptable problems that remain, and called on President Trump to insist that Congress fix them before he signs a bill into law.

The full statement follows:

December 18, 2017 News, News
Congress has released the conference report of the reconciled House and Senate tax reform bill language.   Below are important education issues being followed by the USCCB.  All the final provisions reflect the positions advocated by USCCB.  Other provisions of the tax reform bill still need to be changed.  The Catholic Legislative Network's action alert reflects these new provisions.  A final vote is expected by both chambers this week.
December 14, 2017 DACA, Immigration, News, News

The federal Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program will expire on March 5, 2018 unless Congress acts to make the DACA protections permanent. In order to meet that deadline, it is urgent that Congress and the White House address this injustice. 

December 14, 2017 DACA, Immigration, News, News

The federal Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program will expire on March 5, 2018 unless Congress acts to make the DACA protections permanent. In order to meet that deadline, it is urgent that Congress and the White House address this injustice. 

December 6, 2017 National, News

WASHINGTON— As Congress prepares to reconcile the House of Representatives and Senate tax reform bills, Bishop Frank J. Dewane of Venice, Florida, chairman of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops' Committee on Domestic Justice and Human Development, insisted that "Congress should advance a final tax reform bill only if it meets the key moral concerns . . ."

November 28, 2017 National, News

Bishop Frank Dewane, Chairman of the USCCB"S Committee on Domestic Justice and Human Development, has urged political leaders to engage in a serious and real debate on gun violence in this nation.  His statement follows the two horrendous mass shootings in Sutherland Springs, Texas, and Las Vegas, Nevada.  Bishop Dewane particularly urged the need for universal background checks and the banning of high-capacity assault weapons.  His complete statement follows:

November 17, 2017 National, News

The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) met for their annual Fall General Assembly in Baltimore, Maryland this week where they voted on several key positions and held working groups on immigration, and life and dignity of the human person.

In his opening address, USCCB President Cardinal Daniel N. DiNardo of Galveston Houston urged civility and respect in the wake of a country reeling from tragedies and widely divided on all issues.

November 14, 2017 News, News

Three archbishops and nine bishops representing at least 13 million Catholics from Sacramento to Ensenada have resurrected their “Alta-Baja” friendship, paving the way to potentially working together in the future.

Los Angeles Archbishop José Gómez and Tijuana’s Archbishop Francisco Moreno Barrón had worked with their respective episcopal organizations for more than a year to coordinate a meeting of the two sides. Their efforts culminated in an “Encuentro de los Obispos de Alta y Baja California” on Oct. 30 at the San Diego Diocese.

October 25, 2017 News, News

The last moment for Governor Jerry Brown to sign or veto bills was Sunday, October 15, at midnight and he waited to the very end to act on several bills the California Catholic Conference tracked this past Legislative Session.

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