CCUSA Advocacy and Social Policy team advocates for policies that uphold human dignity and promote integral human development. Informed by the experience of local Catholic Charities agencies, we urge policy makers to see the faces of those in need in their communities and to create policies which assist and support them.
Recent Letters & Statements
Catholic Charities USA, the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, Catholic Relief Services, Catholic Rural Life and the Society of St. Vincent de Paul commend Chairmen Roberts and Conaway, and Ranking Members Stabenow and Peterson, for their leadership in negotiating a bipartisan, compromise Farm Bill. Read the full letter here.
Catholic Charities USA and the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops file comments on the Administration’s Proposed Public Charge Rule
Catholic Charities USA and the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops file comments on the Administration’s Proposed Public Charge Rule strongly urging return to the current, longstanding interpretation of “public charge.” Read the full comments here
Chairman of the USCCB Committee on Migration, Presidents of Catholic Relief Services, Catholic Charities USA and Catholic Legal Immigration Network Issued Statement Regarding Their Deep Concern About Restricting Access to Asylum
Bishop Joe S. Vásquez, of Austin, Texas, Chairman of the U.S Conference of Catholic Bishops Committee on Migration, Sister Donna Markham, OP, Phd, President and CEO of Catholic Charities USA, Jeanne Atkinson, Executive Director of Catholic Legal Immigration Network, and Sean Callahan, President and CEO of Catholic Relief Services issued an statement reiterating that it …
Why We Do It
Catholic Charities upholds the dignity of every human person
Pope Francis says, "the just ordering of society and of the state is a central responsibility of politics." Our Catholic faith calls us to serve the most vulnerable and to advocate for justice in social structures. CCUSA and the entire Catholic Charities ministry has a responsibility to advocate for just policy positions and to share our experience of serving those in need.
“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
Bettie has been a widow for 22 years and has struggled with profound loneliness. “It’s just my home and my dog,” she explained. However, as a participant in Catholic Charities, Diocese of Joliet Senior Companion Program, Bettie’s situation has improved dramatically. The Senior Companion Program offers adults ages 55 and older the opportunity to support …
In December 2015, Jefferson County, Mo. faced a severe flooding crisis. Mild temperatures and excessive rain caused the Mississippi and Meramec Rivers to overflow, spilling into small creeks throughout the area. In just a few days, residents in that region lost their homes, possessions and sense of community. To compound matters, a number of the …
Ernest and Hattie Laday, husband and wife of 43 years, were living on a fixed income when Hurricane Isaac swept through their town of Lutcher, LA. They had no insurance or money to repair their home. Disaster recovery provided by Catholic Charities played a key role in getting them back to a place of self-sufficiency. …