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Call to Action

Catholic agencies provide important social services to vulnerable people and families, including in the areas of adoption and foster care.  In order to continue to offer care to people in need, the Church must be free to operate in accordance with her convictions.
 
A 2016 regulation from Health and Human Services (HHS) threatened to shut out faith-based social service providers, including adoption and foster care agencies that respect a child’s right to a mother and a father. To restrict faith-based organizations’ work by infringing on religious freedom – as the 2016 rule threatened to do - is unfair and serves no one, especially the children in need of these services.  The Trump Administration has proposed a change to the 2016 rule, which would give faith-based agencies the space to continue to serve.
 
When there are over 400,000 children are in foster care, we need to take steps to increase – not decrease – their opportunities to be placed with safe and loving families.   

Join the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops in urging the Administration to adopt the proposed rule change. To do so, please click the link below to send your message to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.
 

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From November 2019 until Spring 2020, while the U.S. Supreme Court deliberates, it is vital that we encourage Congress to act to provide DACA recipients with a path to citizenship. As the House passed H.R. 6 which includes a path to citizenship for DACA recipients, we ask that you turn your attention to Senators Tester and Daines and urge them to stand in support of young adult immigrants by supporting legislative protection for DACA recipients generally and the Dream Act of 2019, S. 874, specifically.

Background
H.R. 6 would provide critical permanent legal protection to DACA recipients, TPS and DED holders who are living in a state of uncertainty and fear. The USCCB's Committee on Migration Chairman, Bishop Joe S. Vásquez of Austin, Texas, has voiced support for the bill numerous times: issuing a March 15, 2019 statement endorsing H.R. 6, sending a letter to each Member of the U.S. House of Representatives in support of the bill, and endorsing individual component bills of H.R. 6 prior to markup in the House Judiciary Committee on May 22, 2019.
 
Action
While the House passed its version of the Dream Act, we ask you to stand in solidarity with immigrants and their families by sending a message to Senators Tester and Daines and request that they support S.874, the Dream Act of 2019.

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Recently, the public learned that an abortion doctor hoarded the bodies of his victims, keeping them in bags in his home and car. Tragically, Ulrich Klopfer is not the first person involved in abortion to blatantly disregard normal human respect for the dead. While we may easily grasp that abortion leads to the total denial of dignity to these babies, even in death, some supporters of legal abortion are also troubled by the actions of Dr. Klopfer. Respectful treatment of the dead is practiced by every culture and every religion and is ingrained in our psyche as human beings. Even legalized abortion hasn’t totally erased the feeling that these “products of conception” are human, deserving of more care than being thrown in biohazard bags, flushed down toilets, or put in the trash.

In response to the revelation of thousands of aborted babies found in the home of the late Ulrich Klopfer, Members of Congress introduced the “Dignity for Aborted Children Act” which requires that the bodies of aborted babies be treated with respect like other deceased human bodies, and either be buried or cremated. 

Archbishop Naumann sent a 
letter to the Senate and House urging support and passage of this bill.  Please join him and send your message of support today! There is no reason that anyone should deny basic respect to human remains.

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The recent visit of Pope Francis to Hiroshima and Nagasaki is a poignant reminder of the grave threat to human life posed by nuclear weapons. Please contact your members of Congress and urge them to support the Richard G. Lugar and Ellen O. Tauscher Act to Maintain Limits on Russian Nuclear Forces (S. 2394/H.R.2529).

The United States and Russia possess over 90% of the world’s nuclear weapons. Our two nations must lead the way in global nuclear disarmament efforts. These bipartisan bills express a sense of Congress supporting the extension of the New START Treaty that places verifiable limits on both nations’ nuclear armaments. The Treaty is due to expire in 2021 unless it is extended. The bills also outline a number of reporting and certification requirements that will help contribute to informed national dialogue and appropriate Congressional oversight regarding the extension of the Treaty.

Catholic teaching on nuclear weapons has been clear since St. John XXIII wrote in Pacem in Terris that “nuclear weapons must be banned” (no.112). This teaching has been reaffirmed by each of his successors, most recently by Pope Francis on his visits to Nagasaki and Hiroshima, where he followed in the footsteps of St. John Paul II.

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Human Trafficking

Facts about Human Trafficking:
  • There are an estimated 40.3 million victims of modern-day slavery worldwide. Of these, 25 million are victims of labor or sex trafficking and 15 million are people trapped in forced marriages.
  • Nearly 30% of all victims are men and boys; increasing to 46% for victims of forced labor
  • Unfortunately, stakeholders have increasingly found that individuals in situations of forced migration, such as refugees and unaccompanied children, are particularly vulnerable to labor and sex traffickers.
  • Victim identification remains a significant challenge to U.S. efforts to prevent trafficking, prosecute perpetrators, and protect victims.
  • Calculated as a 150-billion-dollar industry, modern day slavery has become the fastest growing source of illicit profit for criminals worldwide.


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  • The Church’s Position on Human Trafficking:
  • The elimination of human trafficking is a priority issue for the Catholic Church. Because every life
    is a gift from God and is sacred, it deserves to be protected and nurtured; we each have a responsibility to fight against the violation and degradation of our brothers and sisters.
  • The Catechism of the Church forbids acts that cause the enslavement of humans. During the Second Vatican Council in 1965, the Church further stated “slavery, prostitution, the selling of women, and children, and disgraceful working conditions where people are treated as mere tools for profits rather than free and responsible persons are infamies and supreme dishonor to the creator.” (Gaudium et Spes, 1965).
  • In 2014, Pope Francis stated during his Declaration on the International Day for the Abolition of Slavery: “[M]odern slavery, in terms of human trafficking, forced labor and prostitution, and organ trafficking, is a crime against humanity. Its victims are from all walks of life, but are most frequently among the poorest and most vulnerable of our brothers and sisters.”
  • Men and women religious have also played an integral part of in the battle against human trafficking. In 2001, nearly 800 women leaders of the International Union of Superiors General (UISG) passed a resolution dedicating over one million members “to work in solidarity with one another within our own religious communities and in the countries in which we are located to address insistently at every level the abuse and sexual exploitation of women and children . . .” The U.S. Catholic Sisters against Human Trafficking is the domestic response to this call.
  • Victim identification remains a significant challenge to U.S. efforts to prevent trafficking, prosecute perpetrators, and protect victims.
  • Calculated as a 150-billion-dollar industry, modern day slavery has become the fastest growing source of illicit profit for criminals worldwide.
  • Please click the link below to send your message to Senators Tester and Daines and Representative Gianforte asking them to support these bills.
 

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