Issues

Capital Punishment

Capital punishment violates the dignity of the human person, who is made in the image and likeness of God. Even those who...
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Criminal Justice System

We are guided by the paradoxical Catholic teaching on crime and punishment: We will not tolerate the crime and violence that threatens...
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Economic Justice

  All economic life should be shaped by moral principles. Economic choices and institutions must be judged by how they protect or...
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Environment

Increased temperatures, rising sea levels and changes in rainfall are impacts of climate change, and they affect people living in poverty the...
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Gender Inequality

Men and women have been created, which is to say, willed by God: in perfect equality as human persons; and in their...
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Gun Violence

As bishops, we support measures that control the sale and use of firearms and make them safer — especially efforts that prevent...
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Housing

The Catholic bishops believe decent, safe, and affordable housing is a human right. Catholic teaching supports the right to private property, but...
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Human Trafficking

Whatever insults human dignity, such as subhuman living conditions, arbitrary imprisonment, deportation, slavery, prostitution, the selling of women and children; as well...
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Hunger

The drama of hunger in the world calls Christians who pray sincerely to exercise responsibility toward their brothers & sisters, both in...
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Immigration

Persons have the right to migrate to support themselves and their families. The more prosperous nations are obliged, to the extent they...
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Labor

Catholic social teaching supports the rights of workers to choose whether to organize, join a union, and bargain collectively, and to exercise...
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Minimum Wage

All people have the right to economic initiative, to productive work, to just wages and benefits, to decent working conditions, as well...
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Poverty

The superfluous wealth of rich countries should be placed at the service of poor nations.  The rule, which up to now held...
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Racism

The equality of all people rests essentially on their dignity as persons and the rights that flow from it: Every form of...
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Refugees

Justice will never be fully attained unless people see in the poor person, who is asking for help in order to survive,...
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Religious Intolerance

The glorification of hatred is predicated on a foundation of fear-induced ignorance, venomous to haters and those they believe they hate. Aberjhani...
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US Budget

Life-saving, poverty-focused international assistance that fights hunger, disease and poverty makes up less than 1% of the US Federal Budget. These programs...
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Voting Rights

In the Catholic Tradition, responsible citizenship is a virtue, and participation in political life is a moral obligation. People in every nation...
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Wage Theft

You shall not defraud a poor and needy hired servant, whether he be one of your own countrymen or one of the...
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War

There has already been enough warfare! Too many youths in the flower of life have shed their blood already! Legions of the...
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Water Access

Without water, life is threatened, therefore the right to safe drinking water is a universal and inalienable right. The Compendium of Social...
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Welfare

Federal policies should form a “Circle of Protection” around programs that serve poor and vulnerable people in our communities and avoid placing...
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