Social Justice

Nation's budget is a 'moral document'; House bill puts poor in 'real jeopardy'

"A nation's budget is a moral document. "Congress should choose a better path, one that honors those struggling in our country." 

—Bishop Frank J. Dewane of Venice, Florida, chairman of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops' Committee on Domestic Justice and Human Development.

WASHINGTON — The U.S. House budget resolution "will place millions of poor and vulnerable people in real jeopardy" because it reduces deficits "through cuts for human needs" and by trying to slash taxes at the same time, said the chairman of the U.S. bishops' domestic policy committee.

"A nation's budget is a moral document," said Bishop Frank J. Dewane of Venice, Florida, chairman of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops' Committee on Domestic Justice and Human Development. "Congress should choose a better path, one that honors those struggling in our country."

Apartment is just what was needed for St. Patrick Center client

Bryan Pseno’s sparse apartment is a relief from homeless shelters. Pseno secured the apartment through St. Patrick Center’s Housing First approach to rapidly provide permanent housing homeless people. Pseno now volunteers at St. Patrick Center while the agency also assists him with finding employment.

It's a slightly worn, sparsely furnished apartment in south St. Louis, but Bryan Pseno doesn't mind.

It's a long way from sleeping in a homeless shelter.

Pseno came to St. Louis from Chicago with a trailer full of furniture. He lived with his mom and left when she died, deciding to move on with his life and get away from negative influences. With an inheritance, he figured he'd stay at a motel until he got a job. He was unable to get employment, however, and lost his belongings in a storage unit when he couldn't pay the rent.

Event helps ministry close gap after state cuts

Archbishop Robert J. Carlson spoke with people at a recognition dinner hosted by the Criminal Justice Ministry on June 1 at Moulin in St. Louis. Archbishop Carlson accepted the Luminary Award on behalf of the Archdiocese of St. Louis at the event.

The funding gap for the Criminal Justice Ministry caused by a state budget cut is closing, but the ministry still needs financial support to help the agency with its outreach.

Since 1979, the Criminal Justice Ministry has supported and empowered people impacted by incarceration. The agency provides jail and prison ministry, client re-entry services and advocacy for community safety and criminal justice reform.

Civil discourse needed on racial matter, Bp. Braxton says

Bishop Edward K. Braxton of Belleville, Ill., talked about the Catholic Church and the Black Lives Matter movement, a revisit of the racial divide in the country, Aug. 8 at the Cardinal Rigali Center in Shrewsbury. In part of his address, he examined the relationship of the Church and African-American Catholics.

Bridge the racial divide, Bishop Edward K. Braxton of Belleville told nearly 300 people who attended his talk Aug. 8 at the Cardinal Rigali Center in Shrewsbury.

USCCB president says violence calls for ‘moment of national reflection’

People participate in a candlelight vigil July 11 at the Dallas City Hall Plaza. A gunman shot and killed five police officers and wounded seven during a peaceful protest July 7 in downtown Dallas.

WASHINGTON — The shooting of police officers July 7 near the end of a demonstration in Dallas against fatal shootings by police officers in Baton Rouge and Minneapolis earlier in the week "calls us to a moment of national reflection," said the president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops.

"To all people of goodwill, let us beg for the strength to resist the hatred that blinds us to our common humanity," said Archbishop Joseph E. Kurtz of Louisville, Ky., in a statement July 8.

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