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Economic Justice
for All

Twenty-five years ago, the U.S. Bishops issued a landmark 99-page pastoral letter entitled Economic Justice for All: Catholic Social Teaching and the US Economy. Today, with a record number of people suffering in a flailing economy, the letter’s call to promote human dignity in economic, policy and individual actions is as relevant as ever.

Economic Justice

"All economic life should be shaped by moral principles. Economic choices and institutions must be judged by how they protect or undermine the life and dignity of the human person, support the family, and serve the common good."

A Catholic Framework for Economic Life
U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, 1996

June 10, 2016 Economic Justice, Human Dignity

Late Thursday afternoon, a budget deal was announced that repeals the Maximum Family Grant (MFG) rule, provides additional funding for naturalization and other immigration services and funds teacher empowerment and recruitment items as well as additional early childhood education.

Authorization to purchase lethal drugs for Medi-Cal patients, while receiving no support from Assembly budget negotiators, is still apparently included albeit at a reduced rate as the program is “phased in.”  Fortunately, funding for an assisted-suicide “hotline” was not included in the final budget.

June 8, 2016 Economic Justice, Human Dignity

[The State Budget] concerns profound moral questions about who are we as a society, how we view our future and whether as a people we can look beyond our own self-interest to the interest of the larger society.  (In Search of the Common Good, 2011)

Over the course of the next few days, the Governor and Legislative leaders will make decisions regarding the State Budget that will impact millions of Californians. 

April 7, 2016 Economic Justice, Human Dignity

Faced with an aggressive, far-reaching initiative heading to the November ballot, California lawmakers have enacted the highest minimum wage in the nation.  Governor Brown quickly signed the measure which will bring the State’s lowest wage earners to $15 per hour by 2022.

April 6, 2016 Economic Justice, Human Dignity

A few weeks ago the California Budget & Policy Center held their annual conference Policy Insights 2016. This presentation dealt with the housing crisis in California. The slide show by the California Housing Parntership Coorporation was a great overview of the issue. You can view the slides here.

 

Why Is Housing So Expensive in California and What Can Be Done About It?

October 28, 2015 Economic Justice, Faith in the Public Square

During his recent speech to Congress on September 24, Pope Francis paid special tribute to the contributions of four great Americans – two Catholics, Dorothy Day and Thomas Merton, and two non-Catholics, Abraham Lincoln and Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

In this third installment, we examine the life and legacy of Thomas Merton, a Trappist monk, who Pope Francis highlighted for "the capacity for dialogue and openness to God."

June 18, 2015 Economic Justice, Human Dignity

Legislative leaders and Gov. Jerry Brown reached a budget agreement this week.  The governor is determined avoid an enormous debt as his legacy so he based his budget on very conservative revenue projections. The budget as it now stands includes many items that the California Catholic Conference (CCC) was advocating for, but also some glaring omissions.  

March 19, 2015 Economic Justice, Human Dignity

Masked in political rhetoric, the image of the “welfare mom” pulses with stereotype.  These stereotypes persist even after the start of federal caps for assistance that were written into law when “welfare as we know it” was reformed in the 1990’s.

There are currently 15 states in the U.S. including California, that have maintained “family caps” - denying additional benefits to families who have more children and who have received aid in the 10 months prior to the child’s birth. 

March 10, 2015 Economic Justice, Human Dignity

A phrase increasingly used to describe the financial difficulties of lower- and middle-income Americans is “income inequality.” 

January 7, 2015 Economic Justice, Human Dignity

State of the State Speech Combined with Inaugural

In the low-key approach that characterizes his second round in office, Governor Jerry Brown combined his Inauguration to a fourth term with his State of the State speech during a joint session of the California legislature on Monday.

Perhaps anticipating this term will cap his public service career, Governor Brown, 76, spent much of the speech talking about consolidating the improvements in the State’s financial affairs which have occurred since 2011 when he began his third term.

November 20, 2014 Economic Justice, Human Dignity

Numerous programs address the material and physical needs of California’s homeless population by providing shelter, clothing and food along with medical and mental health care. But, all too often, a deficit exists in addressing their spiritual concerns.  

For almost 17 years now, the Ignatian Spirituality Project (ISP) has offered retreats, days of reflection and one-on-one spiritual counseling for homeless people, many of whom are in recovery from addictions and actively seek a deep relationship with God.

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