We believe that each person has a right to access the basic necessities of life. We advocate for food and income security for all—especially children and the elderly. We believe in policies for decent housing and shelter, especially for farm workers. We support access to basic health care for all. We advocate for employment and promote the idea of fair wages and fair taxes. We oppose unjust discrimination, racism, torture and human trafficking.
"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
"We must speak of man's rights. Man has the right to live. He has the right to bodily integrity and to the means necessary for the proper development of life, particularly food, clothing, shelter, medical care, rest, and, finally, the necessary social services." (8)
Pacem in Terris, Blessed John Paul II
Bishop Gerald Barnes of San Bernardino has called human trafficking “a horrific crime against the basic dignity and rights of the human person and all efforts must be expended to end it.”
"In solidarity, we will continue to advocate on your behalf for just and fair migration policies. We commit ourselves to animate communities of Christ’s disciples on both sides of the border so that yours is a journey of hope, not despair….."
Strangers No Longer: Together on the Journey
US Catholic Bishops and Conference of Mexican Bishops, 2003.
"God destined the earth and all it contains for all people and nations so that all created things would be shared fairly by all humankind under the guidance of justice tempered by charity."
The Church in the Modern World, #69