The Social Action Office of the Diocese of Cleveland seeks to shape a more caring society and a more peaceful world through justice education, advocacy, community development and organizing. Our work is based on the call of the Gospel to work for the respect and dignity of all human life, the elimination of poverty, to speak out against injustice, and to promote the common good. The office is composed of County-based social action offices, and office for the Catholic Campaign for Human Development and Catholic Relief Services which includes the Council on Global Solidarity.
NEWS & EVENTS
U.S. Bishops Urge Action on Carbon Pollution To Stem Climate Change
May 29, 2014 (USCCB) WASHINGTON—The U.S. bishops urged the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency “to develop standards to reduce carbon pollution from existing power plants and thereby mitigate climate change” in a May 29 letter from Archbishop Thomas G. Wenski of Miami, chairman of the Committee on Domestic Justice and Human Development of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB). Read More
Unaccompanied Migrant Children Resource kit
July 25, 2014 (USCCB) – Central American children from El Salvador, Guatemala and Honduras are migrating to the United States alone in record numbers. While not a new phenomenon, the number of children who are making the perilous journey alone has increased exponentially—6,775, on average, arrived between 2003—2011, and upwards of 90,000 are projected to arrive in Fiscal Year 2014. The Catholic Church has taken seriously the humanitarian and policy oriented aspects of this situation and is advocating on behalf of increased protections for migrant children and their families who are arriving in the United States. Recent testimony by Bishop Mark Seitz provides a useful overview of the policy position taken by the bishops on this issue. Below are some additional resources that can be used to better understand the situation, as well as some of the efforts that the Church is involved in to help resolve it. Read More
Vatican to Support Help for ‘Humanitarian Emergency’ of Child Migrants
July 15, 2014 (CNS) MEXICO CITY - The Vatican’s secretary of state pledged full support for addressing the issue of child migrants streaming out of Central America in search of safety and family reunification in the United States.
Pope Francis, meanwhile, described the situation a “humanitarian emergency” and called for the international community to act. Speaking at the Mexico’s Foreign Relations Secretariat July 14, Cardinal Pietro Parolin repeated a recent call of bishops in five countries for Catholics and society at large to lend a helping hand for the thousands of young migrants travelling through Mexico and often arriving unaccompanied in the United States. Read More
- Reacting to Surge in Unaccompanied Children Crossing Border…(USCCB)
- Unaccompanied Minors Fact Sheet (USCCB)
Join the People of Faith Initiative with Ohioans to Stop Executions
With the release of the Ohio Supreme Court Task Force Recommendations on the Death Penalty, people of faith – faith leaders (including the Catholic Bishops) from around Ohio are coming together to join OTSE in efforts to end the death penalty. Learn More
Tell Congress: I care about peace in the Central African Republic
(CCGP) In March 2013, rebels mostly from outside the Central African Republic (CAR) overthrew the government and imposed an arbitrary and violent rule. After the rebels themselves were forced out of power, local militia initiated revenge attacks, throwing the country’s already fragile situation into a state of crisis… Read More