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
2014 Labor Day Statement Focuses on Unemployment Among Young People
August 13, 2014 – WASHINGTON—The high unemployment rate of young adults, both in the United States and around the world, is the focus of the 2014 Labor Day Statement from the chairman of the U.S. bishops’ Committee on Domestic Justice and Human Development, Archbishop Thomas G. Wenski of Miami. The statement, dated September 1, draws on Pope Francis’ teaching against an “economy of exclusion” and applies it to the millions of unemployed young adults in the United States. Read More
Bishop Pates to Secretary Kerry: United States Must Change Trade and Economic Policies, Stop Drugs and Arms Flow to End Border Crisis
July 24, 2014 -WASHINGTON—The United States cannot separate the humanitarian crisis of many thousands of unaccompanied minors journeying to the U.S. border from root causes in Latin America, many generated by U.S. policies, said the chairman of the U.S. bishops’ Committee on International Justice and Peace in a July 24 letter to Secretary of State John Kerry. The letter from Bishop Richard E. Pates of Des Moines, Iowa, followed the bishops’ June 24-July 2 travels in Honduras, Guatemala and El Salvador. 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