Last week, Bishop Stephen Blaire, chair of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops' Committee on Domestic Justice and Human Development and Bishop Richard Pates, in his role as chair of the Committee on International Justice and Peace, wrote to Congress calling on it to avoid the "fiscal cliff" with a bipartisan and balanced agreement that raises adequate revenue and protects programs that serve families living in poverty. You can read the letter here. The letter explains our Church's budget advocacy in light of Catholic teaching on taxation and the economy.
And this week, on Dec. 18, Bishop Pates sent a letter to National Security Advisory Thomas Donilon expressing concern about Iran and nuclear weapons. Bishop Pates said, "A diplomatic solution is preferable to military action which could have unpredictable and dramatic repercussions for the region." Check out the letter here.