Bishop Pates, in his role as chair of the U.S. bishops' Committee on International Justice and Peace, joined Stockton Bishop Stephen Blaire, who heads the U.S. bishops' Committee on Domestic Justice and Human Development in urging Congress to address the moral and human dimensions of the federal budget and protect the poor.
"The moral measure of this budget debate is not which party wins or which powerful interests prevail, but rather how those who are jobless, hungry, homeless or poor are treated," the bishops said in a March 18 letter to Congress. "Their voices are too often missing, but they have the most compelling moral claim on our consciences and our common resources. The bishops stand ready to work with leaders of both parties for a budget that reduces future deficits, protects poor and vulnerable people, advances the common good and promotes human life and dignity."
Read the whole letter here.