- Aug 9, 2020
The U.S. bishops say the proposed tax reform bill in Congress “appears to be the first federal income tax modification in American history that will raise income taxes on the working poor while simultaneously providing a large tax cut to the wealthy. This is simply unconscionable.” They also criticize the elimination of the adoption tax credit and adoption assistance program exclusion.
Bishop Oscar Cantu, chairman of the bishops’ Committee on International Justice and Peace, and Stephen Hilbert, the bishops’ foreign policy adviser for Africa and global development, visited the Democratic Republic of Congo Oct. 27-Nov. 3 and met with government officials, opposition and civil society leaders.
Should the North Korea situation result in war, former U.S. defense secretary Chuck Hagel said, the cost will be the lives of “millions of South Koreans, and tens of thousands of Americans if we’re willing to pay the price to eliminate the threat,” not to mention “a flood” of North Koreans fleeing into China, already the world’s most populous country. He was speaking at a panel hosted by Georgetown University.
Bishop Oscar Cantu, chairman of the U.S. bishops’ Committee on International Justice and Peace, called for the U.S. to foster discourse among Afghanistan’s different political, religious and ethnic factions in the hope of finding areas of “basic cooperation that might lead to confidence-building measures, a gradual diminishing of armed conflict, increased accountability, and enhanced and equitable economic development.”
Bishop Oscar Cantu, the chairman of the U.S. bishops’ Committee on International Justice and Peace, said in an Oct. 3 letter to Defense Secretary James Mattis that any of the 41 remaining detainees at Guantanamo Bay who have been cleared of charges should be transferred to new host countries and that no new detainees should be assigned to the prison.
Bishop Oscar Cantu, the chairman of the U.S. bishops’ Committee on International Justice and Peace, has told Secretary of State Rex Tillerson that the so-called P5+1 agreement with Iran is crucial if negotiations with North Korean officials have any chance of occurring.