• Tax reform bill called ‘unacceptable,’ some provisions ‘unconscionable’

    Tax reform bill called ‘unacceptable,’ some provisions ‘unconscionable’

    • Nov 10, 2017

    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.

  • U.S. bishop: Congo tensions high; church teaches democratic practices

    U.S. bishop: Congo tensions high; church teaches democratic practices

    • Nov 6, 2017

    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.

  • Forum encourages dialogue to help reduce North Korea tensions

    Forum encourages dialogue to help reduce North Korea tensions

    • Nov 3, 2017

    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.

  • American bishop asks U.S. to support inclusive governance in Afghanistan

    American bishop asks U.S. to support inclusive governance in Afghanistan

    • Oct 27, 2017

    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 reiterates call to Pentagon to close Guantanamo Bay prison

    Bishop reiterates call to Pentagon to close Guantanamo Bay prison

    • Oct 5, 2017

    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 urges U.S. to remain party to Iran nuclear deal

    Bishop urges U.S. to remain party to Iran nuclear deal

    • Oct 4, 2017

    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.