catholic campaign for human development
“Justice is inseparable from charity, and intrinsic to it. Justice is the primary way of charity or, in Paul VI's words, ‘the minimum measure’ of it, an integral part of the love ‘in deed and in truth’ (1 Jn 3:18), to which Saint John exhorts us.” (Caritas In Veritate, # 6, 2009.)
Catholic social teaching in action
The Catholic Campaign for Human Development (CCHD), the domestic anti-poverty program of the U.S. Catholic bishops, was established in 1969 to address the root causes of poverty in the United States through support of self-help organizations and through transformative social justice education. Its efforts to help low-income people to live in dignity express the commitment of our Church to the very first principle of Catholic Social Teaching: that of upholding the life and dignity of the human person. CCHD is Catholic Social Teaching in action.
There is a critical need for CCHD’s work in the face of increasing economic distress among Americans. According to the U.S. Census Bureau, there were 43.6 million people in poverty in 2009, up from 39.8 million in 2008 — the third consecutive annual increase. The CCHD philosophy emphasizes personal responsibility and the participation of those affected by poverty. For an easy-to-understand explanation of CCHD’s work, click here to view the U.S. bishops’ short animated video, “Meet Mary: About the Catholic Campaign for Human Development.”
The CRS/CCHD Diocesan Committee
A group of more than twenty committed individuals from around the Diocese serves on the Diocesan Committee for CCHD and Catholic Relief Services. The Committee works with the Diocesan Coordinator to review and investigate applications for CCHD funding from groups and projects located in the Diocese. The Committee’s role is to determine whether applicants meet CCHD funding requirements and whether they are compliant with Catholic social and moral teaching. The Committee then makes funding recommendations to Bishop Loverde. No applicant located within the Diocese can be funded, with either local or national grant monies, without the Bishop’s consent.Click here to see a list of the Committee’s current members.