Washington D.C., Feb 21, 2013 / 17:13 pm
If members of Congress do not come to an agreement on a debt reduction proposal, the resulting spending cuts may threaten the lives of those in poverty, cautioned Catholic Relief Services.
Members of Catholics Confront Global Poverty, an initiative of Catholic Relief Services, agreed with conclusions by several U.S. bishops that while "Congress has a responsibility to reduce federal deficits and improve our fiscal health," it should "do so in ways that give moral priority to programs that help people living in poverty, both at home and abroad."
The organization warned that there is an "urgent need to protect human life and dignity around the world" that current economic proposals neglect.
In a Feb. 15 web chat, the group's members observed that current proposed budget cuts threaten the poorest and most vulnerable members of society, both in the United States and around the world.