‘Catholic Charities USA Day’ at the White House

Tomorrow is being billed as “Catholic Charities USA Day” at the White House.

At least that’s how Roger Conner, the agency’s senior director for communications, described the day to Catholic News Service.

“It’s a very special day at the White House with the administration for Catholic Charities,” he said.

About 160 leaders from Catholic Charities agencies throughout the country are planning to meet with administration officials. They will be part of a policy briefing to exchange ideas on the economy, human services, housing and immigration, all key concerns for local Catholic Charities agencies.

A press release from Conner’s office quoted Jon Carson, director of the White House Office of Public Engagement, as describing the organization “an incredible network of social service organizations that support our neighbors in need.”

He also said the administration was looking forward to meeting with Catholic Charities leaders from around the U.S. for “a day of discussion and collaboration as we work towards our shared goals.”

In the backdrop of the meeting is last month’s release of statistics by the U.S. Census Bureau showing significant increases in poverty in 2010. Overall, 15.1 percent of the population, or 46.2 million people, live in poverty, the bureau reported. That’s an all-time high in terms of numbers.

The Washington gathering also follows Catholic Charities USA’s first annual National Poverty Summit in Fort Worth, Texas, and the reintroduction of the National Opportunity and Community Renewal Act, legislation developed by Catholic Charities USA to identify long-term solutions to poverty.

4 Responses

  1. AS A LIFE-LONG DEM AS WELL AS CATHOLIC I AM AT A LOSS FOR WORDS. THE W H IS AS ANTICATHOLIC AS ANY I’VE SEEN IN MY LIFETIME.
    PAUL SCHULER

  2. Catholic Charities is providing a de facto endorsement,by its’ actions for an administration to promotes a neo-pagan lifestyle. Abortion on demand, elimination of conscience protections, active support for homosexual marriage, are advanced by Catholic Charities embrace of the Obama administration and its Pseudo-Catholic luminaries,i.e. Biden, Pelosi,Sabellius,et al

  3. Not sure it was a good idea to get into bed with the anti-Natural Law opponents of this administration. I do not trust them especially in the 2012 election cycle when the nation’s Catholics should join the other citizens who value civilisation and send him back to Hawaii.

  4. I am appalled at the thought that Obama would be invited to speak at any Catholic function. He has been tearing down all that Catholicism stands for and those in authority in the CCO dare to invite him to any function that the Catholic Church is part of. This is a slap in the face to all of us Catholics who have been working so hard to try to bring our church and religion back to the fore front in American christianity. As far as CCO goes not one more dime of my hard earned money will go to any collection or fund raiser that they sponsor. Send him back where he and his relatives came from!
    Josie Welsh

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