Advocacy, Catholics Confront Global Poverty

Sequestration Will Cost Lives

In the wake of Congress and the White House failing to prevent across-the-board cuts to government-funded programs, also known as ‘sequestration,’ most of us are going on and living our daily lives without feeling their impact. However, millions of our brothers and sisters here in the United States and overseas will eventually begin to feel the squeeze of these cuts.

Catholic Relief Services staff and overseas partners working in some 100 countries have shared a first-hand look at what people are experiencing in some of the poorest countries on earth:

Despite these concerns and by the grace of God, we remain hopeful. CRS staff has been told that most programs should remain intact until the end of this fiscal year, September 30. But the next hurdle is around the corner because Congress must soon approve legislation to fund U.S. government operations beyond that point.  There will be significant pressure to cut deeper into programs that we know save lives and must be preserved.

As this financial mess continues in Washington, D.C. we are reminded of the words of the late Pope John Paul II in his Address on Christian Unity:

“The needs of the poor take priority over the desires of the rich; the rights of workers over the maximization of profits; the preservation of the environment over uncontrolled industrial expansion; the production to meet social needs over production for military purposes.”

Also, please continue to keep our brothers and sisters in Kenya in your prayers as they conclude their recent national elections.

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One Response to “Sequestration Will Cost Lives”

  1. Diahann Homer Says:

    I received your appeal in the mail today. Before throwing it away, I decided to do some research into the organization, as I had not heard of you before. I am greatly irised by what I have seen, and can promise monthly support from is moving forward. However, may I appeal to you for a much stronger reliance on God, the promises in His Word regarding provision, and His ability to provide for your needs, through millions of channels, (including our family), none of which have anything to do with the economic situation in the country!!!

    Yours in Christ!

    Diahann Homer

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