Statement of the U.S. Bishops’ Executive Committee: Catholic Relief Services
Delivers the Hope of Christ to Where Human Suffering is Worst
WASHINGTON – The Executive Committee of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops has
issued a statement Wednesday, March 17 in support of Catholic Relief Services. The full statement follows:
“In the name of our Catholic faith, the donors, staff, and volunteers of Catholic Relief Services (CRS)
deliver life-saving food, medicine, shelter, and training to the most vulnerable of our sisters and
brothers around the world. They do this work often in remote, dangerous places that most people
would fear to visit. We extend our prayers and gratitude for this courageous witness of Christ’s mercy.
“The humanitarian relief efforts of CRS are grounded in the loving teachings of the Catholic Church.
CRS stands in firm defense of life. Criticisms to the contrary should not detract from the powerful
impact your donations have on the lives of otherwise forgotten suffering populations.
“We have confidence in the thorough vetting system utilized by CRS by which complaints are
investigated and corrective action taken, if necessary. CRS works alongside other relief agencies that
may not share our teaching. In these instances, CRS keeps its work distinct.
“We firmly stand with the personnel of Catholic Relief Services in their solidarity to the least among
us. Together, we affirm the sacredness of every human life from the moment of conception until