Bishop William Murphy, chairman of the Committee on Domestic Justice and Human Development of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, is urging Congress to “strengthen and improve” the child tax credit and earned income tax credit. Some have been critical of the Church’s overreach in making recommendations on secular policy’s such as abortion, gay marriage and now tax policy.
In his letter to U.S. Senators Bishop Murphy urged lawmakers to preserve the existing refundable provisions of the Child Tax Credit fearing 600,000 more children will become poor and the four million children living in poverty will fall deeper into poverty. He sees the Earned Income Tax Credit as a means to reduce the “marriage penalty” and reminded the Senators that Pope Benedict feels “economic decisions have ethical consequences.”
“We believe these essential programs assist workers and families raising children to provide the necessities of life,” Bishop Murphy writes. “Unless Congress acts, these vulnerable workers and their children will be left worse off than they are now.”