At President Donald Trump’s behest, the United States has withdrawn from the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), a trade agreement signed by 12 nations, including the US, in 2016.
The US Senate, awaiting the results of the presidential election, had not scheduled a vote on ratifying the agreement.
In 2014, the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops stated that
it took no position on the TPP but offered eight principles for
consideration, the first of which was labor protection.
“Our concern with job loss in our own urban and rural communities
requires that any agreement be accompanied by firm commitments to help
US workers, as well as their families and communities, cope with both
the social and financial strain of dislocation that free trade might
bring about,” two USCCB committee chairs said in a joint statement.
The following year, New Zealand’s Catholic and Anglican bishops
expressed “great concern” about the “lack of transparency” in the
In 2016, Catholic Religious Australia, which represents
the nation’s male and female religious orders, joined a coalition
opposing swift ratification.