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WITNESS: report on recent session of the General Assembly11 May

 

The latest issue of WITNESS is now available. In addition to the front page story recounting the disappointing turn of events regarding informed consent, there is a complete summary of the recent legislative session on the inside pages.

In addition to that report, another legislative initiative – securing business tax credits to support K – 12 education for public and non-public students – also failed to receive a hearing in the House Appropriations and Revenue Committee. After being advised to ask for tax credits totaling $50 million, the Committee chair told us we had asked for too much. This sort of mixed messaging is common in Frankfort and really stymies efforts to enact laws that benefit the common good of Kentucky’s school children.

WITNESS  also features articles by Tim Weaver, superintendent of Catholic Schools in Lexington, about the challenging times Catholic educators face; Donna Durham, a member of the CCK Hispanic Committee writes about violent crime and help for immigrants who are victims; and Jason Hall, our staff policy analyst, who provides some thoughtful reflections on what it means to be active in the public arena. He writes,

“Catholics are called to look beyond the surface. We must overcome the temptation to vote based on our loyalty to a particular party or our narrow self-interest.”

With national and state elections fast upon us what he writes is particularly timely:

We must look beyond not only party, but also political slogans, self-serving rhetoric, and negative advertising. We have a responsibility to educate ourselves on what the candidates stand for, by looking at what they say and what they have done in the past.

In light of upcoming elections, be mindful that the Conference issued this CCK Political Activity Statement in 2010 and the U. S. Conference of Catholic Bishops have issued guidelines about participating in campaigns and about what activities are and are not allowed by parishes and other Catholic non-profit entities. Click here to see the USCCB guidelines.



 

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