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Bishops Respond to Passage of SB 402 Feb

Yesterday evening, the Kentucky State Senate accepted the House changes to SB 4, sending the bill to Governor Bevin for his signature. The Catholic Conference of Kentucky has, along with several other pro-life organizations, worked for many years mother-holding-sleeping-babyto pass this legislation. Kentucky has a very strong statute governing informed consent prior to abortion, but for the past several years, due to administrative decisions, it has been acceptable to satisfy the law by simply playing a recorded message over the phone. SB 4 will hopefully lead to actual conversations between women and health care professionals, where information is provided in a meaningful way and there is an opportunity for questions to be asked.

In response to the final passage of SB 4, the Kentucky bishops have released the following statement.

Bishops Statement on Passage of SB 4

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Catholics @ the Capitol 201605 Jan

With the 2016 Regular Session of the Kentucky General Assembly now underway, make plans today to attend Catholics @ Capitol Domethe Capitol 2016. This year, we will be having a one-day program on Tuesday, February 9, which will include presentations on the key elements of CCK’s legislative agenda and the opportunity to visit the Capitol and meet with your elected representatives. It promises to be a great day. Our hope is that the one-day program is more convenient for many than the two-day program we have put on in the past. For those who are traveling greater distances, however, we are more than happy to assist you in finding overnight accommodations. Please click below for the planned agenda and the registration form.

Catholics @ the Capitol 2016 Agenda

Catholics @ the Capitol 2016 Registration Form

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Associate Director Published in The Rank and File Catholic22 Oct

CoverAn article titled “School Choice – Tuition Assistance Tax Credit” by Associate Director, Andrew Vandiver, was recently published in The Rank and File CatholicThe Rank and File Catholic is a Kentucky based newsletter which seeks to connect the teachings of the Church with the struggles of labor.

A copy of the article can be found here.

 

 

 

 

 

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A Broad Coalition Supports School Choice20 Oct

Capitol DomeThe Catholic Conference of Kentucky recently wrote a blog entry with regard to the bipartisan support for school choice amongst politicians. Yet, this blog entry only provided a small glimpse at the diversity that exists among supporters of school choice programs.  Support transcends race, political affiliation, and gender.

A recent poll conducted by EdChoice Kentucky found substantial support for scholarship tax credits across several major demographic categories, including gender, party affiliation, and race. Support from Democrats and Republicans exceeded 70%.   Support was highest amongst African Americans with 84% supporting a scholarship tax credit program.

This isn’t unique to Kentucky. In New York, a coalition of community, labor, business and religious groups pushed for the adoption of a scholarship tax credit program.  Labor unions and local Chambers of Commerce stood together. Various religious groups came out and voiced support for school choice as a fundamental right of parents and students.

The Catholic Conference will continue to work with its allies to form similar alliances here in Kentucky. In a world often divided, scholarship tax credits present a real opportunity to bring people together for the benefit of Kentucky’s children.

 

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Bishops Respond to Marriage Ruling29 Jun

USC_banner_180x150_v3On Friday, June 26, 2015, the U.S. Supreme Court decided the case of Obergefell v. Hodges, striking down all state marriage laws that did not allow for marriages between persons of the same sex. Following the ruling, the Archbishop of Louisville, Joseph Kurtz, in his capacity as President of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, issued a formal response, which can be found here:

Statement of Archbishop Kurtz on Supreme Court Marriage Ruling

Bishop John Stowe of Lexington also issued a public letter:

Statement of Bishop John Stowe on Obergefell v. Hodges

For more information on the U.S. Bishops work in defense of marriage, including statements from bishops across the country in response to the Supreme Court decision, please visit Marriage: Unique for a Reason.

 

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