Poor and vulnerable

Pope Benedict XVI has taught that “love for widows and orphans, prisoners, and the sick and needy of every kind, is as essential to [the Church] as the ministry of the sacraments and preaching of the Gospel” (Deus Caritas Est, no. 22). This preferential option for the poor and vulnerable includes all who are marginalized in our nation and beyond—unborn children, persons with disabilities, the elderly and terminally ill, and victims of injustice and oppression.

– Forming Consciences for Faithful Citizenship: A Call to Political Responsibility from the Catholic Bishops of the United States, 2007, n. 51.

The widening gap between the well-off and the poor is a wound on the soul of contemporary society. Thus, the state budget and other policies that affect poor and disadvantaged persons must be crafted in a manner that ensures their health and safety and promotes the common good. The Conference supports:

  • a cap on the interest rates, charges and fee demanded by the payday loan industry
  • Medicaid funding to ensure coverage for recipients and payments to providers
  • the allocation of scarce budget resources to preserve essential services for vulnerable persons
  • a reform of Kentucky’s revenue system that is progressive and fair to all residents

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