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

Latest news

KY General Assembly Fails to Act on Scholarship Tax Credit Bills to Help Families
Unfortunately, the General Assembly failed to pass Scholarship Tax Credits as a standalone measure during the 2018 session.  They also failed to fulfill their commitment to include Scholarship Tax Credits in their tax reform proposal. In the end, this means thousands of low and middle income families will continue to be denied the opportunity to […]

Scholarship Tax Credits and Tax Reform
Most of you received emails or calls from legislators this session promising to include Scholarship Tax Credits in comprehensive tax reform.  I received similar commitments throughout the session.  Consequently, I was shocked to learn yesterday that the General Assembly passed a massive tax package that did not include Scholarship Tax Credits (or any other school […]

Connect