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Criminal Justice and a Catholic Response
The Catholic Conference working with its Social Concerns Committee adopted a Kentucky response to the U. S. Bishops statement, Responsibility, Rehabilitation, and Restoration: A Catholic Perspective on Crime and Criminal Justice:
Since its release, the ecumenical officers of the four Kentucky dioceses have written six articles, published below as Sunday bulletin inserts. These have been distributed to all Kentucky parishes by Kentucky’s bishops to affirm their commitment to the principles of ecumenism articulated in the Second Vatican Council’s decree Unitatis Redintegratio and that our late Holy Father, Pope John Paul II, articulated in his encyclical Ut Unum Sint.
The bishops encourage distribution of these bulletin inserts to all Catholics so that information on the Church’s teaching and practice in ecumenical matters may become better known within our dioceses, congregations, and the hearts of our faithful. Autumn 2005 marked the 40th anniversary of Vatican II’s decree Nostra Aetate which addresses our relations with other world religions.
- Ecumenical Handbook for the Roman Catholic Dioceses of Kentucky Revised
- A People Made One: The 1999 Pastoral Letter of the Catholic Bishops of Kentucky
- Ecumenical Dialogue: A path to truth, love, and reconciliation
- The Sacrament of Baptism in an Ecumenical Context
- Ecumenical Endeavors: Interchurch Marriage
- Ecumenism and the Need for a Reconciled Church
In December 2005, the Bishops of Kentucky approved a statement on health care and teaching that health care is a basic human right: Health Care is a Moral Right, a Safeguard of Human Life.
Prayers for Life
The Pro-Life Committee has prepared this special collection of prayers to help the community of believers pray. To foster wide use, CCK provides these services in individual units and as a complete booklet. Website visitors have our permission to duplicate each or all of them as needed. So you can easily adapt them to meet specific needs, we have provided a text version in Word format. May the grace and peace of God be with those who use these prayers.
- Celebrating the Sanctity of Life
- Uniting Our Suffering with the Cross of Christ
- Prayer with One Who Is Dying
- Entrustment Ceremony for an Adopted Child
- Memorial for the Loss of a Child
- Healing and Reconciliation after Abortion
- Blessing of Pilgrims on the March for Life
- Memorial for Deceased Homeless Persons
- On the Anniversary of a Death
- Vigil at the Time of an Execution
In addition to the individual services in PDF format available, the entire booklet is available in two formats:
- Pro-Life Prayer Services For Times of Transition (PDF)
- Pro-Life Prayer Services For Times of Transition (Word document)
Principles of Taxation
In August 2004, the Bishops of Kentucky approved these principles to use in judging whether or not particular tax proposals are just: Principles of Taxation, Allocation of Revenue, Contributing to the Common Good.
Religious Education Guidelines
In November of 1990 the Bishops of the Archdiocese and Dioceses of Louisville, Owensboro, Covington, and Lexington approved the recommendation for Statewide Guidelines by the Catholic Conference of Kentucky Education Committee for Religious Education.
The specific aim and purpose in developing The Statewide Guidelines for Religious Education is to give direction, unity, consistency, and credibility for religious education across the state of Kentucky. These guidelines reflect lifelong catechesis in faithfulness to the Church’s traditions and beliefs. They are designed on a life continuum basis, early childhood through adult. These guidelines, likewise, recognize and affirm the critical role of the catechist in the teaching mission of the Church, and all that this includes, in union with the leadership of the bishop of the diocese.
The guidelines are available by age level: