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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:

A Catholic Perspective on Crime and Criminal Justice: A Kentucky Call to Responsibility, Rehabilitation, and Restoration

Ecumenical Handbook

The Catholic Conference released the Ecumenical Handbook in 1995 and the CCK Ecumenical Committee completed work on this revision in December 2003.

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.

Health Care

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.


Every Man and Woman is the Image of God


Just Work: A Pastoral Letter About Work and Justice

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.

  1. Celebrating the Sanctity of Life
  2. Uniting Our Suffering with the Cross of Christ
  3. Prayer with One Who Is Dying
  4. Entrustment Ceremony for an Adopted Child
  5. Memorial for the Loss of a Child
  6. Healing and Reconciliation after Abortion
  7. Blessing of Pilgrims on the March for Life
  8. Memorial for Deceased Homeless Persons
  9. On the Anniversary of a Death
  10. 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:

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:

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Bishops’ Statement on Passage of HB 563 – School Choice
The Bishops of Kentucky have issued the following statement following the passage of HB 563. A PDF copy of the statement may be downloaded by clicking here. We applaud the Kentucky legislature for the passage of House Bill 563. This legislation provides more opportunities for parents with limited financial means to decide where their children […]

KY House Passes Educational Choice Bill for Public and Certain Non-Public School Families
House Republicans recently combined Education Opportunity Account legislation with another bill, HB 563, that deals with enrollment at public schools, and considered the combined bills for a vote today. But the new HB 563 initially prohibited Catholic school and other non-public school families from receiving tuition assistance. Thankfully, Rep. Matt Lockett put forth a floor […]