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New Speeches and Homilies Being Added to CCK Website01 Oct

The Public Witness page of the CCK website features numerous speeches, homilies, letters, and testimony from the bishops and CCK staff on a wide range of issues over the past several years. Two new items have recently been added. Archbishop Kurtz, in his capacity as president of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, delivered […]
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Oppose S. 2578’s Unprecedented Attack on Conscience and Religious Freedom16 Jul

On June 30, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled in Burwell v. Hobby Lobby Stores that the HHS contraceptive mandate cannot be used to force a family business to provide coverage for drugs and devices that violates the family members’ religious convictions. The Court relied on the Religious Freedom Restoration Act (RFRA), passed overwhelmingly by Congress and signed […]
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Legislators Override Governor Beshear’s Veto of HB 27927 Mar

On the last day of the 2013 legislative session a bi-partisan majority of members of both parties overwhelmingly voted to override the Governor’s veto of HB 279, a bill that was introduced in response to a Kentucky Supreme Court ruling in 2012 that lowered the standard by which the state could infringe on the free […]
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Veto Override Needed to Protect Our Right to Worship23 Mar

House Bill 279 which is a response to a Kentucky Supreme Court decision that weakens the protection we deserve when it come to the free exercise of religion. One of the most basic of civil rights is the right to practice a faith without undue government interference. The government should have to have a compelling […]
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RELIGIOUS FREEDOM RESTORATION ACT, House Bill 279, PASSES 29 – 6; House Bill 3 also passes08 Mar

Thoughtful senators overwhelmingly voted for the State Religious Freedom Restoration Act on Thursday, March 7, at about 10:45 pm and it is now on the way to Governor Beshear’s desk for his signature. The final vote on the Senate floor was 29 – 6, with only Senators Clark, Harper Angel, McGarvey, Neal, Rhoads, and Stein […]

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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 […]

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