benchmark

Statements and Documents

Benchmark was a print publication in the magazine 'Faith Today' from 2010 to early 2012. It profiled new statements and documents released by the Catholic Bishops' Conference of England and Wales. These articles and documents will now be carried online and released here when published.

Choosing the Common Good - 2010

This document, released ahead of the General Election of 2010, highlights key themes of Catholic Social Teaching.

Spiritual Care of the Dying Person - 2010

A practical guide to assist front-line healthcare staff in identifying spiritual need in their patients and to feel confident in their ability to provide it. 2010

Permanent Diaconate Directory- 2010

This Directory for the Formation of Permanent Deacons in England and Wales can be used to guide ongoing work to make the permanent diaconate an integral part of the life of the Catholic Church in our countries. Released in 2010.

Pope in the UK - 2010

The Catholic landscape in the UK at the time of Pope Benedict XVI's visit. 2010

Meeting God in Friend and Stranger - 2010

"Meeting God in Friend and Stranger: fostering mutual respect and understanding between the religions" is a teaching document on interreligious dialogue from the Bishops’ Conference of England and Wales. It reminds all Catholics that they are called by their Baptism to engage in dialogue with others, and specifically with people of other religions.

Directory on the Canonical Status of the Clergy - 2009

This 2009 Directory sets out and draws together the relevant parts of Canon Law which establish the rights and obligations of the Clergy.

Mission to Migrants - 2008

A statement, from 2008, celebrating migrants' cultural and spiritual patrimony and the ways in which they enrich Catholic parishes and diocese.

Call of Creation - CAFOD - 2008

CAFOD, the Church's Aid and Development Agency, released this edition of the Bishops' 2002 document on the environment in 2008.

Healthcare: A guide to Catholic Chaplaincy for NHS Managers and Trusts - 2008

Catholics in Healthcare publication from the 'Caring for the Catholic Patient' series looking at Catholic Chaplaincy for NHS Managers and Trusts

Healthcare: Meeting the Pastoral Needs of Catholic Patients - 2008

A Catholics in Healthcare publication from the 'Caring for the Catholic Patient' series looking at the pastoral needs of Catholic patients 

Healthcare: The Catholic Understanding of Spirituality - 2008

Catholics in Healthcare publication from the 'Caring for the Catholic Patient' series looking at the Catholic understanding of spirituality 

Not Easy But Full of Meaning - 2005

A report by the Catholic Bishops' Conference of England and Wales on the findings of Listening 2004: My Family My Church. Catholic Family Life in 2004.

The Gift of Scripture - 2005

The Bishops' 2005 teaching document on the beauty of the Bible.

On the Way to Life - 2005

Fr. James Hanvey, SJ, from the Heythrop Institute for Religion, Ethics and Public Life wrote this study subtitled 'Contemporary Culture and Theological Development as a Framework for Catholic Education, Catechesis and Formation. 2005. 

Cherishing Life - 2004

The Bishops' 2004 document gives a Catholic perspective on some fundamental moral issues relating to the moral and spiritual well-being of the human person in society.

Cherishing Life - Study Guide - 2004

A study guide for the Bishops' 2004 document Cherishing Life on the moral and spiritual well-being of the human person in society.

Place of Redemption - 2004

A Christian approach to Punishment and Prison. 2004

The Dispossessed - 2004

A brief guide to the Catholic Church’s concern for refugees and migrants. 2004

The European Common Good - 2004

A 2004 statement on the Enlargement of the European Union.

Evangelisation in England and Wales - 2002

A 2002 report by the Bishops considering the principles of mission and evangelisation at the beginning of the twenty-first century.