Documents and Publications

Here you will find the official documents and publications of the Catholic Bishops' Conference of England and Wales. Certain departmental publications are available here.

Publications

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A Guide to the Annulment Process - 2018A revised 4th Edition of ‘A Guide to the Annulment Process’. Produced by the National Board of Catholic Women and supported by the Marriage and Family Life Office. 2018.
Learning to Love - 2017A document from the Department of Education and Formation. An introduction to Catholic Relationship and Sex Education (RSE) for Catholic Educators. 20 March 2017.
The Right Road - 2016A Catholic approach to prison reform. Draws on expertise from Catholic charities, chaplains and experts working in this field. November 2016.
Belief and Belonging - 2016A research document that looks at the spiritual and pastoral role of Catholic chaplains for Catholic prisoners. 2016.
Charter for Priestly Formation for England and Wales - 2015This publication outlines the foundations behind the formation of men for the ministerial priesthood in England and Wales. Second Edition. Published 2015.
The Call, the Journey and the Mission - 2014This document, released in December 2014, is an invitation from the Bishops of England and Wales to reflect on the gift of marriage and family life.
Do You Love Me? Prayer and Spirituality - 2014A practical and participatory guide to Catholic prayer and spirituality. These guidelines are not just about what Catholic spirituality is, but also about how to develop your own relationship with God. Published by the Catholic Truth Society 2014.
Applying Equality Law in Practice - 2014A guidance document from November 2014 intended to demystify the complex area of Equality Law for Catholics and Catholic organisations in England and Wales. Published by the Christian Responsibility and Citizenship Department of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of England and Wales.
Choosing the Common Good - 2010This document, released ahead of the General Election of 2010, highlights key themes of Catholic Social Teaching.
Spiritual Care of the Dying Person - 2010A 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- 2010This 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 - 2010The Catholic landscape in the UK at the time of Pope Benedict XVI's visit. 2010
Meeting God in Friend and Stranger - 2010Meeting 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 - 2009This 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 - 2008A statement, from 2008, celebrating migrants' cultural and spiritual patrimony and the ways in which they enrich Catholic parishes and diocese.
Call of Creation - CAFOD - 2008CAFOD, 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 - 2008A 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 - 2008A 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 - 2008A 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 - 2005A 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 - 2005The Bishops' 2005 teaching document on the beauty of the Bible.
On the Way to Life - 2005Fr. 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 - 2004The 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 - 2004A 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 - 2004A Christian approach to Punishment and Prison. 2004
The Dispossessed - 2004A brief guide to the Catholic Church’s concern for refugees and migrants. 2004
The European Common Good - 2004A 2004 statement on the Enlargement of the European Union.
Evangelisation in England and Wales - 2002A 2002 report by the Bishops considering the principles of mission and evangelisation at the beginning of the twenty-first century.
Interfaith Dialogue - 2002This 2002 booklet puts together key texts of the Church’s magisterium on interfaith dialogue.
Pastoral Care of Vocations - 2002A document published in 2002 on the pastoral provision for initial and on-going priestly formation.
Teachers of Faith - 2002A series of speeches and lectures on the Catholic faith from the Bishops of England and Wales.
The Search for Christian Unity - 2002The Directory for the Application of Principles and Norms on Ecumenism. 2002.
Chwilio am Undod Cristnogol - 2002Welsh language version of the Directory for the Application of Principles and Norms on Ecumenism. 2002.
Vote for the Common Good - 2001A teaching document focusing on the common good providing principles and goals for life in society. 2001 General Election.
Vote for Common Good (Welsh) - 2001Welsh language version of the teaching document focusing on the common good providing principles and goals for life in society. 2001 General Election.
A Spirituality of Work - 2001A booklet contributing to the awakening of the Catholic Church to the God-given blessing of the gift of work. 2001.
Any Room at the Inn - 2001Reflections on Asylum Seekers by Bishop Patrick O'Donoghue, Bishop Emeritus of Lancaster - 2001
Racial Justice, Refugees and the Election - 2001Questions regarding marginalised people that Catholics were encouraged to consider and raise with candidates ahead of the 2001 General Election.
Holy Land 2000 - Discussion documentThis document from 2000 explains why the Bishops urged the Catholic community to support the Christians of the Holy Land.
Holy Land 2000 - HistoryPublished by the Department of International Affairs in 2000, this document gives a brief history of the Holy Land.
Holy Land 2000 - Pilgrim notesThis booklet from 2000 contains notes on pilgrimages to the Holy Land and the Christian communities of the region.
Priority Adult Formation - 2000Forming adults in the Catholic Faith.
Religious Education in Catholic Schools - 2000A statement on Religious Education after a long period of discussion, public consultation, and the symposium on classroom RE which was held in January 2000.
Life, Debt and Jubilee - 1999A 1999 statement on poverty elimination and debt remission by the Catholic Bishops' Conferences of England and Wales and Scotland.
Jubilee for Refugees - 1999A biblical reflection from June 1999 on the plight of refugees at the turn of the millennium.
Reconciliation for Millennium - 1999The Sacrament of Confession for the new millennium.
Serving a Multi-Ethnic Society - 1999Guidelines for a review of Catholic organisations and institutions in the light of the Macpherson Report - 1999.
Supporting Ministry - Clergy Appraisal - 1999A report on clergy appraisal to meet the needs of priests and deacons.
Human Rights and the Church - 1998Reflections of the Bishops from 1998 on the Jubilee of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, proclaimed by the United Nations General Assembly, 10 December 1948.
One Bread One Body - 1998A teaching document from 1998 on the Eucharist in the life of the Church, and the establishment of general norms on sacramental sharing.
Valuing Difference - 1998Valuing Difference is a pastoral document which invites us to reflect on promoting access and inclusion in all our church activities.
The Common Good - 1996This 1996 document focuses on Catholic Social Teaching.
The Sign We Give - 1995A report addressing the need to establish patterns of working and collaborating in the Church. 1995
Mixed Marriages - 1990The Church’s policy concerning marriages between Catholics and those of other faiths or none was spelled out by Pope Paul VI in a motu proprio “Matrimonia Mixta” in 1970. The Bishops of England and Wales produced a directory on this first published in 1970. It was revised in 1977 and again in 1990.