benchmark

Statements and Publications

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.

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.

Interfaith Dialogue - 2002

This 2002 booklet puts together key texts of the Church’s magisterium on interfaith dialogue.

Pastoral Care of Vocations - 2002

A 2002 document on the pastoral provision for initial and on-going priestly formation.

Teachers of Faith - 2002

A series of speeches and lectures on the Catholic faith from the Bishops of England and Wales.

The Search for Christian Unity - 2002

The Directory for the Application of Principles and Norms on Ecumenism. 2002

The Search for Christian Unity (Welsh) - 2002

Welsh language version of the Directory for the Application of Principles and Norms on Ecumenism. 2001 

Vote for the Common Good - 2001

A teaching document focusing on the common good providing principles and goals for life in society. 2001 General Election.

Vote for Common Good (Welsh) - 2001

Welsh 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 - 2001

A 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 - 2001

Reflections on Asylum Seekers by Bishop Patrick O'Donoghue, Bishop Emeritus of Lancaster - 2001

Racial Justice, Refugees and the Election - 2001

Questions regarding marginalised people that Catholics were encouraged to consider and raise with candidates ahead of the 2001 General Election.

Holy Land 2000 - Discussion document

This document from 2000 explains why the Bishops urged the Catholic community to support the Christians of the Holy Land.

Holy Land 2000 - History

Published by the Department of International Affairs in 2000, this document gives a brief history of the Holy Land.   

Holy Land 2000 - Pilgrim notes

This booklet from 2000 contains notes on pilgrimages to the Holy Land and the Christian communities of the region.