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.

Priority Adult Formation - 2000

Forming adults in the Catholic Faith.

Religious Education in Catholic Schools - 2000

A 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 - 1999

A 1999 statement on poverty elimination and debt remission by the Catholic Bishops' Conferences of England and Wales and Scotland.

Jubilee for Refugees - 1999

A biblical reflection from June 1999 on the plight of refugees at the turn of the millennium.

Reconciliation for Millennium - 1999

The Sacrament of Confession for the new millennium.

Serving a Multi-Ethnic Society - 1999

Guidelines for a review of Catholic organisations and institutions in the light of the Macpherson Report - 1999.

Supporting Ministry - Clergy Appraisal - 1999

A report on clergy appraisal to meet the needs of priests and deacons.

Human Rights and the Church - 1998

Reflections 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 - 1998

A teaching document from 1998 on the Eucharist in the life of the Church, and the establishment of general norms on sacramental sharing.

Valuing Difference - 1998

Valuing Difference is a pastoral document which invites us to reflect on our present situation and to take action where that is needed. It provides practical advice for promoting access and inclusion in all our church activities.

The Common Good - 1996

This 1996 document focuses on Catholic Social Teaching.

The Sign We Give - 1995

A report addressing the need to establish patterns of working and collaborating in the Church. 1995

Mixed Marriages - 1990

The 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.