USCCB Pastoral Statement of Persons with Disabilities (1978)
- The Church's response to the person with disabilities: Concern for persons with disabilities was one of the prominent notes of Jesus earthly ministry. Just as the Church must do all in its power to ensure persons with disabilities a secure place in the human community, so it must reach out to welcome gratefully those who seek to participate in the ecclesiastical community.
- A video training done by the Archdiocese of Washington titled 40th Anniversary of USCCB Pastoral Statement on Persons with Disabilities at 17:30 minute gives a history lesson stating: "When American Disabilities act was introduced the Pastoral Statement was quoted on the floor of the Senate by one of the sponsoring senators who was reading from the US Bishops letter of support for the legislation. The letter quoted from paragraphs 10 and 11 of the Pastoral Statement noting “it is not enough to merely affirm the rights of people with disabilities we must actively work to realize these rights in the fabric of modern society”. Clearly through the Catholic Church through this statement was leading the way for people with disabilities."
Affirmation and Commitment to the call of the 1978 Pastoral Statement of U.S. Catholic Bishops on Persons with Disabilities (2018)
- A Call to Encounter and to Wholeness: A Resolution Issued by the Board of Directors of the National Catholic Partnership on Disability (NCPD) on the 40th Anniversary of the Pastoral Statement.
USCCB Guidelines for the Celebration of the Sacraments for Persons with Disability (Revised edition 2017)
- Guidelines written in order to give a more concrete expression to our longstanding concern for a "realistic provision" for the means of access to full sacramental participation for Catholic persons with disabilities.
- NCPD is pleased to announce that FREE print copies are available in Spanish in quantities of 10-100. Shipping and handling costs fees are applicable.
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USCCB Pastoral Statement on the Blessings of Age and Growing Older Within the Faith Community
Inspired by this challenge, we, the U.S. Catholic bishops, offer this reflection on the experience of growing older within the faith community. We speak out of profound gratitude for the many ways in which faithful and generous older Catholics have built—and continue to build—the Church. We write as learners who together with older persons explore the period that some now call the "third age." We learn from the many cultural heritages of our older people. Various customs, traditions, and contributions tremendously enrich the Church. We write as pastors who cherish the whole person, with his or her gifts and talents as well as limitations and vulnerabilities. We stand firm in opposing euthanasia, assisted suicide, and all that threatens the dignity and sacredness of human life.
In this pastoral message, we address the entire faith community, but we speak a special word to (1) older people themselves, (2) caregivers, (3) the parish faith community—pastors, staff, volunteers, and all parishioners, and (4) younger adults.
We All Belong Brochure
NCPD provides a "We All Belong" brochure that communicates that the Catholic Church earnestly desires the meaningful participation of persons with disabilities in the sacramental life of the Church. Many do not know the Church's teaching in this area.
NCPD hopes that this brochure will lead Catholics to discover the teaching of the Church and an increased participation of Catholics with disabilities in the sacraments and parish life. This brochure is ideally suited for distribution at parishes, where those who would benefit from it are most likely to find it, including parishioners with disabilities, their parents and friends, catechists, catechetical leaders, and clergy.
The brochure highlights key principles from the United States Conference of Catholic Bishop's document, Guidelines to the Celebration of the Sacraments with Persons with Disabilities (Sacramental Guidelines), 2017 Revised Edition.
Welcome and Justice for Persons with Disabilities a Framework of Access and Inclusion/A Statement of the US Bishops (1998)
- A moral framework of access and inclusion based upon Catholic documents and serves as a guide for contemplation and action. We hope that the reaffirmation of the following principles will assist the faithful in bringing the principles of justice and inclusion to the many new and evolving challenges confronted by persons with disabilities today.