Documents and Publications

Here you will find the official documents and publications of the Catholic Bishops' Conference of England and Wales.

A Guide to the Annulment Process - 2018

A 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 - 2017

A document from the Department of Education and Formation. An introduction to Catholic Relationship and Sex Education (RSE) for Catholic Educators. 20 March 2017. 

Guidelines for the Preparation of Couples for Marriage - 2016

These 'Guidelines for the Preparation of Couples for Marriage', published in 2016, express the goodness of marriage and richness of Catholic Church teaching.

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The Right Road - 2016

A Catholic approach to prison reform. Draws on expertise from Catholic charities, chaplains and experts working in this field. November 2016.

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Belief and Belonging - 2016

A 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 - 2015

This 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 - 2014

This 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 - 2014

A 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 - 2014

A 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 - 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