The Poor & Vulnerable

For 2000 years, the Catholic Church has manifested a special concern for the poor and the vulnerable. This is a central tenet of our faith. The Church is a provider and supporter of services that help those among us most in need of assistance. In these difficult economic times, those with little, and those unable to help themselves, are in particular need of society’s compassion.



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Pope Francis Issues Apostolic Exhortation “Evangelii Gaudium”

December 2, 2013 | Posted in The Issues

Pope Francis has issued his first Apostolic Exhortation, which in English is titled “The Joy of the Gospel.”  You can find the entire text here. Read More >>

Pope Francis Emphasizes Importance of Serving the Poor

April 25, 2013 | , | Posted in The Issues

At his weekly general audience, Pope Francis continued to draw attention to the moral imperative of helping the needy, saying: “the parable of the final judgement reminds us that, in the end, we will be judged on our love for others and especially for those in need.” Read More >>

Bishops Release 4th Election Year Reflection: The Economy

July 28, 2012 | , | Posted in The Issues

The four Catholic bishops in Kansas have collaborated on a fourth election year reflection, this time on the moral dimension of economic policy.  The Economy and the Election, along with the previous three reflections, are available at the Kansas Catholic Conference 2012 Election page. Read More >>

Catholic Conference Speaks to Moral Issues at Stake in Tax Reform

The Kansas Catholic Conference offered testimony today addressing the moral principles that should be adhered to as the Legislatures considers the many tax reform proposals before it.  Governor Brownback has proposed a significant overhaul of Kansas’ income tax code, which would include the elimination of most tax credits and a lowering of income tax rates. Read More >>

Governor Brownback Unveils New Tax Plan

Governor Sam Brownback has unveiled a new tax proposal that would lower income tax rates, put the state on a path to no income tax, and would eliminate a host of popular deductions in the state tax code. Advocates for the poor expressed concern that the plan would end the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC), […] Read More >>

SRS Hosting Town Halls on Childhood Poverty

November 13, 2011 | Posted in The Issues

The Kansas Department of Social and Rehabilitation Services (SRS) will be hosting three town hall meetings the week of November 14-18 on the subject of childhood poverty.  There will be a town hall in Kansas City on Monday, Wichita on Wednesday, and Garden City on Thursday.  Click here for more information. Read More >>

SRS Announces Changes to Welare Programs

September 20, 2011 | | Posted in The Issues

The Kansas Department of Social and Rehabilitation Services (SRS) has announced changes to the way it administers the Temporary Assistance to Needy Families (TANF), Supplemental Nutrition Assistance (SNAP), and Child Care Assistance programs.  The changes will be phased in over the next few months. Read More >>