Catholic Church

The Roman Catholic Church is the largest Christian group and traces its origin to Jesus’ apostle, Peter, as the first Bishop of Rome. The pope as Peter’s successor, is the leader and final authority in the church.  The Catholic Church has congregations called parishes in many countries of the world which are organized into dioceses.

The links below come largely from the American context.  Please let us know of other links that you feel should be included.

Catholic Disabilities Resources

The following organizations and websites are related to the Roman Catholic Church:

National Catholic Partnership on Disability (NCPD) (USA)
NCPD logoNCPD was established in 1982 to implement in parishes and dioceses throughout the United States the 1978 Pastoral Statement of U.S. Catholic Bishops on Persons with Disabilities. A resources database provides for a search for further resources for Catholics in the U.S.A.

Pastoral Ministry with Persons with Disabilities

The Pastoral Ministry with Persons with Disabilities of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Newark has a mission to foster the appreciation of individuals with disabilities as indispensable members of the Body of Christ, to empower parishes to provide meaningful participation in all aspects of the life of the Church through engagement, relationship and appropriate supports, and to nurture the growth and capability of persons with disabilities so they experience a true sense of belonging in the archdiocese community.

Church Access for Persons with Disabilities: Catholic Teachings, Practical Suggestions and Resources (USA)
website by Dennis McNulty, formerly the Director of Catholic Charities Disability Services for the Diocese of Cleveland, Ohio in the U.S.A,  dedicated to providing Catholic teachings and suggestions to assist persons with disabilities to participate more fully in the Church.

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Contact CAN

Congregational Accessibility Network (CAN)
1840 Homewood Ave.
Williamsport, PA 17701-3935
(574) 383-9398