Guiding Values and Principles.
The Catholic Diocese of Kitale is based on the Christian ethical values of democracy, justice, truth, equity, solidarity, compassion, love, forgiveness, humility, patience and openness. In the spirit of Enculturation as promulgated by the African synod in 2009, the diocese also believes in quality African values of communion, unity, sharing and hospitality.
a. Co-operation with others:
In order for the CDK to contribute to the widening and deepening of effective evangelization, the diocese will seek to work with other like-minded church and religious organizations at local, national, regional and international levels.
b. Concern for Society:
Through its ministries and departments, the diocese will promote integral human development as part of the deepening of effective evangelization based on the principle of preferential option for the poor. The diocese will reach out to all people and in various places in the diocese such as the parishes, SCCs, prayer groups, retreats, lay movements, liturgical celebrations, etc.
c. Democratic Practice:
The diocese is already organized in a democratic manner and will apply democratic practices at all levels of its organs. In community groups that the diocese will promote including lay associations, movements, parish and deanery councils and committees, all members will have equal voting rights (one member one vote). The will of the majority will prevail while the will of the minority will be respected. However, consensus-building efforts may be applied in instances where an issue threatens the unity of a group
d. Communion, Hospitality and Sharing:
The CDK will apply the quality African ethical/social values of communion, hospitality and sharing. It will freely share faith, vision, thought and fellowship with others. The diocese will seek to accommodate all people; accepting them in a friendly and generous manner and without discrimination in listening to them and sharing faith, compassion and love. The diocese will also apply the concept of community approach in its development related ministries.
e. Truth, Honesty and Transparency:
The diocese will inculcate and encourage the principles of truth, honesty, fairness, justice and openness in matters that pertain to faith and morals. This will in turn enhance love and reconciliation amongst the various multicultural ethnic communities in solidarity with all the Christians and people of good will. The diocese will serve all people of God irrespective of gender, tribe, religion, race and status.
f. Intra-Church and Inter-Religious Dialogue:
The diocese occupies a cosmopolitan population that is unique in its multi-cultural and multi-ethnic diversity. This diversity should be the basis for unity and peaceful co-existence rather than animosity, tribal clashes and cattle rustling. The diocese will, at all times, strive to generate and promote unity, dialogue, peace and reconciliation among its own faithful and members of other churches and religions in the spirit of ecumenicism and inter-religious collaboration.
g. Community Development and a Preferential Option for the Poor and Marginalized:
The diocese will work for the sustainable development of the parishioners, by building a critical mass in the parish from which it can reach the very poor and vulnerable groups.