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Ohio Bishops Urge Catholics To Vote

Offer Bulletin Inserts Regarding Voting Considerations


In the Catholic tradition, responsible citizenship is a virtue. The responsibility to make political choices rests with each person and his or her properly formed conscience.

Catholic voters are called to properly form their consciences in preparation for voting and for the continued advocacy for just laws and policies required after voting. This process should focus on moral principles, the defense of life, the needs of the weak, and the pursuit of the common good.  It requires constant prayer, understanding of Church teaching, and discernment that goes beyond campaign rhetoric and partisan politics.

Election Bulletin Inserts for Use in Parishes, Schools and Religious Education
Prepared by the Catholic Bishops of Ohio


Link to the USCCB Election Resources

October is Respect Life Month

"Moved by Mercy" is the Theme

Begun in 1972, the Respect Life Program highlights the value and dignity of human life throughout the year. It is observed in Catholic dioceses throughout the United States. Tools equip leaders across the spectrum of Catholic work, ministry, and education to integrate the message of mercy on life issues.


The 2016-17 Respect Life Program features six articles highlighting ways to put mercy into action. They address the tragedy of assisted suicide, navigating infertility, facilitating healing after abortion, end of life care, attentiveness to God's creation, and supporting birthmothers. This year's program offers new prayers, toolkits for clergy, social media, and press  and other resources for parish bulletins, religious education, RCIA, marriage prep, and Catholic high schools.


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Abortions Decline Again in Ohio

Ohio Department of Health Reports a 1% Reduction

A total of 20,976 induced pregnancy terminations were reported in Ohio for 2015, including 19,765 obtained by Ohio resident women (94.2%). This represents a 1% reduction in induced pregnancy terminations from 2014 to 2015. Overall,since 2001 there has been a steady decline in terminations. When examined from 2001 to 2015, the annual decline averaged approximately 930 per year.

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Forming Consciences for Faithful Citizenship

Catholic Bishops of the United States Update Teaching Guide on Political Responsibility

 Forming Consciences for Faithful Citizenship: A Call to Political Responsibility addresses four questions:

  1. Why does the Church teach about issues affecting public policy?

  2. Who in the Church should participate in political life?

  3. How does the Church help the Catholic faithful to speak about political and social questions

  4. What does the Church say about Catholic social teaching in the public square

The Statement is not intended to tell Catholics for whom or against whom to vote.

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