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Saturday, December 10, 2016

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Postcard Campaign underway to urge Governor Kasich not to resume executions

Ohioans to Stop Executions coordinating a statewide postcard campaign

On January 12, 2017, executions are scheduled to resume after a three-year hiatus. 

The text of the postcard reads:

In the three years since the last Ohio execution there has been no spike in murders. Dangerous criminals are being held accountable and the public is being kept safe without more killing. You have allowed executions and you also have shown grace by extending mercy. You have the standing and compassion to lead Ohio in a direction of grace, mercy and hope by not allowing the resumption of executions.

28 executions are scheduled, starting on January 12, 2017 with Ronald Phillips. By any measure, Phillips committed a horrible crime when he killed 3-year old Sheila Marie Evans. I believe he can and should be held accountable without killing him. Please show mercy toward Mr. Phillips by changing his sentence to life in prison with no possibility of parole, a very severe and appropriate punishment. There is no need to resume executions. Thank you.

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Ohio General Assembly Passes Controversial Energy Bill

HB 554 addresses new targets for usage of alternative energy

Catholic Conference of Ohio encouraged the enactment of legislation that pursues reasonable and effective standards for energy efficiency and alternative renewable and clean-energy resources.

HB 554 effectively makes the renewable energy requirements for 2017 and 2018 no longer true requirements, but keeps the benchmarks for those years (and the years that follow) at the levels in current law.

Ohio General Assembly Passes Pro-Life Legislation

Restrictions on abortion, efforts to decrease infant mortality and drug dependency, adoption assistance, summer food assistance, further help for victims of human trafficking among issues being sent to the Governor for signature

The Ohio General Assembly has passed and sent to the Governor various bills that protect and enhance human life.

Bishops call for unity and prayer for newly elected officials

President of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops issues a statement regarding the election of Donald Trump

The American people have made their decision on the next President of the United States, members of Congress as well as state and local officials. I congratulate Mr. Trump and everyone elected yesterday. Now is the moment to move toward the responsibility of governing for the common good of all citizens. Let us not see each other in the divisive light of Democrat or Republican or any other political party, but rather, let us see the face of Christ in our neighbors, especially the suffering or those with whom we may disagree.

Prayer after an election

God of all nations, Father of the human family, we give you thanks for the freedom we exercise and the many blessings of democracy we enjoy in these United States of America. 

We ask for your protection and guidance for all who devote themselves to the common good, working for justice and peace at home and around the world.

We lift up all our duly elected leaders and public servants, those who will serve us as president, as legislators and judges, those in the military and law enforcement.

Heal us from our differences and unite us, O Lord, with a common purpose, dedication, and commitment to achieve liberty and justice in the years ahead for all people, and especially those who are most vulnerable in our midst.

Amen.

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