Dept. on Health Affairs
Care for Creation
The Civilize It Campaign invites people to consider taking a three-part pledge to respect civility, to reflect clarity in their point of view and to encounter others with compassion. Civility in politics is a virtue. The campaign stresses that respectful dialogue can take place among people of differing political views. It compliments the USCCB's Faithful Citizenship Program.
The MOLST is a medical order form that documents important decisions regarding a person's health care. The MOLST (or POLST in some states) is based on conversations between patients, their loved ones, and health care professionals. It is intended to ensure that the wishes of a seriously ill patient or that person's legal representative are documented and honored.
The MOLST form varies considerably from state to state. Our Conference has worked conscientiously with drafters of SB 165 to assure that Ohio's legislation is consistent with Church teaching, does not change existing Ohio law regarding end-of-life care, and addresses weaknesses found in MOLSTs passed in other states.
Senator Peggy Lehner, the pro-life sponsor of Ohio's SB 165, accepted recommendations from our Conference and Ohio Right to Life. These recommendations included strict anti-euthanasia/assisted suicide protections. While our Conference remains neutral, we believe the current version of SB 165 prudentially addresses these matters.
Pope Francis' new apostolic exhortation, Amoris Laetitia (The Joy of Love), released April 8, brings a rich reflection on the mission of the family and on how the Church can equip couples to embrace God's vision for marriage and can offer healing for families who are struggling. It is the culmination of a synodal process called for by Pope Francis in 2013.
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Forming Consciences for Faithful Citizenship: A Call to Political Responsibility addresses four questions:
Why does the Church teach about issues affecting public policy?
Who in the Church should participate in political life?
How does the Church help the Catholic faithful to speak about political and social questions
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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