Catholic Conference of Ohio
Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Care for Creation - Catholic Conference of Ohio

Call to Care for God's Creation

The Catholic Bishops of Ohio invite you to study the issues related to the stewardship of God’s creation. Care for the environment is a fundamental principle within Catholic Social Teaching. We applaud efforts already underway in many Catholic homes and institutions that help conserve energy, protect the environment, and advance a greater understanding of faithful stewardship. We hope that Catholic families and institutions around the state will continue in such efforts.

Environmental issues and concerns are increasingly at the forefront of public debate. For example, news concerning hydraulic fracturing is an almost daily occurrence in some parts of Ohio. While these issues are often complex, certain ethical principles apply. Stewardship, prudence, care for the poor, and promotion of the common good are but a few. Public advocacy promoting such principles of environmental justice is a worthy and needed action.

Our church teachings regarding environmental stewardship are rich and challenging. Pope Benedict XVI, in his 2010 World Day of Peace message entitled If you Want to Cultivate Peace, Protect Creation, urged us to renew and strengthen “that covenant between human beings and the environment, which should mirror the creative love of God, from whom we come and towards whom we are journeying” (no. 1). This web resource provides timely information to help us in this task. It links to Catholic teachings and offers resources helpful for individuals, families, parishes, schools and other institutions.

As you examine these many resources, we encourage you to prayerfully reflect upon the following questions:

  1. How are we to fulfill God's call to be stewards of creation in an age when we may have the capacity to alter that creation significantly, and perhaps irrevocably?
  2. How can we as a "family of nations" exercise stewardship in a way that respects and protects the integrity of God's creation and provides for the common good, as well as for economic and social progress based on justice?
  3. What steps will I take to better promote and live out care for God’s creation?

May God bless us in this journey of justice.

Catholic Bishops of Ohio

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Social Teachings

  • Papal Statements related to the Environment
  • Compendium of the Social Doctrine of the Church...Chapter Ten: Safeguarding the Environment
  • Catechism of the Catholic Church...The Ten Commandments: Article 7: The Seventh Commandment
  • United States Conference of Catholic Bishop Statements (USCCB) related to the Environment
  • Catholic Bishops of Ohio Statements related to the Environment

View Social Teachings

School Resources

  • Catholic Climate Covenant
  • National Catholic Rural Life Study Guides on Climate Change, Food and Justice
  • Catholic Health Association Resources on the Environment
  • Catholic Relief Services Lesson Plans on Care for Creation
  • Catholic Youth Care for Creation Program, National Federation for Catholic Youth Ministry
  • Sustainability and Catholic Higher Education: A Toolkit for Mission Integration, Association of Catholic Colleges and Universities
  • Environmental Checklist for Individuals & Families

View School Resources

Issue Topics

  • Climate Change
  • Energy Conservation
  • Food and Agriculture
  • Hydraulic Fracking
  • Fossil Fuels
  • Land Use
  • Renewable Energy

View Issue Topics

General Resources

  • Web Resources
  • Ohio Diocesan Links
  • Environmental Checklist

View General Resources

Ohio Diocesan Contacts

Archdiocese of Cincinnati
Catholic Social Action
Care for God's Creation/Climate Change Task Force

Diocese of ClevelandCatholic Charities/ Diocesan Social Action
Climate Change Resources

Diocese of Columbus
Office for Social Concerns

Diocese of Steubenville
Office of Family and Social Concerns

Diocese of Toledo
Catholic Charities

Diocese of Youngstown
Office of Social Action

Byzantine Eparchy of Parma

Romanian Eparchy of St. George in Canton

Ukrainian Eparchy of St. Josaphat

 

Latest Environment Updates

Statewide Catholic Rural Life Dialogue

The Vocation of Agriculture: to Till and Keep God's Creation

Saturday, March 25, 2017
St. Joseph Church, Parish Activity Center

670 W. Main St., Plain City, Ohio
10 am – 3 pm

We invite you to a day of dialogue and prayer regarding the vocation of agriculture.  Join with other Catholics throughout Ohio as we explore the many blessings and challenges that face rural workers, rural parishes and rural communities.

Please click on the link below for more information and to register for this free event.

131st Ohio General Assembly Ends

Governor Vetoes regarding Heartbeat Legislation and Alternative Energy Standards Stand

The 131st Ohio General Assembly passed numerous bills helpful to all the citizens of Ohio, especially the poor and vulnerable.

Governor Vetoes Energy Mandates Legislation

Sub. HB 554 (Amstutz) revises the requirements for renewable energy, energy efficiency, and peak demand reduction and alters funding allocations under the Home Energy Assistance Program.

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