Catholic Conference of Ohio
Thursday, April 27, 2017

Issues - Catholic Conference of Ohio


At its core, environmental concerns are about the future of God's creation and the one human family. Such concerns are about protecting both the human environment and the natural environment. They are about stewardship of God's creation and our responsibility to those who come after us.
As stewards of God’s creation we can live more simply, using the earth’s resources wisely, reducing our consumption, working to eliminate pollution and reducing our carbon footprint. We encourage the Ohio General Assembly to continue pursuing reasonable and effective initiatives for energy conservation and the development of alternate renewable and clean-energy resources. We continue to promote a greater respect for the land, and sustainable agricultural practices.

Catholic Bishops of Ohio Statements on Care for Creation

Pope Francis' Encyclical

 Care for Creation Microsite

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.

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.

World Day of Prayer for the Care of Creation

Pope Francis calls for prayer on September 1

The Holy Father encourages us to join him, and millions of other Christians around the world, to pray and “reaffirm [our] personal vocation to be stewards of creation, to thank God for the wonderful handiwork which he has entrusted to our care, and to implore his help for the protection of creation as well as his pardon for the sins committed against the world in which we live.”

Pope Francis described the world day of prayer as, “an opportunity to strengthen the common commitment to safeguard life, respecting the environment and nature.”

A prayer for our earth

All-powerful God, you are present in the whole universe and in the smallest of your creatures. You embrace with your tenderness all that exists. Pour out upon us the power of your love, that we may protect life and beauty. Fill us with peace, that we may live as brothers and sisters, harming no one.

O God of the poor, help us to rescue the abandoned and forgotten of this earth, so precious in your eyes. Bring healing to our lives, that we may protect the world and not prey on it, that we may sow beauty, not pollution and destruction.

Touch the hearts of those who look only for gain at the expense of the poor and the earth. Teach us to discover the worth of each thing, to be filled with awe and contemplation, to recognize that we are profoundly united with every creature as we journey towards your infinite light.

We thank you for being with us each day.  Encourage us, we pray, in our struggle for justice, love and peace. 

Pope Francis, Laudato Si

Energy and Environment Issues

June 2016

Updates on Pending Legislation regarding Energy and Environment Issues

Cardinal Turkson Addresses Laudato si'

Lead Encyclical Consultant Keynotes Statewide Ohio Dialogue

150 leaders from each of the Catholic dioceses throughout Ohio dialogued with Cardinal Turkson and panelists from the fields of government, agribusiness, energy and science regarding their views on the encyclical, On Care For Our Common Home

Ohio Bishops Raise Concerns over Proposed Alternative Energy Standards

Letter sent to Ohio elected officials. Bishops question the wisdom of Ohio's legislative recommendations to permanently freeze Ohio's alternative energy targets.  

Read the Letter

Pope Francis Releases Encyclical Letter Laudato Si: On the Care of Our Common Home

On Care for Our Common Home (Laudato Si') is the new appeal from Pope Francis addressed to "every person living on this planet" for an inclusive dialogue about how we are shaping the future of our planet.