Catholic Conference of Ohio
Tuesday, October 24, 2017

Issues - Catholic Conference of Ohio

Marriage & Family Life

God established the family as the basic cell of human society. Marriage ought to be protected as a lifelong commitment between a man and a woman and our laws should reflect this principle. Policies related to the definition of marriage, taxes, the workplace, divorce, and welfare should be designed to help families stay together and to reward responsibility and sacrifice for children.

For Your Marriage Resources developed in conjunction with the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops' National Pastoral Initiative on Marriage

Marriage: Unique for a Reason is an initiative of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops’ Ad Hoc Committee for the Defense of Marriage

Marriage: Love And Life in the Divine Plan United States Conference of Catholic Bishops' Pastoral Letter on Marriage, November 17, 2009

U.S. Supreme Court Decision on Immigration Disappointing

USCCB Migration Committee concerned about impact on families

The chairman of the Committee on Migration of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops expressed disappointment in relation to the June 23 per curiam ruling by the U.S. Supreme Court in the case of United States v. Texas, in which some states are challenging immigration guidelines issued by the Secretary of Homeland Security, relating to the DAPA and expanded DACA programs.  

The Court deadlocked in a 4-4 tie, which means that the programs will remain preliminarily blocked nationwide from going into effect, and the matter will return to the federal trial court for further proceedings. The original DACA program is not affected by the injunction.  

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Start Talking!

Resources to help talk about the importance of living healthy, drug free lives

An effort is underway across Ohio to prevent drug use among Ohio’s most vulnerable citizens – our children. Start Talking! gives parents, guardians, educators and community leaders the tools to start the conversation with Ohio’s youth about the importance of living healthy, drug-free lives.

Children of parents who talk to their teens about drugs are up to 50% less likely to use.

Start Talking! website

Pope Francis Issues an Apostolic Exhortation On Love In The Family

"Amoris Laetitia" addresses a wide array of topics that concern marriage and family life today

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.

On-line copy
Link to USCCB Resources

Catholic Conference of Ohio Testifies in Support of the Ohio Pastor's Protection Act

HB 286 Seeks to Protect Religious Liberty

HB 286 protects ministers from being required to solemnize a marriage that is contrary to their sincerely held religious beliefs.

Catholic Conference of Ohio's testimony in support of HB 286 

Ohio Bishops Issue Statement Regarding the Same Sex Marriage Ruling

Supreme Court Decision On Marriage “A Tragic Error” Says President Of Catholic Bishops’ Conference

WASHINGTON—The U.S. Supreme Court decision, June 26, interpreting the U.S. Constitution to require all states to license and recognize same-sex “marriage” “is a tragic error that harms the common good and most vulnerable among us,” said Archbishop Joseph E. Kurtz of Louisville, Kentucky, president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB).


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Ohio Bishops Issue Statement Regarding the Same-Sex Marriage Ruling

The Catholic Church remains steadfast in its commitment to promote and defend marriage: defined as the union of one man and one woman. With renewed hope, sensitivity, and compassion, the Church will continue to attend to the challenges and hardships that confront individuals and their families, and to treat all persons with the dignity and respect due to them as children of God.
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