Catholic Conference of Ohio
Thursday, January 18, 2018

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Ohio Senate Committee Passes the Unborn Child Dignity Act

Full Senate Vote Pending

This legislation, SB 28,  requires the humane burial or cremation of unborn children following an abortion. The legislation also increases informed consent for women seeking abortions. 

The Conference supports passage. The bodies of the dead must be treated with respect and charity, in faith and hope of the Resurrection.  The burial of the dead honors the children of God, who are temples of the Holy Spirit. Catechism of the Catholic Church #2300.

National Migration Week Underway

Theme is "Many Journeys, One Family"

Message from the President of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops

Thousands of Ohioans Tell Congress to Protect Young Immigrants

Catholics throughout Ohio send 15,000 letters to elected officials to pass the DREAM ACT

“I would like to express my sincere gratitude to the many churches, schools, faith communities, advocacy groups, and other people of goodwill who united in support of DREAMers,” said the Most Reverend Dennis M. Schnurr, Archbishop of Cincinnati and Chair of the Catholic Conference of Ohio.

 “We are deeply concerned by the many years of failure by Congress, whether controlled by Democrats or by Republicans, to address the plight of immigrants who were brought to the United States as children in the arms of their parents and who have no legal means to regularize their status.  With such an outpouring of support from thousands of Ohioans, we urge Congress to finally provide a solution to this crisis and a path to citizenship for DREAMers.”

Down Syndrome Non-Discrimination Act Heads to Gov. Kasich

Bill aiming to protect babies with Down syndrome approved by Ohio Senate

The Ohio Senate passed HB 214, the Down Syndrome Non-Discrimination Act, 20-12. This legislation prohibits abortions for the sole reason of a Down syndrome diagnosis. Similar legislation, SB 164, also passed, but the House bill is the bill going before the Governor for signature.

Larry Keough, an Associate Director of the Conference, and his wife Jackie testified in favor of this legislation.

Advance Final Tax Reform Bill Only if it Meets Key Moral Concerns, Says USCCB Chairman

Letter Offers Recommendations for the Tax Proposals

Bishop Frank J. Dewane of Venice, Florida, chairman of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops' Committee on Domestic Justice and Human Development, insisted that Congress should advance a final tax reform bill only if it meets key moral concerns.

Bishop Dewane's letter highlighted various strengths and weaknesses of the pending tax proposals.

U.S. Bishops’ Chairman Calls For Senate To Amend Tax Proposal To Ensure Just Moral Framework

Senate proposal is fundamentally flawed as written and requires amendment.

Bishop Frank J. Dewane of Venice, Florida, chairman of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops' Committee on Domestic Justice and Human Development, called for amendments to the Senate tax reform proposal to "ensure a just and moral framework for all."

"...Congress must take adequate time to analyze the complexities of these proposed reforms, and make certain that the nation does not further enshrine indifference toward the poor into law. The Senate should act now to amend its legislation to better ensure a just and moral framework for all..."

Alva Campbell's Execution Postponed

After several attempts, suitable veins could not be found

Alva Campbell’s execution has been rescheduled for June 5, 2019 due to issues related to finding suitable veins. Mr. Campbell is now the second death row inmate whose execution started but was not completed since 2009. Prior to the failed Ohio execution in 2009, the last failed attempt was in 1947.

“This traumatic series of events could have been easily avoided. Campbell’s health concerns were well documented, and everybody knew this was going to pose issues, said Kevin Werner of Ohioans to Stop Executions. “We cannot allow this practice to continue. Death row inmates can be held accountable and society can be kept safe without executions. Our thoughts are with those who witnessed the attempted execution this morning,” Werner noted.

Pope Francis Condemns Possession of Nuclear Weapons

November 10, 2017 Address to the International Nuclear Disarmament Symposium

Excerpt from the Address by Pope Francis:

"...Nor can we fail to be genuinely concerned by the catastrophic humanitarian and environmental effects of any employment of nuclear devices.  If we also take into account the risk of an accidental detonation as a result of error of any kind, the threat of their use, as well as their very possession, is to be firmly condemned For they exist in the service of a mentality of fear that affects not only the parties in conflict but the entire human race.  International relations cannot be held captive to military force, mutual intimidation, and the parading of stockpiles of arms.  Weapons of mass destruction, particularly nuclear weapons, create nothing but a false sense of security..."

Church Leaders Call House Tax Reform Bill "Unacceptable," "Unconscionable" as currently written

Bishop Frank J. Dewane of Venice, Florida, Bishop Oscar Cantú of Las Cruces, New Mexico, and Bishop George V. Murry, SJ of Youngstown, Ohio call for amendments

“Doubling the standard deduction will help some of those in poverty to avoid tax liability, and this is a positive good contained in the bill,” wrote the Bishops of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017.  “However, as written, this proposal appears to be the first federal income tax modification in American history that will raise income taxes on the working poor while simultaneously providing a large tax cut to the wealthy.  This is simply unconscionable.”

Support the Dream Act

Contact your Congressional Officials

The Dream Act is intended to protect immigrant youth who entered the United States as children and know America as their only home. The Act will provide conditional resident status for young people who were eligible under the DACA Program (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals).

We need your letters and calls to Congress, and the President, in support of this Act.

House Bill H.R. 3440 and the Senate Bill S. 1615 both establish the Dream Act.  Please take a moment today to send an email to your legislators asking them to sponsor and vote for these bills or similar legislation.

USCCB Action Alert

What You Need to Know About Existing DACA Requirements and DACA Advocacy

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