Catholic Conference of Ohio
Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Issues - Catholic Conference of Ohio

Religious Liberty

Religious freedom is our first American freedom. It is a founding principle of our country, protected by the First Amendment in the Bill of Rights. It’s a fundamental human right, rooted in the dignity of every human person—people of any faith or no faith at all. It’s not a Catholic, Jewish, Orthodox, Mormon or Muslim issue—it’s an American issue, a civil rights issue

U. S. Bishops Web Link On Religious Liberty

Conscience Protection Resources/ Bulletin Inserts

Fortnight for Freedom- Prayer Resources

Catholic Bishops statement on Religious Liberty:
Our First, Most Cherished Liberty
Ad Hoc Committee for Religious Liberty 

Religious Freedom Issues

June 2016

Updates on Pending Legislation regarding Religious Freedom Issues

Catholic Conference of Ohio Testifies in Support of Religious Liberty in Schools

HB 425 seeks to clarify that students have the rights of religious conscience

This legislation, known as the Ohio Student Religious Liberty Act is sponsored by Representative Hayes. It is pending in the Ohio House.

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

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.