Catholic Conference of Ohio
Saturday, March 25, 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 

Urge President Trump to Sign Executive Order Respecting Religious Freedom

Religious freedom in America has suffered years of unprecedented erosion.  President Trump can correct some of this within the executive branch.  He can restore the federal government's respect for the religious freedom of individuals and organizations by signing an Executive Order that establishes a government-wide initiative to respect religious freedom.

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Catholic Conference of Ohio reaffirms support for the Ohio Pastors Protection Act

HB 36 provides clarity and intent to existing laws

The Catholic Conference of Ohio, as the official representative for the Ohio Catholic Bishops in public matters affecting the Church and the general welfare of Ohioans, often speaks out and testifies on legislative bills.

HB 36 allows ministers not to solemnize marriages contrary to beliefs.  It helps clarify existing provisions that protect religious liberties.

"The Catholic Church has a longstanding teaching on the sacredness of marriage, and specific requirements regarding the ceremony.  While we will defend the premise that the recent Supreme Court decision did not change our ability to practice such teachings within our church structures, we feel it is important to have Ohio pursue legislation that provides the State with clarity and intent, lest there be uncertainties and legal challenges to this First Amendment Right."   

Full testimony

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.
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