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Auxiliary Bishop Milan Lach, SJ Named Apostolic Administrator of Eparchy of Parma

Replaces His Excellency William Skurla, Archbishop of the Byzantine Catholic Eparchy of Pittsburgh

  • Posted: Jun. 27, 2017
  • Categories: News

Pope Francis has named Auxiliary Bishop, Milan Lach, SJ, currently Auxiliary Bishop of Prešov, Slovakia, as Apostolic Administrator of the sede vacante(vacant see) of the Epharcy of Parma for the Ruthenians. The Byzantine Catholic Eparchy of Parma is the Catholic eparchy governing most Ruthenian Catholics in the mid-western United States. It is headquartered in Parma, Ohio.

Bishop Lach, 43, was born in Kežmarok, Slovakia in 1973. He was ordained a priest on July 1, 2001. He was appointed auxiliary bishop of Prešov and titular bishop of Ostracine on April 19, 2013. He was ordained as auxiliary bishop of Prešov and titular bishop of Ostracine, June 1, 2013.

Welcome Bishop Lach!

U.S. Bishops Chairman Reacts To Draft Senate Health Care Bill

"Unacceptable As Written"

After the U.S. Senate introduced a "discussion draft" of its health care bill, Bishop Frank J. Dewane of Venice, Florida, Chairman of the U.S. Bishops' Committee on Domestic Justice and Human Development, highlighted certain positive elements in the bill, but reiterated the need for Senators to remove unacceptable flaws in the legislation that harm those most in need.

 

The Congressional Budget Office released a report on the Œdiscussion draft of the Senate health care proposal, indicating that millions of people could lose their health insurance over time.  This moment cannot pass without comment.  As the USCCB has consistently said, the loss of affordable access for millions of people is simply unacceptable.  These are real families who need and deserve health care.  We pray that the Senate will work in an open and unified way to keep the good aspects of current health care proposals, to add missing elements where needed, and to not place our sisters and brothers who struggle every day into so great a peril on so basic a right.

 

Catholic Conference Urges Support for Legislation Prohibiting Dismemberment Abortions

SB 145 Passes Senate Judiciary Committee; Senate Vote Expected Wednesday

We believe the proposed ban on dilation and evacuation abortions (SB 145)  is another important step in protecting unborn life. Dismemberment abortions are particularly gruesome.

The Catholic Church’s teaching concerning abortion is well known. We hold that every child, at every moment of existence, deserves love and the protection of the law. We do not believe any person or government has the right to take the life of an innocent human being – and we hold that the real problems that lead women to consider abortion should be addressed with solutions that support both mother and child. 

Contact Information
Full Testimony

USCCB Chairman Applauds U.S. Supreme Court Decision Protecting Religious Liberty

The U.S. Supreme Court issued its decision in the case of Trinity Lutheran Church v. Comer, in which the Court held that the exclusion of churches from an otherwise available public benefit violates the Free Exercise Clause of the U.S. Constitution.  Trinity Lutheran’s preschool sought to participate in the State of Missouri’s scrap tire program, which would have allowed it to repave its playground with recycled tire pieces in order to provide a softer and safer playground surface for children.

Archbishop William E. Lori of Baltimore, Chairman of the U.S. Bishops’ Ad Hoc Committee for Religious Liberty, offered the following statement:

“Today’s decision is a landmark victory for religious freedom. The Supreme Court rightly recognized that people of faith should not be discriminated against when it comes to government programs that should be made available to all. The decision also marks a step in the right direction toward limiting the effects of the pernicious Blaine Amendments that are in place in many states around the country.  Blaine Amendments to state constitutions, most of which date back to the nineteenth century, stem from a time of intense anti-Catholic bigotry in many parts of the country. We are glad to see the Supreme Court move toward limiting these harmful provisions, which have restricted the freedom of faith-based organizations and people of faith to serve their communities.”

Fortnight for Freedom

Each year dioceses around the country arrange special events to highlight the importance of defending religious freedom. The Fortnight for Freedom is from June 21—the vigil of the Feasts of St. John Fisher and St. Thomas More—to July 4, Independence Day.

Catholic Conference Issues State Budget Recommendations

Issues Identified for Support in Conference Committee

HB 49, the state budget bill, is now in conference committee.  The committee has until June 30, 2017 to finalize the budget recommendations.

The Catholic Conference of Ohio called attention to three specific areas:

  • Our strong support for programs that assist the poor and vulnerable:

  • Our strong support for programs that protect and defend all human life from conception to natural death;

  • Our strong support for programs that help Catholic school students

Specific Conference Committee Recommendations
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Ohio Bishops Oppose the Denial of Workers' Compensation to Undocumented Workers

Conference staff provides testimony urging provision to be removed from pending legislation.

Background:

The Ohio House recently passed Workers’ Compensation legislation (HB 27) that includes a provision prohibiting undocumented workers from receiving workers’ compensation benefits. Workers’ Compensation is funded by employers as an insurance policy which provides medical and compensation benefits for work-related injuries, diseases and deaths.

Bishops Statement:

The Catholic Bishops of Ohio are opposed to the denial of workers’ compensation benefits to undocumented workers.

We have consistently called for meaningful immigration reform. In our April 2017 letter to Congress, we, again, called upon elected officials to address our country’s broken immigration system through a comprehensive reform that improves security and creates more legal and transparent paths to immigration.

We do not condone unauthorized entry into the United States.  Yet, once undocumented immigrants are here and working, their human dignity itself should guarantee basic compensation and protections for the work they provide.

In our Catholic teaching, work is first and foremost the very expression of the human person in the world and participation in God’s creation.  When someone engages in work for an employer, that person should receive just remuneration and just worker protections. Respecting a person’s human dignity should remain paramount. (Pope St. John Paul II, Laborem Exercens, nos. 6, 19, 23)

Workers’ compensation is an insurance policy that the employer pays in recognition of the worker’s labor. It provides medical and compensation benefits for work-related injuries, diseases and deaths. It should be available to all workers regardless of their legal status. Denying workers’ compensation to undocumented workers may result in more abuses by unscrupulous employers to this already often exploited population.

Bishops Statement (PDF)
Catholic Conference of Ohio Testimony
Links on Immigration Reform

U.S. Bishop Chairmen Provide Senate With Moral Principles For Health Care Reform

As the U.S. Senate begins to discuss health care reform, Cardinal Timothy M. Dolan of New York, Archbishop William E. Lori of Baltimore, Bishop Frank J. Dewane of Venice, Florida and Bishop Joe S. Vásquez of Austin provided moral principles to help guide policymakers in their deliberations.

In a letter sent on June 1, the Chairmen of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops stressed the "grave obligations" that Senators have "when it comes to policy that affects health care." While commending the bill passed by the House of Representatives, the American Health Care Act (AHCA), for its protections for unborn children, the Bishops emphasized the "many serious flaws" in the AHCA, including unacceptable changes to Medicaid. 

Full Statement

Catholic Leaders Raise Concerns Over U.S. Withdrawal of Paris Agreement on Climate Change

USCCB, CRS, Catholic Climate Covenant among those voicing concerns

USCCB: Bishop Oscar Cantú of Las Cruces, Chairman of the USCCB Committee on International Justice and Peace, stresses that, although the Paris agreement is not the only possible mechanism for addressing global carbon mitigation, the lack of a current viable alternative is a serious concern.

USCCB Statement

Catholic Relief Services (CRS): “As an international humanitarian organization, we are confronted with the realities of climate change every day and see the devastating impact on the lives of the people we serve,” said Bill O’Keefe, vice president for advocacy and government relations for CRS.  “People around the world – especially those who contribute least to global warming, will be worse off because of today’s decision.”

CRS Statement

Catholic Climate Covenant: We, the member organizations of Catholic Climate Covenant, are deeply disappointed by President Donald Trump’s decision to withdraw the United States from the Paris Agreement and stop all future payments to the Green Climate Fund. We implore him to reconsider. The international agreement of 2015 demonstrates that all nations will be impacted by a warming world and that all nations have a corresponding responsibility to limit greenhouse gas pollution causing climate change. 

Catholic Climate Covenant Statement

Prayers, Condolences, Calls for Peace & Healing following the Manchester Attack

Pope Francis decries the barbaric attack; Cardinal DiNardo expresses deep shock and sadness

Pope Francis expressed his heartfelt solidarity with all those affected by this senseless act of violence. He commended the generous efforts of the emergency and security personnel and offered the assurance of his prayers for the injured, and for all who have died.

Mindful in a particular way of those children and young people who had lost their lives, and of their grieving families, Pope Francis invoked God's blessings of peace, healing and strength upon the nation.


Cardinal DiNardo, president of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, wrote Bishop Arnold, Bishop of Salford, England, and assured him of the prayers of Catholics in the United States.

"Words are not enough to convey the deep shock and sadness with which Catholics and all people of goodwill in the United States learned of the horrible attack which took place at England's Manchester Arena....Evil, as dense and dark as it is, never has the last word. As we prepare to celebrate the new dawn of Pentecost again, may the Easter words of the risen Christ, 'Peace be with you,' settle deep into the hearts of the citizens of your great country."

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