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Tuesday, October 24, 2017

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Ohioans for Payday Loan Reform Plans Lobby Day and Rally

November 1, 2017, Statehouse 10 am - 2 pm

Payday loans in Ohio are the most expensive in the nation, with an astounding typical annual percentage rate (APR) of 591%. These short-term, high-priced loans can trap hardworking Ohioans in a cycle of debt. However, a proposed bipartisan piece of legislation, House Bill 123, would reform the payday lending market making it more fair and affordable.

Ohioans for Payday Loan Reform, is a group of like-minded Ohioans from the consumer, veterans, business, and faith communities committed to fighting for reforms to protect borrowers and boost our state’s economy. Payday loan reform will save hard-working Ohioans more than $75 million a year.

Pope Francis Promotes Further Understanding of the Death Penalty

Calls the Death Penalty an "Inhumane Measure"

In an Oct. 11, 2017 speech to members of the Pontifical Council for the Promotion of the New Evangelization, Pope Francis said the topic of the death penalty should have “a more adequate and coherent space” in the Catechism of the Catholic Church.

"...It must be clearly stated that the death penalty is an inhumane measure that, regardless of how it is carried out, abases human dignity.  It is per se contrary to the Gospel, because it entails the willful suppression of a human life that never ceases to be sacred in the eyes of its Creator and of which – ultimately – only God is the true judge and guarantor.  No man, “not even a murderer, loses his personal dignity" (Letter to the President of the International Commission against the Death Penalty, 20 March 2015), because God is a Father who always awaits the return of his children who, knowing that they have made mistakes, ask for forgiveness and begin a new life.  No one ought to be deprived not only of life, but also of the chance for a moral and existential redemption that in turn can benefit the community..."

Read the full statement

Calls Urged to Governor Kasich to Commute Death Sentence of Alva Campbell

Execution scheduled for November 15, 2017

Alva Campell's legal team is asking that Gov. John Kasich commute his sentence to life in prison. Or, failing that, the attorneys are asking Kasich to delay Campbell’s execution for a year, expecting him to die in the interim.

Campbell’s attorneys say he is debilitated by cardiopulmonary issues. Most of his right lung has been removed, and he has emphysema, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease and possibly cancer in much of his remaining lung tissue, Campbell’s application for executive clemency says. In addition, his prostate gland has been removed, as has a gangrenous colon. A broken hip last year has confined him to a walker.

Also justifying mercy for Campbell, his attorneys say, was a nightmarish childhood of physical and sexual abuse at the hands of a drunken father.

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U.S. Bishops Chairman Expresses Concern, Calls For Careful Implementation Of Health Care Executive Order

Concerns raised regarding Executive Actions on health care, and ending subsidies to insurers

Bishop Frank J. Dewane of Venice, Florida, Chairman of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops' (USCCB) Committee on Domestic Justice and Human Development, called for the Administration and Congress to protect low income people, as well as enact comprehensive reform for the sake of the most vulnerable.

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Catholic Bishops of Ohio Neutral on State Issues 1 and 2

There are two statewide issues on the November 7, 2017 ballot.  Issue 1 is a constitutional amendment addressing the rights of crime victims.  

Issue 2 is a voter initiated law-change addressing the cost of prescription drugs purchased by the state of Ohio.

Concerns Raised over the Administration's Immigration Principles and Policies

USCCB Migration Committee Chairman Exhorts Congress to Enact True Protection for "Dreamers"

Bishop Joe S. Vásquez of Austin, Texas, Chairman of the Committee on Migration, issued the following statement urging Congress to “ensure true protection for Dreamers once and for all.”

“The Administration’s Immigration Principles and Policies do not provide the way forward for comprehensive immigration reform rooted in respect for human life and dignity, and for the security of our citizens. They are not reflective of our country’s immigrant past, and they attack the most vulnerable, notably unaccompanied children and many others who flee persecution. Most unfortunately, the principles fail to recognize that the family is the fundamental building block of our immigration system, our society, and our Church.

“Since July, Congress has introduced legislative solutions for Dreamers, including the Dream Act. The Administration should focus attention on ensuring that a legislative solution for Dreamers is found as soon as possible. Every day that passes without that solution, these youth experience growing apprehension for their futures and their families. Each passing day brings us all a step closer to March 2018, when DACA recipients will begin to lose legal work privileges, and far worse, face the threat of deportation and family separation.

“For this reason, we exhort Congress to take up legislation and move forward promptly to ensure true protection for Dreamers once and for all. Together with so many others of good will, we shall continue to offer welcome and support to these remarkable young people, and we shall not stop advocating for their permanent protection and eventual citizenship.”

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Support Immigrants and Refugees throughout the World

On September 27, 2017 Pope Francis launched a global campaign to support migrants and refugees around the world. 

Catholic leaders across parishes, schools, and universities can animate their communities to participate through prayer and action.

 

Ohio Dioceses Seeking to Send 10,000 Letters to Congress Urging support for the DREAM ACT.  

This 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.

 

U. S. Health & Human Services Expands Exemptions on Contraceptive Mandate

HHS Mandate Decision Represents "Good News"

The decision to expand the HHS mandate exemption is "good news for the Little Sisters of the Poor and others who are challenging the HHS mandate in court...[and] good news for all Americans,” according to the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB). 

Full USCCB statement

The U. S. Attorney General issued a guidance memorandum to all administrative agencies and executive departments regarding religious liberty protections in federal law. This memorandum affirms religious liberty and the RFRA Act of 1993 (Religious Freedom Restoration Act). 

In conjunction with the memorandum, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services issued two companion rules that provide conscience protections to Americans who have a religious or moral objection to paying for health insurance that covers contraceptive/abortifacient services. Under the first rule, entities that have sincerely held religious beliefs against providing such services would no longer be required to do so. The second rule applies the same protections to organizations and small businesses that have objections on the basis of moral conviction which is not based in any particular religious belief. 

Catholic Conference of Ohio's Legislative Update October 2017

Calls For Prayers, Care For Others After Tragic Shooting In Las Vegas

On October 2, Cardinal Daniel N. DiNardo, Archbishop of Galveston-Houston, and President of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB), expressed "deep grief" after the deadly mass shooting in Las Vegas.

The full text of the statement follows:

"We woke this morning and learned of yet another night filled with unspeakable terror, this time in the city of Las Vegas, and by all accounts, the deadliest mass shooting in modern U.S. history. My heart and my prayers, and those of my brother bishops and all the members of the Church, go out to the victims of this tragedy and to the city of Las Vegas. At this time, we need to pray and to take care of those who are suffering.  In the end, the only response is to do good – for no matter what the darkness, it will never overcome the light. May the Lord of all gentleness surround all those who are suffering from this evil, and for those who have been killed we pray, eternal rest grant unto them, O Lord, and let perpetual light shine upon them."

Pope Francis’ Prayer For Peace And Protection From Violence And From Terrorism

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