Catholic Conference of Ohio
Saturday, February 24, 2018

News & Press - Catholic Conference of Ohio

State Budget & Catholic K-12 Schools

Recently Passed Budget Helpful to Children Attending Catholic Schools

Funding increases occurred in the EdChoice Expansion Program, Cleveland Scholarship Program, Administrative Cost Reimbursement and Auxiliary Services. Helpful changes also occurred in various program areas.

Urge Congress to Pass the Conscience Protection Act of 2017

Defend Health Care Professionals Who Choose Not To Participate In Abortion.

Urge Congress to pass the CPA (H.R. 644) and S. 301) as part of must-pass appropriations legislation. The USCCB has joined with 32 other groups representing millions of Americans and tens of thousands of health care professionals with a profound concern about abortion, and particularly about the conscience rights of health care professionals and facilities who choose not to participate in the destruction of unborn lives.

Ohio Legislature Considering Further Protections for Unborn Children

Hearings Underway in Senate on Down Syndrome Non-Discrimination Act

The Down Syndrome Non-Discrimination Act (SB 164) seeks to prohibit abortions that are committed for the sole reason of a Down syndrome diagnosis. A companion bill, HB 214, is pending in the House. 

Conference staff member, Larry Keough, with his wife Jackie, and daughters Mary Kate and Sara Beth will be testifying in support of this legislation.


Other bills include:

SB 145: Dismemberment Abortion Ban. The legislation would prohibit dilation and evacuation abortions. The D&E abortion procedure is usually performed between thirteen and twenty-four weeks of pregnancy. (Passed the Senate) Conference Testimony

SB 28: Unborn Child Dignity Act, requiring that aborted fetal remains be either given earthly burial or cremation following an abortion.

HB 149: Abortion Trafficking Prevention Act, prohibiting fetal tissue trafficking.

HB 258: Heartbeat bill. Passed the legislature in last session, but vetoed by the Governor.(Conference remains neutral)

Gary Otte Scheduled for Execution on September 13, 2017

Gary W. Otte is scheduled to be executed at 10 am EDT on Wednesday, September 13, 2017, at the Southern Ohio Correctional Facility in Lucasville, Ohio.  Forty-five-year-old Gary is convicted of the murder of 61-year-old Robert Wasilkowski on February 12, 1992, and for the murder of 45-year-old Sharon Kostura on February 21, 1992, both in Parma, Ohio.  Gary has spent the last 24 years of his life on Ohio’s death row.

We offer our prayers and condolences to the family and friends of Robert Wasikowski and Sharon Kostura. We pray for Mr. Otte and his family and friends.  We pray for governor Kasich and all who must participate in our state executions.  We look forward to the day when the death penalty is only remembered as part of Ohio’s history.

Letter to Governor Kasich asking for clemency

Ohio Opportunity Scholarship Program Seeks to Expand Parental Choice

HB 200/SB 85 seeks to help low and middle income families send their children to the school of their choice

 HB 200 / SB 85: the Opportunity Scholarship Program is a game changer.  It combines the current Ed Choice Scholarships and the Cleveland Scholarship into a new income-based program that allows full and partial scholarships to families earning up to 400 percent of poverty.  An important benefit of this program is the increased opportunity it will provide for many low and middle income families to send their children to the school of their choice.

Catholic Conference of Ohio Testimony in Support of HB 200 / SB 85

USCCB President, Vice President and Chairmen Denounce Decision to End DACA

"Cancellation of the DACA Program is Reprehensible"

Over 780,000 youth received protection from the DACA program (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals) since its inception by the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) in 2012. DACA provided no legal status or government benefits but did provide recipients with temporary employment authorization to work in the United States and reprieve from deportation.

 


USCCB Statement

“The cancellation of the DACA program is reprehensible. It causes unnecessary fear for DACA youth and their families. These youth entered the U.S. as minors and often know America as their only home. The Catholic Church has long watched with pride and admiration as DACA youth live out their daily lives with hope and a determination to flourish and contribute to society: continuing to work and provide for their families, continuing to serve in the military, and continuing to receive an education. Now, after months of anxiety and fear about their futures, these brave young people face deportation. This decision is unacceptable and does not reflect who we are as Americans.

The Church has recognized and proclaimed the need to welcome young people: ‘Whoever welcomes one of these children in my name welcomes me; and whoever welcomes me does not welcome me but the one who sent me' (Mark 9:37). Today, our nation has done the opposite of how Scripture calls us to respond. It is a step back from the progress that we need to make as a country. Today’s actions represent a heartbreaking moment in our history that shows the absence of mercy and good will, and a short-sighted vision for the future. DACA youth are woven into the fabric of our country and of our Church, and are, by every social and human measure, American youth.

We strongly urge Congress to act and immediately resume work toward a legislative solution. We pledge our support to work on finding an expeditious means of protection for DACA youth.

As people of faith, we say to DACA youth – regardless of your immigration status, you are children of God and welcome in the Catholic Church.  The Catholic Church supports you and will advocate for you.”

September 5, 2017: USCCB President Cardinal Daniel N. DiNardo of Galveston-Houston,  USCCB Vice President, Archbishop José H. Gomez of Los Angles, Bishop Joe S. Vásquez of Austin, chairman, Committee on Migration, and Bishop Joseph J. Tyson of Yakima, chairman of the Subcommittee on Pastoral Care of Migrants, Refugees, and Travelers

Church Teachings on Immigration

Bishop Nelson Perez Installation as Bishop of Cleveland

Bishop Perez: I’m humbled and absolutely thrilled

Pope Francis has named Bishop Nelson Perez, Auxiliary Bishop of Rockville Centre, as the new Bishop of Cleveland. 

Bishop Perez, Auxiliary Bishop of Rockville Centre, was born June 16, 1961, in Miami, Florida, and ordained a priest for the Philadelphia Archdiocese on May 20, 1989.

Bishop Perez is a current member of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops Committee on Cultural Diversity in the Church and is also Chairman of the USCCB Subcommittee on Hispanic Affairs.

WELCOME BISHOP PEREZ!

More

Harvard Study Finds Most Ohio Death Row Inmates Have Serious Impairments

Ohio Public Radio Reports on this Study

Of the 26 Ohio men set to be executed in the next three years, a review by Harvard Law’s Fair Punishment Project shows almost two thirds suffered serious childhood trauma. Nearly a quarter are likely severely mentally ill and 42% have other impairments such as brain injuries.

Labor Day Statement 2017

Teaching of Pope Francis Emphasized in USCCB Statement

On this Labor Day, let us give thanks to God present to us in the Eucharist as we toil for our heavenly reward.  Let us give thanks for the human vocation to work, and strive to make our businesses, our communities, our nation, and our world places where the human person can fully thrive.  And let us give thanks for the opportunity to encounter Christ present in those in need, along with the great gifts that come in demonstrating care and concern for our most vulnerable brothers and sisters, including those experiencing great poverty in the area of work.  May we all earnestly seek to adopt God's "gaze of love" as our own, to envision and make real a world of work restored "in deed and in truth."

Full Statement

A Call For Solidarity With Our Brothers And Sisters Impacted By Hurricane Harvey

The USCCB is working closely with affected local dioceses, Catholic Charities USA and St. Vincent de Paul, along with other relief organizations, to assess the needs on the ground.

U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops' (USCCB) president, Cardinal Daniel N. DiNardo of Galveston-Houston, has called for prayers and solidarity with those impacted by Hurricane Harvey. Cardinal DiNardo also called on all people of good will to closely monitor future calls for assistance for victims and survivors in the days ahead.

Full Statement

Donate to Catholic Charities USA Disaster Relief Fund

Donate to the St. Vincent de Paul Society's Disaster Relief Fund

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