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Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Daily Readings and Psalms

Thanksgiving Blessings!

As we enter into the Jubilee Year of Mercy, we thank God for being merciful and gracious, slow to anger and abounding in steadfast love and faithfulness (Ex 34:6).

We especially thank God for all of you who minister and serve our Church, and who help guide our efforts at the Catholic Conference of Ohio.

Thank You!


Pope Francis Calls for a Holy Year of Mercy

Pope Francis Statement: Bull of Indiction of the Extraordinary Jubilee of Mercy

Door to God's mercy never closed

USCCB Issues Statements at their November 2015 General Assembly [MORE]

Updated Introductory Note for the document Forming Consciences for Faithful Citizenship: A Call to Political Responsibility

Create in Me a Clean Heart: A Pastoral Response to Pornography

U.S. Should Welcome Syrian Refugees, Work for Peace

Archbishop Schnurr of Cincinnati was named USCCB Treasurer starting in 2016

Bishop Murry, SJ of Youngstown was named chairman of the Committee on Catholic Education starting in 2016.

Bishops’ Voice Solidarity In Wake Of Paris Attacks, Pledges Prayers For The Suffering, Support For Peace

A Statement of Solidarity from the Administrative Committee of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops

Terror always seeks to separate us from those we most love. Through their suffering, courage and compassion, Parisians are reminding us that the common bond of humanity is strongest when the need is greatest. We pledge our prayers for everyone who suffers from this horrific violence and our advocacy to support all those working to build just and peaceful societies.

To the people of France, we mourn with you and honor the lives lost from several nations, including our own. To our brothers and sisters in the Church in France, your family in the United States holds you close to our hearts. May the tender and merciful love of Jesus Christ give you comfort during this great trial and lead you on a path toward healing and peace.

Ohio Alliance for the Mental Illness Exemption
Prohibiting the Execution of Individuals with
Severe Mental Illness

Action Alert

Catholic Conference of Ohio Alert (PDF)

Ohio Catholic Bishops Urge Support for SB 162:
Prohibiting the Execution of Individuals with Severe Mental Illness

The Catholic Church has released many statements against the use of the death penalty.

The death penalty is not the answer to the problem of violence committed by persons with severe mental illnesses. The better policy is access to appropriate mental health care.

Stand with the Catholic Conference of Ohio &OAMIE to support S.B. 162. Contact Your Senator Today.

The Bill is pending in the Senate Criminal Justice Committee

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November 17, 2015

Ohio House Passes HB 294 to also restrict public funding to Planned Parenthood

October 21, 2015

Ohio Senate Passes Legislation further restricting public funds to Planned Parenthood

Recent revelations about Planned Parenthood's willingness to traffic in fetal tissue from abortions demonstrates callousness toward women and their unborn children. Public funds should be reallocated to providers that do not perform abortions. [MORE]

Support HB 294 & SB 214. These bills will require the Ohio Department of Health to ensure that state and certain federal funds are not used to perform or promote elective abortions, or to contract with any entity that performs or promotes elective abortions.

Support SB 203. This legislation expands the prohibitions regarding the transfer of the product of human conception which is aborted and expands penalties for abortion trafficking.

June 26, 2015

Supreme Court Decision On Marriage “A Tragic Error” Says President Of Catholic Bishops’ Conference

WASHINGTON—The U.S. Supreme Court decision, June 26, interpreting the U.S. Constitution to require all states to license and recognize same-sex “marriage” “is a tragic error that harms the common good and most vulnerable among us,” said Archbishop Joseph E. Kurtz of Louisville, Kentucky, president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB).

Read the full statement

Ohio Bishops Issue Statement Regarding the Same Sex Marriage Ruling

Today the United States Supreme Court released its ruling that states are required to license a marriage between two people of the same sex. This is not the ruling hoped for by the Catholic Church, which believes that marriage is by definition between one man and one woman.  For centuries, this definition has been universally accepted in virtually all cultures – secular as well as religious.

Every nation has laws limiting who can be married and under what circumstances. This is because lawmakers always have understood that marriage does not exist just for the mutual satisfaction of the two people involved, but for the betterment of society. Traditional marriage is the cradle of the family, the basic building block of society. As Pope Francis has reminded us, every child has a right to be raised by two parents, a father and a mother. Both parents are important, and they are not interchangeable. The sad reality that so many children are deprived of this right because of the crisis in traditional marriage does not make it any less important. It is deeply disappointing and worrisome that our courts do not understand this. 

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.

Read the Supreme Court Decision

Pope Francis Releases Encyclical Letter
Laudato Si: On the Care of Our Common Home

On Care for Our Common Home (Laudato Si') is the new appeal from Pope Francis addressed to "every person living on this planet" for an inclusive dialogue about how we are shaping the future of our planet.

Pope Francis calls the Church and the world to acknowledge the urgency of our environmental challenges and to join him in embarking on a new path. This encyclical is written with both hope and resolve, looking to our common future with candor and humility.

Read the encyclical

Six minute video

Buy a Copy (available in English and Spanish)

Encyclical Climate Action Kit

USCCB President’s Statement on the Occasion of the Promulgation of Laudato Si

USCCB Resources on Environmental Stewardship

Catholic Climate Covenant Resources

Catholic Conference of Ohio's Care for Creation Resources

Care for Creation

Catholic Conference of Ohio web page on environmental justice entitled Care for Creation. It provides resources for families, parishes, schools and other institutions.

Care for Creation Calendar
available for download

Calendar Identifies and honors patron saints of God's creation

Basic Calendar (PDF)
Calendar with Interactive Links (PDF)
Calendar with QR Code (PDF)

USCCB Issues Statement on Race Relations

The U.S. bishops approved a statement on race relations delivered by Archbishop Joseph E. Kurtz, of Louisville, Kentucky, president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB), at their annual Spring General Assembly, June 10, 2015

Catholic Conference of Ohio Partners with Ohioans to Stop Executions & The Catholic Mobilizing Network To End the Use of the Death Penalty

Education & Advocacy Program Established regarding the Death Penalty in Ohio

Catholic Conference of Ohio's Informational Flyer

  • Listing of Ohio Bishops
  • Listing of Conference Staff
  • Facts About the Catholic Church in Ohio
  • Conference Priorities
  • Legislative Issue Overviews

"Never war! Never war!
I think most of all about children, whose hopes for a dignified life, a future
are dashed,
dead children, wounded children,
mutilated children, orphans,
children who have the
leftovers of war for toys,
children who don't know how to smile.
Stop it, please! I beg you with all my heart! It's time to stop!"...
Let's remember that
everything is lost with war
and nothing is lost with peace."

Pope Francis, July 27, 2014


Lord Jesus Christ, who are called
the Prince of Peace,
who are yourself
our peace and reconciliation,
who so often said, "Peace to you," grant us peace. Make all men and women
witnesses of truth, justice, and brotherly love.

Banish from their hearts whatever
might endanger peace.

Enlighten our rulers that they may
guarantee and defend the great gift of peace.

May all peoples of the earth become
as brothers and sisters.

May longed-for peace
blossom forth and reign always over us all.

Pope Saint John XXIII


The Ohio General Assembly has just reconvened after summer recess.

Hearings are expected in the House Community and Family Advancement Committee this fall regarding the Pain Capable Unborn Protection Act SB 127).  This is modeled after the federal legislation, and will prohibit abortions when a baby is capable of feeling pain (twenty weeks or greater). It passed the Senate prior to summer recess.

The Heartbeat Bill (HB 69) is pending in the Senate Health and Human Services Committee. It passed the House in March, 2015. The Catholic Conference of Ohio is neutral on this bill.

Down Syndrome Nondiscrimination Act: HB 135: This bill is awaiting a vote in the House. It prohibits abortions that are performed to take the life of a baby with Down Syndrome.

Abortion-Inducing Drug Safety Act: HB 255 would require abortion-inducing drugs to be administered in accordance with the protocol tested and authorized by the United States Food and Drug Administration. This bill is pending in the House Community and Family Advancement Committee.

Three bills have been introduced in the Ohio House regarding Planned Parenthood:

Catholic Conference of Ohio's Action Alert regarding Planned Parenthood.

Pastors Protection Act: HB 286 provides that an ordained or licensed minister or religious society is not required to solemnize a marriage, and a religious society is not required to allow any building or property of the religious society to be used to host a marriage ceremony, if the marriage does not conform to the ordained or licensed minister's or religious society's sincerely held religious beliefs.

Business Right of Conscience Act: HB 296 provides that a business is not required to participate in a ceremony creating a union between two persons of the same sex if such participation violates the business's right of conscience or freedom of religion.

Both bills are pending in the House Community and Family Advancement Committee.

Each diocese is in varying stages of promoting the Catholic Conference of Ohio's Conference Death Penalty Education Project.

Advocacy efforts continue for passage of SB 162 which will prohibit the use of the death penalty for persons with serious mental illness. It is pending in the Senate Criminal Justice Committee.

Ohio executions are scheduled to resume on January 21, 2016. Twenty-three executions are now scheduled and span into 2019.

Diocesan Offices of Social Concerns/Social Action are in varying stages of providing education and dialogue gatherings on the recently released Encyclical entitled On Care for Our Common Home (Laudato Si'). Please contact your diocese for additional information.

Please send a postcard to Congress urging support for immigration reform that keeps immigrant families together, adopts smart and humane enforcement policies, and ensures that immigrants without legal status register with the government and begin a path toward citizenship.

HB 128 would allow donors to an Ohio community foundation to receive a state income tax credit. Unfortunately, this credit would not apply to donors of religious foundations and would thus create an unfair playing field for raising monies. The Catholic Conference of Ohio is opposed to this legislation in it's current form. The bill is pending in the House Ways and Means Committee.


Promotion & Defense of Marriage

One Man, One Woman, For Life: Lead Messages on Marriage Redefinition (for clergy, leaders, and lay faithful)


The Catholic Bishops of the United States have called for a nationwide effort to advance a movement for Life, Marriage, and Religious Liberty through prayer, penance, and sacrifice. Catholics across the nation are being encouraged to pray for rebuilding a culture favorable to life and marriage and for increased protections of religious liberty.

  • Monthly Eucharistic Holy Hours in cathedrals and parishes
  • Daily Rosary by families and individuals
  • Special Prayers of the Faithful at all Masses
  • Fasting and abstinence from meat on Fridays

Call to Prayer Resources: USCCB

USCCB Resources on the Defense of Marriage

Catholic Conference Page on Marriage & Family Life

Catholic Bishops statement on Religious Liberty: Our First, Most Cherished Liberty

Prayer For Protection Of Conscience Rights In Health Care

Father, in Jesus our Lord, we praise and thank you for your most precious gift of human life and for forming us in your divine image. Keep us, the dwelling place of your most Holy Spirit, ever healthy in body and soul.

Jesus, Divine Healer, pour your grace upon all those afflicted with illness or disease. Protect from all harm those who are vulnerable due to sickness, suffering, frailty, poverty or age, whether elderly or unborn.

Holy Spirit, touch the hearts of all who serve human life in medicine and science, so they will protect the dignity of each person, from conception to natural death, and remain faithful advocates of all entrusted to their care.

Grant those who are called to serve as health care providers renewed conviction in their ministry, and increased wisdom to treat the whole person, and not merely the illness.

Protect the right of health care providers to serve their patients without being forced to violate their moral and religious convictions. Guard them against discrimination, that they might be free to follow you faithfully while fulfilling their professional duties.

Grant our lawmakers the wisdom and courage to uphold conscience rights for those called to the ministry of healing, and help them resist the pressure to become collaborators in the culture of death.

Give us strength to be bold and joyful witnesses to the truth that every human life is sacred.

In your goodness, guard our freedom to live out our faith and to follow you in all that we do.

Father, we ask this in Jesus’ name, through the Holy Spirit. Amen.

U. S. Bishops Resources regarding Health Care Reform

Catholic Conference of Ohio Page on HHS Mandate


Catholic Conference of Ohio Death Penalty Page


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Compendium of the Social Doctrine of the Church

Pope Francis

Apostolic Exhortations, Encyclicals, Letters, Homilies,
Speeches, Biography, Prayers



Quotes from Pope Francis on Issues of Life, Dignity, Justice & Peace

Pope Francis' Trip to the United States

Speeches and Homilies
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