Catholic Conference of Ohio The official representative of the Catholic Church in public matters affecting the Church and the general welfare of the citizens of Ohio.

Tuesday, October 20, 2020

Catholic Conference of Ohio Bulletin Insert:
Reflections on Choosing Political Candidates

Ohio Secretary of State Voting Information
Catholic Conference of Ohio Election Page
USCCB Faithful Citizenship Reflection Guide
Do's and Don'ts Guidelines during Election Season


"As Catholics, we bring the richness of our faith to the public square. We draw from both faith and reason as we seek to affirm the dignity of the human person and the common good of all... Everyone living in this country is called to participate in public life and contribute to the common good...
Introductory Letter to Faithful Citizenship

General Election November 3 / Absentee Voting By Mail & Early In-Person Voting Is Underway

Latest News

Pope Francis Issues New Encyclical Letter

Fratelli Tutti: On Fraternity and Social Friendship

  • Posted: Oct. 5, 2020
  • Categories: News

Pope Francis' new social encyclical on solidarity, Fratelli Tutti: On Fraternity and Social Friendship, promotes tangible ways to build a more just and fraternal world within relationships, social life, politics and institutions. The Encyclical aims to promote a universal aspiration toward fraternity and social friendship. Beginning with our common membership in the human family, from the  acknowledgement that we are brothers and sisters because we are the children of one Creator, all in the same boat, and hence we need to be aware that in a globalized and interconnected world, only together can we  be saved.

Archbishop José H. Gomez of Los Angeles, president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, wrote:

“...In analyzing conditions in the world today, the Holy Father provides us with a powerful and urgent vision for the moral renewal of politics and political and economic institutions from the local level to the global level, calling us to build a common future that truly serves the good of the human person..." 

Read Fratelli Tutti: On Fraternity and Social Friendship

Summary of Fratelli Tutti (Vatican News)

Guide to the Encyclical  (Catholic Telegraph/ includes video overview)

Purchase copies of Fratelli Tutti (USCCB)

Ohio Bishops Offer "Reflections on Choosing Political Candidates"

Updated handout offers reflection questions and references based upon the USCCB "Faithful Citizenship" Document

This Catholic Conference of Ohio educational/bulletin insert offers reflections on:

Promoting the Sacredness of Human Life;
Applying a Consistent Moral Framework;
Making Decisions based upon Prudential Discernment; 
Serving as Models of Civil Dialogue


USCCB document: Forming Consciences for Faithful Citizenship

2020 Election Novena Resources


Civilize It is a non-partisan call to focus on the dignity of all people, even when we disagree, and to put faith in action by bearing witness to a better way forward


U.S. Bishops’ President Offers Prayers for the Health of the President and First Lady

  • Posted: Oct. 5, 2020
  • Categories: News

Archbishop Gomez’s, president of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops issued the following statement:

“I am praying for President Trump and First Lady Melania Trump. May God grant them full healing and may He keep their family safe and healthy. Let us keep praying for all who are suffering because of the novel coronavirus, especially the sick and dying and their families, and all those who have lost loved ones. May God give them hope and comfort, and may He bring an end to this pandemic.”

Diocesan Information Regarding Responses to the Coronavirus

Public Masses/Liturgies Resume Throughout Ohio

Information by Diocese on Worship Guidelines, News, Resources, Volunteer Opportunities and Donation Opportunities related to the Coronavirus 

Ohio Dioceses Respond to Racism

Links to Diocesan statements, trainings, education and prayers

 

"But racism still profoundly affects our culture, and it has no place in the Christian heart. This evil causes great harm to its victims, and it corrupts the souls of those who harbor racist or prejudicial thoughts. The persistence of the evil of racism is why we are writing this letter now." Open Wide Our Hearts
 

 Links to Ohio Diocesan Responses to Racism

Abortions in Ohio Continue to Decline

Ohio Department of Health Releases 2019 Report

Induced abortion statistics have been prepared in Ohio since 1976. Several trend comparisons in the 2019 Annual Abortion Report date back to 2004. A total of 20,102 induced pregnancy terminations were reported in Ohio for 2019; including 18,913 obtained by Ohio resident women (94.1%). This represents a 2% decrease in induced pregnancy terminations from 2018 to 2019. Overall, since 2001 there has been a steady decline in terminations. When examined from 2001 to 2019, the annual decline averaged approximately 960 per year.

Ohio Catholic School Superintendents Address the Value of EdChoice Vouchers

Cincinnati Enquirer article pans Ohio EdChoice scholarship programs

The Catholic School Superintendents of Ohio issued a joint Response to an article in the Cincinnati Enquirer that questioned the value of private school vouchers.

The Response stated:  "..The metric used in this article, comparing public districts to non-public schools on state testing, is deeply flawed and overly simplistic. This inaccurate analysis is at best misguided, or worse, inherently biased against non-public schools, including many faith-based schools that parents freely choose with state scholarships. This is more of an “apples to blueberries” than and “apples to apples” comparison..."

The Response encouraged that Catholic schools and public schools be viewed as partners rather than competitors.

Stop the Federal Executions

The federal government has resumed federal executions for the first time in 17 years

The federal government has resumed federal executions for the first time in 17 years.  As Pope Francis has made clear, the death penalty is inadmissible as an affront to the Gospel and the dignity of human life. 
 
The Catholic bishops have expressed their opposition to the death penalty for decades. 

Please join in raising your voice against these executions.  Tell Attorney General Barr to stop the executions because they undermine human dignity!

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October is Respect Life Month

Addressing Racism

Read statements, take actions, pray and download educational materials from the USCCB

"My friends, we cannot tolerate or turn a blind eye to racism and exclusion in any form and yet claim to defend the sacredness of every human life." 
Pope Francis, June 2020

USCCB Spirtual Resources

Prayer During the Coronavirus


Holy Virgin of Guadalupe

Queen of the Angels and Mother of the Americas. We fly to you today as your beloved children. We ask you to intercede for us with your Son, as you did at the wedding in Cana.

Pray for us, loving Mother, and gain for our nation and world, and for all our families and loved ones,
the protection of your holy angels, that we may be spared the worst of this illness.

For those already afflicted, we ask you to obtain the grace of healing and deliverance. Hear the cries of those who are vulnerable and fearful, wipe away their tears and help them to trust.

In this time of trial and testing, teach all of us in the Church to love one another and to be patient and kind. Help us to bring the peace of Jesus to our land and to our hearts.

We come to you with confidence, knowing that you truly are our compassionate mother, health of the sick and cause of our joy.

Shelter us under the mantle of your protection, keep us in the embrace of your arms, help us always to know the love of your Son, Jesus.

 Amen.

 

Catholic Conference of Ohio
Informational Flyer (Updated 9/20)

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