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Conference Testifies on Bill to End Death Penalty

There is a better way to carry out justice and mercy

The Cathoic Conference of Ohio testified in support of HB 183  legislation to end Ohio's death penalty. The message to the House Criminal Justice Committee:  "It is time for the State of Ohio to abolish the death penalty."  Conference testimony also highlighted that "the Catholic opposition to the death penalty is ultimately rooted in mercy and is eminently pro-life."  

A companion bill, SB 103 is expected to have more hearings in the fall.  Read Cinciannati Archbishop Schnurr's letter to the faithful in support of SB 103.

Conference Mourns the Passing of Bishop Anthony M. Pilla

Bishop Emeritus of the Catholic Diocese of Cleveland

  • Posted: Sep. 21, 2021
  • Categories: News

Bishop Anthony M. Pilla, bishop emeritus of the Catholic Diocese of Cleveland, died on September 21, 2021, at his residence.  He was 88 and served 26 years as shepherd of the diocese until retiring on May 15, 2006.  Bishop Pilla served on the board of the Catholic Conference of Ohio and was elected in 1995 to a three-year term as president of the National Catholic Conference of Bishops - now called the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops.

Governor DeWine Issues Death Penalty Reprieves

Governor DeWine issues four more execution reprieves for a lack of available drugs to carry out Ohio's lethal injection procedure.  The governor's orders announced September 10, 2021, rescheduled executions for between December 2024 and May 2025.  The Conference commends this action.

In Labor Day Statement, Bishop Chairman Echoes Pope Francis' Call to Build Economy without Exclusion

Call to build consensus around human dignity and the common good.

For Labor Day, Archbishop Paul S. Coakley of Oklahoma City, chairman of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops’ (USCCB) Committee on Domestic Justice and Human Development, released a statement observing that there are both encouraging signs of economic recovery and ongoing hardships related to COVID-19.  Archbishop Coakley echoes Pope Francis’ call from the encyclical, Fratelli Tuttito rise out of this crisis with an economy that expresses universal fraternity...

U.S. Bishops' President Offers Prayers in Solidarity with Those Impacted by Hurricane Ida

Hurricane brought catastrophic damage to the Gulf Coast.

“Hurricane Ida has hit the Gulf Coast and brought with it catastrophic damage with wind, rain, storm surges, and flooding. As the storm moves inland, it continues to hit communities in several states and causing damage. Multiple dioceses of the Church in the United States have been affected. I call on people of good will to join me in praying for the safety, well-being, and protection of everyone in these impacted areas.   We also pray in a special way for the first responders, health care workers, and emergency personnel who bring relief, comfort, and healing...

U.S. Bishops’ Migration Chairman Welcomes Inclusion of Immigration-Related Instructions in Senate Budget Resolution, Reaffirms Need for Integration

Included is funding for the Committee on the Judiciary to provide “lawful permanent status to qualified immigrants.”

Bishop Mario E. Dorsonville, auxiliary bishop of Washington and chairman of the USCCB’s Committee on Migration, issued the following statement in response to the Senate’s adoption of the budget resolution:

“While Catholic social teaching is implicated by many components of the budget resolution, we are pleased that the resolution sets up an opportunity for many undocumented persons to receive legal status. For decades, the bishops of the United States have been proponents of such reforms..."

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Praying for Our Common Home

On September 1, 2021, the Church celebrates the World Day of Prayer for the Care of Creation.

Pope Francis has called for an annual World Day of Prayer for the Care of Creation on September 1, marking the beginning of the "Season of Creation," which lasts through the Feast Day of St. Francis of Assisi on Oct. 4.

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U.S. Bishop Chairmen Speak Out on U.S. Department of Justice Dismissal of a Case Involving Conscience Law

University of Vermont Medical Center (UVMC) nurse was forced to participate in an elective abortion against the nurse’s religious beliefs

Cardinal Timothy M. Dolan of New York, chairman of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops’ (USCCB) Committee for Religious Liberty, and Archbishop Joseph F. Naumann of Kansas City in Kansas, chairman of the USCCB’s Committee on Pro-Life Activities, issued the following statement: 

“...The U.S. Department of Justice is acting in dereliction of its duty to enforce the plain meaning of federal law. It is hard to imagine a more horrific civil rights violation than being forced to take an innocent human life..."

Catholic Relief Services' Providing Aid to Earthquake Victims in Haiti

Donations being Sought

The death toll is rising from the 7.2 magnitude earthquake that recently rocked Haiti. Thousands are injured and many more have lost their homes and loved ones—while an unknown number are still missing.‌Families in Haiti face tragedy from this devastating earthquake—while still recovering from the last one. 

‌Catholic Relief Services are on the ground, in the places most heavily hit in Les Cayes and Jeremie, working with partners and affected communities to identify the most urgent needs. Meanwhile, tropical depression Grace is threatening further devastation, food is in short supply as stores and stocks have been destroyed and a landslide has blocked access.

President of U.S. Bishops Conference Expresses Sorrow and Offers Prayers in Wake of Haiti Earthquake

U.S. Bishops’ Chairman Grateful to Senate for Passing Infrastructure Bill, Signals Need for Additional Action

Package affects those on the margins of society and protects God’s creation

Following passage of the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act in the U.S. Senate, Archbishop Paul S. Coakley of Oklahoma City, chairman of the U.S. Conference of the Catholic Bishops’ (USCCB) Committee on Domestic Justice and Human Development, issued a statement of support. 

"...We are pleased that the legislation reflects an integral ecology, with historic investments in public transit, rail, bridges, and clean drinking water, and emphases on climate change mitigation, carbon capture and climate resilience. It is also very good to see expanded broadband internet access and the creation of new jobs..."

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