Catholic Conference of Ohio
Wednesday, May 22, 2019

Care for Creation - Catholic Conference of Ohio

Call to Care for God's Creation

The Catholic Bishops of Ohio invite you to study the issues related to the stewardship of God’s creation. Care for the environment is a fundamental principle within Catholic Social Teaching. We applaud efforts already underway in many Catholic homes and institutions that help conserve energy, protect the environment, and advance a greater understanding of faithful stewardship. We hope that Catholic families and institutions around the state will continue in such efforts.

Environmental issues and concerns are increasingly at the forefront of public debate. For example, news concerning hydraulic fracturing is an almost daily occurrence in some parts of Ohio. While these issues are often complex, certain ethical principles apply. Stewardship, prudence, care for the poor, and promotion of the common good are but a few. Public advocacy promoting such principles of environmental justice is a worthy and needed action.

Our church teachings regarding environmental stewardship are rich and challenging. Pope Benedict XVI, in his 2010 World Day of Peace message entitled If you Want to Cultivate Peace, Protect Creation, urged us to renew and strengthen “that covenant between human beings and the environment, which should mirror the creative love of God, from whom we come and towards whom we are journeying” (no. 1). This web resource provides timely information to help us in this task. It links to Catholic teachings and offers resources helpful for individuals, families, parishes, schools and other institutions.

As you examine these many resources, we encourage you to prayerfully reflect upon the following questions:

  1. How are we to fulfill God's call to be stewards of creation in an age when we may have the capacity to alter that creation significantly, and perhaps irrevocably?
  2. How can we as a "family of nations" exercise stewardship in a way that respects and protects the integrity of God's creation and provides for the common good, as well as for economic and social progress based on justice?
  3. What steps will I take to better promote and live out care for God’s creation?

May God bless us in this journey of justice.

Catholic Bishops of Ohio

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Shorter Versions of How Global Warming Works

Social Teachings

  • Papal Statements related to the Environment
  • Compendium of the Social Doctrine of the Church...Chapter Ten: Safeguarding the Environment
  • Catechism of the Catholic Church...The Ten Commandments: Article 7: The Seventh Commandment
  • United States Conference of Catholic Bishop Statements (USCCB) related to the Environment
  • Catholic Bishops of Ohio Statements related to the Environment

View Social Teachings

School Resources

  • Catholic Climate Covenant
  • National Catholic Rural Life Study Guides on Climate Change, Food and Justice
  • Catholic Health Association Resources on the Environment
  • Catholic Relief Services Lesson Plans on Care for Creation
  • Catholic Youth Care for Creation Program, National Federation for Catholic Youth Ministry
  • Sustainability and Catholic Higher Education: A Toolkit for Mission Integration, Association of Catholic Colleges and Universities
  • Environmental Checklist for Individuals & Families

View School Resources

Issue Topics

  • Climate Change
  • Energy Conservation
  • Food and Agriculture
  • Hydraulic Fracking
  • Fossil Fuels
  • Land Use
  • Renewable Energy

View Issue Topics

General Resources

  • Web Resources
  • Ohio Diocesan Links
  • Environmental Checklist

View General Resources

Ohio Diocesan Contacts

Archdiocese of Cincinnati
Catholic Social Action
Care for God's Creation/Climate Change Task Force

Diocese of ClevelandCatholic Charities/ Diocesan Social Action
Climate Change Resources

Diocese of Columbus
Office for Social Concerns

Diocese of Steubenville
Office of Family and Social Concerns

Diocese of Toledo
Catholic Charities

Diocese of Youngstown
Office of Social Action

Byzantine Eparchy of Parma

Romanian Eparchy of St. George in Canton

Ukrainian Eparchy of St. Josaphat


Latest Environment Updates

Ohio House Considers State Budget: HB 166

Action expected by early May

HB 166: State Budget
House Budget Language
Governor's Proposal
LSC Analysis

Catholic Conference of Ohio Budget Backgrounders

Health and Human Services
Defend and Protect Human Life
Promote Care for Creation
Support Families Who Choose Catholic Schools

Catholic Conference of Ohio Page on the State Budget

Catholic Leaders Raise Concerns Over U.S. Withdrawal of Paris Agreement on Climate Change

USCCB, CRS, Catholic Climate Covenant among those voicing concerns

USCCB: Bishop Oscar Cantú of Las Cruces, Chairman of the USCCB Committee on International Justice and Peace, stresses that, although the Paris agreement is not the only possible mechanism for addressing global carbon mitigation, the lack of a current viable alternative is a serious concern.

USCCB Statement

Catholic Relief Services (CRS): “As an international humanitarian organization, we are confronted with the realities of climate change every day and see the devastating impact on the lives of the people we serve,” said Bill O’Keefe, vice president for advocacy and government relations for CRS.  “People around the world – especially those who contribute least to global warming, will be worse off because of today’s decision.”

CRS Statement

Catholic Climate Covenant: We, the member organizations of Catholic Climate Covenant, are deeply disappointed by President Donald Trump’s decision to withdraw the United States from the Paris Agreement and stop all future payments to the Green Climate Fund. We implore him to reconsider. The international agreement of 2015 demonstrates that all nations will be impacted by a warming world and that all nations have a corresponding responsibility to limit greenhouse gas pollution causing climate change. 

Catholic Climate Covenant Statement

Governor Vetoes Energy Mandates Legislation

Sub. HB 554 (Amstutz) revises the requirements for renewable energy, energy efficiency, and peak demand reduction and alters funding allocations under the Home Energy Assistance Program.