Catholic Conference of Ohio
Friday, September 21, 2018

Issues - Catholic Conference of Ohio

Election Issues

In the Catholic Tradition, responsible citizenship is a virtue, and participation in political life is a moral obligation. The responsibility to make political choices rests with each person and his or her properly formed conscience.

Catholic voters are called to properly form their consciences in preparation for voting and for the continued advocacy for just laws and policies required after voting. This process should focus on moral principles, the defense of life, the needs of the weak, and the pursuit of the common good.  It requires constant prayer, understanding of Church teaching, and discernment that goes beyond campaign rhetoric and partisan politics.

Ohio Voter Information: Secretary of State Office
Judicial Votes Count: Information on all Ohio Judicial Candidates 
USCCB Resources on Faithful Citizenship
Ballot Issue 1, November 2018

Catholic Conference of Ohio Election Reflections 2018

There are various non-partisan voter information guides available.  We list several for your consideration.

Election Guide: Ohio Manufacturer's Association 2018:  Guide includes 200 pages of information on candidates running statewide, for Ohio courts of appeals, the Ohio House and Senate, and Congress. It includes a political index to measure the relative Republican/Democrat voting strength of each district. 


Allows you to enter your address to find your polling place, build your ballot with the League of Women Voters online non-partisan voters' guide. With this guide, you can see the races on your ballot, compare candidates' positions side-by-side, and print out a "ballot" indicating your preferences as a reminder and take it with you to the polls on Election Day.


County Board's of Elections offer helpful voter information and guides.
Click here to find and link to your Board of Elections


Several Ohio Newspapers offer voter guides. Others link to the from the League of Women Voters

Link to Ohio Republican Party Website
Link to the Ohio Democratic Party Website

Prayer Before an Election

Lord God, as the election approaches, we seek to better understand the issues and concerns that confront our city/state/country, and how the Gospel compels us to respond as faithful citizens in our community.

We ask for eyes that are free from blindness so that we might see each other as brothers and sisters, one and equal in dignity, especially those who are victims of abuse and violence, deceit and poverty.

We ask for ears that will hear the cries of children unborn and those abandoned, men and women oppressed because of race or creed, religion or gender.

We ask for minds and hearts that are open to hearing the voice of leaders who will bring us closer to your Kingdom.

We pray for discernment so that we may choose leaders who hear your Word,
live your love, and keep in the ways of your truth as they follow in the steps of Jesus and his Apostles and guide us to your Kingdom of justice and peace.

We ask this in the name of your Son Jesus Christ and through the power of the Holy Spirit. Amen.


Absentee Ballots for the November Election

Secretary of State's Office mailing requests for absentee ballots

The statewide mailing will go out in three installments. The first mailing will be sent out this Friday, Aug. 31 and go to nearly eight million people. This mailing includes all voters on the rolls as of July 30, 2018. The second mailing will be sent in early October and include those who registered to vote or updated their voting information after July 30, 2018. The third - and final - mailing will be sent in mid-October to anyone who registered or updated their address after the date for the second mailing was compiled through the close of voter registration on Tuesday, Oct. 9. For security reasons, applications will be personalized to each registered voter at the voting address they have on file. Voters must complete the forms by providing valid identification, their date of birth and signature before returning the ballot request form to their county board of elections in the return envelope provided.

To vote by mail, boards of elections must receive a voter's completed absentee ballot application by noon on Saturday, Nov. 3, 2018. The application provided in the mailing may also be dropped off at the voter's board of elections to vote early in person from the start of absentee voting through the Monday before the election. If a voter goes to the polls after having requested an absentee ballot, they will have to cast a provisional ballot. 

Bishops call for unity and prayer for newly elected officials

President of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops issues a statement regarding the election of Donald Trump

The American people have made their decision on the next President of the United States, members of Congress as well as state and local officials. I congratulate Mr. Trump and everyone elected yesterday. Now is the moment to move toward the responsibility of governing for the common good of all citizens. Let us not see each other in the divisive light of Democrat or Republican or any other political party, but rather, let us see the face of Christ in our neighbors, especially the suffering or those with whom we may disagree.

Archdiocese of Cincinnati establishes a "Civility Campaign" for election dialogues

"Civilize It" campaign a model for other dioceses

The Civilize It Campaign invites people to consider taking a three-part pledge to respect civility, to reflect clarity in their point of view and to encounter others with compassion. Civility in politics is a virtue. The campaign stresses that respectful dialogue can take place among people of differing political views. It compliments the USCCB's Faithful Citizenship Program.

Forming Consciences for Faithful Citizenship

Catholic Bishops of the United States Update Teaching Guide on Political Responsibility

 Forming Consciences for Faithful Citizenship: A Call to Political Responsibility addresses four questions:

  1. Why does the Church teach about issues affecting public policy?

  2. Who in the Church should participate in political life?

  3. How does the Church help the Catholic faithful to speak about political and social questions

  4. What does the Church say about Catholic social teaching in the public square

The Statement is not intended to tell Catholics for whom or against whom to vote.

Additional Information on Election Issues


Prayer for an End to Human Trafficking

Oh God, we didn't see them.

But you did-

The hundreds and thousands of human beings trafficked each year to join the millions who are trapped in modern-day slavery.

Under terrible conditions, they work in factories, plow fields, harvest crops, work quarries, fill brothels, clean homes, and haul water.

Many are children with tiny fingers for weaving rugs and small shoulders for bearing rifles.

Their labor is forced, their bodies beaten, their faces hidden from those who don't really want to see them.

But you see them all, God of the poor.

You hear their cry and you answer by opening our eyes, and breaking our hearts and loosening our tongues to insist:

No mas. No more.