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Saturday, April 20, 2019

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The Catholic Church Responds to Disasters

Catholic Charities USA Responds to flooding in Iowa, Nebraska, and Missouri; Catholic Relief Services Responds to Tropical Cyclone Idai in Africa

Catholic Charities USA responds to flooding in Iowa, Nebraska, and Missouri. The current round of flooding, was triggered by a brutal “bomb cyclone” storm and is expected to persist across several states. Additionally, snowmelt and spring rains could create additional flooding in the weeks ahead.

DONATE TO CATHOLIC CHARITIES FLOOD RELIEF EFFORTS

CRS responds to widespread destruction in Mozambique, Malawi and Zimbabwe from Tropical Cyclone Idai which has caused massive damage to infrastructure and killed upwards of 200 people and affecting 600,000 others.

DONATE TO CRS CYCLONE IDIA RELIEF EFFORTS 

Ohio Responses to Recent Reports of Child Abuse by the Clergy

The Bishops from Ohio issue individual statements regarding diocesan efforts to better protect children.

The Eparchy of Parma is marking its 50th Anniversary this Year.

Established officially by Papal Decree February 21, 1969

The Eparchy of Parma is marking its 50th anniversary this year. Blessed Pope Paul VI issued a decree February 21, 1969 which transformed the status of the Byzantine Catholic Church in the United States, creating the Metropolia of Pittsburgh with two suffragan eparchies — Passaic and Parma. Prior to that each were part of the Eparchy of Pittsburgh.
 
Most Reverend Milan Lach, SJ, Bishop of the Eparchy of Parma, reflected on the 50 year history of the Eparchy.  "We do this in thanksgiving, recognizing the many examples of sacrifice, piety, dedication and vitality that resulted in growth, especially in the 1970s and 80s. Without a doubt, many souls were led to their heavenly reward. With gratitude we remember that cloud of witnesses — the bishops, priests, religious and laity, who, in countless ways offered testimony to their faith."

Ohio's 132nd General Assembly Winding Down

Possible vetoes will determine the fate of several life-related legislation

The Ohio Legislature is expected to return on December 19 and December 27 to wrap up the 132nd General Assembly.  Legislation not passed by January 1, 2019, must be reintroduced in the next Assembly. Much will depend upon whether the House and Senate will attempt to override any Governor vetoes (including vetoes made in the 2017 budget bill).  The Governor has indicated that he may veto the Heartbeat bill (HB 258), the gun bill (HB 228) and the pay raise bill (SB 296).  The Senate needs 20 votes to override; the House needs 60. 

 

U. S. Bishops Issue a Pastoral Letter Against Racism

"Open Wide Our Hearts: The Enduring Call To Love" Addresses the Evil of Racism in Our Society and Church

“Open Wide Our Hearts: The Enduring Call to Love,” is a Pastoral Letter from the full body of bishops to the lay faithful and all people of goodwill addressing the evil of racism.

The pastoral letter asks us to recall that we are all brothers and sisters, all equally made in the image of God. Because we all bear the image of God, racism is above all a moral and theological problem that manifests institutionally and systematically. Only a deep individual conversion of heart, which then multiplies, will compel change and reform in our institutions and society. It is imperative to confront racism’s root causes and the injustice it produces. The love of God binds us together. This same love should overflow into our relationships with all people. The conversions needed to overcome racism require a deep encounter with the living God in the person of Christ who can heal all division.

Statement and Resources

U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops 2018 General Assembly in Baltimore, Nov. 12-14

Papal Nuncio and USCCB President Offer Opening Comments: Focus is on Addressing the Sexual Abuse Crisis

Address of Archbishop Christophe Pierre, Apostolic Nuncio to the United States

Address of Cardinal Daniel DiNardo, President of USCCB 

Watch streaming video of the USCCB General Assembly

Mike DeWine Elected Governor

Calls for Ohioans to Unite

In his victory speech, Mike DeWine said: “Tonight one journey ends and the other begins. As we begin this journey tonight, we must work, not as Democrats, not as Republicans, but as Ohioans. Ohioans united around our shared mission to ensure that every single person in this state, every child, not matter where they’re born, no matter who their parents are, no matter what their circumstances are, has the opportunity to live up to their God given potential. That is our mission.”

Hannah News Report of all the election results in Ohio

Ohio Catholic Bishops Offer Election Reflections

Bishops Do Not Take a Position on State Issue 1; Call for Prayerful Discernment of the Pros and Cons

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.

Bulletin Insert on Issue 1
Background Information on Issue 1

Bulletin Insert on Choosing Political Candidates
Bulletin Insert on Making Moral Choices in Voting

Catholic Conference of Ohio: Election Resources

President of U.S. Bishops' Conference Welcomes Steps Holy See is Taking to Ensure Faithful are Protected from the Evil of Sexual Abuse

October 7, 2018

 ROME—Cardinal Daniel N. DiNardo, Archbishop of Galveston-Houston and President of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB), is welcoming the recent announcement by the Holy See outlining steps to ensure the faithful are protected by the evil of sexual assault. 

Emergency Collection for 2018 Natural Disasters

Dioceses across the country asked to participate

Funds will be used in response to Hurricane Florence and any other natural disasters that occur this year. Initially, funds will be used to support the efforts of Catholic Charities USA as they reach out to provide humanitarian aid in the form of water, food, shelter, and medical care, as well as to their long-term efforts to restore communities after widespread destruction. Also, funds will go to support the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops' efforts to assist with pastoral and reconstruction aid to the Church. Humanitarian funds for any future disasters impacting communities outside the US may be shared with Catholic Relief Services for their response efforts.

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