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Tuesday, October 16, 2018

News & Press - Catholic Conference of Ohio

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.

2017 Ohio Abortion Report Reveals Increase in Abortions

The Ohio Department of Health released the 2017 Ohio Abortion Report, revealing an increase in the number of abortions since the 2016 report. A total of 20,893 abortions were reported.

October is Respect Life Month

The annual Respect Life Program is a year-round, nationwide effort to help Catholics understand, value, and become engaged with building a culture that cherishes every human life.

Although sponsored by the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, the Respect Life Program is essentially comprised of the efforts of leaders throughout the Church like you—parish priests, staff, and volunteers; teachers and school administrators; diocesan leaders; and so many others.

The U.S. bishops produce these materials to assist you in your efforts. Instead of acting as stand-alone resources, they are designed to be brought to life as tools in your hands—build off or adapt them to fit your specific needs!

For free digital resources, visit www.usccb.org/respectlife.

Chairman of U.S. Bishops’ Conference Committee on Pro-Life Activities Applauds Cancellation of FDA Fetal Tissue Contract, Urges Additional HHS Action

September 27, 2018

WASHINGTON— Cardinal Timothy Michael Dolan, Archbishop of New York and Chairman of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) Committee on Pro-Life Activities, issued a statement today applauding initial steps taken by the Secretary of Health and Human Services to terminate a Food and Drug Administration contract to purchase aborted baby parts for research, but urging quick action to cease all funding for research using body parts from aborted babies.

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

Statement in Response to Notice of Proposed Rulemaking on Immigrants and Public Benefits

WASHINGTON--On September 22, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) issued a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking that dramatically alters certain longstanding government policies related to legal immigrants' access to essential safety net programs.  

Bishop Joe Vasquez, Chair of the Committee on Migration and Bishop of Austin, Texas, together with Bishop Frank Dewane, Chair of Committee on Domestic and Social Development and Bishop of Venice, Florida stated:  

"Yesterday's Notice of Proposed Rulemaking undercuts decades of administrative policies and guidelines on how immigrants are treated by the United States government. This further compounds strict eligibility guidelines already in place preventing many immigrants from receiving federal aid. While just beginning to review the Proposed Rule, upon initial analysis, it appears that this will be very harmful to families, raising fear among immigrant families already struggling to fulfill the American Dream. Further, it is likely to prevent families from accessing important medical and social services vital to public health and welfare." 

U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops’ Administrative Committee Statement on Sex Abuse Scandals

Committee Releases Actions to be taken Within Its Authority

September 19, 2018

WASHINGTON--The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops' (USCCB) Administrative Committee has issued the following statement today in response to the recent sex abuse scandals. In the statement, the bishops say they pledge to "heal and protect with every bit of the strength God provides us.

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.

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. 

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