Catholic Conference of Ohio
Monday, June 17, 2019

News & Press - Catholic Conference of Ohio

Catholic Conference of Ohio Addresses Numerous Legislative Issues

Seeks to Protect and Enhance the Dignity and Rights of All People from Conception through Natural Death

In the Ohio General Assembly the Catholic Conference of Ohio is addressing issues related to :

  • Life
  • Human Trafficking
  • Criminal Justice
  • Immigration
  • Gun Violence 
  • Education
  • Care for Creation

Ohio House Passes Budget Bill

Bill Receives Strong Bipartisan Support

Substitute HB 166 as passed by House

Comparison Document

Catholic Conference of Ohio Budget Backgrounder for the Senate

Catholic Conference of Ohio Budget Page 

Pope Francis Orders Worldwide Response To Sexual Abuse.

U.S.C.C.B. President Calls the Order a "blessing" building upon the current "Charter for the Protection of Children and Young People"

Cardinal Daniel N. DiNardo, Archbishop of Galveston-Houston and President of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, has issued a statement regarding the release of Pope Francis’s Motu Proprio. The Motu Proprio, “You are the light of the world”, is a worldwide order to the Church from the Pope, in response to the evil of sexual abuse. The new law comes after a meeting in Rome that brought together all episcopal conference presidents from across the globe to discuss the Church sex abuse crisis.

The release includes Questions & Answers Regarding Pope Francis’s Motu Proprio

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

Governor DeWine Signs the Human Rights & Heartbeat Protection Act

Catholic Conference of Ohio commends the Governor, legislators, and advocates who supported this Protection Act

Governor DeWine

Senator Kristina Roegner, Sponsor of SB 23

On April 11, 2019, Governor DeWine signed the Human Rights and Heartbeat Protection Act (Sub HB 23). On April 10, 2019, the House approved this bill by a vote of 56-40. The Senate concurred on the measure 18-13.

The Human Rights and Heartbeat Protection Act prohibits the abortion of an unborn child with a detectable heartbeat.  The Ohio Department of Health is directed to write rules within 120 days of enactment following standard medical procedures for heartbeat detection.

Violations of the measure would be a fifth-degree felony for the provider.  Additionally, the State Medical Board can assess a $20,000 fine against providers. The funds collected will support adoption and foster care services.

The Catholic Conference of Ohio was among the many supporters of this legislation. The Conference commends the Governor, legislators, and advocates who supported this Protection Act. The Catholic Church teaches that every child, at every moment of existence, deserves love and the protection of the law. We do not believe any person or government has the right to take the life of an innocent human being.

Watch the House floor debate
Watch the Senate floor debate

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.


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.


U.S. Bishops’ Chairmen Reaffirm Authentic Human Dignity and Rights in Letter to Congress Opposing Equality Act

Three chairmen of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) have written in public opposition to the Equality Act (H.R. 5 / S. 788), which was introduced in Congress on March 13, 2019. The Act would add the new terms “sexual orientation” and “gender identity” to the definition of “sex” in federal civil rights laws, which has wide-reaching impacts on health care, women and girls’ legal protections, charitable services to needful populations, schools, personal privacy, athletics, free speech, religious liberties, and potentially parental rights.

Governor DeWine Releases Executive Budget Proposal

Proposes Priority Funding Increases for Programs Related to Children, Mental Health and Substance Abuse Treatments, Workers, Lead Paint Abatements & Clean Water

The Ohio House will begin deliberations on the Executive Budget proposal presented by Governor DeWine.  A House version will be proposed, followed by a Senate version.  In June a conference committee will deliberate and propose compromises based upon the three versions.  A balanced budget must be enacted by July 1, 2019.

The Catholic Conference of Ohio will be elvaluating and offering recommendations throughout the process.

Steps Taken in Ohio Protecting Unborn Life

Ohio Senate Passes the Heartbeat Bill & Resolution for Congress to Support the Born-Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act

The Ohio Senate passed SB 23 by a vote of 19-13.  The bill generally prohibits a physician from performing an abortion on an unborn child whose fetal heartbeat has been detected (usually around 10 weeks).  The Catholic Conference of Ohio testified in support of this legislation.

The Senate also passed SR 41 by a vote of 32-0.  This resolution urges Congress to enact the “Born-Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act,” which would guarantee adequate medical care is given to babies born after surviving an attempted abortion. The Catholic Conference of Ohio testified in support of this resolution.

Watch the Senate floor debates

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.