Catholic Conference of Ohio
Saturday, April 20, 2019

News & Press - Catholic Conference of Ohio

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

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.

Governor DeWine Announces a Halt on State Executions

Archbishop Schnurr commends Governor for demonstrating "bold, fair and compassionate leadership"

Gov. Mike DeWine announced that he is halting executions until the state devises a new lethal injection protocol that overcomes any court challenges. He did not issue a formal stay of all executions but said “As long as the status quo remains, where we don’t have a protocol that has been found to be OK, we certainly cannot have any executions in Ohio. That would not be right, at least in my opinion.”

He directed prison officials to come up with a new protocol, which will likely face legal challenge in federal court.

Archbishop Dennis Schnurr, writing on behalf of the Catholic Bishops of Ohio, commended the Governor for this action.

Ohioans to Stop Executions Link

Catholic Teaching on the Death Penalty


President of U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops Issues Statement at Close of Meeting on the Protection of Minors in the Church

Assembly calls for "concrete and effective measures"

Cardinal Daniel N. DiNardo, Archbishop of Galveston-Houston and President of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB), reflected upon the Vatican Assembly.

"A range of presenters from cardinals to other bishops to religious sisters to lay women spoke about a code of conduct for bishops, the need to establish specific protocols for handling accusations against bishops, user-friendly reporting mechanisms, and the essential role transparency must play in the healing process. Achieving these goals will require the active involvement and collaboration of the laity....Enhanced by what I experienced here, we will prepare to advance proposals, in communion with the Holy See, in each of these areas so that my brother bishops can consider them at our June General Assembly. There is an urgency in the voice of the survivors to which we must always respond. I am also aware that our next steps can be a solid foundation from which to serve also seminarians, religious women, and all those who might live under the threat of sexual abuse or the abuse of power...."

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."