Catholic Conference of Ohio
Friday, November 16, 2018

News & Press - Catholic Conference of Ohio

Ohio House Passes "Heartbeat" Legislation

Bill prohibits most abortions after a fetal heartbeat is detected

HB 258 passed the House by a vote of 60-35.  This legislation generally prohibits an abortion after there is a fetal heartbeat detected; applies penalties to physicians violating this prohibition; allows for civil actions related to the "wrongful death of an unborn child"; establishes further ways to promote adoption; addresses other compliance measures.

The Senate is expected to consider this bill over the next several weeks.

The Conference supports the life-affirming intent of this legislation and will continue assisting in efforts aimed at resolving differences related to specific language and strategies. In the end, the Catholic Conference of Ohio desires passage of legislation that can withstand constitutional challenge and be implemented in order to save lives.

Catholic Conference of Ohio Urges Caution in Enacting Legislation Changing Ohio's "Duty to Retreat" Provisions in Self-defense Situations

HB 228 makes changes to current "retreat" standards as they relate to the use of guns and other defense weapons

HB 228 recently passed the Ohio House by a vote of 65-32.  The Senate is expected to hold hearings this November and December.  The Catholic Conference of Ohio has a long-standing concern over changing provisions that may weaken one's "duty to retreat" in self-defense situations.

In a previous statement, the Ohio Bishops wrote:  "[We] believe that the duty to avoid violence (retreat), when possible, is an essential component of self-defense and respect for life. Defending one’s life can, at times, justly require the use of lethal force, but the use of lethal force should be a last resort and of absolute necessity. Other criteria for deciding between retreat and force include the imminent threat to life and the need for a proportional response. Our Church’s teaching cautions that if a person in self-defense uses more than necessary violence, it is immoral [Catechism of the Catholic Church, 2264].

The Bishops also encourage that HB 228 be expanded to include provisions from the Governor's workgroup on addressing gun violence.

Watch the House floor debate here

  

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

Bishops Applaud Final Rules Providing Expanded Moral and Religious Exemptions to HHS Mandate

Cardinal Daniel N. DiNardo, Archbishop of Galveston-Houston and President of the USCCB, and Archbishop Joseph E. Kurtz of Louisville, Chairman of the USCCB’s Committee for Religious Liberty, are applauding the Trump Administration’s decision to finalize regulations providing expanded religious and moral exemptions from the mandate requiring health insurance coverage of sterilization, contraception, and drugs and devices that may cause abortions.

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

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.

Mr. Matthew Daniels Named Senior Director of Education For Toledo Diocese

Welcome Matt!

  • Posted: Oct. 29, 2018
  • Categories: Education

Matt was most recently the first lay principal at Saint Rocco Parish School in the Diocese of Cleveland.  He previously served as principal-minister at Holy Trinity Parish School in Assumption, Ohio.  He was also a member of the English faculty and served as Faculty Technology Coordinator for Saint John Jesuit High School and Academy.

Matt completed his Bachelor’s degree from Ohio State University where he was a four-time scholar athlete as a walk-on for the football team, and he earned a Master of Arts in Educational Leadership from the University of Notre Dame’s Mary Ann Remick Leadership Program.

Matt and his wife, Jen, have five children Joseph (7), Maria (5), James (4), Luke (2) and John (6 months).

This appointment is effective November 13, 2018.

Church Statements on the Synagogue Tragedy in Pittsburgh

Chairman of U.S. Bishops' Committee for Ecumenism and Interreligious Affairs:

"...Anti-Semitism is to be condemned and has to be confronted by our nation. The Committee on Ecumenical and Interreligious Affairs of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops stands with our Jewish brothers and sisters during this time of great distress. May God grant peace to the dead, healing to the injured, and comfort to the families of those hurt and killed and to all the Jewish Community." More

President of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops:

"...We condemn all acts of violence and hate and yet again, call on our nation and public officials to confront the plague of gun violence. Violence as a response to political, racial, or religious differences must be confronted with all possible effort. God asks nothing less of us. He begs us back to our common humanity as His sons and daughters..." More

Pope Francis:

"...May the Almighty welcome the deceased in His peace, console their families and support the injured. In reality we are all wounded by this inhuman act of violence. May the Lord help us to extinguish the outbreaks of hatred that develop in our societies, reinforcing the sense of humanity, respect for life, moral and civil values, and the holy fear of God, Who is Love and the Father of all." More

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. 

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