Catholic Conference of Ohio
Tuesday, October 20, 2020

Care for Creation - Catholic Conference of Ohio

Call to Care for God's Creation

The Catholic Bishops of Ohio invite you to study the issues related to the stewardship of God’s creation. Care for the environment is a fundamental principle within Catholic Social Teaching. We applaud efforts already underway in many Catholic homes and institutions that help conserve energy, protect the environment, and advance a greater understanding of faithful stewardship. We hope that Catholic families and institutions around the state will continue in such efforts.

Environmental issues and concerns are increasingly at the forefront of public debate. For example, news concerning hydraulic fracturing is an almost daily occurrence in some parts of Ohio. While these issues are often complex, certain ethical principles apply. Stewardship, prudence, care for the poor, and promotion of the common good are but a few. Public advocacy promoting such principles of environmental justice is a worthy and needed action.

Our church teachings regarding environmental stewardship are rich and challenging. Pope Benedict XVI, in his 2010 World Day of Peace message entitled If you Want to Cultivate Peace, Protect Creation, urged us to renew and strengthen “that covenant between human beings and the environment, which should mirror the creative love of God, from whom we come and towards whom we are journeying” (no. 1). This web resource provides timely information to help us in this task. It links to Catholic teachings and offers resources helpful for individuals, families, parishes, schools and other institutions.

As you examine these many resources, we encourage you to prayerfully reflect upon the following questions:

  1. How are we to fulfill God's call to be stewards of creation in an age when we may have the capacity to alter that creation significantly, and perhaps irrevocably?
  2. How can we as a "family of nations" exercise stewardship in a way that respects and protects the integrity of God's creation and provides for the common good, as well as for economic and social progress based on justice?
  3. What steps will I take to better promote and live out care for God’s creation?

May God bless us in this journey of justice.

Catholic Bishops of Ohio

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Shorter Versions of How Global Warming Works

Encyclical Letter

Social Teachings

  • Papal Statements related to the Environment
  • Compendium of the Social Doctrine of the Church...Chapter Ten: Safeguarding the Environment
  • Catechism of the Catholic Church...The Ten Commandments: Article 7: The Seventh Commandment
  • United States Conference of Catholic Bishop Statements (USCCB) related to the Environment
  • Catholic Bishops of Ohio Statements related to the Environment

View Social Teachings

School Resources

  • Catholic Climate Covenant
  • National Catholic Rural Life Study Guides on Climate Change, Food and Justice
  • Catholic Health Association Resources on the Environment
  • Catholic Relief Services Lesson Plans on Care for Creation
  • Catholic Youth Care for Creation Program, National Federation for Catholic Youth Ministry
  • Sustainability and Catholic Higher Education: A Toolkit for Mission Integration, Association of Catholic Colleges and Universities
  • Environmental Checklist for Individuals & Families

View School Resources

Issue Topics

  • Climate Change
  • Energy Conservation
  • Food and Agriculture
  • Hydraulic Fracking
  • Fossil Fuels
  • Land Use
  • Renewable Energy

View Issue Topics

General Resources

  • Web Resources
  • Ohio Diocesan Links
  • Environmental Checklist

View General Resources

Ohio Diocesan Contacts

Archdiocese of Cincinnati
Catholic Social Action
Care for God's Creation/Climate Change Task Force

Diocese of ClevelandCatholic Charities/ Diocesan Social Action
Climate Change Resources

Diocese of Columbus
Office for Social Concerns

Diocese of Steubenville
Office of Family and Social Concerns

Diocese of Toledo
Catholic Charities

Diocese of Youngstown
Office of Social Action

Byzantine Eparchy of Parma

Romanian Eparchy of St. George in Canton

Ukrainian Eparchy of St. Josaphat

 

Latest Environment Updates

Laudato Si' Week Activities

Theme is "Everything is Connected"

Pope Francis encourages the celebration of Laudato Si’ Week from May 16-24.  These dates mark the fifth anniversary of the encyclical Laudato Si': On Care for our Common Home.  The theme of this nine-day global campaign is “Everything is Connected.”  The Catholic Climate Covenant, which helps US Catholics respond to the Church's call to care for creation and care for the poor, offers resources for parishes and families.

U. S. Bishops Approve Additions to Teaching Document on Political Responsibility

A short introductory letter and five short video scripts approved to supplement "Forming Consciences for Faithful Citizenship"

An introductory letter  addressing current issues of the day and references to the teachings of Pope Francis was approved by USCCB to supplement  the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops' existing document, Forming Consciences for Faithful Citizenship. The letter affirms the "richness" that our faith brings to the public square, and addresses challenges that have become more pronounced:

"Pope Francis has continued to draw attention to important issues such as migration, xenophobia, racism, abortion, global conflict, and care for creation. In the United States and around the world, many challenges demand our attention.

The threat of abortion remains our preeminent priority because it directly attacks life itself, because it takes place within the sanctuary of the family, and because of the number of lives destroyed. At the same time, we cannot dismiss or ignore other serious threats to human life and dignity such as racism, the environmental crisis, poverty and the death penalty."

Introductory Letter

Introductory Letter References to Pope Francis' Apostolic Exhortation Rejoice and Be Glad #25, #101

Controversial Energy Bill Passed

Bill Subsidizes Nuclear Energy; Weakens Renewable Energy Standards

HB 6 is scheduled to take effect on October 22, 2019.  The bill provides subsidies to Ohio's two nuclear plants, as well as two coal powered plants.  It also phases out the state's renewable portfolio standards and energy efficiency standards by 2027. Cost reductions are also projected for Ohio rate payers.

The Catholic Conference of Ohio advocated for this legislation to maintain and strengthen Ohio’s commitment to renewable energy, and to address Ohio’s overly restrictive wind setback standards. Wind and solar are among the most viable and least risky clean energy sources today and in the future.

A ballot initiative is underway to repeal this legislation. Should enough signatures be procured, the issue would be placed on the November 2020 ballot.

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