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Catholic bishops of Ohio offer statement on Issue 1 approval

News of the Diocese

November 8, 2023

Today is a tragic day for women, children and families in Ohio. We mourn that the dignity of human life remains concealed by the duplicity of a culture of death. Though this is a day of sorrow, we are never without hope. St. Paul tells us that it is in hope that we were saved and, “if we hope for what we do not see, we wait with endurance.”

Asking for God’s protection and mercy, we must look ahead. Despite the obstacles this amendment presents, the Catholic Church in Ohio will continue to work for policies that defend the most vulnerable, strengthen the child-parent relationship, and support women in need. As we pray for the conversion of minds and hearts to the gospel of life, we recommit ourselves to defending children in the womb and supporting women in need. The Catholic Church and faithful will never grow weary in our mission to help women and families flourish through ministries such as Walking with Moms in Need and other local organizations that provide material and spiritual support and through advocacy with policymakers.

We, the Catholic bishops of Ohio, are grateful to the Catholic faithful, clergy and all people of goodwill whose actions in this campaign demonstrated our commitment to honoring and upholding the dignity of life. Your sacrifices prove that the Church will never abandon her mission to support human life. We will persevere in this mission until every preborn child is protected, every pregnant woman is supported, and every human life receives respect, dignity and justice.

With you in Christ Jesus,

Archbishop Dennis M. Schnurr, Archdiocese of Cincinnati

Bishop David J. Bonnar, Diocese of Youngstown

Bishop John Michael Botean, St. George Byzantine Catholic Diocese

Bishop Paul J. Bradley, Diocese of Steubenville

Bishop Bohdan J. Danylo, Ukrainian Catholic Eparchy of St. Josaphat in Parma

Bishop Earl K. Fernandes, Diocese of Columbus

Bishop Edward C. Malesic, Diocese of Cleveland

Bishop Daniel E. Thomas, Diocese of Toledo

Bishop Michael Woost, Diocese of Cleveland

Click here to read a related statement from Bishop Edward Malesic about the approval of Issue 1.

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