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We provide a list of resources that promote education and advocacy on the sanctity of human life. Our mission is to be proper stewards over the gift of life that God has given us.

Death Penalty

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Catholic Conference of Ohio on the Death Penalty

Posted on: September 13, 2021

This webpage provides the Catholic Church's position and statements from Pope Francis on the death penalty, as well as the Catholic Bishops of Ohio's Teaching Statements on the Death Penalty. It also lists issue resources and legislative updates.

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Catholics Mobilizing Network

Posted on: September 13, 2021

This national organization mobilizes Catholics and all people of goodwill to value life over death, to end the use of the death penalty, to transform the U.S. criminal justice system from punitive to restorative, and to build capacity in U.S. society to engage in restorative practices.

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Ohioans to Stop Executions

Posted on: September 13, 2021

OTSE is a coalition of individuals and organizations working to reduce the use of and ultimately end capital punishment in Ohio. We are ordinary Ohioans with an extraordinary vision for how society addresses violent crime and victim family needs.

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The Church's Anti-Death Penalty Position

Posted on: September 13, 2021

The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops provides various excerpts from "A Culture of Life and the Penalty of Death," its 2005 statement calling for an end to the use of the death penalty.

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Catholic Teaching

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Ohio Catholic Conference

Posted on: July 6, 2021

The Conference represents the Church’s position before the Ohio General Assembly, various state departments, bureaus, agencies and other organizations. The Conference also provides facilitation, coordination and joint programming for diocesan groups involved in various Church ministries.

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Pontifical Academy for Life

Posted on: July 6, 2021

Founded in 1994, the Academy is dedicated to “study, information and formation on the principal problems of biomedicine and of law, relative to the promotion and defense of life, above all in the direct relation that they have with Christian morality and the directives of the Church’s Magisterium.”

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USCCB Pro-Life Activities

Posted on: July 6, 2021

This USCCB proclaims that human life is a precious gift from God; that each person who receives this gift has responsibilities toward God, self and others; and that society, through its laws and social institutions, must protect and nurture human life at every stage of its existence.

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Consistent Life Ethic

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Dicastery for Promoting Integral Human Development

Posted on: July 9, 2021

The Dicastery promotes the integral development of the person in light of the Gospel and in line with the Social Doctrine of the Church. It dedicates particular attention to taking care of the goods of justice, peace and the safeguarding of Creation, as well as issues regarding disarmament, human rights, human mobility, health, charitable works, expressing the concern and attention of the Pope towards a humanity that suffers, among whom are the needy, the ill and the excluded.

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Pontifical Academy for Life

Posted on: July 9, 2021

The Academy is dedicated to promoting the Catholic Church's consistent life ethic. It also does related research on bioethics and Catholic moral theology.

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The Gospel of Life

Posted on: July 9, 2021

This papal encyclical written in 1995 by Pope John Paul II deals with issues related to the sanctity of human life.

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The Pontifical Academy of Sciences

Posted on: July 9, 2021

The Pontifical Academy of Sciences is distinctive in its kind because it is the only supranational academy of sciences in the world. Its mission is to honor pure science wherever it may be found, ensure its freedom and encourage research for the progress of science.

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USCCB Pastoral Plan for Pro-Life Activities: A Campaign in Support of Life

Posted on: July 9, 2021

In response to Pope John Paul II's "Gospel of Life" encyclical, the USCCB issues this plan to put forth "a precise and vigorous reaffirmation of the value of human life and its inviolability, and at the same time a pressing appeal addressed to each and every person, in the name of God: respect, protect, love and serve life, every human life."

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Abortion

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Catholic Conference of Ohio on Abortion

Posted on: July 9, 2021

The Catholic Conference of Ohio encourages the enactment of effective laws that will provide maximum protection for unborn persons.

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National Committee for a Human Life Amendment

Posted on: July 9, 2021

The National Committee for a Human Life Amendment is dedicated to pursuing this vision. The organization’s objectives include educating citizens, developing pro-life legislative networks, and offering programs in support of pro-life legislation. Among its various activities, NCHLA produces educational and program resources, communicates with leaders about legislative priorities and presents legislative seminars throughout the year. In a special way, NCHLA assists dioceses, state Catholic conferences, and Catholic lay groups. The Committee also works closely with the Secretariat for Pro-Life Activities of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops.

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USCCB on Abortion

Posted on: July 9, 2021

The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops works to teach respect for all human life and to organize for its protection in the light of The Gospel of Life, especially on behalf of those who are unborn, disabled, elderly and dying.

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Bioethics

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Do No Harm: The Coalition of Americans for Research Ethics

Posted on: July 9, 2021

The Coalition of American for Research Ethics is composed of scientists, researchers, bioethicists, medical, academic and other professionals, patient advocates, and concerned individuals who advocate the ethical pursuit of stem cell research and regenerative medicine in general. Do No Harm opposes stem cell research that relies on the destruction of human life and on human cloning and supports such alternatives as adult and cord blood stem cell research and the more recent advances involving induced pluripotent stem cells.

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Ethical and Religious Directives for Catholic Health Care Services

Posted on: July 9, 2021

The purpose of these Ethical and Religious Directives is twofold: first, to reaffirm the ethical standards of behavior in health care that flow from the Church’s teaching about the dignity of the human person; second, to provide authoritative guidance on certain moral issues that face Catholic health care today.

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The National Catholic Bioethics Center

Posted on: July 9, 2021

The National Catholic Bioethics Center, established in 1972, conducts research, consultation, publishing and education to promote human dignity in health care and the life sciences, and derives its message directly from the teachings of the Catholic Church.

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USCCB on Reproductive Technology

Posted on: July 9, 2021

The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops provides Church documents and teachings, as well as articles, publications and testimonies related to the Catholic Church's position on reproductive technology.

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USCCB on Stem Cell Research

Posted on: July 9, 2021

The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops provides Church documents and teachings, as well as articles, publications and testimonies related to the Catholic Church's position on stem cell research.

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End of Life

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USCCB on Assisted Suicide

Posted on: September 13, 2021

The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops provides official statements, as well as videos, testimonies and resources related to the Catholic Church's position on Assisted Suicide.

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Catholic Conference of Ohio on Euthanasia & Assisted Suicide

Posted on: September 13, 2021

This webpage provides resources, legislative documents, backgrounders and educational materials related to the Catholic Church's position on Euthanasia and Assisted Suicide.

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Catholic Guidance for End-of-Life Decision Making

Posted on: September 13, 2021

This website is designed to offer Catholics moral clarity and guidance on the Church’s teachings regarding end-of-life decision making.

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National Catholic Bioethics Center: Catholic Guide to End-of-Life Decisions PDF Download

Posted on: September 13, 2021

This PDF download provides a brief but clear explanation of Church teaching on advance directives, euthanasia, and physician-assisted suicide with a glossary of terms, as well as sample advance directive and power of attorney forms.

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State of Ohio Advance Directive Forms

Posted on: September 13, 2021

Advance Directives are legal documents that provide instructions about your health care wishes in case you are unable to speak for yourself due to a medical condition. These forms are legal in Ohio and approved by Ohio Bishops.

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USCCB on End of Life

Posted on: September 13, 2021

This webpage provides new releases, letters and videos related to the Bishops’ policies and teaching statements on End of Life issues.

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Environment

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Catholic Climate Covenant

Posted on: September 13, 2021

Inspired by the USCCB's 2001 statement on climate change, and supported by 19 national partners (which include the USCCB, Catholic Relief Services, Catholic Charities USA, the Catholic Health Association, congregations of religious men and women, and other national organizations), Catholic Climate Covenant helps US Catholics respond to the Church's call to care for creation and care for the poor.

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Catholic Conference of Ohio on the Environment

Posted on: September 13, 2021

This webpage provides issue resources, legislative updates, information on Pope Francis' encyclical, Laudato Si', and statements from the Catholic Bishops of Ohio Statements on Care for Creation.

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Global Catholic Climate Movement

Posted on: September 13, 2021

Global Catholic Climate Movement works within the Catholic Church to better care for our common home. Our founding document is Pope Francis’ encyclical on climate change and ecology, Laudato Si'.

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USCCB on the Environment

Posted on: September 13, 2021

The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops provides resources as well new releases and statements from the Church on environmental advocacy. You can also find information on Laudato Si', the new appeal from Pope Francis "addressed to every person living on this planet for an inclusive dialogue about how we are shaping the future of our planet."

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Faithful Citizenship

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Diocesan Social Action on Faithful Citizenship

Posted on: September 13, 2021

Our Diocesan Social Action Office provides multiple resources on Forming Consciences for Faithful Citizenship, advocacy opportunities, as well as other educational materials on faithful citizenship.

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USCCB on Faithful Citizenship

Posted on: September 13, 2021

The Catholic Bishops of the United States are pleased to offer once again to the Catholic faithful Forming Consciences for Faithful Citizenship, a teaching document on the political responsibility of Catholics. This statement represents the USCCB's guidance for Catholics in the exercise of their rights and duties as participants in our democracy.

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Human Trafficking

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Collaborative Initiative to End Human Trafficking

Posted on: September 13, 2021

The Collaborative to End Human Trafficking began in 2007 in Cleveland, Ohio in response to the need for information and action in northeast Ohio regarding the problem of human trafficking.

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U.S. Catholic Sisters Against Human Trafficking

Posted on: September 13, 2021

U.S. Catholic Sisters Against Human Trafficking is a collaborative, faith-based national network that offers education, supports access to survivor services, and engages in advocacy in an effort to eradicate modern-day slavery.

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Persons with Disabilities

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Be Not Afraid

Posted on: September 13, 2021

BNA is a private non-profit organization that provides comprehensive case management to parents carrying to term following a prenatal diagnosis.

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Catholic Charities Disability Services & Ministries

Posted on: September 13, 2021

Disability Services & Ministries only see abilities when working with people who have intellectual and developmental disabilities, who are deaf or hard of hearing, blind or visually impaired, or have mental illness. The social, educational and spiritual needs of each individual are addressed by our many programs and services.

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National Catholic Partnership on Disability

Posted on: September 13, 2021

Rooted in Gospel values that affirm the dignity of every person, the National Catholic Partnership on Disability (NCPD) works collaboratively to ensure meaningful participation of people with disabilities in all aspects of the life of the Church and society.

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Prenatal Partners for Life

Posted on: September 13, 2021

We are a group of concerned parents, medical professionals, legal professionals and clergy whose aim is to support, inform and encourage expectant or new parents with a special needs child.

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Pornography

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My House Initiative: Archdiocese of Kansas City in Kansas

Posted on: September 13, 2021

The My House Initiative is aimed at helping Catholics in northeast Kansas protect their children and families from pornography, develop a deeper understanding of the beauty and sacredness of God’s gift of human sexuality and experience freedom from the effects of pornography.

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USCCB on Pornography

Posted on: September 13, 2021

The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops provides statements and informative audio files related to the Catholic Church's position on pornography.

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Poverty

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Catholic Campaign for Human Development

Posted on: September 13, 2021

The Catholic Campaign for Human Development is the domestic anti-poverty program of the U.S. Catholic Bishops, working to carry out the mission of Jesus Christ "... to bring good news to the poor ... release to captives ... sight to the blind, and let the oppressed go free." (Luke 4:18)

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Catholics Confront Global Poverty

Posted on: September 13, 2021

Catholics Confront Global Poverty is an initiative of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops and Catholic Relief Services. As the official voice of the Catholic Church in the U.S., Catholic Confront Global Poverty calls on Catholics and our nation to defend the lives and dignity of people living in poverty worldwide, through advocacy and action. This website provides an advocacy toolkit, donation information, stories of poverty and more.

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Ohio Catholic Conference on Economic Justice

Posted on: September 13, 2021

Catholic Social Doctrine teaches that a just economy is one that serves the human person. Questions of fair wages, fair taxation, fair treatment of workers and fair business practices are important public policy debates. This webpage provides information on Ohio's state budget, tax reform, backgrounders, legislation and a number of other educational resources.

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Ohio Catholic Conference on Housing & Homelessness

Posted on: September 13, 2021

Catholic Social Teaching insists that shelter is one of the basic rights of the human person. There must be available to all everything necessary for leading a life truly human such as food, clothing and shelter. This webpage provides backgrounders, legislative documents and resources on this issue.

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Ohio Catholic Conference on Hunger

Posted on: September 13, 2021

In Ohio, over two million people experience food insecurity, meaning that they do not always know where they will find their next meal. The Ohio Catholic Conference on Hunger provides legislative documents, Catholic Conference of Ohio Budget Backgrounders, as well as a number of resources to combat hunger.

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Ohio Catholic Conference on Poverty

Posted on: September 13, 2021

The Ohio Catholic Conference provides educational resources on national poverty and poverty in the state of Ohio, legislative documents, news updates and information on Catholic Teachings on poverty.

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USCCB on Economic Justice & Domestic Poverty

Posted on: September 13, 2021

The Catholic bishops of the United States believe building a just economy that works for all and encompasses a wide range of issues, including food security and hunger, work and joblessness, homelessness and affordable housing, and tax credits for low-income families, as well as protecting programs that serve poor and vulnerable people throughout the federal budget.

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USCCB on Housing & Homelessness

Posted on: September 13, 2021

The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops believe decent, safe, and affordable housing is a human right. Catholic teaching supports the right to private property, but recognizes that communities and the government have an obligation to ensure the housing needs of all are met, especially poor and vulnerable people and their families. At a time of rising homelessness and when many workers' wages are stagnant and living expenses are rising, it is important to ensure housing security. This webpage provides legislative documents, foundational documents.

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Racism

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USCCB Against Racism

Posted on: September 13, 2021

The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops works to speak out against and combat racism. USCCB explores and implements concrete solutions to address the racism that still pervades our society and our Church today, and works in collaborative ways to strengthen the response of all people to this evil.

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Religious Liberty

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USCCB on Conscience Protection

Posted on: September 13, 2021

The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops works to defend conscience rights for health care providers. USCCB provides church documents, educational resources, news releases, actionable steps and a number of other resources and information on the Catholic Church's stance on Conscience Protection.

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USCCB on Religious Liberty

Posted on: September 13, 2021

The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops seeks to strengthen and sustain religious freedom by teaching about religious freedom to the faithful and the broader public, and promoting and defending religious freedom in law and policy. This webpage provides educational resources, events and news regarding the Catholic Church's commitment to religious liberty.

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Violence

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Catholic Conference of Ohio Bishops on Gun Violence

Posted on: September 13, 2021

The Catholic Conference of Ohio Bishops has been a consistent advocate for peace and the prevention of gun and other forms of violence that strike at the life and dignity of persons. This website provides legislations, Bishop's statements and educational resources on Ohio Bishop's stance on gun violence.

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Catholic Conference of Ohio Bishops on Prison Ministry & Criminal Justice

Posted on: September 13, 2021

The Catholic Conference of Ohio Bishops believes that the current trend of more prisons and more executions, with too little education and drug treatment, does not truly reflect Christian values and will not really leave our communities safer. This website provides legislation, actionable steps, literature and a number of other resources on Ohio Bishop's stance on prison ministry and criminal justice.

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USCCB on Criminal Justice - Restorative Justice

Posted on: September 13, 2021

The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops calls for reform of the criminal justice system to promote the common good, help restore a sense of community, promote rehabilitation and resist the violence that too often en-gulfs much of our culture.

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USCCB on War & Peace

Posted on: September 13, 2021

The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops provides educational resources, news releases and additional information on the Catholic Church's view on war and peace.

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