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Catholic Social Action Contact:

Cincinnati
Tony Stieritz – Director
Tammie Mers – Administrative Assistant
Sr. Tracy Kemme – Issue Campaign Coordinator

Catholic Social Action
100 East 8th Street
Cincinnati, OH 45202
Phone: (513) 421-3131 ext. 2660
Fax: (513) 421-1582
Email: csa@catholiccincinnati.org

Dayton Office
Pam Long – Regional Director

Catholic Social Action
1436 Needmore Road
Dayton, OH 45414
Phone: (937) 224-3026
Fax: (937) 341-5036
Email: csadayton@catholiccincinnati.org

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Where We Stand

The obligation to teach the moral truths that should shape our lives, including our public lives, is central to the mission given to the Church by Jesus Christ. (no. 11)

U.S. Catholic bishops, Forming Consciences for Faithful Citizenship, 2015

Jesus Christ’s command for us to love one another mandates that the Church provide moral guidance to both our personal and our social lives.  The Church is called to read the “signs of the times” and to apply our universal teachings on human life, dignity and care for creation to the concrete situations impacting individuals, our families, our communities, our world.  The Catholic bishops often make public statements responding to specific social concerns in order to form the consciences of decision-makers, the Catholic faithful and the general public, so that our actions contribute to the civilization of love that God wants for all of us.  Generally speaking, our nation’s bishops, through the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, shine the light of our faith upon those issues with a national scope.  State-level concerns are addressed by the Ohio bishops through the Catholic Conference of Ohio.  The Archbishop of Cincinnati, aided by his chancery staff, applies our moral framework and experience to issues that particularly impact our local communities.  This page shares many of the more recent statements and commentaries from the Archdiocese responding to these social concerns.

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To access statements from the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, click here.

To access statements from the Catholic Conference of Ohio, click here.  (Many more positions of the Catholic Church on issues particularly impacted by statewide policy, such as abortion, the death penalty, and elections, can be found at the Catholic Conference of Ohio website.  The Archbishop of Cincinnati chairs the CCO and fully endorses these statements.)

Care for Creation

Laudato Si’ and Our Local Call to Be Stewards of Creation, Archbishop Dennis M. Schnurr, August 5, 2015

Laudato Si’: Its Message for Care for Creation and Energy Conservation in Ohio,
Jeff Bohrer, M.S., P.E., Archdiocesan Director of Property Management and Real Estate, August 5, 2015 

Church Taking Climate Change Seriously   Tony Stieritz, Archdiocese of Cincinnati Director of Catholic Social Action and Jeff Bohrer, Archdiocese of Cincinnati Director of Property Management, November 12, 2014

Care for Creation in State’s Energy Standards Debate, on SB 310
Jeff Bohrer, Archdiocese of Cincinnati Property Manager, and Tony Stieritz, Archdiocesan Catholic Social Action Office Director , May 23, 2014

Environmental Justice Ordinance, Testimony to Cincinnati City Council, June 16, 2009

Civility and Faithful Citizenship

Civilize It: Dignity beyond the Debate, Archbishop Dennis M. Schnurr, September 15, 2016

Prayer for Papal Visit, Archbishop Dennis M. Schnurr, September, 2015

Rising to Faithful Citizenship, Archbishop Dennis M. Schnurr, 2012

Rising to Faithful Citizenship Post-Election Statement, Archbishop Dennis M. Schnurr, November 2012

Ecumenism and Interfaith

Joint Statement to Encourage Study, Prayer and Service in Commemoration of the 500th Anniversary of the Reformation, Archbishop Dennis M. Schnurr, Archdiocese of Cincinnati, Bishop Suzanne Darcy, Southern Ohio Synod, Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, Bishop Jeffrey M. Monforton, Diocese of Steubenville, October 31, 2016

Statement for Women’s Interfaith Prayer Service for Peace and Unity, Archbishop Dennis M. Schnurr, December 16, 2015

The Power of Interfaith Collaboration:  Remarks for the 50th Anniversary of Nostra Aetate, Archbishop Dennis M. Schnurr, October 18, 2015

Healthcare

Archdiocese of Cincinnati Statement on Health Care Reform, August 2009

Housing

Metropolitan Area Religious Coalition of Cincinnati, Housing Remarks,  Bishop Joseph Binzer, October 9, 2013

Housing Principles, October 9, 2013

Hunger

Feeding the Hungry,  Ted Bergh, CEO, Catholic Charities Southwestern Ohio, September 2016

A Gift for Pope on Hunger, Archbishop Dennis M. Schnurr. July 2015

Archbishop’s Letters on “Food for All”, Archbishop Dennis M. Schnurr, June 2015

Immigration and Refugees

Justice and Mercy: The Case of Maribel Trujillo and the Catholic Church’s InvolvementMay 2017

Archdiocesan Statement Concerning Maribel Trujillo’s Deportation and a Renewed Call for Immigration Reform and More Targeted Enforcement,  April 19, 2017

Archdiocesan Statement Concerning Maribel TrujilloApril 6, 2017

Statement on Refugees and Immigrants, Archbishop Dennis M. Schnurr, January 31, 2017

Statement for Mayor’s Press Conference, Tony Stieritz, Archdiocese of Cincinnati Director of Catholic Social Action, January 30, 2017

General Statement on Refugees, Catholic Charities Southwestern Ohio, January 30, 2017

Affirming Our Faith and American Tradition, Ted Bergh, CEO, Catholic Charities Southwestern Ohio, November 2016

Testimony to Cincinnati City Council on MARCC ID, Tony Stieritz, Archdiocese of Cincinnati Director of Catholic Social Action, May 11, 2016

Statement on Unaccompanied Migrant Children, Archbishop Dennis M. Schnurr, July 28, 2014 

Statement on the Occasion of U.S. Catholic Bishops’ Mass on the U.S.-Mexico Border, Archbishop Dennis M. Schnurr, March 27, 2014

Testimony in Support of Cincinnati City Council Resolution Recognizing the Immigrant Community of Cincinnati and Calling for Comprehensive Immigration Reform, Tony Stieritz, Archdiocese of Cincinnati Director of Catholic Social Action, March 6, 2013

Statement for Comprehensive Immigration Reform, March for Citizenship, Springfield, OH, Archbishop Dennis M. Schnurr, July 27, 2013

MARCC Immigration Statement, Archbishop Dennis M. Schnurr, 2011

Immigration Principles Press Kit, MARCC, June 23, 2011

Why We Need Comprehensive Immigration Reform, Archbishop Dennis M. Schnurr, 2010

Marriage

Statement on Supreme Court Same-Sex Marriage Ruling, Archbishop Dennis M. Schnurr, June 26, 2015

Marriage Needs Support, Not Redefinition, Archbishop Dennis M. Schnurr, August 14, 2013

Statement on Supreme Court Decisions on Defense of Marriage, Archbishop Dennis M. Schnurr, June 26, 2013

Poverty and Human Services

Archbishop Schnurr Endorses Children’s Issues, Archbishop Dennis M. Schnurr, October 13, 2016

Testimony to Cincinnati Finance Committee in Support of an Increase to the Human Services Fund, Bernie Young, Catholic Social Action Commission, June 2016

Testimony to Cincinnati City Council in Support of Wage Enforcement OrdinanceFebruary 2016

Statement of Qualified Support for the Montgomery County Human Services Levy, 2014

Protecting the Poor from the Fiscal Cliff: A Call from Catholic Human Service Providers in the Cincinnati Archdiocese for a “Circle of Protection” in the Federal Budget, December 2012 

Poverty Message for All Masses, November 19 and 20, 2011, Archbishop Dennis M. Schnurr

Religious Liberty

Fortnight for Freedom Letter, Archbishop Dennis Schnurr, 2017

Fortnight for Freedom Letter, Archbishop Dennis M. Schnurr, 2015

Message on Religious Liberty for Crossing the Bridge for Life, Tony Stieritz, Archdiocese of Cincinnati Catholic Social Action Director, June 1, 2014

Letter on HHS Mandate, Archbishop Dennis M. Schnurr, January 15, 2013

Address to Rally for Religious Freedom, Bishop Joseph Binzer, June 8, 2012

Statement on –  HHS Mandate  Lawsuits, Archbishop Dennis M. Schnurr, May 23, 2012

Lenten Call to Prayer and Fasting for Religious Freedom, Archbishop Dennis Schnurr, Catholic Health Partners, Catholic Charities Southwestern Ohio, College of Mount St. Joseph, St. Vincent de Paul – Cincinnati Council, and Xavier University, Feb. 21, 2012

Letter on Department of Health and Human Services, Archbishop Dennis M. Schnurr, February 13, 2012

Letter Concerning HHS Edict, Archbishop Dennis Schnurr, January 26, 2012 

 

Respect Life

Statement on Disposal of Aborted Babies by Planned Parenthood, Archbishop Dennis M. Schnurr, December 11, 2015

Defund Planned Parenthood, July 30, 2015

Violence

Peace Mass Homily, Archbishop Dennis M. Schnurr, January 1, 2017

Homily for National Day of Prayer for Peace in Our Communities, Archbishop Dennis M. Schnurr, September 9, 2016

Peace Mass Homily, Archbishop Dennis M. Schnurr, January 1, 2016

A Catholic Response to a Violent Nation, Archbishop Dennis M. Schnurr, June 23, 2015

Collective Statement for 9/11