E-FOCUS ALERT OCTOBER 2009

Thank you for reading the Catholic Conference of Ohio's electronic newsletter : E-FOCUS, OCTOBER , 2009
For a print copy click here (PDF)

Election 2009

Ohio's Election is Tuesday November 3, 2009.

On October 8, 2009, the Catholic Bishops of Ohio reviewed the three pending statewide ballot issues. They have issued a Ballot Issues Guide offering issue summaries, pros and cons, reflection questions and position statements.

Voters are encouraged to study, pray and reflect upon these statewide issues, and to keep in mind Catholic social teachings on care for people, care for the earth, and care for justice. The Catholic Conference of Ohio believes each of these issues involves prudential decisions. Conscientious voters may arrive at differing positions on these issues. 

For your consideration, the Catholic Bishops of Ohio have chosen to take the following public positions:

Issue 1 (Ohio Bonus Pay for Veterans) Not Opposed
Issue 2 (Livestock Care Standards Board): Support
Issue 3 (Casino Gambling): Opposed

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Bulletin Inserts Regarding Statewide Ballot Issues

The Catholic Conference of Ohio grants permission and strongly encourages duplication and distribution of the following:

Bulletin/Handout Inserts

State Issue 1 (Bonus Pay for Veterans)(single page, color) (pdf)
Black & White Copy of Issue 1

State Issue 2 ( Livestock Standards Board) (single page, color) (pdf)
Black & White Copy of Issue 2

State Issue 3 (Casino Gambling) (single page, color) (pdf)
Black & White Copy of Issue 3

All three issues together (four pages, color) (pdf)
Black & White Copy of all three issues together


Ohio Legislative Action Alert
Contact Your Elected Officials, Ask Them To Restore Funding
To Catholic School Students
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The state budget bill, as passed by the House and Senate and signed by the Governor, cut $59 million over the biennium in aid to students attending chartered nonpublic schools.  The cuts were in:

Statehouse (800) 282-0253

Information on contacting your Legislators

Information on locating Legislators by parish and/or school

Information on contacting the Governor


Bulletin Inserts Regarding Cuts To Catholic School Students

The Catholic Conference of Ohio grants permission and strongly encourages duplication and distribution of the following:

Bulletin Inserts

Action Alert on School Cuts for General Parish/Community Publication (two pages) (PDF)
Color Alert for general publication
Black & white Alert for general publication

Action Alert on School Cuts for Distribution to Catholic School Parents (two pages) (PDF)
Color Alert for Catholic school distribution
Black & white Alert for Catholic school distribution

This Distribution to Catholic School Parents Alert includes a signature page that we ask parents to sign and either return to their Catholic school or send directly to their elected officials. Alerts returned to their school will be given to the Catholic Conference of Ohio for distribution to the appropriate elected officials.

For more information on Education Issues link to the Catholic Conference of Ohio's Education Page

Catholic Conference Contact Information

Location: 9 E. Long St. Suite 201, Columbus, Ohio 43215
Phone: 614-224-7147 / Fax: 614-224-7150
Web: www.ohiocathconf.org


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