Resources

Crime/Criminal Justice

U.S. Catholic Bishops - statement on a Catholic perspective on crime and criminal justice
Responsibility, Rehabilitation, and Restoration

Healing and support for everyone affected by the criminal justice system.
Restore Justice


Death Penalty

ICC brochure summarizes Church teaching and position; provides information about the death penalty; presents the Catechism text regarding death penalty and provides resources for further study.
The Death Penalty No Justice No Healing No Closure

USCCB statement calling for an end to the use of the death penalty
A Culture of Life and the Penalty of Death


Education

Educational Dilemma in Indiana

ICC statement on education reform
A Tradition of Concern for All


Environment

ICC statement on the environment   
Care for the Earth    

USCCB website includes compilation of Church teaching on environmental justice and climate change and other educational resources for parishes.
Faithful Stewards of God's Creation


Catholic Climate Covenent

Advocate for Catholic principles and priorities in climate change discussions and decisions, especially as they impact those who are poor and vulnerable


Health Care

A Catholic Guide to Health Care Directives and the Indiana Catholic Health Care Directive
This document provides information regarding types of health care directives, their purpose and a recommended directive for Catholics.  It also includes guidance for persons faced with end of life decisions. 

What does the Catholic Church Say About Health Care

USCCB Comment Letter - Administration Mandate Violates First Amendment Freedoms of Religious Organizations and Others 

USCCB on Health Care



USCCB statements

Ethical and Religious Directives for Catholic Health Care Services


Immigration

Immigration Information Campaign 2011

8 Perceived Myths vs Known Facts

Expanded Version


Indiana Bishops'  Pastoral on Immigration

I Was a Stranger and You Welcomed Me:  Meeting Christ in New Neighbors

English version

Spanish version


Dying to Live:  A Migrant's Journey 

Justice for Immigrants

Labor

A Statement by the Indiana Catholic Bishops on the Present Indiana Legislative Initiatives


Life

USCCB - questions and answers on stem cell research and human cloning
Stem Cell Research and Human Cloning


Marriage

This website, Marriage Unique for a Reason, sponsored by the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, features resources such as an extensive FAQ section on the meaning of marriage, a compilation of Catholic Teaching on marriage, a blog, and videos, “Made for Each Other” and “Made for Life" for  Catholics seeking reliable information on what the Catholic Church teaches about marriage.

This website, For Your Marriage , sponsored by the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, offers resources for couples of all faiths.  It includes practical information and resources to engaged and married couples. 

USCCB -  questions and answers about marriage and same sex unions Between Man and Woman

Political Responsibility

Guidelines for Pastors & Parishes on Lobbying and Electioneering (2010)

USCCB  website for Forming Consciences for Faithful Citizenship offers a wide range of web-based and written materials and tools to assist pastors, parishes, Catholic organizations and individuals
 www.usccb.org/issues-and-action/faithful-citizenship/.

Forming Consciences for Faithful Citizenship 2011 (document with the new Introductory Notes)


Some questions regarding participation of Catholics in political life
Role in Politics - Doctrinal Notes


Radio

Catholic Radio 97.1 FM (Indianapolis) -- Faith in Action podcast


Stem Cell

On Embryonic Stem Cell Research - A Statement of the United States Catholic Bishops Conference

USCB Stem Cell Research Q & A


Statistics

Catholic Statistics for the State of Indiana

Vatican

Caritas in Veritate
Text of Caritas in Veritate

Welfare

Catholics can learn about the state of poverty in the United States and concrete ways they can make a difference at a new website from the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB).  The site www.povertyusa.org offers tools and resources to spread the word about poverty in America.




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