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


Environment

Pope Francis' Encyclical Letter  (Laudato Si') on Care for Our Common Home

ICC statement on the environment   
Care for the Earth    

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


Dying to Live:  A Migrant's Journey 

Justice for Immigrants


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 (approved by the full body of bishops at its November 2015 General Meeting)

Additional guidelines from USCCB on lobbying and the Church's participation in political activities

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


Stem Cell

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


Statistics

Catholic Statistics for the State of Indiana


U. S. Catechism for Adults

Free online resource in English and Spanish

View Online Version         en Español

 

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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