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Statement from Archbishop Schnurr on the Passage of Issue 1

Release Date:  Nov. 7, 2023

Statement From Archbishop Schnurr on the Passage of Issue 1

The passage of Issue 1 is deeply disturbing. Archbishop Dennis M. Schnurr of the Archdiocese of Cincinnati has released a video statement in response. Found here. 

The text copy of the statement:

My dear brothers and sisters in Christ, this is Archbishop Dennis Schnurr.

The people of Ohio missed this important opportunity to demonstrate that the health and safety of women, the fundamental rights of parents, and the lives of preborn children deserve protection.  Despite this outcome, we are grateful for all of you who prayed, educated yourselves and others, and voted NO on this horrific amendment.  And we praise God for the gift of His great love and mercy which He continues to pour out to us in good times and in bad.

The passage of Issue 1 shows that there remains a desperate need for conversion of hearts and minds to a culture of life in our country, one that respects the inherent dignity and sacredness of every human being from conception to natural death.  This conversion will only come about through the witness of our earnest prayer and compassionate care for the most vulnerable among us.  I urge everyone in the Archdiocese of Cincinnati to redouble support for the many Catholic ministries that provide material resources and personal accompaniment to women, children and families so that abortion ceases to be a consideration.

May the Blessed Virgin Mary, mother of our Lord Jesus Christ, graciously help us build a culture of life and a civilization of love to the praise and glory of God, the Creator of all.

The Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Cincinnati is the 51st largest Catholic diocese in the country, with around 435,000 Catholics, and has the fifth largest Catholic school system in terms of enrollment with nearly 40,000 students.  The 19-county territory includes 206 canonical parishes organized into 57 Families of Parishes, and 109 Catholic primary and secondary schools.


­Jennifer Schack

Director of Media Relations

Archdiocese of Cincinnati

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