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

Resource from the Indiana Public Defender Council
Death Penalty in Indiana


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

Catholic Health Association -

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

USCCB on Health Care

Ethical and Religious Directives for Catholic Health Care Services


Justice for Immigrants


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

Indiana Alliance Against Assisted Suicide


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

Political Responsibility

Guidelines for Pastors & Parishes on Lobbying and Electioneering

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:

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

Stem Cell

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


Catholic Statistics for the State of Indiana

U. S. Catechism for Adults

Free online resource in English and Spanish:
View Online Version   /   en Español


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 offers tools and resources to spread the word about poverty in America.

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