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The Iowa Catholic Conference

The official public policy voice of the bishops of Iowa.

At the state legislature we advocate for policies that respect the life and dignity of the human person, and apply the principles of Catholic social teaching to critical issues of the day.

We encourage Catholics to inform their conscience and participate in the political process. Sign up for our newsletter and follow us in social media to stay informed and add your voice to that of many Catholics from around the state.

With your help we can change the course of public debate on issues at the core of Catholic social and moral teaching.

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“In the Catholic tradition, responsible citizenship is a virtue and participation in political life is a moral obligation.”

− Forming Consciences for Faithful Citizenship, United States Conference of Catholic Bishops

March 7, 2021

ICC Newsletter, March 7, 2021

The first legislative deadline or “funnel,” at the State Capitol was Friday. A bill must have passed its first committee by then or it’s considered dead for the session. (Budget…
February 28, 2021

ICC Newsletter, Feb. 28, 2021

A bill must pass its first committee by Friday or it’s considered ineligible for the rest of the session. (This does not apply to budget or tax legislation.) You can…
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February 22, 2021

Iowa Coalition for Ethical Care opposes doctor-prescribed suicide

The Iowa Catholic Conference is a part of the Iowa Coalition for Ethical Care, which opposes the legalization of assisted suicide. The coalition sent a letter to legislators earlier in…
February 21, 2021

ICC Newsletter, Feb. 21, 2021

As the first legislative deadline approaches early next month, you are encouraged to contact your legislator on issues of concern, such as assistance to low-income people and the death penalty.…
February 14, 2021

ICC Newsletter, Feb. 14, 2021

The Iowa House has passed a couple of bills supported by the ICC and sent them to the Senate. House File 302 establishes a graduated eligibility phase-out for state child…
February 5, 2021

ICC Newsletter, Feb. 5, 2021

We recognize that each person is created in the image and likeness of God. That’s one reason it was so disappointing in 2018 when the Iowa Supreme Court found a…
February 5, 2021

Supporting education choice for parents

In a landmark case almost a century ago, the United States Supreme Court issued a decision that found it was constitutional for states to compel children to attend school, but…
January 31, 2021

ICC Newsletter, Jan. 31, 2021

The story of the session so far is that the legislative leadership is moving fast on several of their priorities. The governor’s “Students First” education reform bill, Senate File 159,…
January 24, 2021

ICC Newsletter – Jan. 24, 2021

Governor Reynolds has introduced her education reform proposal, and a Senate subcommittee is set to consider the bill later today (Monday). Among the provisions are: “Students First” scholarships (similar to…
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January 18, 2021

Iowa bishops oppose death penalty – January 2021

2021 statement on death penalty final We speak in opposition to the use of the death penalty in any form and to its possible reinstatement in Iowa. It is a…
January 15, 2021

ICC Newsletter, Jan. 15, 2021

The 89th Iowa General Assembly convened on Monday and several priority issues are already moving: A bill to reinstate the death penalty in Iowa (SSB 1004) passed a Senate subcommittee…
January 8, 2021

ICC Newsletter, Jan. 8, 2021

The 89th Iowa General Assembly is set to begin on schedule next Monday, Jan. 11. One difference in procedures due to the COVID-19 pandemic is that committee and subcommittee meetings…