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Welcome to the Iowa Catholic Conference

The Iowa Catholic Conference is 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, 2011

Catholic Schools

catholic-schoolsCatholic schools are an irreplaceable resource for families and communities.  Learn about a new initiative to insure our schools will be able to continue to serve students by empowering their parents.  Watch as our executive director, Tom Chapman, joins other members of the Iowa Alliance for Choice in Education (Iowa ACE) to describe Education Savings Accounts.

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Stewardship of Creation


One of the ways we show our respect for the Creator by our stewardship of creation. Among the ongoing legislative concerns of the Iowa Catholic Conference is enforcement of present environmental laws and adequate state funding for this purpose.

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At the Capitol


The Iowa Catholic Conference has announced its 2015 Legislative Concerns and Priorities. It was formulated in consultation with its Human Life and Dignity Committee and Education Committee, and was approved by the Iowa Catholic Conference board of directors. The session begins Jan. 12, 2015.

2015 Legislative Concerns and Priorities.

Doctor-prescribed suicide bill

medical handsThere has been a bill introduced in the Iowa House  (House File 65) to legalize doctor-prescribed suicide, also called “physician-assisted suicide.” The Iowa Catholic Conference opposes the bill.

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