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Protecting the Hyde Amendment

In 1977, Congress passed the Hyde Amendment with bi-partisan support, and since that time its action has protected millions of vulnerable human lives. An accelerating political movement to end Hyde requires the support of Catholics to preserve its defense of human life and dignity against the offense of abortion. The Hyde Amendment was created in [...]

By |January 12th, 2018|Abortion, Human Life and Dignity, Uncategorized|Comments Off on Protecting the Hyde Amendment

Freedom for mission and space to do good

  The USCCB has announced the Fortnight for Freedom: Freedom for Mission, which will be celebrated from June 21-July 4. The bishops ask Catholics to pray for the prudential judgment of our nation’s leaders as they consider the important issues before them. Religious freedom is “our first, most cherished liberty” and the one on which [...]

By |June 19th, 2017|Human Life and Dignity, Issues, Religious Liberty, Uncategorized|Comments Off on Freedom for mission and space to do good

Little Sisters of the Poor find hope in Supreme Court ruling

A statement from Sister Loraine Marie Maguire, Mother Provincial for the Little Sisters of the Poor, following oral arguments before the Supreme Court on March 23, 2016: “We Little Sisters of the Poor are a group of women who make religious vows to God. We dedicate ourselves to serving the elderly poor regardless of race [...]

By |May 18th, 2016|Uncategorized|Comments Off on Little Sisters of the Poor find hope in Supreme Court ruling

Religious Liberty: “It’s a claim about what a human being is”

The only way to insure respectful and flourishing human communities is to respect a notion of the human person that integrates all aspects of their humanity. This year's "Fortnight for Freedom: Witnesses to Freedom" will take place from June 21 to July 4, 2016. The USCCB has published a video entitled “The Right to Religious [...]

By |April 18th, 2016|Issues, News, News and Legislative Updates, Religious Liberty, Uncategorized|Comments Off on Religious Liberty: “It’s a claim about what a human being is”

Bringing the science of conservation to classrooms

The state of Iowa is blessed with attributes that combine to make it the top producer in the nation of food and commodities consumed across the country and around the world. The challenge for Iowans is to protect the abundant natural resources of our state while limiting the damage to the environment the process of [...]

By |April 18th, 2016|Care for Creation, Issues, News, News and Legislative Updates, Uncategorized|Comments Off on Bringing the science of conservation to classrooms

Celebrating 10 years of supporting parents by supporting choice

Hundreds of Iowa students gathered at the capitol in March to thank legislators for the bi-partisan effort that is helping parents gain access to education programs best suited to the needs of their students. Click here for an action alert on the Education Savings Account bill. The 2016 Education Celebration was hosted by Iowa ACE, the [...]

By |March 3rd, 2016|Uncategorized|Comments Off on Celebrating 10 years of supporting parents by supporting choice

“Not a case of either/or, but rather both/and”

  Archbishop Jackels spoke to a congregation of at least 500 at the annual Pro-Life Mass held at Saint Ambrose Cathedral before the Midwest March for Life on January 16. In his homily, Archbishop Jackels called for a defense of life and dignity that incorporates all components of Catholic teaching, creating an integrated vision that [...]

By |January 26th, 2016|Human Life and Dignity, Uncategorized|Comments Off on “Not a case of either/or, but rather both/and”

Midwest March for Life 2016

Stand with us! March with us! In January, as hundreds of Iowans once again join hundreds of thousands on the National Mall in Washington, D.C. for the annual March for Life, there will also be a day-long opportunity for pro-life advocacy and education in downtown Des Moines. The Midwest March for Life will be held [...]

By |January 11th, 2016|Abortion, Human Life and Dignity|Comments Off on Midwest March for Life 2016

Bishop Pates to present keynote address at 2014 Iowa Hunger Summit

Bishop Richard Pates, Chairman of the USCCB Committee on International Justice
and Peace, will present the keynote address at the 2014 Iowa Hunger Summit to be held on Tuesday, October 14 at the Des Moines Marriott Downtown. The summit brings together national and international experts and advocates that lead efforts to address issues of global hunger [...]

By |October 1st, 2014|News|Comments Off on Bishop Pates to present keynote address at 2014 Iowa Hunger Summit