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Church supports a just and humane reform of our immigration system

The Iowa Catholic Conference supports the reform of our immigration system in a just and humane way. We believe that persons have the right to find opportunities in their homeland, in addition to a right to migrate to support and protect themselves and their families. The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, in collaboration with [...]

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ICC Newsletter – Jan. 10, 2019

The 88th Iowa General Assembly is set to convene next Monday, Jan. 14. Legislative leaders will address the chambers about their plans for the session. On Tuesday, Gov. Kim Reynolds will present her budget and “Condition of the State” message to the Legislature. The State of the Judiciary and Condition of the National Guard speeches [...]

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ICC Newsletter – Dec. 20, 2018

We are pleased to report the First Step Act has passed the Senate and House and is headed to President Trump for his signature. Sen. Charles Grassley of Iowa was a key leader in getting the bill passed. The goal of the Act is to point the prison system towards programming that will help prisoners succeed [...]

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Bishops release 2019 Legislative Principles and Concerns

The Iowa Catholic Conference has released its Legislative Principles and Concerns for the 2019 session. The ICC also released a letter discussing gun legislation. The Iowa Catholic Conference is the public policy agency of the Catholic Church in Iowa. Its Board of Directors includes the Catholic bishops of Iowa and lay people, priests, deacons and religious sisters.

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ICC Newsletter – Dec. 6, 2018

As we approach the end of the year, the federal government is working to wrap up consideration of several issues that affect human life and dignity here and around the world. We encourage you to contact the government during the next few days with your opinion on these issues: The Administration has proposed a “public [...]

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Bishops release letter on gun legislation

The Catholic bishops of Iowa released a letter on gun legislation on Dec. 6, 2018. The bishops said, “We believe that weapons increasingly capable of inflicting great suffering in a short period of time are simply too accessible. The right to bear arms as found in our Constitution must be balanced against the safety and [...]

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ICC Newsletter – Nov. 12, 2018 – Election recap

More than 1.3 million people voted in Iowa on Tuesday, nearly 61 percent of the electorate. It’s the highest number of voters for a mid-term election ever in the state. However, the more things change, the more they stay the same. Gov. Kim Reynolds (R) won re-election over Fred Hubbell, and Republicans also retained control [...]

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ICC Newsletter – Oct. 22, 2018

Voting has begun in Iowa. Now is the time for you to choose! In their Faithful Citizenship for Iowa Catholics statement, the Iowa Catholic bishops say, “There will never be a perfect candidate, but that’s no excuse not to vote, which would let some other force or voice fill the vacuum left by opting out. [...]

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ICC Newsletter – Sept. 25, 2018

To receive occasional alerts from the Iowa Catholic Conference, text the word IOWACATHOLIC to 50457. DON’T CUT SCHOLARSHIPS AVAILABLE TO LOW-INCOME STUDENTS The Iowa Catholic Conference is encouraging you to contact your members of Congress and the IRS to stop a proposed rule that could cut the number of scholarship available for students to attend [...]

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ICC Newsletter – Aug. 24, 2018

BISHOPS RESPOND TO ABUSE SCANDAL The four Catholic bishops of Iowa are responding to the Holy Father’s call for the Church to join in acts of prayer and fasting in “combating all forms of abuse of power, sexual abuse and the abuse of conscience.” Check out the Iowa Catholic Conference Facebook page for more details. A [...]

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