Bill introduced to bring back the death penalty

A bill to bring back the death penalty for killing a peace officer (SSB 3042) was introduced Jan. 18 in the Iowa Senate. The Iowa Catholic Conference opposes the bill. Keep an eye on our Action Center at www.votervoice.net/icc/home for any action alerts if the bill does advance. Click here to download a quick fact sheet [...]

By |January 20th, 2018|Death Penalty, Human Life and Dignity, Issues, News, News and Legislative Updates|Comments Off on Bill introduced to bring back the death penalty

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

ICC Youtube video on immigration policy issues

With the help of the Diocese of Des Moines, the Iowa Catholic Conference has produced a short video about current federal and state immigration policy issues and what you can do to help. Take a look at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=85E43w7bjqQ&feature=youtu.be. To send a message to your members of Congress, click here: https://votervoice.net/ICC/home.

By |January 8th, 2018|Immigration and Refuges, Issues, News, News and Legislative Updates|Comments Off on ICC Youtube video on immigration policy issues

2018 Legislative Priorities and Principles

The Iowa Catholic Conference’s legislative priorities were formulated in consultation with its Human Life and Dignity Committee and Education Committee, and approved by the Iowa Catholic Conference Board of Directors. Items may be added or withdrawn as the situation requires. For more information on taking action, consult the Iowa Catholic Conference website at www.iowacatholicconference.org. As [...]

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Iowa bishops support DACA youth – Sept. 1, 2017

The Catholic bishops of Iowa have contacted Iowa’s congressional delegation in support of DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals) youth and the Dream Act of 2017. You are encouraged to contact our members of Congress on the issue as well at https://votervoice.net/ICC/home. The text of the Iowa Catholic Conference letter is as follows: The Iowa Catholic Conference supports [...]

By |September 1st, 2017|Immigration and Refuges, Issues, News, News and Legislative Updates, Policy Briefs, Uncategorized|Comments Off on Iowa bishops support DACA youth – Sept. 1, 2017

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

20-week abortion prohibition signed by Governor

Iowa Catholic Conference staff was pleased to be present when Gov. Terry Branstad signed Senate File 471 on May 5. The bill prohibits abortion after 20 weeks post-fertilization with exceptions to save the life of the mother or for a serious physical health emergency. The bill also contains a three-day waiting period before an abortion. [...]

By |May 5th, 2017|Abortion, Human Life and Dignity, Issues, News, News and Legislative Updates|Comments Off on 20-week abortion prohibition signed by Governor

Vocation of the Agricultural Leader

The “Vocation of the Agricultural Leader,” published in 2016, is a collaboration of the International Catholic Rural Association, the Pontifical Council of Justice and Peace and Catholic Rural Life of the United States. The document, similarly to the “Vocation of the Business Leader,” (2012), connects the message of Catholic social teaching with those who participate [...]

By |April 25th, 2017|Care for Creation, Issues, News, News and Legislative Updates|Comments Off on Vocation of the Agricultural Leader

Enhancing futures, transforming lives through Catholic education

A recent article in the Des Moines Register tells the story of a family that escaped the civil war of South Sudan before finding a home in Iowa and enrolling their children in Holy Family Catholic School in Des Moines. The family receives a scholarship thanks to the state’s School Tuition Organization (STO) tax credit [...]

By |April 3rd, 2017|Catholic Education, News, School Choice|Comments Off on Enhancing futures, transforming lives through Catholic education

Religious diversity strengthens religious freedom

Download the event flier here. Sixty-five students, two years, fifteen faith communities, one freedom. This may be one way to summarize the numbers behind an eye-opening experience for dozens of Drake University students who set out to understand various religious traditions found in Iowa. Their project turned into a book titled, “A Spectrum of Faith: [...]

By |April 2nd, 2017|News, News and Legislative Updates, Religious Liberty|Comments Off on Religious diversity strengthens religious freedom