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

Three pro-life bills continue to make their way in the 2017 session

The current legislative session presents an opportunity to take action on pro-life issues and ICC and our allies are lobbying to advance three bills that have survived the first funnel date. Each bill addresses an important element of ending the assault on life and dignity that abortion represents, and together would represent the most substantial [...]

By |March 27th, 2017|Abortion, News, News and Legislative Updates|Comments Off on Three pro-life bills continue to make their way in the 2017 session

Legislature to discuss funding for mental health services

As Pope Francis has said, “Health, indeed, is not a consumer good, but a universal right which means that access to healthcare services cannot be a privilege." One of the ways the issue of healthcare is showing up in the Iowa Legislature this year is through a discussion about government-funded mental health services. In 1996, [...]

By |March 22nd, 2017|Healthcare, Human Life and Dignity, Issues, News, News and Legislative Updates|Comments Off on Legislature to discuss funding for mental health services

Bishops speak out on labor and the common good

In light of the Iowa Legislature’s debate on changes to the collective bargaining law for public employees, the Iowa Catholic Conference (ICC) has again released its statement on “Labor and the Common Good” issued in 2011. Created in response to previous efforts to limit the collective bargaining rights of public employee unions, the statement recalls [...]

By |February 10th, 2017|Economic Concerns, Issues, News, News and Legislative Updates|Comments Off on Bishops speak out on labor and the common good

E-book available on the topic of dying and hospice care

We are also pleased to share with you an e-book on the topic of dying and hospice care. Contemporary society attempts to ignore the reality of death. Unfortunately, this leaves many people unprepared and/or unwilling to handle the challenges faced when they, or their loved ones, receive a terminal diagnosis. Written by Mark Schmidt, the [...]

By |October 13th, 2016|End of Life, Human Life and Dignity|Comments Off on E-book available on the topic of dying and hospice care

Opposition to “physician assisted suicide” motivated by compassion

By Archbishop Michael Jackels of the Archdiocese of Dubuque Advocates for physician-assisted suicide (PAS) in Iowa have recently begun efforts to get it legalized here, promoting legislation under the name of “Death with Dignity.” This article is the first in a series by the Catholic bishops of Iowa, intended to encourage a thoughtful reflection on [...]

By |September 16th, 2016|End of Life, Human Life and Dignity, Issues, News, News and Legislative Updates|Comments Off on Opposition to “physician assisted suicide” motivated by compassion

Seeking the face of Christ in suffering

By Bishop R. Walker Nickless of the Diocese of Sioux City   Supporters of “doctor-prescribed suicide” often say it is needed to alleviate pain and suffering. In fact, intractable pain is way down the list of reasons why patients ask for suicide. But an important point is being raised. What should we make of suffering? [...]

By |September 16th, 2016|End of Life, Human Life and Dignity, Issues, News, News and Legislative Updates|Comments Off on Seeking the face of Christ in suffering

Tending the garden of our lives

By Bishop Martin Amos of the Diocese of Davenport In the Book of Genesis, we read that the first couple was commissioned to care for the Garden that God had planted. They were to serve as caretakers, not rulers; tenant farmers instead of owners. Their vocation as stewards was to till the earth on God’s [...]

By |September 16th, 2016|End of Life, Human Life and Dignity, Issues, News, News and Legislative Updates|Comments Off on Tending the garden of our lives

Compassionate, faith-filled care at the end of life

By Bishop Richard Pates of the Diocese of Des Moines Pope Francis often refers to travelling the journey with the vulnerable, especially in this Jubilee Year of Mercy. But what does it concretely look like to accompany those who suffer, or, as Pope Francis phrased it, engage in the “mission of affectionately and tenderly caring [...]

By |September 16th, 2016|End of Life, Human Life and Dignity, Issues, News, News and Legislative Updates|Comments Off on Compassionate, faith-filled care at the end of life