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 [...]

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Reforming the payday loan industry

In early June the federal Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) proposed new rules regulating lenders in the payday loan industry. Although the bureau is more limited than state legislatures when imposing rules on lenders, the latest regulations may limit the pool of borrowers by requiring them to prove their ability to repay the loan without [...]

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Bread for the World and ICC announce ‘Vote to End Hunger’ rally

Participants to learn how to engage candidates to make hunger a priority issue In light of Pope Francis’ address to Congress, where he said, “The fight against poverty and hunger must be fought constantly and on many fronts,” Bread for the World President Rev. David Beckmann and Bishop Richard Pates of the Catholic Diocese of [...]

By |September 29th, 2015|Economic Concerns, Human Life and Dignity, News, News and Legislative Updates|Comments Off on Bread for the World and ICC announce ‘Vote to End Hunger’ rally

Addressing Poverty

"The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he has anointed me to bring glad tidings to the poor. He has sent me to proclaim liberty to captives and recovery of sight to the blind, to let the oppressed go free."  Luke 4:18 The coming election cycle will present Iowans with the opportunity to [...]

By |July 14th, 2015|Economic Concerns, Human Life and Dignity, Issues|Comments Off on Addressing Poverty

Payday lending

One of the Conference’s legislative priorities is safe and fair lending practices. As Pope Francis states, “The dignity of each human person and the pursuit of the common good are concerns which ought to shape all economic policies.” The payday loan or “delayed deposit service” business has gained attention in the past years as an [...]

By |April 17th, 2015|Economic Concerns, Human Life and Dignity, Issues|Comments Off on Payday lending

U.S. Bishops’ Labor Day Statement

As we approach Labor Day, we would like to highlight the 2014 Labor Day statement from the U.S. bishops. It focuses on unemployment among young people. The statement was released by the chairman of the U.S. bishops’ Committee on Domestic Justice and Human Development, Archbishop Thomas G. Wenski of Miami. It draws on Pope Francis’ teaching [...]

By |August 28th, 2014|Economic Concerns, News, News and Legislative Updates|Comments Off on U.S. Bishops’ Labor Day Statement

‘Vocation of the Business Leader’ helps men and women meet the challenges of business life

“Vocation of the Business Leader: A Reflection” is designed to guide, encourage and inspire men and women as they meet the challenges of business life. Published in 2012, the 32-page document is introduced by Cardinal Peter Turkson, president of the Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace, which worked in collaboration with the John A. Ryan [...]

By |July 15th, 2014|Economic Concerns, Uncategorized|Comments Off on ‘Vocation of the Business Leader’ helps men and women meet the challenges of business life