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 [...]

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Ethical and Religious Directives of Catholic Health Care Services

“The purpose of these Ethical and Religious Directives then is twofold: first, to reaffirm the ethical standards of behavior in health care that flow from the Church’s teaching about the dignity of the human person; second, to provide authoritative guidance on certain moral issues that face Catholic health care today.” The Ethical and Religious Directives [...]

By |April 23rd, 2015|Bioethics, Care for Creation, End of Life, Healthcare, Human Life and Dignity, Issues|Comments Off on Ethical and Religious Directives of Catholic Health Care Services

ICC opposes “doctor-prescribed suicide” bills

Bills have been introduced in the Iowa House and Iowa Senate to legalize doctor-prescribed suicide, also called "physician-assisted suicide.” The Iowa Catholic Conference opposes the bills. Click on the link for a flier regarding our opposition to the bill along with the Iowa Coalition for Ethical Care. Iowa-AssistedSuicide-final 2017 The Iowa Catholic Conference opposes the legalization [...]

By |January 22nd, 2015|Bioethics, End of Life, Human Life and Dignity, News, News and Legislative Updates|Comments Off on ICC opposes “doctor-prescribed suicide” bills