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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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? [...]

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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 [...]

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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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ICC Newsletter – Aug. 15, 2016 – Bishops release “faithful citizenship” statement

The Iowa bishops have released their “Faithful Citizenship for Iowa Catholics” statement for the 2016 general election. The Catholic Church does not endorse or oppose candidates or political parties. However, it contributes to the political process by encouraging Catholics to take action in the political arena with a properly formed conscience. “The defense of human [...]

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Catholics encouraged to take action in the political arena with a properly-formed conscience

The Iowa Catholic Conference (ICC) has released its “Faithful Citizenship for Iowa Catholics” flier for distribution in advance of the 2016 general election. The Catholic Church does not endorse or oppose candidates or political parties. However, it contributes to the political process by encouraging Catholics to take action in the political arena with a properly-formed [...]

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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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‘Save the Date’ for the Iowa Institute for Social Action, Jan. 15-16, 2017

It’s time to “save the date” for the 2017 Iowa Institute for Social Action. The Institute is our leadership-training event for advocates of the human life and dignity teachings of the Church. It will be held on Jan. 15-16 (MLK Day) at Saints John and Paul Church in Altoona, IA. Brian Corbin, Executive Vice-President of [...]

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