“Not a case of either/or, but rather both/and”

  Archbishop Jackels spoke to a congregation of at least 500 at the annual Pro-Life Mass held at Saint Ambrose Cathedral before the Midwest March for Life on January 16. In his homily, Archbishop Jackels called for a defense of life and dignity that incorporates all components of Catholic teaching, creating an integrated vision that [...]

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Midwest March for Life 2016

Stand with us! March with us! In January, as hundreds of Iowans once again join hundreds of thousands on the National Mall in Washington, D.C. for the annual March for Life, there will also be a day-long opportunity for pro-life advocacy and education in downtown Des Moines. The Midwest March for Life will be held [...]

By |January 11th, 2016|Abortion, Human Life and Dignity|Comments Off on Midwest March for Life 2016

Statement on Syrian refugees – November 2015

Nov. 17, 2015 The recent movement of 27 governors in the United States to apparently oppose entrance to Syrian refugees to their respective states (CNN, 11/16/2015) revives an embarrassing experience in our country’s history. During World War II, those of Japanese nationality in the United States were rounded up and placed in confinement. In the [...]

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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

The abuse and destruction of God’s greatest gifts

“… a widespread mentality of profit, the throwaway culture, which has today enslaved the hearts and minds of so many.” Pope Francis, on the subject of abortion The recent revelations of Planned Parenthood’s practice of marketing fetal parts and bodies generated by abortion has shaken much of the nation. As Catholics, we know the common [...]

By |August 25th, 2015|Abortion, Bioethics, Human Life and Dignity, Issues, News, News and Legislative Updates|Comments Off on The abuse and destruction of God’s greatest gifts

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 [...]

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Statement on decision by Iowa Supreme Court on telemed abortion

June 19, 2015 We are disappointed by the Iowa Supreme Court’s decision to strike down a rule prohibiting abortions by telemedicine. In 2013 the Iowa Board of Medicine approved a rule that required a physician to be physically present when abortion drugs are being provided, rather than pushing a button following a remote video consultation. [...]

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Iowa Supreme Court strikes down rule prohibiting telemed abortions

The Iowa Supreme Court has struck down the Iowa Board of Medicine’s rule that essentially prohibited telemedicine (“webcam”) abortions. In 2013 the board had approved a rule that required a physician to be physically present when abortion drugs are being provided, rather than pushing a button following a remote video consultation. A district court upheld [...]

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Pope Francis releases encyclical letter on ecology

Pope Francis has released his encyclical letter “Laudato Si” (Praise Be to You). Addressing his letter to all the people living on the planet, the pope asks us to consider what kind of world we want to leave to those who come after us. The chair of the Iowa Catholic Conference board, Bishop Richard Pates [...]

By |June 18th, 2015|Care for Creation, Human Life and Dignity, News, News and Legislative Updates, Uncategorized|Comments Off on Pope Francis releases encyclical letter on ecology

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