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

Education Savings Accounts for Iowa

“Consequently, the public power, which has the obligation to protect and defend the rights of citizens, must see to it, in its concern for distributive justice, that public subsidies are paid out in such a way that parents are truly free to choose according to their conscience the schools they want for their children.” The [...]

By |January 19th, 2017|Catholic Education, Issues, News, News and Legislative Updates, School Choice|Comments Off on Education Savings Accounts for Iowa

New Lenten Booklet reflects on Iowa’s environment, Laudato Si’

Download the booklet here: CaringForOurCommonHome-Web With the season of Lent approaching, parishes and schools across Iowa are invited to journey towards a greater understanding of our state’s ecological and environmental issues, with the help of a new reflection book titled Caring for our Common Home: A Lenten Reflection for Iowans. Inspired by Pope Francis’s ecological encyclical [...]

By |January 11th, 2017|Care for Creation, Issues, News, News and Legislative Updates|Comments Off on New Lenten Booklet reflects on Iowa’s environment, Laudato Si’

Sign up for the Institute for Social Action – Participate in the Mass for Life

It’s time to sign up for the Iowa Institute for Social Action! Registration is now live at iowasocialaction2017.eventbrite.com. The Institute will prepare leaders to advocate for the social concerns of the Catholic Church. This year’s event will be held on Jan. 15-16 at Saints John and Paul Church in Altoona, IA. The event costs $20 for adults; [...]

By |December 13th, 2016|Issues, News, News and Legislative Updates|Comments Off on Sign up for the Institute for Social Action – Participate in the Mass for Life

2017 ICC Legislative Concerns and Priorities

“In the Catholic tradition, responsible citizenship is a virtue, and participation in political life is a moral obligation.” Forming Consciences for Faithful Citizenship, United States Conference of Catholic Bishops The Iowa Catholic Conference’s legislative agenda was formulated in consultation with its Human Life and Dignity Committee and Education Committee, and was approved by the Iowa Catholic [...]

By |October 28th, 2016|Issues, News, News and Legislative Updates, Uncategorized|Comments Off on 2017 ICC Legislative Concerns and Priorities

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