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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Ombudsman position can be another step in supporting options for Iowa students

Iowa public and non-public schools, along with Iowa parents, are partners in offering an education system for all of our state’s children. President Obama signed the Every Student Succeeds Act, or ESSA, into law last year, replacing the No Child Left Behind Act of 2001. ESSA recognizes the need for representation of non-public school interests [...]

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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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Religious Liberty: “It’s a claim about what a human being is”

The only way to insure respectful and flourishing human communities is to respect a notion of the human person that integrates all aspects of their humanity. This year's "Fortnight for Freedom: Witnesses to Freedom" will take place from June 21 to July 4, 2016. The USCCB has published a video entitled “The Right to Religious [...]

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Bringing the science of conservation to classrooms

The state of Iowa is blessed with attributes that combine to make it the top producer in the nation of food and commodities consumed across the country and around the world. The challenge for Iowans is to protect the abundant natural resources of our state while limiting the damage to the environment the process of [...]

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ICC supports RefugeeRISE bill

(Update: $300,000 in funding for RefugeeRISE made it into the state budget!) The Iowa Catholic Conference supports SF 2298, a bill to support Iowa workforce needs and provide job readiness skills to refugees in Iowa. The legislation proposes collaboration between the Iowa Commission on Volunteer Services and the Iowa Department of Human Services to fund [...]

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