ICC Newsletter – July 17, 2017

HEALTH CARE REFORM STILL AT ISSUE The U.S. Senate is still working on a health care reform bill called the “Better Care Reconciliation Act.” In response to a newly-released version, Bishop Frank J. Dewane of Venice, Florida, Chairman of the U.S. Bishops’ Committee on Domestic Justice and Human Development, said, “The USCCB is reviewing carefully [...]

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ICC Newsletter – updated action alert on health care, June 27, 2017

The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) has sent out an updated action alert regarding the Senate health care bill. You can find the alert and take action at https://votervoice.net/USCCB/home. The USCCB is recommending the following three changes to the bill: Strip out harmful changes to Medicaid that will wreak havoc on the poor [...]

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ICC Newsletter – June 23, 2017

The U.S. Senate is working on its version of a health care bill. The House passed its own bill last month. Bishop Frank J. Dewane of Venice, Florida, Chairman of the U.S. Bishops’ Committee on Domestic Justice and Human Development, has highlighted certain positive elements in the Senate bill, but reiterated the need for Senators [...]

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Retired Archbishop Daniel Kucera, OSB, dies at age 94

The following news release is from the Archdiocese of Dubuque. Dubuque, Iowa - Archbishop Emeritus Daniel W. Kucera, OSB, died May 30, 2017, at Stonehill Care Center in Dubuque, Iowa. He was 94 years old. He is survived by one brother, Father Edward Kucera, OSB of Lisle, IL. Archbishop Kucera was born May 7, 1923, [...]

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ICC Newsletter – May 25, 2017

The Catholic bishops of Iowa have released a statement reviewing the 2017 Iowa legislative session. Lt. Gov. Kim Reynolds is now serving as governor following the resignation of Gov. Terry Branstad. In her inaugural address, she mentioned tax reform, energy, education and workforce issues as priorities. Branstad has been confirmed as the new U.S. ambassador [...]

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20-week abortion prohibition signed by Governor

Iowa Catholic Conference staff was pleased to be present when Gov. Terry Branstad signed Senate File 471 on May 5. The bill prohibits abortion after 20 weeks post-fertilization with exceptions to save the life of the mother or for a serious physical health emergency. The bill also contains a three-day waiting period before an abortion. [...]

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Vocation of the Agricultural Leader

The “Vocation of the Agricultural Leader,” published in 2016, is a collaboration of the International Catholic Rural Association, the Pontifical Council of Justice and Peace and Catholic Rural Life of the United States. The document, similarly to the “Vocation of the Business Leader,” (2012), connects the message of Catholic social teaching with those who participate [...]

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ICC Newsletter – April 24, 2017 – legislative session ends

The Iowa legislative session ended Saturday morning at 7:15 a.m. after pulling an all-nighter. Here are a few updates from the past week: The Senate passed Senate File 471 and sent it to the governor. The bill prohibits abortion after 20 weeks post-fertilization with exceptions to save the life of the mother or for a [...]

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Msgr. Thomas Zinkula named bishop-elect of Davenport

Msgr. Thomas Robert Zinkula has been appointed by Pope Francis to succeed Bishop Martin Amos as the bishop of Davenport, Iowa. Bishop-elect Zinkula’s installation Mass is scheduled for June 22. He is currently assigned as rector of St. Pius X Seminary in Dubuque. Bishop Amos will serve as the apostolic administrator of Davenport until the [...]

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ICC Newsletter – April 17, 2017

Although the state legislature may be moving towards adjournment in the next week or two, there are still several issues where your input can make a difference. Thanks for your contacts last week with legislators in support of mental health funding reform. House Study Bill 194 passed the House Ways and Means Committee unanimously. If [...]

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