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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ICC Newsletter – April 10, 2017

First things first – we pray you have a blessed Holy Week! On to the news … Senate File 471, the bill to prohibit abortions after 20 weeks post-fertilization, passed the House with an amendment last week by a vote of 55-41 and returns to the Senate. The bill corrects the deficiencies we saw in [...]

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ICC Newsletter – April 3, 2017

The second legislative “funnel” deadline was on Friday. Other than budget and tax bills, legislation was required to have passed one chamber and through a committee in the other chamber to remain eligible. Keep in mind nothing is totally dead until the session is over. Senate File 471 advanced out of the House Human Resources [...]

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Religious diversity strengthens religious freedom

Download the event flier here. Sixty-five students, two years, fifteen faith communities, one freedom. This may be one way to summarize the numbers behind an eye-opening experience for dozens of Drake University students who set out to understand various religious traditions found in Iowa. Their project turned into a book titled, “A Spectrum of Faith: [...]

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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 [...]

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ICC Newsletter – March 27, 2017

Appropriations bills for state departments are being introduced at the legislature, which is usually a sign that the session is heading into its last month or so. A bill outlawing trafficking in fetal body parts, Senate File 359, passed the Iowa Senate last week by a vote of 43-6. The bill moved to the House [...]

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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, [...]

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