ICC Newsletter – Jan. 27, 2020

‘PROTECT LIFE’ AMENDMENT PASSES COMMITTEE Senate Joint Resolution 21, the “Protect Life” amendment to clarify that a right to abortion is not guaranteed by the State of Iowa Constitution, passed the Senate State Government on Jan. 23 on a party line vote of 10-5. The bill is now eligible for debate on the Senate floor. [...]

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ICC Newsletter – Jan. 20, 2020

The 2020 session of the 88th Iowa General Assembly convened last week. Gov. Kim Reynolds delivered her Condition of the State address last Tuesday and announced an “Invest in Iowa Act.” It includes a sales tax increase, income and property tax decreases as well as proposals to improve water quality and mental health programs. The [...]

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ICC Newsletter – Dec. 18, 2019

This fall the Iowa Catholic Conference has been working with legislators and others on several issues of concern identified by the bishops. A top priority is encouraging the Legislature to pass a “Protect Life” amendment to Iowa’s Constitution which would allow the people of Iowa to decide how to regulate abortion. In June 2018, the [...]

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ICC Newsletter – Nov. 11, 2019

USCCB LAUNCHES CIVILITY EFFORT       As campaigning by presidential candidates takes place across Iowa, the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) is launching a year-long initiative that invites Catholics to model civility, love for neighbor and respectful dialogue. “Civilize It: Dignity Beyond the Debate” will ask Catholics to pledge civility, clarity, and [...]

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ICC Newsletter – Sept. 26, 2019

‘WORLD DAY FOR MIGRANTS AND REFUGEES’ TO BE CELEBRATED SUNDAY The Vatican’s World Day for Migrants and Refugees will be held this Sunday, Sept. 29. The theme for the celebration is, “It is not just about migrants.” Bishop Joe S. Vásquez of Austin, Chairman of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops’ (USCCB) Committee on [...]

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ICC Newsletter – Aug. 29, 2019

BISHOPS HIGHLIGHT 1919 PROGRAM OF SOCIAL RECONSTRUCTION For Labor Day, the U.S. Catholic bishops have issued a statement on the one-hundred-year-old United States Bishops’ Program of Social Reconstruction. The Program was published in 1919 after the end of World War I as a guide for the economic changes during that time period. In the statement, [...]

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ICC Newsletter – Aug. 14, 2019

BISHOPS EXPRESS CONCERN ABOUT RACISM AND MASS SHOOTINGS Bishops from three committees at the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) expressed their deep concern on Aug. 8 about racism and xenophobia that apparently motivated the recent massacre in El Paso and that have motivated numerous other recent mass shootings in the United States. Following [...]

ICC Newsletter – July 17, 2019

BISHOPS URGE RECONSIDERATION OF ENFORCEMENT-ONLY IMMIGRATION POLICIES Immigration policy continues to be a topic of great public interest. The pictures of the father and his daughter who drowned in the Rio Grande, as well as reports of inhumane conditions for children in custody at the border, touch our conscience and invite action. Cardinal Daniel DiNardo, [...]

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ICC Newsletter – June 10, 2019

HOUSE PASSES DREAM ACT The U.S. House of Representatives passed the American Dream and Promise Act of 2019 (H.R. 6) on June 4 by a vote of 237-187. Click here for more information on the bill. Bishop Joe S. Vásquez of Austin, Chairman of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops’ (USCCB) Committee on Migration, said, [...]

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Bishops review 2019 Iowa legislative session

Now that Gov. Reynolds has completed her signing of bills, the bishops of Iowa have released a statement on the 2019 legislation session. Here is the full text: We, the members of the Iowa Catholic Conference, recognize the hard work of lawmakers in our State. We would like to commend them for some of the [...]