ICC Newsletter – Jan. 16, 2017

Bills introduced to “defund” abortion providers; eliminate regulation of guns The Iowa legislative session began last week with the introduction of some bills of interest to the Iowa Catholic Conference and the Governor’s “Condition of the State” address. The ICC supports redirecting government health care funds away from abortion providers. Senate File 2 would, in [...]

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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 [...]

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ICC Newsletter – Jan. 8, 2017

The 87th Iowa General Assembly convenes on Monday. Most of the first week is taken up by the usual ceremonies and organizational meetings of committees. During the first day, legislative leaders address the chambers to talk about their plans for the session. Also coming up this week is Governor Branstad’s presumably final “Condition of the [...]

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ICC Newsletter – Dec. 20, 2016

LEGISLATIVE KICKOFF WEBINARS One of our top priorities during the upcoming legislative session is to encourage passage of a flexible Education Savings Account (ESA) program in Iowa. In preparation for the session, our partners at Iowa Alliance for Choice in Education are offering 30-minute “Legislative Kickoff” webinars at two convenient times – Tuesday, Jan. 10 [...]

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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; [...]

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ICC Newsletter – Nov. 28, 2016

We hope you had a blessed Thanksgiving. Time to get back to work! One of our top priorities during the upcoming legislative session is to encourage passage of an Education Savings Account (ESA) program in Iowa. Click here for a very short video about how ESAs work for families. ESAs will help all parents pay [...]

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ICC Newsletter – Nov. 10, 2016

Most of the election coverage has been focused on the presidential race but we pay attention to the Iowa Statehouse. Tuesday’s elections resulted in the Republicans gaining control of the Iowa Senate. They picked up six seats for a total of 29 Republicans to 19 Democrats and one independent. There will be a special election [...]

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ICC Newsletter – Nov. 2, 2016

"Making decisions in the light of our faith will not be easy, and it may lead us to a place we don't want to go. But it is our life-long obligation to say "yes" to God in all things, and listen for His voice sounding in our heart." Faithful Citizenship for Iowa Catholics, 2016   [...]

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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 [...]

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ICC Newsletter – Oct. 14, 2016

What should we be looking for in leaders? “Those with political responsibilities must not forget or underestimate the moral dimension of political representation, which consists in the commitment to share fully in the destiny of the people and to seek solutions to social problems. In this perspective, responsible authority also means authority exercised with those [...]

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