Bishops release “Faithful Citizenship for Iowa Catholics” letter

The Iowa Catholic Conference (ICC) has released its “Faithful Citizenship for Iowa Catholics” letter for distribution in advance of the 2018 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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Iowa Catholic Conference Review of the 2018 Legislative Session

June 4, 2018 As Catholics, our cause is the defense of human life and dignity and the protection of the weak and vulnerable … the principles of Catholic social teaching – dignity of the human person, subsidiarity and solidarity, freedom, participation, the common good, and care for the poor and most vulnerable among us – [...]

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Bishops’ statement following signing of “heartbeat” abortion ban – May 4, 2018

The Iowa Catholic Conference is pleased the Legislature has taken action in Senate File 359 to stop any trafficking in fetal body parts following an abortion and supports the life-affirming intent of the provision to stop abortions after a heartbeat can be detected. As Pope Francis has said, “Let us respect and love human life, [...]

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Iowa bishops oppose death penalty – Feb. 6, 2018

2018 statement on death penalty final We speak in opposition to the use of the death penalty in any form and to its possible reinstatement in Iowa. Marking the 25th anniversary of the Catechism of the Catholic Church last fall, Pope Francis said the death penalty is, in itself, “contrary to the Gospel, because a [...]

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Iowa bishops support DACA youth – Sept. 1, 2017

The Catholic bishops of Iowa have contacted Iowa’s congressional delegation in support of DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals) youth and the Dream Act of 2017. You are encouraged to contact our members of Congress on the issue as well at https://votervoice.net/ICC/home. The text of the Iowa Catholic Conference letter is as follows: The Iowa Catholic Conference supports [...]

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Bishops’ review of the 2017 legislative session

As Catholics, our cause is the defense of human life and dignity and the protection of the weak and vulnerable … the principles of Catholic social teaching – dignity of the human person, subsidiarity and solidarity, freedom, participation, the common good, and care for the poor and most vulnerable among us – must define our [...]

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Statement on Syrian refugees – November 2015

Nov. 17, 2015 The recent movement of 27 governors in the United States to apparently oppose entrance to Syrian refugees to their respective states (CNN, 11/16/2015) revives an embarrassing experience in our country’s history. During World War II, those of Japanese nationality in the United States were rounded up and placed in confinement. In the [...]

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Bishops comment on Supreme Court marriage decision – June 2015

June 29, 2015 The US Supreme Court’s ruling on marriage saddens us. To make something legal does not mean that it is true or good. Take, for example, the ruling that legalized abortion. Notwithstanding this ruling, we will continue to lead people to live under the Gospel, which requires us to be humble and loving [...]

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Statement on decision by Iowa Supreme Court on telemed abortion

June 19, 2015 We are disappointed by the Iowa Supreme Court’s decision to strike down a rule prohibiting abortions by telemedicine. In 2013 the Iowa Board of Medicine approved a rule that required a physician to be physically present when abortion drugs are being provided, rather than pushing a button following a remote video consultation. [...]

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Education Savings Accounts – 2015

January 2015 Parents are the ones primarily responsible for the education of their children. We believe Education Savings Accounts (ESAs) are a tool that would empower parents across our state to choose the best and most suitable education for their children, regardless of economic standing. ESAs would allow parents who choose not to enroll their [...]

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