Bishops urge Catholics to inform their consciences; become involved in the political process

“In the Catholic tradition, responsible citizenship is a virtue; and participation in political life is a moral obligation.” - “Forming Consciences for Faithful Citizenship,” U.S. Catholic Bishops The Iowa Catholic Conference has released its “Faithful Citizenship for Iowa Catholics” statement in advance of the 2014 mid-term elections. The document, signed by the diocesan bishops of [...]

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Iowa bishops’ statement on humanitarian situation at the border – June 2014

A November 2013 report from the U.S. Catholic bishops’ Committee on Migration alerted us to the ongoing increase in migration of unaccompanied children across the border. More than 52,000 unaccompanied children have crossed the U.S.-Mexico border since the beginning of the year. The report found a “perfect storm” of reasons leading to this phenomenon, including [...]

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Immigration Reform 2013

Once again, Congress is considering the reform of our country’s broken immigration system. Many immigrants have been forced to leave their homes and countries in order to provide even for the most basic needs of themselves and their families. The desperation of their circumstances does not correspond to the inordinate length of time (sometimes over 15 [...]

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Health Care 2013

Health Care Coverage  May 3, 2013 We, the Catholic bishops of Iowa, are grateful that the governor and the Iowa Legislature are debating how to make health care coverage more readily available to low-income Iowans. The Catholic Church has millennia of experience as providers of health care for all, especially the poor. Among the causes [...]

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Labor and the Common Good 2011

Recently there have been efforts in several Midwestern states, including here in Iowa, to limit the collective bargaining rights of public employee unions. Accordingly, now is a suitable time to recall the Catholic Church’s teaching on the common good and the rights of workers. We also reflect upon the responsibilities which accompany these rights, as [...]

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20-Week Abortion Ban 2011

We are writing to express our support for House File 657, which would prohibit late-term abortions in Iowa. For us, this is a question of the common good. Human life is precious and should be protected in our laws. Protecting the lives of these children about to be born should not be considered primarily a [...]

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Marriage Amendment 2009

Statement on an Iowa Constitutional Amendment regarding Marriage “Marriage is a basic human and social institution. Though it is regulated by civil laws and church laws, it did not originate from either the church or state, but from God. Therefore, neither church nor state can alter the basic meaning and structure of marriage. “Marriage, whose [...]

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Immigration Reform 2006

Iowa Catholic Conference A Statement on Immigration Reform May 24th, 2006 Updated February 2008 In his first encyclical, Deus Caritas Est (God is Love) Pope Benedict XVI speaks of the love which God lavishes upon us and which we in turn must share with others. He states that love needs to be organized if it [...]

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Marriage Amendment 2007

Iowa Catholic Conference Statement on an Iowa Constitutional Amendment regarding Marriage October 2007 “Marriage is a basic human and social institution. Though it is regulated by civil laws and church laws, it did not originate from either the church or state, but from God. Therefore, neither church nor state can alter the basic meaning and [...]

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Immigration 2006

Iowa Catholic Conference A Statement on Immigration Reform May 24th, 2006 In his first encyclical, Deus Caritas Est (God is Love) Pope Benedict XVI speaks of the love which God lavishes upon us and which we in turn must share with others.  He states that love needs to be organized if it is to be [...]

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