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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Taxation 2003

Iowa Catholic Conference Statement on Taxation October 20, 2003 "Amen. I say to you, whatever you did for one of these least brothers of mine, you did for me." Matthew 25:40. From Biblical times to the present, the Judeo-Christian tradition has been the foundation of many legal tenets. This tradition continues today to be invoked [...]

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Immigration 2000

STATEMENT ON AMNESTY IOWA CATHOLIC CONFERENCE May 24, 2000 As we reflect on the year 2000 as a "year of Jubilee", the Iowa Catholic Conference calls on the Congressional delegation from Iowa to work toward the enactment of a new federal amnesty program. The number of undocumented persons in Iowa has grown steadily since the [...]

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Taxing and Funding 1999

IOWA CATHOLIC CONFERENCE STATEMENT ON PROPOSED AMENDMENTS TO THE IOWA CONSTITUTION May 27, 1999 "In a world characterized by growing prosperity for some, and pervasive poverty for others, Catholic teaching proclaims that a basic moral test is how our most vulnerable members are faring. In a society marred by deepening divisions between rich and poor, [...]

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Rural Life 1998

RURAL LIFE STATEMENT "A Call to Reflect on God's Creation in Preparation for the Millennium" Iowa Catholic Conference November 5, 1998 Our Catholic tradition, rooted in the writings of the prophets and the words and deeds of Jesus, calls us to reflect on the fullness of God's creation as we prepare for the Millennium, the [...]

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