Roe vs Wade 1998

STATEMENT OF CATHOLIC BISHOPS OF IOWA ON THE 25TH ANNIVERSARY OF ROE V. WADE January 22, 1998 Recently, the Catholic Bishops of the United States issued a pastoral statement: "Light and Shadows: Our Nation 25 Years After Roe v. Wade." In it a somber and dark remembrance of the legalization of abortion and its aftermath [...]

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Death Penalty 1998

IOWA CATHOLIC BISHOPS' STATEMENT ON DEATH PENALTY February 4, 1998 We speak in opposition to the death penalty and its possible reinstatement in Iowa. We challenge the people of Iowa, especially our own Catholic faithful, to examine the issue of capital punishment in the light of basic moral and religious values. After further review and [...]

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School Choice 1996

SCHOOL CHOICE STATEMENT BY IOWA BISHOPS May 14, 1996 One of the primary missions of the Catholic Church in Iowa is the education of children. In 1836, ten years before Iowa achieved statehood, the first Catholic school in Iowa was started at St. Raphael Cathedral in Dubuque. Today there are over 150 Catholic schools in [...]

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Immigration 1996

STATEMENT ON IMMIGRATION November 7, 1996             “For the Lord your God…renders justice for the orphans and the widows, and welcomes the foreigners, feeding and clothing them.  So you must welcome the foreigners, for you were once foreigners yourselves.”  (cf. Dt. 10:17-19.)             The moral test of any society is how it treats its weakest [...]

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RU-486 1994

TESTING OF RU-486 IN IOWA STATEMENT OF THE IOWA CATHOLIC CONFERENCE November 3, 1994 The recent announcement of the planned testing of RU-486 in Iowa demands a response by all those in our community committed to protecting human life. RU-486, the so-called abortion pill, has the single purpose of bringing about the death of an [...]

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Gambling 1994

IOWA CATHOLIC CONFERENCE STATEMENT ON GAMBLING IN IOWA November 1994 For almost ten years, since the institution of the Iowa Lottery in 1985, gambling has been taking a growing foothold in our state. In every year of this decade, legislators have faced powerful political interests asking for further expansion of gambling within Iowa's borders. The [...]

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Welfare Reform 1993

IOWA CATHOLIC CONFERENCE STATEMENT ON WELFARE REFORM April 2, 1993 "Children's lives are diminished every day in this nation because of the low level of welfare benefits. Misleading stereotypes of welfare families and misguided budget priorities are largely responsible for the failure of both federal and state governments to protect children from hunger, homelessness, and [...]

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Health Care 1992

HEALTH CARE REFORM IOWA CATHOLIC CONFERENCE STATEMENT June 1992 It has long been the position of the Catholic Church that every person has the basic right to adequate health care. As recently as November of 1991 the Catholic Bishops of the United States endorsed a statement of the United States Catholic Conference "Putting Children and [...]

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Abortion 1992

STATEMENT OF THE CATHOLIC BISHOPS OF IOWA AND THE IOWA CATHOLIC CONFERENCE July 1992 We are encouraged that the Supreme Court in Planned Parenthood of Southeastern Pennsylvania v. Casey has decided that states have the statutory authority to protect human life. Now states have the legal right to require informed consent, a 24-hour waiting period, [...]

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Equal Rights

REFLECTIONS ON EQUAL RIGHTS AMENDMENT IOWA CATHOLIC CONFERENCE September 1992 This November the voters of Iowa will be called upon to approve or disapprove an amendment to the Constitution which is generally known as the Equal Rights Amendment. The effort to assure equal rights for women is a worthy endeavor, which we support. Our support [...]

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