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 – Aug. 15, 2016 – Bishops release “faithful citizenship” statement

The Iowa bishops have released their “Faithful Citizenship for Iowa Catholics” statement for the 2016 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 conscience. “The defense of human [...]

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U.S. Supreme Court delivers setback to pro-life efforts

As the science of pre-born life continues to advance and reveal reality, so do the efforts by abortion providers to protect their industry. In a 5-3 decision delivered on June 27, the U.S. Supreme Court found that a Texas law was unconstitutional because it placed an undue burden on women seeking abortions. The regulations in [...]

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Catholics encouraged to take action in the political arena with a properly-formed conscience

The Iowa Catholic Conference (ICC) has released its “Faithful Citizenship for Iowa Catholics” flier for distribution in advance of the 2016 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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ICC Newsletter – May 31, 2016

Work on the 2016 legislative session is all wrapped up now that the governor has signed the appropriations bills. Click here for a complete review of the session on our website. There was the usual mix of successes and disappointments. It’s time to encourage members of Congress to enact common-sense protections for pro-life health care [...]

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Little Sisters of the Poor find hope in Supreme Court ruling

A statement from Sister Loraine Marie Maguire, Mother Provincial for the Little Sisters of the Poor, following oral arguments before the Supreme Court on March 23, 2016: “We Little Sisters of the Poor are a group of women who make religious vows to God. We dedicate ourselves to serving the elderly poor regardless of race [...]

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ICC Newsletter – legislature adjourns – May 2, 2016

The Iowa General Assembly concluded its 2016 session on Friday. The last part of the session is almost always focused on budget items. Here are a few notes from the last couple of days of the session: Unfortunately, the final version of the human services budget bill, HF 2460, still included funding of abortion providers [...]

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Religious Liberty: “It’s a claim about what a human being is”

The only way to insure respectful and flourishing human communities is to respect a notion of the human person that integrates all aspects of their humanity. This year's "Fortnight for Freedom: Witnesses to Freedom" will take place from June 21 to July 4, 2016. The USCCB has published a video entitled “The Right to Religious [...]

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Bringing the science of conservation to classrooms

The state of Iowa is blessed with attributes that combine to make it the top producer in the nation of food and commodities consumed across the country and around the world. The challenge for Iowans is to protect the abundant natural resources of our state while limiting the damage to the environment the process of [...]

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Celebrating 10 years of supporting parents by supporting choice

Hundreds of Iowa students gathered at the capitol in March to thank legislators for the bi-partisan effort that is helping parents gain access to education programs best suited to the needs of their students. Click here for an action alert on the Education Savings Account bill. The 2016 Education Celebration was hosted by Iowa ACE, the [...]

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