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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“Not a case of either/or, but rather both/and”

  Archbishop Jackels spoke to a congregation of at least 500 at the annual Pro-Life Mass held at Saint Ambrose Cathedral before the Midwest March for Life on January 16. In his homily, Archbishop Jackels called for a defense of life and dignity that incorporates all components of Catholic teaching, creating an integrated vision that [...]

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ICC Newsletter – Jan. 8, 2016 – legislative session preview

We hope to see you at the Midwest March for Life coming up on Saturday, Jan. 16. The event is sponsored by Iowa Right to Life. Check out the flier here. There will be a Mass with the bishops of Iowa at St. Ambrose Cathedral in Des Moines beginning at 9:30 a.m., followed by a [...]

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Additional speakers announced for rally

Additional speakers have been announced for the interfaith Vote to End Hunger Rally to be held Nov. 8 at Grand View University in Des Moines. Rep. Mark Smith, (D-Marshalltown), Democratic leader in the Iowa House of Representatives, and Sen. Brad Zaun, (R-Urbandale), will make a few remarks. The rally will also feature an Iowan who [...]

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2016 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 – reflections on Pope Francis’ visit to the U.S.

I was fortunate to be on the south lawn of the White House for the arrival ceremony with President Obama and Pope Francis. You can check out a photo on our Facebook page. In taking my connecting flight to Washington, D.C. out of Minneapolis, I have to say it was fun to be on a [...]

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‘Laudato Si’ continues to spark discussion

Pope Francis’ encyclical letter on the care of creation, “Laudato Si” (Praise Be to You), has continued to spark discussion and hopefully some reflection. You can read a copy of the letter at bit.ly/1Gi1BTu. The chair of the Iowa Catholic Conference board, Bishop Richard Pates of Des Moines, held a news conference on July 2 with [...]

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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 [...]

By |June 26th, 2015|Marriage and Family, News, News and Legislative Updates, Policy Briefs, Uncategorized|Comments Off on Bishops comment on Supreme Court marriage decision – June 2015