Care for Creation

//Care for Creation

One of the seven core principles of Catholic Social Teaching as identified by the U.S. bishops is “care for creation.” We show our respect for the Creator by our stewardship of creation. Care for the earth is not just an Earth Day slogan, it is a requirement of our faith. We are called to protect people and the planet, living our faith in relationship with all of God’s creation.

Economic benefits and the creation of jobs are important but need to be balanced against any consequences to the environment where future generations and we will live. The ethical and moral dimensions should not be overlooked.

Specific positions include:

  • Supports measures to preserve, protect, and improve the quality of the air, water, and land in Iowa.
  • Supports strict enforcement of present environmental laws and adequate state funding for this purpose.  The Conference favors local control.
  • Strongly endorses legislation that requires industry, including agricultural related production operations, to be environmentally sound.
  • Supports efforts to expand renewable sources of energy in the state of Iowa.


2908, 2018

Strangers and Guests: Toward Community in the Heartland

In May of 1980, Catholic bishops from eleven Midwestern and Plains states issued a regional statement on land issues called “Strangers and Guests: Toward Community in the Heartland.” The bishops who signed and issued the [...]

502, 2018

Addressing the challenge of water quality

Gov. Kim Reynolds has signed Senate File 512, a bill that builds on efforts to address water quality challenges across the state of Iowa. The new law is estimated to generate more than $280 million [...]

2504, 2017

Vocation of the Agricultural Leader

The “Vocation of the Agricultural Leader,” published in 2016, is a collaboration of the International Catholic Rural Association, the Pontifical Council of Justice and Peace and Catholic Rural Life of the United States. The document, [...]

1101, 2017

New Lenten Booklet reflects on Iowa’s environment, Laudato Si’

Download the booklet here: CaringForOurCommonHome-Web With the season of Lent approaching, parishes and schools across Iowa are invited to journey towards a greater understanding of our state’s ecological and environmental issues, with the help of a [...]

1804, 2016

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 [...]

1806, 2015

Pope Francis releases encyclical letter on ecology

Pope Francis has released his encyclical letter “Laudato Si” (Praise Be to You). Addressing his letter to all the people living on the planet, the pope asks us to consider what kind of world we [...]

2304, 2015

Ethical and Religious Directives of Catholic Health Care Services

“The purpose of these Ethical and Religious Directives then is twofold: first, to reaffirm the ethical standards of behavior in health care that flow from the Church’s teaching about the dignity of the human person; [...]

2310, 2014

Cleaning up Iowa’s waterways

One of the ways we show our respect for the Creator by our stewardship of creation. Among the ongoing legislative concerns of the Iowa Catholic Conference is enforcement of present environmental laws and adequate state [...]