Religious Liberty

“Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.”

First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, 1791


The Iowa Catholic Conference supports initiatives that protect religious liberty and the legitimate exercise of the freedom of conscience. As we enter the public square, we ask that government recognize our First Amendment right to live out our teachings and be a good neighbor to society.

If we are not free in our conscience and our practice of religion, all other freedoms are fragile.

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18 04, 2016

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 […]

14 07, 2014

NCHLA issues action alert on bill to limit religious liberty

The U.S. bishops’ partner organization, the National Committee for a Human Life Amendment, has issued an alert in opposition to S. 2578. The U.S. Senate may vote on this bill as early as this week. The […]

16 06, 2014

Fortnight for Freedom

The Diocese of Des Moines is participating in the third annual Fortnight for Freedom, a national effort to advance a movement for life, marriage and religious liberty through prayer, penance and sacrifice. In Des […]