Policy Briefs

//Policy Briefs
1408, 2017

Bishops’ review of the 2017 legislative session

As Catholics, our cause is the defense of human life and dignity and the protection of the weak and vulnerable … the principles of Catholic social teaching – dignity of the human person, subsidiarity and [...]

1711, 2015

Statement on Syrian refugees – November 2015

Nov. 17, 2015 The recent movement of 27 governors in the United States to apparently oppose entrance to Syrian refugees to their respective states (CNN, 11/16/2015) revives an embarrassing experience in our country’s history. During [...]

2606, 2015

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 [...]

1906, 2015

Statement on decision by Iowa Supreme Court on telemed abortion

June 19, 2015 We are disappointed by the Iowa Supreme Court’s decision to strike down a rule prohibiting abortions by telemedicine. In 2013 the Iowa Board of Medicine approved a rule that required a physician [...]

2201, 2015

Education Savings Accounts – 2015

January 2015 Parents are the ones primarily responsible for the education of their children. We believe Education Savings Accounts (ESAs) are a tool that would empower parents across our state to choose the best and [...]

209, 2014

Bishops urge Catholics to inform their consciences; become involved in the political process

“In the Catholic tradition, responsible citizenship is a virtue; and participation in political life is a moral obligation.” - “Forming Consciences for Faithful Citizenship,” U.S. Catholic Bishops The Iowa Catholic Conference has released its “Faithful [...]

2606, 2014

Iowa bishops’ statement on humanitarian situation at the border – June 2014

A November 2013 report from the U.S. Catholic bishops’ Committee on Migration alerted us to the ongoing increase in migration of unaccompanied children across the border. More than 52,000 unaccompanied children have crossed the U.S.-Mexico [...]

1302, 2014

Immigration Reform 2013

Once again, Congress is considering the reform of our country’s broken immigration system. Many immigrants have been forced to leave their homes and countries in order to provide even for the most basic needs of themselves [...]

1302, 2014

Health Care 2013

Health Care Coverage  May 3, 2013 We, the Catholic bishops of Iowa, are grateful that the governor and the Iowa Legislature are debating how to make health care coverage more readily available to low-income Iowans. [...]

1302, 2014

Labor and the Common Good 2011

Recently there have been efforts in several Midwestern states, including here in Iowa, to limit the collective bargaining rights of public employee unions. Accordingly, now is a suitable time to recall the Catholic Church’s teaching [...]

1302, 2014

20-Week Abortion Ban 2011

We are writing to express our support for House File 657, which would prohibit late-term abortions in Iowa. For us, this is a question of the common good. Human life is precious and should be [...]

1302, 2014

Marriage Amendment 2009

Statement on an Iowa Constitutional Amendment regarding Marriage “Marriage is a basic human and social institution. Though it is regulated by civil laws and church laws, it did not originate from either the church or [...]

1302, 2014

Immigration Reform 2006

Iowa Catholic Conference A Statement on Immigration Reform May 24th, 2006 Updated February 2008 In his first encyclical, Deus Caritas Est (God is Love) Pope Benedict XVI speaks of the love which God lavishes upon [...]

1302, 2014

Marriage Amendment 2007

Iowa Catholic Conference Statement on an Iowa Constitutional Amendment regarding Marriage October 2007 “Marriage is a basic human and social institution. Though it is regulated by civil laws and church laws, it did not originate [...]

1302, 2014

Immigration 2006

Iowa Catholic Conference A Statement on Immigration Reform May 24th, 2006 In his first encyclical, Deus Caritas Est (God is Love) Pope Benedict XVI speaks of the love which God lavishes upon us and which [...]

1302, 2014

Taxation 2003

Iowa Catholic Conference Statement on Taxation October 20, 2003 "Amen. I say to you, whatever you did for one of these least brothers of mine, you did for me." Matthew 25:40. From Biblical times to [...]

1302, 2014

Immigration 2000

STATEMENT ON AMNESTY IOWA CATHOLIC CONFERENCE May 24, 2000 As we reflect on the year 2000 as a "year of Jubilee", the Iowa Catholic Conference calls on the Congressional delegation from Iowa to work toward [...]

1302, 2014

Taxing and Funding 1999

IOWA CATHOLIC CONFERENCE STATEMENT ON PROPOSED AMENDMENTS TO THE IOWA CONSTITUTION May 27, 1999 "In a world characterized by growing prosperity for some, and pervasive poverty for others, Catholic teaching proclaims that a basic moral [...]

1302, 2014

Rural Life 1998

RURAL LIFE STATEMENT "A Call to Reflect on God's Creation in Preparation for the Millennium" Iowa Catholic Conference November 5, 1998 Our Catholic tradition, rooted in the writings of the prophets and the words and [...]

1302, 2014

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 [...]

1302, 2014

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, [...]

1302, 2014

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 [...]

1302, 2014

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 [...]

1302, 2014

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 [...]

1302, 2014

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 [...]

1302, 2014

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 [...]

1302, 2014

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 [...]

1302, 2014

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 [...]

1302, 2014

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 [...]

1302, 2014

Social Needs

IOWA CATHOLIC CONFERENCE STATEMENT ON SOCIAL NEEDS November 1991 It is the position of the Catholic Church that government should give the needs of the poor and the needy special consideration. This was stated clearly [...]

1302, 2014

Death Penalty

IOWA CATHOLIC CONFERENCE STATEMENT ON DEATH PENALTY March 1991 We speak In opposition to the death penalty and its possible reinstatement in Iowa. We realize that not all Christians may come to these conclusions when [...]

1302, 2014

AIDS 1991

IOWA CATHOLIC CONFERENCE STATEMENT ON AIDS A CALL FOR COMPASSION FOR PERSONS WITH AIDS AND THEIR FAMILIES March 1991 During the past ten years, Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome (AIDS/HIV) has progressed from a little-known virus [...]

1302, 2014

El Salvador 1990

IOWA CATHOLIC CONFERENCE STATEMENT ON EL SALVADOR June 1990 As Catholic bishops in Iowa, we join the U.S. Catholic Conference and our brother bishops in El Salvador in calling for the defense of human rights [...]