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The Iowa Catholic Conference

The official public policy voice of the bishops of Iowa.

At the state legislature we advocate for policies that respect the life and dignity of the human person, and apply the principles of Catholic social teaching to critical issues of the day.

We encourage Catholics to inform their conscience and participate in the political process. Sign up for our newsletter and follow us in social media to stay informed and add your voice to that of many Catholics from around the state.

With your help we can change the course of public debate on issues at the core of Catholic social and moral teaching.

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“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

Death PenaltyIssuesNewsPolicy Briefs
January 18, 2021

Iowa bishops oppose death penalty – January 2021

2021 statement on death penalty final We speak in opposition to the use of the death penalty in any form and to its possible reinstatement in Iowa. It is a…
January 15, 2021

ICC Newsletter, Jan. 15, 2021

The 89th Iowa General Assembly convened on Monday and several priority issues are already moving: A bill to reinstate the death penalty in Iowa (SSB 1004) passed a Senate subcommittee…
January 8, 2021

ICC Newsletter, Jan. 8, 2021

The 89th Iowa General Assembly is set to begin on schedule next Monday, Jan. 11. One difference in procedures due to the COVID-19 pandemic is that committee and subcommittee meetings…
December 22, 2020

ICC Newsletter, Dec. 22, 2020

Congress has passed a $900 billion COVID-19 relief bill. President Trump is expected to sign the bill into law today. The bill contains: $600 stimulus checks to individuals, including direct…
December 4, 2020

ICC Newsletter – Dec. 4, 2020

The Catholic bishops of Iowa have released a statement on COVID-19 vaccines, explaining that “people may in good conscience use the vaccines produced by Pfizer and Moderna, which made only…
BioethicsHealthcareNewsPolicy Briefs
December 3, 2020

Bishops release statement on COVID-19 vaccines – Dec. 3, 2020

The Catholic bishops of Iowa have released a statement on COVID-19 vaccines, explaining that “People may in good conscience use the vaccines produced by Pfizer and Moderna, which made only…
November 9, 2020

A prayer for our communities

For an end to the violence perpetrated by harsh words, deadly weapons, or cold indifference. May our homes, our nation, and countries around the world become havens of peace, let…
October 23, 2020

ICC Newsletter, Oct. 23, 2020: Vote

About 650,000 people have already voted in Iowa. We suspect that many of our readers are among the early voters. If you are – thanks for participating. If you haven’t…
October 9, 2020

ICC Newsletter, Oct. 9, 2020

Voting has begun in Iowa. As a member of the ICC’s legislative network, we know you’re giving serious consideration as to how you’re going to vote. Click here to identify…
October 2, 2020

ICC Newsletter, July 1, 2020

Supreme Court issues rulings of interest on religious schools, abortion The end of June usually means the release of several decisions by the U.S. Supreme Court and this year is…
October 1, 2020

ICC Newsletter, Oct. 1, 2020

VOTING BEGINS MONDAY It’s time to get ready to vote! County auditors can open for in-person absentee voting and begin mailing ballots this Monday, Oct. 5. If you’re not sure…
September 24, 2020

ICC Newsletter, Sept. 24, 2020

It’s time to ask your candidates where they stand on important issues. Here’s a list of candidates with contact information. The bishops of Iowa and Catholic Rural Life are leading…