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Communities of Social Involvement and Civic Engagement

Recent studies affirm the ability of Catholic schools to create positive outcomes for students and families. One of the reasons our education model succeeds is a commitment to helping students grow intellectually while demonstrating how to love and serve God by serving others. That principle is integrated into every education program, from small rural schools [...]

By |November 21st, 2019|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Limiting the “lethal mentality” of abortion

Iowa is among the states that recently enacted legislation or is now bound by a state court decision that eliminates, or places at serious risk, any meaningful restriction on abortion through nine months of pregnancy. The success of abortion advocates in achieving such broad victories in targeted states, and their commitment to build on it [...]

By |June 6th, 2019|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Reform Iowa’s fetal homicide law

In the legislative session coming to a close, legislators considered a proposal to revise current Iowa law on fetal homicide, recognizing in the event of an assault of a pregnant woman, two human lives are at stake and in need of protection. Currently, at least 38 states have enacted fetal homicide laws that are a version of [...]

By |April 27th, 2019|Uncategorized|Comments Off on Reform Iowa’s fetal homicide law

Restoring voting rights for those who have committed a felony

“Crime and corrections are at the intersection of rights and responsibilities. Those who commit crimes violate the rights of others and disregard their responsibilities. But the test for the rest of us is whether we will exercise our responsibility to hold the offender accountable without violating his or her basic rights. Even offenders should be [...]

By |March 26th, 2019|Restorative Justice, Uncategorized|Comments Off on Restoring voting rights for those who have committed a felony

Beginning the national effort of criminal justice reform

Iowa’s Senator Charles Grassley realized a long-term policy goal in December 2018 when President Trump signed the bi-partisan achievement in criminal justice reform entitled the FIRST STEP Act. The legislation is a product of a national effort to reduce recidivism and refine sentencing laws and harsh penalties. It initiates a long-overdue process of evaluating an [...]

By |February 17th, 2019|Uncategorized|Comments Off on Beginning the national effort of criminal justice reform

Combining Faith and Reason

Catholic teaching recognizes the complementarity of faith and reason.   As Catholics, we believe our faith is rational, and not in conflict with the material world around us. We believe combining faith and reason connects the most vital components of our human experience.   Reason is a gift God gives us to interpret and understand [...]

By |January 7th, 2019|Uncategorized|Comments Off on Combining Faith and Reason

Feed people, not landfills

  Feeding people, not landfills   As Catholics, we have a moral and spiritual obligation to care for the gift of God’s creation and to insure we cooperate in protecting it. The challenge of the proper management of the earth’s resources has implications for all Catholics as we integrate church teaching into all aspects of [...]

By |June 13th, 2018|Uncategorized|Comments Off on Feed people, not landfills

Family, Community and Religious Freedom

The 5th annual Iowa Religious Freedom Day will be marked at the State Capitol on Thursday, April 12 from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. The public is invited to attend this non-partisan event to learn about the value of religious diversity and religious freedom. This year's event will highlight the connection between families and religious [...]

By |April 3rd, 2018|Religious Liberty, Uncategorized|Comments Off on Family, Community and Religious Freedom

Protecting the Hyde Amendment

In 1977, Congress passed the Hyde Amendment with bi-partisan support, and since that time its action has protected millions of vulnerable human lives. An accelerating political movement to end Hyde requires the support of Catholics to preserve its defense of human life and dignity against the offense of abortion. The Hyde Amendment was created in [...]

By |January 12th, 2018|Abortion, Human Life and Dignity, Uncategorized|Comments Off on Protecting the Hyde Amendment

Freedom for mission and space to do good

  The USCCB has announced the Fortnight for Freedom: Freedom for Mission, which will be celebrated from June 21-July 4. The bishops ask Catholics to pray for the prudential judgment of our nation’s leaders as they consider the important issues before them. Religious freedom is “our first, most cherished liberty” and the one on which [...]

By |June 19th, 2017|Human Life and Dignity, Issues, Religious Liberty, Uncategorized|Comments Off on Freedom for mission and space to do good