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Short presentation on Faithful Citizenship for Iowa Catholics – in association with St. Joseph Educational Center


The Iowa Catholic Conference (ICC) has released its “Faithful Citizenship for Iowa Catholics” flier for distribution in advance of the 2020 general election. The Catholic Church does not endorse or oppose candidates or political parties. However, it contributes to the political process by encouraging Catholics to take action in the political arena with a properly-formed conscience.

In the document the Iowa bishops say, “Human life should be protected from conception until natural death as a basic requirement of a just and moral society … We won’t tell you who to vote for, but we will tell you to vote.”

The bishops also encourage parishioners to participate in the “Civilize It” campaign. The purpose is to invite Catholics to model civility, love for neighbor, and respectful dialogue.

The Iowa Catholic Conference is the public policy agency of the Catholic Church in Iowa. Its Board of Directors includes the Catholic bishops of Iowa and lay people, priests, deacons and religious sisters. The diocesan bishops of Iowa are Archbishop Michael Jackels of Dubuque; Bishop R. Walker Nickless of Sioux City; Bishop Thomas Zinkula of Davenport; and Bishop William Joensen of Des Moines.