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

Legislature to consider sports betting

We recognize that gambling can be a legitimate recreational activity in an atmosphere of moderation and control, and we appreciate the assistance that some of our charities and institutions have received from casinos over the years. However, gambling becomes morally unacceptable when it deprives someone of what is necessary to provide for his or her [...]

By |February 3rd, 2019|Economic Concerns, Human Life and Dignity, Marriage and Family, News, News and Legislative Updates|Comments Off on Legislature to consider sports betting

Church supports a just and humane reform of our immigration system

The Iowa Catholic Conference supports the reform of our immigration system in a just and humane way. We believe that persons have the right to find opportunities in their homeland, in addition to a right to migrate to support and protect themselves and their families. The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, in collaboration with [...]

By |January 16th, 2019|Immigration and Refuges, News and Legislative Updates, Uncategorized|Comments Off on Church supports a just and humane reform of our immigration system

Bishops release letter on gun legislation

The Catholic bishops of Iowa released a letter on gun legislation on Dec. 6, 2018. The bishops said, “We believe that weapons increasingly capable of inflicting great suffering in a short period of time are simply too accessible. The right to bear arms as found in our Constitution must be balanced against the safety and [...]

By |December 6th, 2018|Human Life and Dignity, News, News and Legislative Updates, Policy Briefs|Comments Off on Bishops release letter on gun legislation

Strangers and Guests: Toward Community in the Heartland

In May of 1980, Catholic bishops from eleven Midwestern and Plains states issued a regional statement on land issues called “Strangers and Guests: Toward Community in the Heartland.” The bishops who signed and issued the statement on May 1, 1980 represented Colorado, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, South Dakota and Wyoming. [...]

By |August 29th, 2018|Care for Creation, Economic Concerns, Uncategorized|Comments Off on Strangers and Guests: Toward Community in the Heartland

Can 529 plans help you?

Federal and state “529” college savings plans have been expanded to provide a benefit to parents paying tuition at K-12 Catholic schools in Iowa. Our partners at Iowa ACE have put together an information sheet you can take to your tax professional to see if the new benefits will help you. Click here for more information.

By |July 23rd, 2018|Catholic Education, Issues, News, News and Legislative Updates, School Choice|Comments Off on Can 529 plans help you?

Understanding and responding to “anti-sanctuary city” legislation

With the passage of Senate File 481, the state of Iowa has changed the relationship of local law enforcement with the Immigration Control Enforcement agency. The bishops of Iowa opposed the legislation, known as the "anti-sanctuary city" bill, and encourage Catholics throughout Iowa to learn more about their own Fourth Amendment rights and how they [...]

By |April 23rd, 2018|Human Life and Dignity, Immigration and Refuges, Issues, News and Legislative Updates|Comments Off on Understanding and responding to “anti-sanctuary city” legislation

Public policy and informed consent

By Joan Thompson The Catholic Church opposes all abortions, no matter the method, but when abortions are taking place, the safety and informed consent of the women involved should be among our chief concerns. Women and girls in the United States have been legally entitled to end their pregnancy through abortion for over 40 years. [...]

By |April 10th, 2018|Abortion, Bioethics, Human Life and Dignity, Issues|Comments Off on Public policy and informed consent

Bishops ask for veto of immigration enforcement legislation – Senate File 481

We, the Catholic Bishops of Iowa, have voiced principled opposition to Senate File 481 and are profoundly disappointed that it was passed by the Legislature. We ask Governor Reynolds to do the right thing and veto the bill. This is the right thing to do, because Iowans should be looking to help immigrants, not to harass them. [...]

By |April 8th, 2018|Human Life and Dignity, Immigration and Refuges, Issues, News, News and Legislative Updates|Comments Off on Bishops ask for veto of immigration enforcement legislation – Senate File 481

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