Bishops ask President for clemency for Dustin Honken

The following is a letter sent by the Iowa Catholic bishops asking for clemency for Dustin Honken. He is scheduled to be the first Iowan executed since the 1960's.   July 1, 2020 President Donald Trump The White House 1600 Pennsylvania Ave NW Washington, DC 20500   Dear President Trump: Dustin Lee Honken was convicted [...]

Contact the U.S. Senate in support of ‘Dreamers’

Statement from Iowa bishops on DACA recipients and asylum rule Downloadable one-pager on DACA Downloadable one-pager on DACA (español) Action alert is at A decision by the U.S. Supreme Court in June 2020 prevented the Administration from ending the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program. The DACA program was implemented in 2012 and [...]

Iowa Catholic Conference supports constitutional amendment on abortion

We support an Iowa constitutional amendment to clarify that a right to abortion is not guaranteed by the State of Iowa Constitution. The Iowa Supreme Court, in a June 2018 decision, struck down the law requiring a three-day waiting period before an abortion is performed. In pursuit of that decision, the Court claimed that the [...]

National Council on Disability reveals assisted suicide laws are dangerous to people with disabilities

The National Council on Disability (NCD) has released a federal study, “The Danger of Assisted Suicide Laws,” revealing that assisted suicide laws are rife with dangers to people with disabilities. The NCD is an independent federal agency charged with advising the President, Congress and other federal agencies regarding policies, programs, practices, and procedures that affect [...]

USCCB launches ‘Civilize It’ project

As campaigning by presidential candidates takes place across Iowa, the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) is launching a year-long initiative that invites Catholics to model civility, love for neighbor and respectful dialogue. “Civilize It: Dignity Beyond the Debate” will ask Catholics to pledge civility, clarity, and compassion in their families, communities, and parishes, [...]

By |November 15th, 2019|Issues, News|0 Comments

Contact your senators now in support of ‘Dreamers’

The U.S. Supreme Court heard arguments on Nov. 12, 2019 on the legality of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program. A decision is expected to be announced by the Supreme Court in June 2020. DACA recipients are young adults who were born in other countries and are not citizens in the United States. [...]

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 [...]

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