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. [...]

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Tax reform proposals

The Iowa Senate and House will be negotiating on tax reform provisions during the next several weeks on the 2018 session. The bishops of Iowa have said there are two basic moral principles that should govern the collection and distribution of taxes as they benefit the State of Iowa and its people. Legislators should practice [...]

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ICC comments on House tax reform bill, HSB 671

The Iowa Catholic Conference offers these comments on House Study Bill 671 based on the principles of taxation found in Catholic social teaching. There are two basic moral principles that should govern the collection and distribution of taxes as they benefit the State of Iowa and its people. Legislators should practice distributive justice wisely, so [...]

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ICC comments on Senate File 2383, the “Iowa Working Families Tax Relief Act”

Lawmakers are proposing a set of wide-ranging and complex changes to Iowa’s tax code and approaching the process at a pace that makes it difficult even for experts to analyze the total effect of the legislation. Given the process now underway, the Iowa Catholic Conference offers these comments on basic principles of taxation and a [...]

By |February 23rd, 2018|Economic Concerns, Human Life and Dignity, Issues, News, News and Legislative Updates|Comments Off on ICC comments on Senate File 2383, the “Iowa Working Families Tax Relief Act”

Bishops speak out on labor and the common good

In light of the Iowa Legislature’s debate on changes to the collective bargaining law for public employees, the Iowa Catholic Conference (ICC) has again released its statement on “Labor and the Common Good” issued in 2011. Created in response to previous efforts to limit the collective bargaining rights of public employee unions, the statement recalls [...]

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Reforming the payday loan industry

In early June the federal Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) proposed new rules regulating lenders in the payday loan industry. Although the bureau is more limited than state legislatures when imposing rules on lenders, the latest regulations may limit the pool of borrowers by requiring them to prove their ability to repay the loan without [...]

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Bread for the World and ICC announce ‘Vote to End Hunger’ rally

Participants to learn how to engage candidates to make hunger a priority issue In light of Pope Francis’ address to Congress, where he said, “The fight against poverty and hunger must be fought constantly and on many fronts,” Bread for the World President Rev. David Beckmann and Bishop Richard Pates of the Catholic Diocese of [...]

By |September 29th, 2015|Economic Concerns, Human Life and Dignity, News, News and Legislative Updates|Comments Off on Bread for the World and ICC announce ‘Vote to End Hunger’ rally

Addressing Poverty

"The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he has anointed me to bring glad tidings to the poor. He has sent me to proclaim liberty to captives and recovery of sight to the blind, to let the oppressed go free."  Luke 4:18 The coming election cycle will present Iowans with the opportunity to [...]

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Payday lending

One of the Conference’s legislative priorities is safe and fair lending practices. As Pope Francis states, “The dignity of each human person and the pursuit of the common good are concerns which ought to shape all economic policies.” The payday loan or “delayed deposit service” business has gained attention in the past years as an [...]

By |April 17th, 2015|Economic Concerns, Human Life and Dignity, Issues|Comments Off on Payday lending

U.S. Bishops’ Labor Day Statement

As we approach Labor Day, we would like to highlight the 2014 Labor Day statement from the U.S. bishops. It focuses on unemployment among young people. The statement was released by the chairman of the U.S. bishops’ Committee on Domestic Justice and Human Development, Archbishop Thomas G. Wenski of Miami. It draws on Pope Francis’ teaching [...]

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