ICC Newsletter, March 17, 2019

The Iowa Catholic Conference is asking you to contact your legislator on two issues of concern: opposing the death penalty and support for parents of nonpublic school students. Many legislators are hearing from constituents about these issues and it’s making a difference. Go to www.votervoice.net/icc/home for background information and sample messages. Thanks to those of you [...]

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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 [...]

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ICC Newsletter – Feb. 17, 2019

Every person is made in the image of God and has certain rights and responsibilities. One of those responsibilities is to participate in the public life of the community. House Study Bill 68 is a state constitutional amendment which would return voting rights to felons after they have served their sentence. The Iowa Poll released [...]

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ICC Newsletter – Jan. 21, 2019

The Legislature will come back into session tomorrow after taking a break for today’s Martin Luther King Jr. holiday. Regarding Dr. King, the president of the USCCB, Cardinal Daniel DiNardo of Galveston-Houston, said: “This year, as we again mark the anniversary of his life, and reflect upon the 51st anniversary of his death, we are [...]

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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 [...]

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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 [...]

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Bishops release 2019 Legislative Principles and Concerns

The Iowa Catholic Conference has released its Legislative Principles and Concerns for the 2019 session. The ICC also released a letter discussing gun legislation. 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.

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Bishops release “Faithful Citizenship for Iowa Catholics” letter

The Iowa Catholic Conference (ICC) has released its “Faithful Citizenship for Iowa Catholics” letter for distribution in advance of the 2018 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 [...]

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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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ICC Newsletter – Aug. 24, 2018

BISHOPS RESPOND TO ABUSE SCANDAL The four Catholic bishops of Iowa are responding to the Holy Father’s call for the Church to join in acts of prayer and fasting in “combating all forms of abuse of power, sexual abuse and the abuse of conscience.” Check out the Iowa Catholic Conference Facebook page for more details. A [...]

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