One of the seven core principles of Catholic Social Teaching as identified by the U.S. bishops is “care for creation.” We show our respect for the Creator by our stewardship of creation. Care for the earth is not just an Earth Day slogan, it is a requirement of our faith. We are called to protect people and the planet, living our faith in relationship with all of God’s creation.

Economic benefits and the creation of jobs are important but need to be balanced against any consequences to the environment where future generations and we will live. The ethical and moral dimensions should not be overlooked.

Specific positions include:

  • Supports measures to preserve, protect, and improve the quality of the air, water, and land in Iowa.
  • Supports strict enforcement of present environmental laws and adequate state funding for this purpose.  The Conference favors local control.
  • Strongly endorses legislation that requires industry, including agricultural related production operations, to be environmentally sound.
  • Supports efforts to expand renewable sources of energy in the state of Iowa.

Bringing the science of conservation to classrooms

The state of Iowa is blessed with attributes that combine to make it the top producer in the nation of food and commodities consumed across the country and around the world. The challenge for Iowans is to protect the abundant natural resources of our state while limiting the damage to the environment the process of […]

Pope Francis releases encyclical letter on ecology

Pope Francis has released his encyclical letter “Laudato Si” (Praise Be to You). Addressing his letter to all the people living on the planet, the pope asks us to consider what kind of world we want to leave to those who come after us. The chair of the Iowa Catholic Conference board, Bishop Richard Pates of Des […]

Ethical and Religious Directives of Catholic Health Care Services

“The purpose of these Ethical and Religious Directives then is twofold: first, to reaffirm the ethical standards of behavior in health care that flow from the Church’s teaching about the dignity of the human person; second, to provide authoritative guidance on certain moral issues that face Catholic health care today.” The Ethical and Religious Directives of […]

Cleaning up Iowa’s waterways

One of the ways we show our respect for the Creator by our stewardship of creation. Among the ongoing legislative concerns of the Iowa Catholic Conference is enforcement of present environmental laws and adequate state funding for this purpose. Through its “Nutrient Reduction Strategy,” the State of Iowa is trying to reduce the amount of […]