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.
“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; [...]