“Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.”

First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, 1791


The Iowa Catholic Conference supports initiatives that protect religious liberty and the legitimate exercise of the freedom of conscience. As we enter the public square, we ask that government recognize our First Amendment right to live out our teachings and be a good neighbor to society.

If we are not free in our conscience and our practice of religion, all other freedoms are fragile.

For more information,visit www.usccb.org/issues-and-action/religious-liberty.

Religious diversity strengthens religious freedom

Sixty-five students, two years, fifteen faith communities, one freedom. This may be one way to summarize the numbers behind an eye-opening experience for dozens of Drake University students who set out to understand various religious traditions found in Iowa. Their project turned into a book titled, “A Spectrum of Faith: Religions of the World in […]

Religious Liberty: “It’s a claim about what a human being is”

The only way to insure respectful and flourishing human communities is to respect a notion of the human person that integrates all aspects of their humanity. This year’s “Fortnight for Freedom: Witnesses to Freedom” will take place from June 21 to July 4, 2016. The USCCB has published a video entitled “The Right to Religious Freedom” that […]

NCHLA issues action alert on bill to limit religious liberty

The U.S. bishops’ partner organization, the National Committee for a Human Life Amendment, has issued an alert in opposition to S. 2578. The U.S. Senate may vote on this bill as early as this week. The “Protect Women’s Health from Corporate Interference Act” (S. 2578) would not only reverse the recent Supreme Court Hobby Lobby decision, but go far […]

Fortnight for Freedom

The Diocese of Des Moines is participating in the third annual Fortnight for Freedom, a national effort to advance a movement for life, marriage and religious liberty through prayer, penance and sacrifice. In Des Moines, the fortnight will be marked with a holy hour, keynote speaker and reception beginning at 2 p.m. on Sunday, June […]