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Mass for Life rescheduled

Please note: Iowa Right to Life has cancelled the Midwest March for Life on Jan. 14, 2017. The Mass for Life with the four bishops of Iowa has been rescheduled for 5 p.m., Sunday, Jan. 15 at Saints John and Paul Church in Altoona, IA at the conclusion of the first day of the Iowa Institute for Social Action. Bishop Martin Amos of Davenport will be the homilist. (To be clear, no sign-up is necessary for the Mass!)

Added by Tom Chapman on November 30, 2016 at 5:15pm — 3 Comments

ICC Newsletter - Nov. 28, 2016

We hope you had a blessed Thanksgiving. Time to get back to work!

One of our top priorities during the upcoming legislative session is to encourage passage of an Education Savings Account (ESA) program in Iowa. Click here for a very short video about how ESAs work for families.

ESAs will help all parents pay for the learning environment that best suits their child’s needs,…


Added by Tom Chapman on November 28, 2016 at 9:42am — 1 Comment

Iowa Catholic Conference Newsletter - Nov. 10, 2016 - Election Recap

Most of the election coverage has been focused on the presidential race but we pay attention to the Iowa Statehouse. Tuesday’s elections resulted in the Republicans gaining control of the Iowa Senate. They picked up six seats for a total of 29 Republicans to 19 Democrats and one independent. There will be a special election in Davenport next month. The Republicans in the House gained two seats giving them a 59-41 majority.

This is the first time Republicans have had control of both…


Added by Tom Chapman on November 10, 2016 at 9:11am — 2 Comments

Iowa Catholic Conference Newsletter - Nov. 2, 2016

“Making decisions in the light of our faith will not be easy, and it may lead us to a place we don’t want to go. But it is our life-long obligation to say “yes” to God in all things, and listen for His voice sounding in our heart.”

Faithful Citizenship for Iowa Catholics,…

Added by Tom Chapman on November 2, 2016 at 11:38am — No Comments

Iowa Catholic Conference Newsletter, Oct. 14, 2016

What should we be looking for in leaders?

“Those with political responsibilities must not forget or underestimate the moral dimension of political representation, which consists in the commitment to share fully in the destiny of the people and to seek solutions to social problems. In this perspective, responsible authority also means authority exercised with those virtues that make it possible to put power into…


Added by Tom Chapman on October 14, 2016 at 11:59am — No Comments

Iowa Catholic Conference Newsletter, Sept. 19, 2016

“As faithful Catholics, we must consider every issue and candidate through the lens of God’s Word.” Faithful Citizenship for Iowa Catholics, 2016

While most political attention is being paid these days to the presidential campaign, every seat in the Iowa House is up for election this fall as well as half of the Senate seats.

The Iowa bishops’ “Forming Consciences for Faithful Citizenship” has…


Added by Tom Chapman on September 19, 2016 at 11:47am — No Comments

Iowa Catholic Conference Newsletter, Aug. 31, 2016

As a part of the Iowa bishops’ Faithful Citizenship effort, we ask you to pray for those who are in public service or running for office, that they may use their position to protect the defenseless, promote the life and dignity of the poor and vulnerable, and seek ways to advance fairness, justice, and dignity in our society.

Among the new resources…


Added by Tom Chapman on August 31, 2016 at 9:24am — No Comments

ICC Newsletter - Aug. 15, 2016 - Iowa bishops release Faithful Citizenship statement

The Iowa bishops have released their “Faithful Citizenship for Iowa Catholics” statement for the 2016 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 conscience.

“The defense of human life and dignity must begin with the fundamental right to life from natural conception to natural death. From there it…


Added by Tom Chapman on August 15, 2016 at 10:00am — No Comments

ICC Newsletter - July 18, 2016

Lately every week seems to bring news of a violent tragedy that has taken place in our country. These events have brought new attention to related public policy issues as well.

Here in Iowa, the Legislative Council approved a one-day study committee to examine the causes and impacts of, and possible remedies for, increased levels of violence. The committee will meet this fall after Election Day and may make recommendations to the legislature. We think the study will contribute to an…


Added by Tom Chapman on July 18, 2016 at 12:10pm — 1 Comment

Iowa Catholic Conference Newsletter, June 23, 2016

The U.S. bishops’ “Fortnight for Freedom” is underway. For more information check out the blog post on our website.

Here’s one reason why new legislation protecting religious freedom is necessary. Earlier this week, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) declared, contrary to the plain meaning of current federal law, that the California Department of Managed Health Care can…


Added by Tom Chapman on June 23, 2016 at 3:35pm — No Comments

Iowa Catholic Conference Newsletter, June 6, 2016


The political parties’ primary elections are being held tomorrow, Tuesday, June 7. Polls are open from 7 a.m. until 9 p.m. Voter registration, or a change in party affiliation, are allowed at the polling place. For more information, go the Iowa Secretary of State's website at

You can also visit our website for a copy of our most recent "Faithful…


Added by Tom Chapman on June 6, 2016 at 11:38am — 2 Comments

ICC Newsletter - report on the 2016 legislative session

Work on the 2016 legislative session is all wrapped up now that the governor has signed the appropriations bills. Click here for a complete review of the session on our website. There was the usual mix of successes and disappointments.

It’s time to encourage members of Congress to enact common-sense protections for pro-life health care workers. The Conscience Protection Act of 2016 (H.R.…


Added by Tom Chapman on May 31, 2016 at 8:37am — 1 Comment

Iowa Catholic Conference Newsletter, April 25, 2016

Welcome to our weekly report as the legislature considers the last few bills of the session. There’s still time to contact your legislator by going to our Action Center at

On Friday the Iowa Senate passed its version of HF 2460, the human services budget bill. The bill appropriates nearly $2 billion for important human services programs. Among the…


Added by Tom Chapman on April 25, 2016 at 8:23am — No Comments

Iowa Catholic Conference Newsletter, April 18, 2016

Budget bills are moving at the State Capitol and legislators are aiming to finish the session by the end of the week.

House File 2460 is the appropriations bill for health and human services. It has been approved by the House Appropriations Committee and is scheduled to be debated on the floor of the House as soon as tomorrow. The bill spends nearly $2 billion from the state’s general fund for important health and human services programs, such as Medicaid and the state’s safety…


Added by Tom Chapman on April 18, 2016 at 8:52am — No Comments

Iowa Catholic Conference Newsletter, April 11, 2016

First, I’d like to say a word of welcome to our many new subscribers. We really appreciate your taking action on issues that are important to you!

A bill to set up a pilot program for Education Savings Accounts passed out of subcommittee last week. I know some of you are hearing some inflated figures about how much the bill, HF 2284, would cost the state. As drafted, the cost to the state would be less than a million dollars. In the context of the state’s $5 billion education…


Added by Tom Chapman on April 11, 2016 at 8:24am — No Comments

Action alert - send a message to your legislator for Education Savings Accounts

The Iowa House Appropriations Committee is currently considering House File 2284, which, as drafted, would open 190 Education Savings Accounts (ESAs) for low-income public school parents in two school districts, Sioux Center and Waterloo. HF 2284 passed out of subcommittee yesterday.


ESAs would allow parents who choose not to enroll their children in a public school to receive a deposit of public funds into a savings account set up by the state.…


Added by Tom Chapman on April 5, 2016 at 3:50pm — No Comments

Iowa Catholic Conference Newsletter, April 4, 2016


A subcommittee meeting is scheduled for early this afternoon (Monday) for House File 2284, a bill that would create a pilot Education Savings Accounts (ESAs) program. The establishment of ESAs is one of our priorities for the legislative session.

Education Savings Accounts would empower parents to choose the most suitable education for their children, regardless of income or where they live. HF 2284 would allow some low-income parents to receive…


Added by Tom Chapman on April 4, 2016 at 8:46am — 1 Comment

Iowa Catholic Conference Newsletter, March 27, 2016

As legislative proposals for doctor-prescribed suicide become more prevalent across the country, the Catholic bishops of Iowa are organizing a statewide educational effort regarding end-of-life care aligned with Catholic values. Click here for more details.  The project is called “Supportive Care Iowa.”

“We have a duty to protect and preserve our life. However,…


Added by Tom Chapman on March 28, 2016 at 8:00am — 1 Comment

Iowa Catholic Conference Newsletter, March 18, 2016

Two bills supported by the Iowa Catholic Conference were passed by the legislature and sent to the governor this week:

House File 2386 passed the Senate 49-0. The bill enables the termination of parental rights when the court finds “clear and convincing” evidence that a child was conceived as a result of sexual abuse. The abuser’s parental rights could be terminated as a result of their perpetrating the sexual abuse.

The Iowa House also passed Senate File 2191 by a vote of…


Added by Tom Chapman on March 18, 2016 at 12:24pm — No Comments

Iowa Catholic Conference second legislative deadline report - March 11, 2016

As attention turns to budget matters at the legislature, we are asking for your help on a bill that would support refugees who have resettled in Iowa. SF 2298 would expand the current “RefugeeRISE” program contingent on an appropriation from the legislature. The Iowa Refugee Alliance is seeking $350,000 from the state to leverage $650,000 in federal matching dollars. The program is run by EMBARC, a nonprofit group…


Added by Tom Chapman on March 11, 2016 at 1:00pm — No Comments

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