IOWA CATHOLIC CONFERENCE
Iowa Catholic Conference board approves legislative priorities
The Iowa Catholic Conference approved its 2013 legislative agenda during its recent biannual board meeting Oct. 16 and 17.
The Conference added to its legislative agenda:
* Support for initiatives to protect religious liberty and the legitimate exercise of the freedom of conscience
* Support for legislation that promotes and funds chastity and abstinence education
The Conference also raised to a higher priority its opposition to disproportionate budget cuts to programs that support the poor and vulnerable.
The Iowa Catholic Conference is the public policy organization of the Catholic Church in Iowa. Its Board of Directors includes the bishops of Iowa and lay people, priests, deacons and religious sisters. The bishops of Iowa are Dubuque Archbishop Jerome Hanus, OSB; Bishop R. Walker Nickless of Sioux City; Bishop Martin Amos of Davenport, and Bishop Richard Pates of Des Moines.
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(Contact: Tom Chapman, Executive Director, Iowa Catholic Conference, 515-243-6256)