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Supreme Court Ruling Regarding Same Sex Marriage

Please see the attached press release from the four bishops of Iowa regarding the decision by the U.S. Supreme Court.

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The Catholic bishops of Iowa have issued the following statement on the U.S. Supreme Court's decision to require states to license a marriage between two people of the same sex:

"The U.S. Supreme Court’s ruling on marriage saddens us. To make something legal does not mean that it is true or good. Take, for example, the ruling that legalized abortion.

Notwithstanding this ruling, we will continue to lead people to live under the Gospel, which requires us to be humble and loving to all others, regardless.

The Gospel also compels us to defend and share with others Jesus’ teaching on marriage, which re-asserted the original plan of creation, and which no one can rend asunder:

One man and one woman who freely give themselves to each other in a permanent and exclusive partnership, to be helpmates for each other, and to be open to conceiving and bringing up children.

We believe that this understanding of marriage does no harm; on the contrary, it serves the common good of society, as well as the good of family life, and of children.

We still expect that true religious liberty, enshrined in our Constitution, and won at such a dear price, will be honored, allowing us to be guided by a faith-formed conscience in our teaching and practice."

Most Rev. Michael Jackels, Archbishop of Dubuque
Most Rev. Martin Amos, Bishop of Davenport
Most Rev. Richard Pates, Bishop of Des Moines
Most Rev. R. Walker Nickless, Bishop of Sioux City

PDF Download in English & Spanish of Press Release
http://www.supremecourt.gov/

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Sacred Heart Cathedral Campaign
In an effort to make Sacred Heart Cathedral in Davenport a place for all diocesan Catholics to call home, Bishop Martin Amos has requested a campaign to enhance the cathedral’s hospitality and welcoming presence. The cathedral has a great need for additional restrooms, handicap-accessible entrances and a place to gather before and after diocesan celebrations. Please support Cathedral Sunday (Feb. 15) and make your cathedral a welcoming place for all of our diocesan and liturgical events!

Please watch a video about Sacred Heart Cathedral.

 





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Official prayer of the Diocese of Davenport, 2015
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Pope Francis will attend the World Meeting of Families - Philadelphia 2015


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Immigration Prayer Card

From Bishop Amos:

The Holy Father has challenged us to proclaim our faith values; and he has specifically addressed the threats to dignity, and even of life itself, of migrants. 

My fellow Iowa bishops and I have issued a Statement on Immigration Reform through the Iowa Catholic Conference.  This statement underlies all of our Church teachings.  It applies from the moment of conception to the last moments of life and encompasses all people on earth. 

We recognize that not only are the vast majority of the people of Iowa of immigrant descent but that even our Catholic faith is an immigrant to this great state and nation. 

 

Iowa Bishops' Joint Statement on Immigration Reform

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HHS Mandate
Diocese's HHS Mandate page
USCCB Page on HHS mandate (including legislative contacts)
Iowa Catholic Conference

Initiatives of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops
Religious Freedom
Marriage: Unique for a Reason
Research and Resources for the New Evangelization – CARA Research November 2012
 

Abuse of Minors - The Church's Response

The Catholic Messenger video site
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Diocesan Planning Commission
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Bishop Amos' Vision Planning Video
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