Bishops meet with Iowa legislators at breakfast

Bishop Martin Amos meets with Sens. Joe Seng of Davenport and Rita Hart of Wheatland at the Iowa Statehouse in Des Moines. Iowa’s four bishops met with legislators Feb. 20 during and after the Iowa Catholic Conference Legislative Breakfast.

By Barb Arland-Fye

DES MOINES — Bishop Martin Amos and fellow bishops of Iowa met with state legislators Feb. 20 for an informal discussion of issues related to education, pro-life, health care and immigration. The four bishops decided on topics ahead of time that each one would address with legislators during and after the Iowa Catholic Conference’s Legislative Breakfast.
Bishop Amos spoke about education; Arch-bishop Jerome Hanus, OSB, of the Archdiocese of Dubuque addressed immigration; Bishop R. Walker Nickless of the Diocese of Sioux City talked about pro-life issues; and Bishop Richard Pates of the Des Moines Diocese spoke about health care.
In his talks with Senate Majority Leader Michael Gronstal, D-Council Bluffs, and Senate Minority Leader Bill Dix, R-Shell Rock, Bishop Amos said he focused on parental choice in education.

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