Easter Message from Archbishop Jackels

Archbishop Jackels

Among my Lenten practices I swore off eating chili cheese flavored Frito brand corn chips and McDonald’s products (I know, heroic).

I chose to do this because they are not good for me, and because I like them so much, too much.

I intended to give them up just for Lent, and then consume mass quantities of them beginning on Holy Thursday evening, the end of Lent.

But for the reasons given above, and also because I feel inspired to practice more self-denial, I decided not to start up again after Lent.

(That will make … Continue reading…

Church teaching on the MMR vaccine

The measles outbreak in California has once again raised the issue of vaccination in general, and the MMR (measles, mumps and rubella) vaccine in particular.

With regard to the MMR vaccine, some people object to using it because the rubella component was made from a cell line developed from a child aborted in the 1960’s. At present, in the United States the only available FDA-approved vaccine for measles is the combined MMR vaccine.

In 2003, some MMR vaccine opponents asked then-Cardinal Ratzinger, head of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, to support their claim that using this vaccine is an … Continue reading…

The holy season of Lent

Archbishop JackelsWhat do you associate with the holy season of Lent?

Giving something up, right? We begin the holy season of Lent with resolutions about NOT eating, drinking, or doing certain things.

The Catholic Church even has rules about not eating too much on Ash Wed­­nesday and Good Friday, and not eating meat on the Fridays of Lent.

Fine, but giving something up is not an end in itself; rather, it is a means to another end. For example:

Creating the potential to establish a healthy habit by breaking an unhealthy one;
Strengthening the virtue (a spiritual … Continue reading…

Bishops of Iowa issue a statement on Education Savings Accounts

Say they will ‘give parents the freedom to make real choice in education’

January 2015

Parents are the ones primarily responsible for the education of their children. We believe Education Savings Accounts (ESAs) are a tool that would empower parents across our state to choose the best and most suitable education for their children, regardless of economic standing. 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. This money could be used by parents for K-12 tuition and fees.

The … Continue reading…