Bishops announce new South Dakota Catholic Conference

Published: Feb. 27, 2017 at 7:23 PM CST
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Two South Dakota Catholic Bishops are teaming up.

Bishop Paul Swain of Sioux Falls and Bishop Robert Gruss of Rapid City say the South Dakota Catholic Conference will comment on issues of public policy -- providing explanations of church teachings -- and their practical application.

The goal is to give a Catholic perspective to issues in the state government.

"We felt the need to monitor government policies a little more broadly over time, as well as to help anticipate policy issues that we care about and help inform Catholics about what the church teaches and how it's impacted on these government policies," Bishop Swain said.

Iowa, Minnesota and several other states in the region have similar conferences.