The Catholic Diocese Of Des Moines is implementing a policy to create a separation between church and sports.
Bishop Richard Pates has approved a policy at the requests of the priests council that would prohibit any Catholic school from holding activities not related to religious services or religious education on Wednesday evenings and Sunday mornings.
The diocese in Sioux City and Dubuque leave it up to the schools to set restrictions and officials says most schools have some type of rule.
Bishop Pates says a young person confronted with the possibility of playing sports or going to church would naturally want to play sports, and the puts pressure on the parents that want them to go to church.
Pates says the Catholic church isn't the only one facing the issue and he plans to seek support from the larger religious community.
Pates says it is important to keep the church's place within the family along with the other activities.