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Conscience: The Newsjournal of Catholic Opinion


Vol. XXXVI - No. 1
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European Parliamentary Forum: A Secular Europe

1 October 2015 - Catholics for Choice co-organized a forum at the European Parliament, “Religion, Human Rights and a Secular Europe: Can Faith and Freedom Co-exist?” with Europe’s International Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans and Intersex Association (ILGA-Europe) as part of the Global Interfaith and Secular Alliance (GISA). The forum brought together MEPs, journalists and civil society to discuss the rise of intolerant religious groups in European institutions. Panels covered sexual and reproductive health, the rights of LGBTI people, an extreme religious presence in Europe, as well as the freedom of and from religion. Read more.

Catholics for Choice Stands with Planned Parenthood

Catholic State Leaders Urge Congress to Take a Stand on Planned Parenthood


28 September 2015 - Over 60 Catholic state leaders and legislators from 25 states banded together in a full-page back-cover ad in the Washington Post urging Congress to preserve federal funding for Planned Parenthood. The statement draws on Catholic social justice and tells representatives in Congress that defunding Planned Parenthood would give the least among us even less. Read more.

Pope Francis in The US

The World Meeting of Families

On Saturday, September 26, Pope Francis will close the World Meeting of Families in Philadelphia by celebrating Mass. Catholics for Choice reports on the Meeting.

Pope Francis in The US

What Will Pope Francis Say at the UN?

24 September 2015 - Tomorrow, Pope Francis will address the General Assembly of the United Nations. Will he arrive with a pastoral message or a political one? Will he talk about his general concerns from a humanitarian point of view by addressing immigration, peace, poverty? Could this be an opportunity to lead by example, to show that he has concerns other than the pelvic zone? Or, will he be forced by the Holy See diplomats to squander the opportunity and rail against LGBT issues and contraception as the Holy See has been doing for years? Read more.

Pope Francis in The US

Pope Francis’ Remarks at the White House: A Possible Preview of His Message to Congress?

23 September 2015 - The US bishops want to have their cake and to eat it too. They want to take taxpayer dollars but not play by the same rules as other government contractors. Is it possible that Francis will try to use his address to Congress tomorrow to serve it to them? Read more.

Pope Francis in The US

Pope Francis' Speech to Congress

22 September 2015 - What is it that Pope Francis should say and how should it be heard? Catholics for Choice talks faith, politics and the pope in The Hill. Read more.

Press Release

Francis’ Statement on Abortion and What
Catholic Women Really Want

1 September 2015 - "Francis has a far more pastoral, not political, approach to abortion—one of the most contentious issues in the Catholic church today. However, despite what Pope Francis has said, I do not believe that Catholic women will be queuing up to ask for forgiveness." Read more.

Catholics for Choice Stands with Planned Parenthood

Catholics Show Sweet Support for Planned Parenthood

21 August 2015 - Women’s health clinics across the country will again be harassed by the antichoice movement this weekend. In response, Catholics organized to remind clinic staff that we stand with Planned Parenthood and support the important work they do. Today, Catholics for Choice delivered cakes and messages of goodwill to women’s clinics on behalf of Catholic supporters, showing that only a small minority of Catholics agree with the extremist voices of the bishops on the question of abortion. Read more.

Join us. Please take a moment to write a note to Planned Parenthood, telling them why you, as a Catholic, stand with them.


The Youth Today

The Youth Today

When Pope Francis visits the United States this fall, he will no doubt be surrounded by young Catholics. But what do we know about their beliefs? Do they stand with the hierarchy on everything from abortion, to same-sex marriage, to equality for women in the church? Learn more about the poll and read our take on the data in the latest issue of Conscience.

Forum on Women in the Catholic Church

What Francis Needs to Know


Bringing together advocates, authors and academics, the “Forum on Women in the Catholic Church: What Francis Needs to Know” will discuss gender equality, reproductive healthcare, ordination, LGBT rights and other issues important to modern Catholic women.

Watch a recording of the forum

Helms Amendment

Catholics for Choice Beats Kenyan Government Censorship


23 July 2015 - Despite the Kenyan government's best attempts to shut us down by tearing down a billboard we had legally placed, Catholics for Choice and Reproductive Health Services Kenya ensured that our message to President Obama appeared in several Nairobi newspapers. Both groups are greatly concerned with the Helms Amendment, an American policy that puts the health, welfare and lives of Kenyan women at risk.

Read more about the censored billboard and learn more about the Helms amendment.

Press Release

New Poll: What Do Millennials in the Time of Francis Believe?


29 June 2015 - When Pope Francis visits the United States this fall, he will no doubt be surrounded by young Catholics. But new polling of Catholic Millennials released today in Conscience magazine shows that while they have positive views of Pope Francis, they express beliefs that stand in stark contrast to the Catholic hierarchy on everything from abortion to same-sex marriage to equality for women in the church. Read more.

Support Real Religious Liberty, Not Discrimination

From Sunday, June 21 to Saturday, July 4, the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops held their annual campaign to promote discrimination. Though the bishops call it a “Fortnight for Freedom,” make no mistake: The bishops’ idea of religious freedom is the freedom to discriminate against anyone who disagrees with them, and they want all of us to join them.

Join us in the fight for real religious freedom

Press Release

Cruel Bill Plays Politics with Women’s Health and Lives: Why Catholics Reject 20-Week Ban

The US House and Senate have introduced a 20-week abortion ban. This legislation is an extreme and heartless attack on a woman’s right to make a decision about what is best for herself and her family. Read CFC’s statements on the House and Senate bills and tell your Senator to oppose this ban.

New Publication

An International Summit on Reproductive Choice

An International Summit on Reproductive Choice

At a unique two-day summit, more than 70 advocates, service providers and academics from across the globe discussed how best to defend and advance women’s reproductive choices. The summit was organized by Catholics for Choice, along with Portugal’s Associação para o Planeamento da Família and the British Pregnancy Advisory Service. Summit speakers debated the difficult issues that have long challenged those in the domestic and international reproductive health field. Select proceedings in this publication offer groundbreaking perspectives on thorny issues like later abortion, fetal pain, sex selection and fetal anomaly. Read more.

New Publication

You Are Not Alone: Catholic Women
and the Abortion Decision

You Are Not Alone


Catholic women facing the abortion decision often feel alone when they walk into a clinic. "You Are Not Alone" is a new resource that affirms their decisions through a solid grounding in our religious tradition.

Order "You Are Not Alone" from the CFC online store.

Read "You Are Not Alone."



Catholic Theology the Bishops Won't Talk About


It’s not just regular Catholics that are being left out of the bishops’ synod. There’s more to Catholic teaching on sexuality and reproductive choices than you’ll hear from the Vatican. Watch this video to learn about some of the best kept secrets about Catholicism on these issues that are critical to Catholics today.

Coalition for Liberty & Justice

Liberty and Justice for All


A new short film from the Coalition for Liberty & Justice shows what happens when religious extremists in the US use religion as a license to discriminate against hospital staff, teachers and other workers who do not conform to the extremists’ views of what is acceptable. This discrimination takes place using your tax dollars. Read more.