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Opposition Watch

For many years Catholics for Choice has done original research on the antichoice movement, especially conservative Catholic groups and individuals. It’s good for the soul, as we have discovered time and again that these groups are far less of a threat up close than one might think if one relied solely on their propaganda for information. To know them is to know their weaknesses. To know them also makes us stronger and in that spirit we are always happy to share the information we find with others.

Opposition Notes

Conservative Catholic Influence in Europe

Reports on the World Congress of Families

Opposition Notes

Opposition Notes is a series of investigative fact sheets that exposes the tactics and beliefs of those who oppose women's rights and reproductive health.

The Trouble with Catholics in Alliance for the Common Good [PDF] (2009)

This investigative report from Catholics for Choice shows how Catholics in Alliance for the Common Good, while presenting itself as just another group working for the "common good," is in fact an antiabortion organization that publicly supports the restriction of abortion laws.

Democrats for Life: Not Prolife Democrats [PDF] (2007)
The past four decades have witnessed a profound shift in the political allegiances of the Catholic hierarchy from the Democratic Party to the Republican Party. It has also seen the emergence of “prolife” Democratic elected officials who claim to represent the authentic position of the church on life issues. This report examines the shifting allegiances of the Catholic hierarchy, as well as the self-proclaimed prolife Catholic Democrats who have served—or are serving—in the United States Congress.

The Fidelis Report [PDF] (2005)

Bad Faith Makes Bad Politics: The Culture of Life Foundation on Capitol Hill [PDF] (2004)

An investigative report detailing the expansion of the Culture of Life Foundation and its link to the Catholic Family and Human Rights Institute (CFAM) under the guidance of Austin Ruse.

Bad Faith at the UN [PDF] (2001)

An extensive report examining the history, activities and finances of the Catholic Family and Human Rights Institute, an anti-reproductive rights Catholic organization that lobbies at the UN, and its founder Austin Ruse.

Conservative Catholic Influence in Europe

The Conservative Catholic Influence in Europe series is comprised of investigative fact sheets that expose the positions and alliances of some of the more aggressive opponents of reproductive health and rights throughout Europe.

Exorcising the Past, Imperiling the Future—What's behind Poland's Conservative Turn? (2007)

A special report on Poland by Barbara Crossette published in a European Supplement to Conscience magazine in 2007.

Moving Forward by Looking Back: Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger's Preparation for the Papacy [PDF] (2003)

Before he was elected pope, Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger served as head of Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith for 23 years. This report chronicles the statements, policies and decisions of the man known as “the Vatican’s Enforcer” during that period.

Preserving Power and Privilege: The Vatican's Agenda in the European Union [PDF] (2003)
A report examining the Vatican’s attempts to influence the work of the European Union and the profound differences in worldview and values that divide most of Europe from conservative Roman Catholic thought.

Reports on Meetings Held by the World Congress of Families

World Congress of Families in Madrid, May 2012

Regional Congress in London, June 2010

World Congress of Families in Amsterdam, August 2009

World Congress of Families in Warsaw, 2007