69% of Catholics say they feel no obligation to vote against candidates who support abortion.
-The Catholic Vote in Summer 2008

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Sexuality
Library

  • The Bishops' Sexual Problems
    Conscience Vol. XXXI - No. 1

    Jon O'Brien and Sara Morello examine how bishops around the world intervene in political battles over reproductive health and rights, and the impact that has, especially on poor people.

  • Hierarchy, Sex and Power
    Conscience Vol. XXXI - No. 1
    We asked Catholic theologian Dan Maguire to reflect on why the hierarchy is so obsessed with sex.  His answered may surprise many of you, but he did provide us with a solution: education.
  • Between a Rock and a Hard Place
    Conscience Vol. XXXI - No. 1
    Anka Grywacz reflects on her experiences as a peer sex educator in Poland.
  • Perpetual Thoughts of Impurity
    Conscience Vol. XXXI - No. 1
    Playwright Terrence McNally discusses the role his Catholic education played in revealing his homosexuality.
  • Growing Up Catholic
    Conscience Vol. XXXI - No. 1
    Molly O'Gorman considers how her Catholic upbringing has been a source of guilt and frustration.
  • Catholic, HIV-positive and One of God's Children
    Conscience Vol. XXXI - No. 1
    Vincent Chippriott reports on his experiences of being an HIV-positive Catholic.
  • Roundtable: Are We Taking the Pleasure out of Sex? [PDF]
    Conscience Vol. XXX - No. 1
    This discussion of comprehensive sexuality education features CFC's Jon O'Brien, the International Planned Parenthood Foundation's Doorjte Braeken, Sarah Brown of the National Campaign to Prevent Teen and Unplanned Pregnancy, psychology professor and director of the Centre for Sexual Health Research Roger Ingham, and William Smith of the Sexuality Information and Education Council of the US
  • Sex in the HIV/AIDS Era [PDF]
    2008, 15 pp.

    Also available in Spanish.

    A brochure designed for at-risk Catholics who are struggling with questions around faith and conscience, sexuality and the use of condoms for HIV/AIDS prevention, as well as health care providers who encounter these issues.
  • "Macho Men and Passive Women" [PDF]
    Conscience Vol. XXVIII - No. 2
    Marysol Asencio and Katie Acosta debunk the myths about the sexualities of Latinos.
  • Roundtable: Sex Talk [PDF]
    Conscience Vol. XXVII - No. 3
    Five daughters of leading reproductive rights activists tell us how they learned about the birds and the bees and what their unique experiences mean to them as they now impart  their knowledge to others.
  • Catholic Pride...and Prejudice [PDF]
    Conscience Vol. XXVII - No. 1
    Feminist theologian Mary E. Hunt examines the history and reasoning behind the Catholic hierarchy's obsession with sexuality.
  • Talking Sex, Desiring Justice [PDF]
    Conscience Vol. XXVII - No. 1
    Dr. Marvin M. Ellison, Bass Professor of Christian Ethics at Bangor Theological Seminary explores what it means to be a sexual being.
  • How Our Minds Have Changed [PDF]
    Conscience Vol. XXVII - No. 1
    Professor Bernadette Brooten traces the Christian community's evolution of beliefs regarding homosexuality.
  • A World View: Catholics Attitudes on Sexual Behavior and Reproductive Health [PDF]
    2004, 28 pp.
    An indispensable report that provides opinion data, demographical information and behaviors of Catholics from dozens of countries around the world. While the institutional Roman Catholic church - at the global, national and local levels - exerts substantial influence on public policy and even medical practices in reproductive health, the data reveal that the policies advocated by the pope and the bishops do not reflect the diversity of attitudes and practices among Catholic people themselves. On contraception, abortion, condoms for HIV-prevention and other matters of family life, Catholic attitudes and behavior often clash with church teaching.
  • Attitudes of Catholics on Reproductive Rights, Church-State, and Related Issues [PDF]
    2004, 45 pp.
    Also available in Spanish.

    An indispensable report that provides opinion data, demographical information and behaviors of Catholics from dozens of countries around the world. While the institutional Roman Catholic church—at the global, national and local levels—exerts substantial influence on public policy and even medical practices in reproductive health, the data reveal that the policies advocated by the pope and bishops do not reflect the diversity of attitudes and practices among Catholic people themselves. On contraception, abortion, condoms for HIV-prevention and other matters of family life, Catholic attitudes and behavior often clash with church teaching.
  • Sexual Illiteracy
    Conscience Vol. XXIV - No. 3
    The recent announcement about the US government's funding for AIDS prevention in Africa is an example of Western puritanical missionary zeal that seems likely to add to the social disasters of African life.

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