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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  • The Bishops' Sexual Problems [PDF]
    Conscience Vol. XXXI - No. 1 (2010) - page 12 - 14

    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 [PDF]
    Conscience Vol. XXXI - No. 1 (2010) - page 17 - 21
    We asked Catholic theologian Dan Maguire to reflect on why the hierarchy is so obsessed with sex.  His answers may surprise many of you, but he did provide us with a solution: education.
  • Between a Rock and a Hard Place [PDF]
    Conscience Vol. XXXI - No. 1 (2010) - page 22 - 23
    Anka Grywacz reflects on her experiences as a peer sex educator in Poland.
  • Perpetual Thoughts of Impurity [PDF]
    Conscience Vol. XXXI - No. 1 (2010) - page 24 - 25
    Playwright Terrence McNally discusses the role his Catholic education played in revealing his homosexuality.
  • Growing Up Catholic [PDF]
    Conscience Vol. XXXI - No. 1 (2010) - page 26
    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 [PDF]
    Conscience Vol. XXXI - No. 1 (2010) - page 27 - 28
    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 (2009)
    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
  • Roundtable: Sex Talk [PDF]
    Conscience Vol. XXVII - No. 3 (2006)
    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 (2006)
    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 (2006)
    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 (2006)
    Professor Bernadette Brooten traces the Christian community's evolution of beliefs regarding homosexuality.
  • Sexual Illiteracy
    Conscience Vol. XXIV - No. 3 (2004)
    Rosemary Radford Ruether analyzes how a Western puritanical missionary zeal drives much US funding for AIDS prevention in Africa.