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  • Notes on Canon Law No. 1: Catholics and Abortion [PDF]
    2010, 13 pp.
    An analysis of the Catholic church's canon law, what it says about abortion and implications for prochoice Catholics.
  • Pre-Implantation Genetic Diagnosis: A Roman Catholic View [PDF]
    Conscience Winter 2008-2009

    Sheila Briggs, CFC board member and associate professor of Religion and Gender Studies at the University of Southern California, reveals how in vitro fertilization and the use of pre-implantation genetic diagnosis can be moral choices for Catholics.

  • Prochoice Catholicism 101 [PDF]
    Conscience Spring 2008
    Jon O'Brien and Sara Morello, president and vice president of Catholics for Choice, outline core Catholic tenets that provide a sound basis for prochoice Catholicism.
  • Truth & Consequence - A Look behind the Vatican's Ban on Contraception [PDF]
    2008, 28 pp.
    On the eve of the pope's visit, Catholics for Choice released a publication examining the impact of 40 years of Humanae Vitae, the Vatican document that cemented the ban on contraception. Widely acknowledged as a defining moment in modern church history, Humanae Vitae became a source of great conflict and division in the church.
  • The Ethics of Life [PDF]
    Autumn 2007

    Sheila Briggs, CFC board member and associate professor of Religion and Gender Studies at the University of Southern California, discusses the moral questions regarding the use of advanced technology in end-of-life issues, and shows inconsistencies in the Catholic hierarchy’s response to such questions.

  • Women, Reproductive Rights and the Catholic Church
    2006, 11 pp.
    Essay by Rosemary Radford Ruether
  • Moving Forward by Looking Back: Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger’s Preparation for the Papacy [PDF]
    2006, 38 pp.
    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. 
  • The Facts Tell the Story: Catholics and Choice [PDF]
    2006, 2 pp.
    How do Catholics feel about abortion?  This new brochure  gives a quick but comprehensive sampling of the most up to date public opinion data available and shows that the majority of Catholics support the right to choose.
  • The Facts Tell the Story: Catholics and Contraception [PDF]
    2006, 2 pp.
    Do Catholics support the use of contraception?  This new brochure surveys public opinion data and polls to show that Catholics practice and support the use of contraception at the same rates as non-Catholics.
  • Notes on Canon Law No. 2: Rights in the Church [PDF]
    2006, 16 pp.
    Can divorced and remarried Catholics receive communion?  Can a prochoice Catholic politician be turned away from the altar?  Do parishioners have a right to know how the pastor and bishop are spending their contributions?  The second in CFFC's popular Notes on Canon Law series provides guidance on what rights policy makers and individuals have under the Catholic church's canon law.
  • The Making of a Papacy: A Report on the First One Hundred Days of Pope Benedict XVI [PDF]
    2005

    From the moment Cardinal Ratzinger was elected pope, CFFC closely monitored the actions and statements of the new pontiff, his emissaries, the Vatican and the Holy See through its First 100 Days Campaign to call attention to the steps that the institutional church would make—or not make—toward addressing the needs of Catholics and non-Catholics throughout the world. This report reveals its findings.

  • Preserving Power and Privilege: The Vatican's Agenda in the European Union [PDF]
    2003, 43 pp.
    This investigative report exposes the truth about the Roman Catholic church's activities in the European Union. Issues such as the European Constitution, abortion, the family and the future of religious freedom in the European Union are discussed as elements of the Holy See's  European plans.
  • Women Ordained: Stepping on the Vatican's Toes
    Conscience Autumn 2002
    Women's ordination and the Catholic church.
  • The Holy See and the Convention on the Rights of the Child: A Shadow Report [PDF]
    2002, 46 pp.
    After CFFC presented a preliminary report on the worldwide pattern of sexual abuse of children and adolescents by Catholic clergy and religious to the committee on the Rights of the Child at the UN, the Committee invited CFFC to develop this report to detail the Holy See's compliance as a signatory to the Convention on the Rights of the Child. The report delineates how the Holy See is skirting the Convention and what action steps need to be taken immediately.  For more on this topic, see also CFFC's NGO Reports on States Parties to the UN Committee on the Rights of the Child.  See also the executive summary.
  • The Catholic Church at the United Nations: Church or State? [PDF]
    2001, 42 pp.
    An analysis of the special role granted to the Holy See at the UN and the church's influence on international policy.
  • The Mantra of "Anti-Catholicism"
    Conscience Autumn 2000
    What is bigotry?
  • Reflections of a Catholic Theologian Visiting an Abortion Clinic [PDF]
    2000, 11 pp.
    A narrative from Catholic theologian Daniel McGuire exploring thoughts, feelings and reactions upon visiting a women's health clinic.
  • A Matter of Conscience: Catholics on Contraception [PDF]
    1998, 7 pp.
    Prominent Catholics explain their support for contraception.

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