Press Releases - 2002

Reform Catholics Praise Bishop on World AIDS Day, December 1st

Continued Vatican Ban on condoms is, however, antithesis of theme for World AIDS Day Washington, D.C.– Catholics for a Free Choice today singled out Bishop Kevin Dowling, Bishop of Rustenburg, South Africa, for praise this World AIDS Day for continuing to speak out in favor of an end to the Catholic hierarchy’s ban on the use […]

New Web Resource Debunks Catholic Vote Myth in Election 2002

Washington, DC– In the crucial closing stages of election 2002, a new education and information website,, debunks the myths concerning the so-called Catholic vote in American politics. This web site offers factual information and analysis to help candidates, policymakers and journalists better understand the place of Catholics- laypeople and hierarchy- in the 2002 elections. The […]

Catholics React to Vatican’s Refusal to Approve US Bishops’ Plan on Sex Abuse

Statement of Frances Kissling, President of Catholics for a Free Choice  The Vatican yesterday refused to approve the US bishops’ “Essential Norms for Diocesan/Eparchial Policies Dealing with Accusations of Sexual Abuse of Minors by Priests, Deacons, or other Church Personnel.”  They did not offer any immediate relief for the victims, nor any interim plan for […]

New Report Reveals Catholics Defy Stereotype of Monolithic Voting Bloc

Voting behavior of group most sought by politicians shows independence and volatility; disagreeing with bishops on key issues, refusing to be tied to either major party. Washington, DC–  A new report released today by Catholics for a Free Choice (CFFC) analyzes the voting patterns of Catholics in America and reveals that they defy the stereotype of […]

Frances Kissling, President, Catholics for a Free Choice, Statement on President Bush’s Decision to Deny UN Family Planning Funds

Washington, D.C.–“President Bush’s decision to permanently deny US funds for the UNFPA is a tragic denial of life-saving family planning services for the world’s poor. In pandering to the religious right and the Vatican, the president has ignored well-known facts about UNFPA and its work in preventing abortions and ensuring that poor families are better […]

Prochoice Catholic Magazine Conscience Spotlights World Youth Day in Toronto, Canada

Prominent Catholic women address young people attending Catholic gathering with advice, encouragement and insights into the contemporary church Washington, D.C. — As hundreds of thousands of young Catholic women and men flock to Toronto to participate in World Youth Day 2002, Conscience, the prochoice magazine of Catholics for a Free Choice, features prominent Catholic women from around the […]

Every Woman Knows the Story: the Dallas Bishops’ Meeting

The following statement by Frances Kissling, president of Catholics for a Free Choice, was issued as the meeting of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) in Dallas drew to a close. Dallas, Texas– “Every abused woman knows the story: first they beat you up, then they shower you with love and apologies and promise […]

At End of Bishops’ Meeting, Catholic Reform Groups Support Survivor Network Call for Dismissal of All Priests, Bishops and Cardinals Who Ever Abused

Call for resignation of every bishop who facilitated that abuse in any way. Dallas, Texas—  Moved by the clarity and determination of the Survivor’s Network for those Abused by Priests (SNAP), and outraged by the lack of commitment shown by the bishops, thirteen Catholic reform groups are supporting the survivors’ network’s call for the dismissal […]

United Nations Asked to Intervene in Sexual Abuse of Children by Catholic Clergy, to Hold Vatican Accountable for Violating Convention on the Rights of the Child

Campaign launched by abuse survivors, legal experts and Catholic groups lobbying UN to demand plan from Vatican to end future abuse and ensure due process for victims. New York, NY–The first campaign calling for the United Nations to intervene and help end the systemic sexual abuse of children by Catholic clergy was launched today in New […]

Members of the European Parliament Back Catholic Condom Campaign

Advertisement in the European Voice newspaper decries Vatican’s ban on condoms to prevent the spread of HIV/AIDS Political leaders from Belgium, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Ireland, Italy, The Netherlands, Portugal, Scotland, Spain and the United Kingdom gave their support today to the first global campaign to end the Catholic bishops’ ban on condoms. In an advertisement […]

Catholic Leader Decries CHA Statement

Says Catholic Hospitals Need to Provide Information About Emergency Contraception Washington, DC—“The Catholic Health Association’s statement that it supports ‘medically appropriate, morally acceptable’ care for victims of sexual assault is a cynical statement that reflects the problem of religious control of hospitals,” said Catholics for a Free Choice President Frances Kissling.  “While the Ethical and […]

Irish Voters Reject Abortion Referendum

Defeat for Catholic Bishops Washington, DC–Catholics for a Free Choice President Frances Kissling issued the following statement today: We are gratified that the Catholic people of Ireland—in spite of the heavy lobbying by Irish bishops—defeated the Government’s referendum on abortion. At the same time, we remain concerned that Irish women’s access to legal abortion is […]

Catholic Coalition Challenges Bishops’ Statement on Abortion

Newspaper Ad Urges a “No” Vote on Abortion Referendum An international coalition of prochoice Catholics have joined to counter Irish bishops’ lobbying in support of the Abortion Referendum on Wednesday, 6 March 2002. “There is much room in Catholic theology for the acceptance of policies that favor access to reproductive health options such as contraception […]

Global Campaign to End Catholic Bishops’ Ban on Condoms Launched in Africa

Billboard and Newspaper ads in South Africa, Zimbabwe and Kenya stating “Banning Condoms Kills” are part of global mobilizing effort to change Vatican’s condom policy. The first global campaign to end the Catholic bishops’ ban on condoms was launched in Africa today with billboards in Johannesburg, Cape Town, Harare and Nairobi and major newspaper ads carrying […]

Global Campaign to End Catholic Bishops’ Ban on Condoms Comes to Canada

Toronto billboards stating “Banning Condoms Kills” are part of massive mobilizing effort in U.S., Europe, Africa, Asia and Latin America to change Vatican’s condom policy. The first global campaign to end the Catholic bishops’ ban on condoms arrived in Canada today with Toronto billboards carrying the message “Banning Condoms Kills.”  Placed at two prominent spots […]

Catholic Group Refutes Bishops’ Claim that Catholic Hierarchy Cannot Ban Condoms

New global AIDS campaign irks bishops, who respond with misinformation effort in failed attempt to ban Condoms4Life ads. Washington, DC–Catholics for a Free Choice President Frances Kissling today refuted claims by the US bishops that the Catholic church does not take an active role in prohibiting the use of condoms.  “The bishops have disingenuously claimed […]

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