Press Releases - 2005

Leaders of Religious, Women’s Rights and Human Rights Groups Call on European Parliament to Repudiate Extremist Exhibit Abusing Memory of Shoah Victims

More than 500 groups endorse call for European Parliament to act BRUSSELS—Today, leaders of religious and women’s rights and human rights groups delivered a collective statement to Josep Borrell-Fontelles, President of the European Parliament, to protest an exhibit comparing abortion to the Shoah that appeared with the approval of the relevant authorities at the European […]

New Vatican Document on Gays in Priesthood Another Sad Moment for Church, Human Rights

Statement of Frances Kissling, president, Catholics for a Free Choice WASHINGTON, DC—“The informal release today of a long-anticipated document on homosexuality and the priesthood marks a sad moment as church leaders once again contribute to the stigmatization of gay men, misinterpret scientific information regarding homosexuality and act to exclude faithful and good men who are […]

Catholic Health Care Industry Betrays Women, Latinos and Public Trust: National Latina Institute for Reproductive Health and Catholics for a Free Choice Call for Immediate Reforms

National Latina Institute for Reproductive Health and Catholics for a Free Choice Call for Immediate Reforms WASHINGTON, DC—Leaders working for the reproductive health and rights of Latinas throughout the United States expressed outrage after reading a new report released yesterday by Consejo de Latinos Unidos and called on the Catholic healthcare industry to immediately change […]

Release of International Religious Leaders’ Statement on MDGs and Reproductive Health Provokes Vatican Attempt to Silence Catholic Signers

WASHINGTON, DC—The planned release of an interfaith religious statement supporting the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) and calling for the inclusion of reproductive health ran into controversy last week as high ranking Vatican officials instructed Catholic bishops to ensure that “no ‘religious leader’ of the Catholic church and subject to our jurisdiction agree and sign” the […]

Statement of Catholics for a Free Choice Europe Regarding the European Parliament’s September 5 Debate on Dialogue Between the Commission and Churches and Non-Confessional Organizations

Presented by Elfirede Harth, Catholics for a Free Choice, European Representative Catholics for a Free Choice (CFFC) welcomes the discussion in the European Parliament regarding dialogue between the European Commission and churches and non-confessional organisations. CFFC strongly supports the inclusion of nongovernmental voices in the development of EU policy. This includes the voice of churches […]

International Youth Coalition Calls on Pope to Lift Ban on Condoms

Progressive young people ask Benedict XVI to build culture of life through prevention, education and care for those at risk of HIV/AIDS at 20th Catholic World Youth Day. COLOGNE, GERMANY—On the eve of the 20th Catholic World Youth Day, concerned young people from around the globe gathered in Cologne to address the Vatican’s opposition to […]

Good Catholics Use Condoms

Condoms4Life Public Education Campaign Greets Pilgrims at Catholic World Youth Day COLOGNE—Today the Condoms4Life Campaign unveiled the newest phase of its public education effort to raise public awareness about the HIV/AIDS pandemic and the devastating effect of the bishops’ ban on condoms as giant billboards went up in the Dom (Cathedral) metro station in Cologne, […]

Prochoice Catholic Senators and Supreme Court Vacancies: Problems with the Vatican Working Document on the Eucharist

Statement of Frances Kissling, President, Catholics for a Free Choice WASHINGTON, DC—The 2004 presidential election was marred by fairly vicious attacks on John Kerry and other Catholic candidates who support keeping abortion legal. A small minority of bishops and ultra conservative Republican Catholics sought to deny these candidates, as well as prochoice Catholic elected officials, […]

Catholics for a Free Choice Commends UN Committee on the Rights of the Child for Pursuing Justice for Clergy Sexual Abuse Victims in the Philippines

WASHINGTON, DC—As a special UN committee completes its review of the Philippines’ compliance with the Convention on the Rights of the Child, Frances Kissling, president of Catholics for a Free Choice, commends its members for the concern and compassion they demonstrated in their observations of the alleged cases of sexual abuse and exploitation of children […]

The First One Hundred Days: The Future Papacy, the Future Church

Catholics for a Free Choice Lays out a Schedule for the New Pope WASHINGTON, DC—Catholics for a Free Choice is deeply concerned that the election of Cardinal Josef Ratzinger as pope is a strong indication of continued dissension within the church. The cardinal’s historic role as a disciplinarian means the tradition of the punitive father […]

Challenge to Colombia’s Restrictive Abortion Laws Promotes Human Rights and Social Justice

Statement of Frances Kissling, President, Catholics for a Free Choice SANTA FE DE BOGOTÁ—Today a Colombian citizen will challenge the country’s abortion laws, which are among the world’s most restrictive, in the Constitutional Court. Catholics for a Free Choice applauds Colombian attorney Mónica Roa for this courageous act in support of the life, liberty and […]

Too Little, Too Late: “Meet the Press” Continues to Let Women Down

Catholics for a Free Choice demonstration to call attention to the blatant exclusion of women of faith – right and left – on the critical issue of religion and politics from NBC’s flagship news program, “Meet the Press.” Statement of Frances Kissling, President, Catholics for a Free Choice WASHINGTON DC—It is surprising that the first […]

Catholics for a Free Choice’s Statement on the Death of Pope John Paul II

Frances Kissling, President, Catholics for a Free Choice WASHINGTON, DC—Like many Catholics, I have found Pope John Paul II’s last year or so of public suffering more profoundly moving than any other aspect of his papacy. The example of humility in one who is powerful, one whose power has partly been his charisma and communication […]

Vatican Again Assumes Role of State to Escape Culpability in Sex Abuse Lawsuit

Memorandum To: Reporters From: Jon O’Brien Vice President, Catholics for a Free Choice Date: March 4, 2005 Re: Vatican again assumes role of state to escape culpability in sex abuse lawsuit A March 3 report from the National Catholic Reporter’s John L. Allen Jr. disclosed that last month Vatican Secretary of State Cardinal Angelo Sodano appealed […]

Catholics for a Free Choice’s Statement on Brownback Bill on Fetal Anesthesia

Statement of Frances Kissling, President, Catholics for a Free Choice WASHINGTON, DC — Today Senator Sam Brownback (R-KS) announced his intention to file “The Unborn Child Pain Awareness Act” (S.51), a bill mandating that doctors who provide abortions after 20 weeks’ gestation inform women of the possibility that fetuses at that gestation may feel pain. […]

Women’s Health and Rights Begin, But Do Not End, With Roe: A New Discourse on Abortion Needed

Statement of CFFC President Frances Kissling on the 32nd Anniversary of Roe v. Wade WASHINGTON, DC—For Catholic women, the Supreme Court’s Roe v. Wade decision has been an especially appreciated acknowledgement of their moral adulthood, an acknowledgement that is consistently withheld by the Vatican and the American bishops. The decision is a unique and valued expression of our […]

Condoms4Life Applauds Spanish Catholic Bishops’ Conference for Statements Supporting Condom Use

Statement of Frances Kissling, president of Catholics for a Free Choice, on the Spanish church’s move toward a responsible and respectful position on condom use to prevent HIV/AIDS. WASHINGTON, DC—The Condoms4Life Campaign wishes to commend the Spanish Catholic bishops’ conference for joining other courageous bishops and making a public acknowledgment in support of condoms in the fight […]

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