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Conscience: The Newsjournal of Catholic Opinion


Vol. XXXV - No. 2
Read Conscience online.


MEssage from the President

How Hobby Lobby Killed Religious Liberty

21 July 2014 - The Supreme Court’s Hobby Lobby decision is a disaster for women, and we can lay the blame squarely at the feet of the Obama administration. In a futile attempt to keep religious extremists onside, the administration threw some women’s rights under the bus. In doing so, the president’s team failed politically, professionally and personally to do what they said they stood for when Obama ran for election in 2008 and re-election in 2012. Read more.


After Hobby Lobby, What Next for Employees?

6 July 2014 - “E.J. Dionne is right that the Supreme Court’s decision in the Hobby Lobby case created “an entirely new legal regime” [“Supreme Court reveals its class bias,” op-ed, July 3]. But the fault lies in the one area that Mr. Dionne lauded: the Obama administration’s history of bending over backward to appease religious extremists. Read more.

Coalition for Liberty & Justice

Liberty and Justice for All


A new short film from the Coalition for Liberty & Justice shows what happens when religious extremists in the US use religion as a license to discriminate against hospital staff, teachers and other workers who do not conform to the extremists’ views of what is acceptable. This discrimination takes place using your tax dollars. Read more.

Letters & Op-eds

Whose freedom are the bishops protecting?

In the Baltimore Sun, Catholics for Choice president Jon O'Brien notes that the bishops' "freedom to serve" rings hollow for women and men everywhere who, because of the bishops' discriminatory practices, are not free to serve. Read more.


Using Religion to Discriminate

Africa Calling

The US Conference of Catholic Bishops and its ultraconservative allies have been especially vocal in claiming that religious liberty is under threat. But a cursory examination of their arguments shows that they do not stand up to any scrutiny. This issue of Conscience takes a long, hard look at what’s at stake in the ongoing debate over real religious freedom. Read the entire issue here.


Contraception Coverage at the Supreme Court

Catholics for Choice Supports Real Religious Liberty

Africa Calling


We are disheartened by the Supreme Court’s ruling in the Burwelll v. Hobby Lobby Stores and Conestoga Wood Specialties Corp. v. Burwell cases.

You can find additional resources about religious liberty on our resource page.



"The Secret History of Sex, Choice and Catholics"

“The Secret History of Sex, Choice and Catholics” is a new documentary-style film produced by Catholic for Choice. Featuring interviews with leading experts in the fields of theology, philosophy and ethics, it sets the record straight about Catholic social teaching on issues related to sex and sexuality.

Watch the film.