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“Made for Life” Turns Bishops into Moral Pretzels

Conscience Vol. XXXII – No. 2 (2011) – page 38 – 39
Theologian Mary E. Hunt exposes the irony and the injustice of  “Made for Life,” the anti-seam-sex marriage video from the USCCB’s Subcommittee for the Promotion and Defense of Marriage.

To Be or Not to Be: A Catholic Transexual Speaks

Conscience Vol. XXXI – No. 2 (2010) – page 42 – 43
“In the Catholic church, as a transsexual woman, I don’t exist officially,” writes Hilary Howes in her meditation on the institutional church’s room for growth on sex and gender issues, particularly on those who fall under the “T” in LGBT.

The Bishops’ Sexual Problems

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

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

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

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

Conscience Vol. XXXI – No. 1 (2010) – page 26
Molly O’Gorman considers how her Catholic upbringing has been a source of guilt and frustration.

Roundtable: Are We Taking the Pleasure out of Sex?

Conscience Vol. XXX – No. 1 (2009) – pages 40-48
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

Conscience Vol. XXVII – No. 3 (2006) – pages 27-30
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

Conscience Vol. XXVII – No. 1 (2006) – pages 10-16
Theologian Mary E. Hunt searches for the roots of the prejudice against LGBT individuals that is seemingly ingrained in Catholic and Christian tradition. She finds that “heterosexism, not homosexuality, is the sin that needs attention.”

Talking Sex, Desiring Justice

Conscience Vol. XXVII – No. 1 (2006) – pages 28-30
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

Conscience Vol. XXVII – No. 1 (2006) – pages 38-39
Professor Bernadette Brooten traces the Christian community’s evolution of beliefs regarding homosexuality.

Culture: A Marriage Proposal

Conscience Vol. XXVI – No. 2 (2005) – pages 36-38

Mary E. Hunt calls into question the assumption that same-sex marriage is the ultimate goal for LGBT activist. Instead, she recommends looking beyond marriage and towards a truly just society in which a commodity exchange is not necessary for a secure and blessed partnership

Sexual Illiteracy

Conscience Vol. XXIV – No. 3 (2003) – pages 16-17
Theologian Rosemary Radford Ruether questions the puritanical ethics being exported by the Bush administration’s HIV/AIDS programs to Africa. She makes the case for a sex-positive education for youth rather than an insistence upon abstinence , which tends to reinforce the repression of women.