Good Conscience

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Can liberal Judaism survive?

June 4, 2013A Star of David decorates the ceiling at the Sixth & I Historic Synagogue.Astrid Riecken / For The … Continued

Does the Catholic Church really respect women, or the men who support them?

March 31, 2013Pope Francis arrives to lead an open-air Easter Mass in St. Peter’s Square at the Vatican. Pope Francis … Continued

The New Religious Fundamentalists? Christian Millennials.

Christian Millennials need to get over themselves.

Catholic leaders using Communion as a weapon in the culture wars

Polling shows that ex-Catholics are the third largest religious group in the United States. Many Catholic laity are experiencing a … Continued

Circumcision, herpes, and religious freedom

The idea that a grown man would put his mouth on an infant’s penis is rather disturbing under pretty much … Continued

Lutheran prayers at Newtown

In case you thought that every evil consequence of guns, mental illness and cruelty had been wrung from the Newtown … Continued

Sandy Hook: never again

The tragedy of Sandy Hook was stunning in its human face, the faces of first-graders and their teachers. In the … Continued

Atheists sue IRS for failure to monitor church politicking

A First Amendment watchdog group is suing the Internal Revenue Service for failing to challenge the tax-exempt status of churches … Continued

The God vote meets the rage of atheists, agnostics, and humanists

After the first presidential debate last week, I wrote  “when Mitt Romney mentioned the ‘Creator’ in the debate tonight, he … Continued

Pro-life Democrats get the boot at the DNC

BLOOMBERG A delegate wears a sequined U.S. flag hat during day three of the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte. A … Continued

How a Mormon scholar went from doubter to believer

As an 11-year-old boy, Don Bradley went looking for gold plates. After all, Mormon founder Joseph Smith said he was … Continued

Legacy of Vatican II at heart of dispute between Vatican, U.S. nuns

AMITYVILLE, N.Y. — Fifty years after Pope John XXIII convened the Second Vatican Council to modernize the Roman Catholic Church, … Continued

HHS mandate: President Obama’s broken promise

GETTY IMAGES WASHINGTON, DC – MARCH 23: Protesters participate in a “Stand Up for Religious Freedom” rally in front of … Continued

With HHS lawsuits, Catholic institutions follow their conscience

Franco Origlia GETTY IMAGES it was announced Monday that Franciscan University, along with Notre Dame University, the Catholic University of … Continued

With allegations of a ‘nun crackdown,’ the Vatican goes spring cleaning

If everyone could just calm down for a moment regarding the Vatican and nuns, perhaps we could all consider some … Continued

Five reasons why Obama is losing the contraception fight

The White House has surprised observers and disappointed some liberal allies by being willing to compromise in its controversial regulations … Continued

Obama vs. Catholics: Walking the contraception tightrope

            The Obama health care plan’s showdown with Catholic institutions belongs in what my husband calls the “too hard file.” … Continued

Hiroshima’s lessons: What the Air Force should remember about Just War and nuclear weapons

Kiyoshi Ota GETTY IMAGES A woman prays for the atomic bomb victims in front of a cenotaph at Hiroshima Peace … Continued

An authentically Catholic approach to reproductive health care

By Jon O’Brien Abortion is a difficult issue, made even more so by several recent emotionally and politically charged debates. … Continued

In good conscience?

By Jon O’Brien president, Catholics for Choice In his annual speech to the diplomatic corps with credentials at the Vatican, … Continued