Freedom of conscience

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Pope Francis waves to the crowd in St. Peter's Square during his Angelus address on June 25, 2023.

Pope Francis: Do not be afraid to suffer criticism or economic loss to be faithful to the Gospel

Jun 25, 2023

By Courtney Mares

Pope Francis has urged Christians today not to fear persecution for being faithful to what the Church teaches. Read more

Same-sex wedding cake.

European court rejects 'gay cake' case as inadmissible; ruling in favor of Christian bakery stands

Jan 6, 2022

By Jonah McKeown

The European Court of Human Rights has rejected a case brought by a Northern Irish gay rights activist, who claims... Read more


New report finds freedom of conscience under threat in France, Spain, and Sweden

Dec 7, 2021

By Courtney Mares

The report said further developments could lead to ‘complete exclusion of Christians from certain professions.’ Read more

Wedding. (CC0 1.0).

Organizations again labeled 'hate groups' over beliefs on marriage

Feb 1, 2021

By Christine Rousselle

The Southern Poverty Law Center has again named mainstream organizations to its list of “hate groups” in the 2020 publication... Read more

The office of the Taoiseach in Dublin, Ireland.

Nurses petition Irish govenment on freedom of conscience

Nov 27, 2018

Irish nurses and midwives have called on the government to protect their freedom of conscience following the legalization of abortion... Read more

How will palliative care fare in Canada?

Nov 16, 2018

A member for Canadian Physicians for Life says requiring provision of assisted suicide by Catholic hospitals and by hospices will... Read more

Irish physicians complain they've been ignored by health minister on abortion

Nov 8, 2018

Some 640 general practitioners in the Republic of Ireland have signed a petition saying their concerns have not been listened... Read more

Lack of safeguards in Irish abortion bill 'an affront to conscience'

Oct 8, 2018

The Irish bishops on Friday lamented that the draft bill to legalize abortion in the Republic would require pro-life heathcare... Read more

Christian doctor in England denied work because of his traditional gender beliefs

Jul 14, 2018

Dr. David Mackereth, a Reformed Baptist who has worked for 26 years at the National Health Service, has said he... Read more

Can midwives be pro-life? Apparently not in Sweden.

Apr 18, 2017

A Swedish midwife who refused to perform abortions has lost another court decision, but her supporters say the court neglected... Read more


Doctors who object to abortion need more legal protections, bishops say

Feb 13, 2017

By CNA Staff

Objectors to abortion need stronger conscience protections in federal law, the U.S. bishops have said in a letter to Congress... Read more

The Cuban flag.

Everything can be taken from you – except your conscience, says former political prisoner

May 14, 2016

By Matt Hadro

Everyone must be true to their own conscience, a religious freedom advocate and former political prisoner told a gala audience... Read more

Spanish court recognizes pharmacists' conscience rights

Jul 8, 2015

Spain's Constitional Court has issued a ruling protecting the conscience rights of pharmacists who decline to sell the morning after... Read more

How a baker in Northern Ireland is standing up for faith in the workplace

Jun 1, 2015

After a legal ruling deemed a bakery in Northern Ireland to have discriminated against a gay customer, the bakery’s owners... Read more

US Capitol at sunset.

Bishops push for Congress to support conscience rights in health care act

Feb 22, 2015

Just because you may oppose abortion doesn’t mean you should be denied comprehensive health care coverage, according to Archbishop William... Read more

Barronnelle Stutzman, whose business and home are threatened after she declined to arrange flowers for a same-sex wedding.

Grandmother, florist may lose her business and home for declining gay wedding

Feb 20, 2015

By Mary Farrow

If you walk into Barronelle Stutzman’s floral business, you’re probably going to get a hug. She puts her heart into... Read more

Marquette University.

Catholic profs told to report opposition to 'gay marriage' as harassment

Dec 9, 2014

By Kevin J. Jones

An anti-harassment training presentation at a Catholic college encourages employees to report critics of “gay marriage” – and could reflect... Read more