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Follow Your Conscience: The Catholic Church and the Spirit of the Sixties

Peter Cajka


This book tells the story of how American Catholics became vocal champions of conscience rights and subjective freedoms in the 1960s and 1970s. Catholics, particularly priests, defended the rights of doctors and nurses to follow conscience and opt out of abortion procedures throughout the 1970s. Before that, however, Catholic antiwar activists came to the aid of men drafted into the military who wanted to follow conscience rather than fight in the Vietnam War. At the same time as Catholics protested the Selective Service, priests began defending the freedom of the laity to follow conscience on ... More

Keywords: conscience, The Sixties, rights, Catholic Church, democracy, sexuality, Vietnam War, individualism, social movements

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2021 Print ISBN-13: 9780226762050
Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: January 2022 DOI:10.7208/chicago/9780226762197.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Peter Cajka, author
University of Notre Dame