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UN Child Rights Panel Defends Children and Girls—Throws Down Gauntlet to Holy See

In a scathing report released yesterday on the Holy See’s adherence to the principles of the Convention on the Rights of the Child, an aggressive UN committee knocked the Holy See off the high ground.

In a scathing report released yesterday on the Holy See’s adherence to the principles of the Convention on the Rights of the Child, an aggressive UN committee knocked the Holy See off the high ground.

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‘Philomena’ Reminds Us That the ‘Baby Scoop Era’ Affected Millions

Philomena Lee, the namesake character of the Oscar-nominated film Philomena (starring Judi Dench, above).

The Oscar-nominated film Philomena tells the tale of an Irish Catholic mother separated from her son by one of Ireland’s infamous 20th century Magdalene Laundries. But this adoption system wasn’t limited to mid-century Ireland; there are millions of Philomenas out there.

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Fetal Rosaries, Our Lady of Fatima, and the Spanish Inquisition: Welcome to the 2014 March for Life

The March for Life, the yearly protest on the anniversary of Roe v. Wade, is a Catholic affair, supported by the bishops and the pope. And Republicans.

The March for Life, the yearly protest on the anniversary of Roe v. Wade, is a Catholic affair, supported by the bishops and the pope. And Republicans.

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Eric Cantor Announces Anti-Choice House Vote at March for Life

House Majority Leader Eric Cantor speaking at Wednesday's March for Life.

At the annual protest against the Supreme Court’s decision in Roe v. Wade, anti-choice activists got a blessing from Pope Francis and a promise from the House majority leader.

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‘Philomena,’ A Must-See Film About the Magdalene Laundries and Forced Adoptions

Philomena is another reminder of the vast inequalities between those who adopt children and birth mothers.

Philomena is another reminder of the vast inequalities between those who adopt children and birth mothers.

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‘The People’s Pope’? If By People, You Don’t Mean Women

Members of the media and many progressives are beside themselves about Pope Francis.

Members of the media and many progressives are beside themselves about Pope Francis. But raise the subject of the pope’s continued exclusion of women and the church’s opposition to any form of reproductive freedom, and you’re all but told to shut up and wait.

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This Week in Sex: Testosterone, the Pope, and ‘Happy Endings’

This week, the pope asked Catholics across the world to weigh in on contraception, same-sex marriage, and divorce.

This week, a study says testosterone replacement therapy may increase risk of cardiac issues; the pope asks Catholics across the world to weigh in on contraception, same-sex marriage, and divorce; and San Francisco lawmakers make it very clear that there is to be no sex in massage parlors.

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Pennsylvania Child Sexual Abuse Case Highlights Need for Statute of Limitations Reform (Updated)

Resurrection of Our Lord Parish in Northeast Philadelphia

The accidental overdose of a 26-year-old man who accused a former Philadelphia priest of raping him as a child underscores Pennsylvania’s battle over the statute of limitations on child sexual abuse.

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Backing Off Sexual Oppression: How the Pope Can Make Us Believe Him

While last week's comments are an important (and long overdue) first step for the Vatican, it's hardly time for advocates of gender, reproductive, and sexual justice to rest on their laurels.

While Pope Francis’ comments last week on abortion, contraception, and homosexuality are an important (and long overdue) first step for the Vatican, it’s hardly time for advocates of gender, reproductive, and sexual justice to rest on their laurels.

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Church or State? The Vatican Has Too Much Influence at the UN

Screenshot taken from the creative new video on the excessive power and abuse of that power of the Vatican.

It is simply unjust that one religion is allowed to act as a state, and use that power to block rights rather than protect them.

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