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Pope Francis Supports Nun Crackdown, Quashing Hope for a Kinder, Gentler Pope

This week the Vatican confirmed that Pope Francis supports an ongoing crackdown on the Leadership Conference of Women Religious, a group that represents about 80 percent of nuns in the United States.

This week the Vatican confirmed that Pope Francis supports an ongoing crackdown on the Leadership Conference of Women Religious, a group that represents about 80 percent of nuns in the United States.

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Pope Benedict and Condoms: a Touchy Subject

The payoff for getting into debates with today’s Catholic hierarchy seems pretty low.

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Morning Roundup: Reduce Unplanned Pregnancies by Providing a Year of Contraception

Draft regulations in the UK aim to tell women the truth about abortion, Medicaid-covered midwifery in Idaho, the Pope talks to doctors instead of women, Wyoming rejects mandatory ultrasound bill, and dramatic reductions in unplanned pregnancies by giving women a year of birth control at a time. 

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Ross Douthat Has Some Predictably Asinine Opinions About the Catholic Church + Contraception

Ross always seems eager (like, weirdly eager) to opine on women’s sexual choices and the inevitable deviance of those choices.  Like usual, he’s reluctant to come right out and say that he thinks that birth control is only for bad, bad women, but that seems to be the bottom line.

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Roundup: More on the Pope and Condoms

Reactions from around the world on the Pope’s statement on condoms, plus why a supermodel got involved in maternal health activism.

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Pope Okays Use of Condoms in “Some Situations”

In a reversal of long standing teachings, the Pope has reversed the Vatican’s prohibition of condoms for HIV prevention in “some situations.” Birth control remains banned.

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Pope OK’s Condom Use- But Only if You’re a Gigolo

In comments released today from the Vatican, Pope Benedict seems to have changed his mind a teensy tiny bit on the morality of condom use.

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Roundup: Protesting the Pope in the UK

Pope Benedict is in the United Kingdom for a four-day visit, and will be met with a “Protest the Pope” campaign by activists opposed to the Vatican’s stance on the child sex abuse scandal, contraception, women, and homosexuality.

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Dr. Edward is an Honorable Man

Green’s research supports universal access to condoms, Pope Benedict does not. These positions are not the same.

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