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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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My Short-Lived Hope for a More Compassionate Catholic Church

The Roman Catholic Church isn’t just a church, it is a world power.

Pope Francis said he objects to “laboratories” where out-of-touch people in power develop solutions to problems they don’t understand. Yet it seems those efforts don’t include a willingness to try and understand actual women’s lives.

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Pope Francis: Roman Catholic Church ‘Obsessed’ With Abortion, Contraception, Homosexuality

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.

In a wide-ranging interview, Pope Francis said the Roman Catholic Church spends too much time talking about abortion, contraception, and homosexuality and suggested that these might not be the most important aspects of church doctrine.

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Young Brazilians Hope New Pope Will ‘Modernize’ Church on Social Justice Issues

Copacabana Beach, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil during World Youth Day 2013.

At World Youth Day in Brazil this year, I set out to get to know the audience Pope Francis would be addressing to find out their views on the Catholic Church’s teachings regarding sexuality, contraception, abortion, and homosexuality.

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Welcome to Brazil, Pope Francis! Can We Please Talk About Contraception?

Pope Francis I at the installation Mass on March 19, 2013 in Vatican City.

Many who attend events during the pope’s visit would welcome an announcement that the Vatican will end its opposition to family planning. It might be too much to hope for, but some of us still believe in miracles.

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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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