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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.