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Contradictions and Conservatism Muddle Hopes for Change Under Jesuit Pope

Emblem of the Jesuit Order

Bergoglio’s past statements show a lack of understanding of how fundamental reproductive autonomy is to economic justice.

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What’s in a Name Like Francis?

Pope Francis I

St. Francis was a non-violent reformer who gave up inherited riches to live, work with, and advocate for the poor. With the new Pope, I am hoping that there is something in a name.

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Vatican Officials Toe The Line on Condoms At Symposium on HIV Prevention

While some had hoped this weekend’s meeting would build on recent comments about condoms from the pope, Vatican officials toed the line and emphasized chastity and behavior change. 

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The Pope, Condoms, and Contraception: Let’s Get This Conversation Started

The Pope’s remarks on condoms have created an opening for a debate that up to now the church has wanted to avoid.  Let’s take up the Pope’s remarks about sexuality as well as the basis of the opposition to contraception and kickstart that long overdue debate.

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Roundup: Don’t Mess With the Pope

If you feel like telling some Pope jokes, you might want to think again, plus yet another abortion restriction is unveiled as path to the Supreme Court.

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Urgent Appeal: More Important than Stupak

The Vatican is at it again, but now it’s searching for life on other planets. Can progressives lead while the Vatican researches?

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Obama and the Pope: Symbolism, Not Substance

Pope Benedict recently claimed that the church does not "interfere in any way in the politics of States."  However, recent evidence suggests that the pope’s claims that church does not "interfere…in the politics of States" are more than a little disingenuous.

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Roundup (Afternoon Version): Marriage Is Not A Condom, Free Abortions In Spain?

Nancy Goldstein agrees with the Pope (sort of)! Spain’s abortion laws may increase craigslist.org searches for rental property in the country, opposing embryonic stem cell research = opposing fertility clinics?

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Roundup: “Pro-life” Medical Practices Deny Birth Control Scripts

Pro-life medical practices that refuse to prescribe birth control opening around the country; To be truly pro-life the Vatican should lift its contraception ban; Adults need sex education too.

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Roundup: Humanae Vitae Issued 40 Years Ago Today

Today marks the 40th anniversary of Pope Paul VI’s declaration that the Catholic church stands opposed to contraception, Amendment may give Northern Ireland women same rights as every other woman in the UK, Talking to children about sex is important and okay with kids.

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