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Catholic Church Contraception

Did Pope Francis Just Break New Ground On Birth Control?

Religion News Service | David Gibson | Posted 01.20.2015 | Religion

(RNS) Pope Francis may have been elected by the Holy Spirit, but he seems made for the Age of Twitter. A case in point were his latest remarks, in ...

God and the Affordable Care Act

Christopher Brauchli | Posted 04.16.2014 | Politics
Christopher Brauchli

If God had been aware of ERISA, he might well have told the nuns to get on with His work and stay out of court.

Obama 'Hugely Impressed' With Pope Francis

Posted 10.03.2013 | Religion

Pope Francis has a new fan. In an interview with CNBC, President Obama was asked about the Pope, and specifically about his recent comments that th...

The Bishops v. Birth Control: It's Not About the Money

Angela Bonavoglia | Posted 09.15.2013 | Politics
Angela Bonavoglia

It is maddening that the administration had to go to such extremes to placate the Church fathers, who dare to put "moral" and "money" as it applies to this deeply compromised institution in the same sentence.

Catholic Hospitals Break Ranks On Contraception Mandate

Religion News Service | David Gibson | Posted 07.10.2013 | Religion

(RNS) The organization representing Catholic hospitals across the country says it no longer objects to the Obama administration’s mandate that all e...

Disciplinary Action for Condom Distribution: BC Puts Catholic Values Above Students' Needs

Daniela Ramirez | Posted 05.28.2013 | College
Daniela Ramirez

BC has threatened to take disciplinary action against a student group for establishing "Safe Sites" that provide condoms, lubricant, and information on sexual health and consent to students. There seem to be three counter-arguments to the sites that are popularly cited and continue to halt progress.

Could Benedict XVI Be Machiavellian?

Georges Ugeux | Posted 04.24.2013 | Religion
Georges Ugeux

The way he got the pontificate illustrates that he is perfectly capable to have engineered a maneuver to ensure that the Catholic Church remains an entrenched conservative institution.

Marriage Equality, State Power and the Bible

Jackie Gardina | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Jackie Gardina

While I don't agree with the Catholic Church's position on homosexuality, I also don't much care to debate it. Whether the church should grant me the sacrament of marriage is quite a different question from whether the government should legally recognize my marriage.

Catholic Institutions Say WHAT?

Elaine Vilorio | Posted 07.24.2012 | Teen
Elaine Vilorio

I thought it ridiculous that Catholic dioceses, schools and organizations sued Obama over the mandate requiring most employers to include free birth control as part of their health insurance coverage.

Max J. Rosenthal

Georgetown Makes Controversial Contraception Decision | Max J. Rosenthal | Posted 04.26.2012 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Georgetown University's health insurance received national attention after Georgetown Law student Sandra Fluke attempted to testify abou...

The Illusion of Religious Choice

Joseph Rauch | Posted 06.11.2012 | College
Joseph Rauch

I do not think raising a child without religious values bears more merit than raising a child with religious values, but the development is certainly worth looking into.

Catholic Bishops Support Republicans

Fred Rotondaro | Posted 06.10.2012 | Religion
Fred Rotondaro

The bishops would of course never tell their parishioners to vote Republican, but they left little to the imagination. Priests would preach at mass about the necessity of voting only for pro-life candidates.

Adam Goldberg

WATCH: Haley Barbour Slams Obama Administration Over Religious Rights | Adam Goldberg | Posted 04.12.2012 | Politics

The Huffington Post caught up on Thursday with former Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour outside of New York's famed Loews Regency Hotel. In addition to d...

Politics Proves: Sex Terrifies the Religious

Lorraine Devon Wilke | Posted 05.15.2012 | Politics
Lorraine Devon Wilke

Interesting, isn't it, that this Church so intent on managing the sex lives of its adherents is run by men and women who are not allowed to have any?

John Celock

New Hampshire Lawmakers Repeal Contraception Coverage | John Celock | Posted 03.07.2012 | Politics

Saying it would reduce health insurance costs, the Tea Party-controlled New Hampshire House of Representatives passed a bill Wednesday afternoon to re...

The Scarlet 'C'

Robert Walker | Posted 05.04.2012 | Politics
Robert Walker

If all we get out of the latest Limbaugh firestorm is that it is not appropriate to call women sluts, prostitutes, or any of the other pejoratives commonly heaped on women, then we are missing the larger point: women suffer when their reproductive health and rights are abridged.

No Birth Control? Better Start the Sex Savings Account

Heather Buchanan | Posted 05.02.2012 | Politics
Heather Buchanan

If not birth control, what are the options? Do we wish to regress to the rhythm method? If men can't even remember their anniversaries, how are they supposed to keep their partner's monthly ovulation calendar in their mind?

Imposing 'Sharia': Roman Catholic Version

Rabbi Arthur Waskow | Posted 04.28.2012 | Religion
Rabbi Arthur Waskow

It is Roman Catholic "sharia" about contraception that the USCCB has been trying to impose on Americans of all faiths and beliefs who happen to work at a Catholic-sponsored hospital or university.

The Contraception Controversy as Seen Through a Doctor's Lens

Maggie Kozel, M.D. | Posted 04.25.2012 | Politics
Maggie Kozel, M.D.

How many more parties are we willing to invite into the therapeutic conversations we have with our health care professionals? If a CEO of a major company is an anti-vaccine activist, can she refuse to let her company's health plan cover routine immunizations for children, as a matter of conscience?

Pass the DUH Act

Jess Coleman | Posted 04.24.2012 | Home
Jess Coleman

Following the Catholic Church's declaration of war on contraception, the Republican-controlled House decided to delve deeper into the issue of women's health. Fair enough. But where were the women?

Cardinal Doubles Down Against Obama's Birth Control Mandate

Posted 02.19.2012 | Chicago

Chicago Archbishop Cardinal Francis George, back in town after a visit to Rome, has doubled down on his contempt for the Obama administration's call f...

Elise Foley

House Democrat Mocks Newt Gingrich For Birth Control Comments | Elise Foley | Posted 02.16.2012 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Rep. Luis Gutierrez (D-Ill.) mocked former House Speaker Newt Gingrich (R-Ga.) on the House floor Thursday for his statements on abortio...

Demonizing Obama and the Politics of "Morality"

Clarence B. Jones | Posted 04.16.2012 | Politics
Clarence B. Jones

Demonizing Obama and playing the politics of contrived morality is not responsive to the critical issues affecting our country in 2012.

It's Not About Conscience, It's About Bullying

Bennett L. Gershman | Posted 04.12.2012 | Politics
Bennett L. Gershman

When officials of the Catholic Church resort to claims of conscience, they are not referring to the conscience of the women who seek insurance coverage for birth control; they are referring to their own stricken conscience.

The Catholic Church's Game With Women's Health

Madeline Walsh | Posted 04.11.2012 | College
Madeline Walsh

In my 15th year of Catholic education, I am very familiar with the Catholic Church's opposition to birth control despite the fact that 98 percent of Catholic women have used contraception. This underscores the huge gap between the views of the Church and practicing Catholics.