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Catholic Church Birth Control

Pope Francis and the Great Catholic Divide

Robert Walker | Posted 03.12.2014 | Religion
Robert Walker

As confirmed by a recent international poll of 12,000 Catholics in 12 countries, many Catholics do not embrace the church's teachings on family planning. Many, in fact, hope that Pope Francis will relax, if not reverse, the church's longstanding opposition to the use of modern contraceptives.

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...

Contraception Wars and Woes

William O'Rourke | Posted 04.24.2012 | Politics
William O'Rourke

Religion may no longer be the opiate of the people, but it is certainly the father -- not the mother -- of all political wedge issues.

Laura Bassett

Catholic Leadership Splinters Over Obama Birth Control Compromise

HuffingtonPost.com | Laura Bassett | Posted 02.16.2012 | Politics

When President Barack Obama first announced the federal rule requiring most faith-based employers to pay for contraception health coverage, most Roman...

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.

Catholic Leader Slams Obama's 'Unjust' Birth Control Mandate

Posted 02.10.2012 | Chicago

Chicago Archbishop Cardinal Francis George this week entered the fray of a national debate over President Obama's plan requiring most religiously affi...

Laura Bassett

Free Birth Control Religious Exemption Coverage Sparks Controversy

HuffingtonPost.com | Laura Bassett | Posted 10.01.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The Obama administration issued official guidelines Monday that will force nearly all health insurance plans to fully cover the cost of ...

Blessing (Not Cursing) Planned Parenthood

Rev. Tom Davis | Posted 10.01.2011 | Religion
Rev. Tom Davis

The most effective response to cursing is public support, especially by clergy and laypeople who can directly counter the religious attacks on Planned Parenthood with a religious defense of its work.

98 Percent Of Catholic Women Use Birth Control Banned By Church

Posted 06.14.2011 | Religion

(Reuters) -- Some 98 percent of sexually active Catholic women have used contraceptive methods banned by the church, research published on Wednesday...

Sex and the City of God, Part 1: The Catholic Church's Treatment of Women

Michele Somerville | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Michele Somerville

The pimping of children and the readiness to sacrifice them on the altar of Vatican public relations, the fear and distrust of women, and the compulsory celibacy for priests -- are all interrelated.

The Catholic Church: Abusing, Endangering, And Intimidating Women

Angela Bonavoglia | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Angela Bonavoglia

Cantalamessa talked about the need to end violence against women, which is crucial, but he did so without any acknowledgment of the Church's own culpability in the abuse, endangerment, and intimidation of women.