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05 April 2010 @ 11:45 pm
Why are pedophilia-hiding, child-abusing church fathers allowed to write laws about women's bodies?  
"Most Catholics take a flexible view of the church's teachings on sexuality. They use birth control -- how else could Italy, Spain and Poland have among the lowest birthrates in the world? They divorce and remarry, use condoms to prevent STDs, undergo in vitro and other banned fertility treatments and even have abortions. Yet there were the bishops, holding the whole healthcare reform bill hostage to their opposition to abortion rights, advising on the crafting of language right in the halls of Congress. And as Jacobson details, it was the Conference of Catholic Bishops that worked alongside Republican Congressmen Chris Smith, Joe Pitts and Mike Pence to insert last-minute language denying HIV-positive women access to contraceptives and favoring abstinence-only-until-marriage policies in the 2008 President's Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief."

This article (forwarded to me by dlux) went to the core of my flexible-Catholic self. Read the rest at The Nation.
Fear of a Female Planetbrdgt on April 6th, 2010 03:33 pm (UTC)
Great article - thanks.
Threnodyyenniemonster on April 6th, 2010 06:46 pm (UTC)
You may find this interesting: http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=125583443&sc=fb&cc=fp

Julianna Baggott on leaving the church but not the faith.
nothingheadsomethinghead on April 6th, 2010 08:02 pm (UTC)
Comedian Greg Fitzsimmons spoke on his podcast about going to a Catholic mass and the priest explained that he was married to the Church but that sometimes you could get angry with your spouse or even be ashamed of your spouse and that right now he still loved the Church but felt angry and ashamed about what they've done. He respected the guy for being able to face the controversy openly and be critical.