(RNS) — These three women — a Quaker, a Jew and a Roman Catholic — were polarizing figures who were often propelled by their faith into history.
(RNS) — Many Catholic theologians warn that preserving an unscientific stance on birth control will weaken the Catholic Church's credibility on all sexual issues, not just birth control.
(RNS) — Many Catholics left the church over the teaching, but even more stayed and simply ignored it, giving rise to the concept of 'cafeteria Catholics,' who picked and chose which teachings they would accept.
(The Conversation) — Fifty years ago a fierce debate erupted in the Catholic Church over the papal document “Humanae Vitae,” which reiterated the church’s ban on artificial contraception. Six hundred scholars, including many clergy, dissented from its teaching, sparking a debate that caused a crisis over authority in the worldwide church.
(RNS) — Pro-life advocates should strongly support programs that give women a real choice — increasing the minimum wage, free or affordable day care and health care, parental leave programs, education and job-training programs, and income and food supplements.
(RNS) — Thankfully, we can find in religions and secular ethics some powerful correctives to what is broken in sex culture today.
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — The university had fought the federal health care law's original mandate on religious grounds.
SOUTH BEND, Ind. (AP) — Notre Dame previously offered coverage through a third party, which allowed the university to meet the requirement while maintaining its religious opposition to contraceptives.
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump assured a high-profile gathering of Christian conservatives that his administration will defend religious organizations, promising a return to traditional American values.
(AP) — Although the regulations ultimately address matters of individual conscience and religious teaching, they also dive into medical research and scholarly studies on birth control.
(USA Today) — The new rules allow any employer or insurer to stop covering contraceptive services if it has religious beliefs or moral convictions against covering birth control.
(RNS) People should not be compelled by the state to violate their consciences. That’s what religious freedom means, and it is a foundational American value.
WASHINGTON (USA Today) Once the final rule is implemented, women's groups say it will be up to the states — and possibly the courts — to protect insurance coverage for contraceptives.
(RNS)More than 40 groups, many faith-based, filed friend-of-the-court briefs opposing the contraception mandate in the Affordable Care Act.
(RNS) The Catholic Church recognizes that there are times in married life when having children may not be the best thing for the family due to financial strain, illness, or other difficulties.