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Catholic hospitals at odds with bishops over birth control mandate

(RNS) The organization representing Catholic hospitals across the country says it no longer objects to the Obama administration’s mandate that all employees receive free birth control coverage. The decision by the Catholic Health Association puts the hospitals at odds with the Catholic hierarchy, which last week rejected the White House’s final regulations.

Politics and the Plan B Appeal

The FDA’s recent decision to lower the age of access for emergency contraception to 15 exposes a tipping point in Americans’ - especially Democrats' - perspectives on contraceptive use for teens.

Boston College, ACLU clash over condom giveaway

(RNS) "As a Jesuit, Catholic university, there are certain Catholic commitments that Boston College is called to uphold," Boston College spokesman Jack Dunn said about efforts to shut down an undercover student group that distributes free condoms.

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Catholic bishops reject new contraception proposals

(RNS) The nation’s Catholic bishops on Thursday (Feb. 7) rejected the Obama administration’s latest proposals to broaden the religious exemptions and accommodations in regulations that will require insurance companies or employers to provide free birth control coverage.

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Pope Paul VI inches one step closer to sainthood

VATICAN CITY (RNS) Pope Paul VI, who guided the Catholic Church through a tumultuous period of change in the 1960s and 70s, took a crucial first step toward possible sainthood when Pope Benedict XVI on Thursday (Dec. 20) recognized his predecessor's "heroic virtues." By Alessandro Speciale.