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7/16/2014 - Church of England Votes to Allow Women Bishops
The General Synod, the decision-making body of the Church of England, voted Monday to allow women to become bishops....

7/8/2014 - Pope Begs Forgiveness of Sexual Abuse Survivors, But Survivors Want Action
The Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (SNAP) called on Pope Francis yesterday to take "tangible steps" to prevent widespread sexual abuse by clergy members instead of asking for forgiveness from victims. Yesterday Pope Francis met with six people who were sexually abused by clergy members as children to ask for their forgiveness....

5/6/2014 - Vatican Questioned by UN Panel on Child Sex Abuse Scandal
The Vatican came under fire yesterday during questioning by the United Nations Committee Against Torture, which demanded answers from Archbishop Silvano Tomasi - the Vatican's representative in Geneva - on the Holy See's response to widespread sexual violence and abuse by priests. The Committee called on the Archbishop to demonstrate the systems the Holy See has in place to prevent torture and cruel, inhuman, and degrading punishment, including rape and sexual abuse....

5/6/2014 - Feminist Majority Rally Brings Together Women's and LGBTQ Groups to Protest Brunei Penal Code
The Feminist Majority Foundation (FMF), which pulled its annual Global Women's Rights Awards from the Beverly Hills Hotel -- owned by the Sultan of Brunei -- held a rally yesterday across from the hotel to urge the Sultan to rescind a new, Taliban-like penal code that includes the stoning to death of gay men and lesbians and the public flogging of women who have abortions. Several groups participated at the rally, including the California Women's Law Center, Equality California, Human Rights Campaign, Los Angeles Gay and Lesbian Services Center, National Gay and Lesbian Task Force, and the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (SNAP)....

2/5/2014 - UN Demands Vatican Take Action Against Child Sexual Abuse
The United Nations Committee on the Rights of the Child (CRC) has urged the Vatican act to address child sexual abuse by Catholic clergy members and take measures to prevent it from happening in the future. The CRC recommended that the Holy See remove all clergy who are confirmed or suspected child abusers from their positions immediately, to turn them in to authorities, and to provide the UN with an archive of evidence about the abuse - which they have so far declined to do....

7/10/2013 - UN Presses Vatican for Information on Child Sex Abuse Cases
The United Nations Committee on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC) has requested details from the Vatican on child sexual abuse cases from November 1995 to January 2014. The information has been requested in connection with the Holy See's scheduled appearance in front of UNCRC in January....

3/14/2013 - Archbishop of Buenos Aires Elected as Pope
Yesterday Cardinal Jorge Bergoglio, the Archbishop of Buenos Aires, Argentina, was elected to replace Pope Benedict XVI....

2/12/2013 - Pope Benedict XVI Resigns
Yesterday, Pope Benedict XVI announced that he will abdicate his position on February 28....

12/13/2012 - Reproductive Health Bill Passes Second Reading in Philippines
On Thursday, the Philippine House of Representatives passed the second reading of a controversial bill known as the Reproductive Health Bill (RH Bill) which would provide contraception to poor citizens free of charge, despite pressure from the Roman Catholic church....

7/13/2010 - Church of England Takes First Steps Toward Female Bishops
The Church of England's ruling body has announced that women bishops should be allowed, despite protests from traditionalists within the Church....

6/14/2010 - Catholic Women Protest Vatican for Ordination
A group of women gathered in St....

4/8/2010 - Vatican Claims Pope Wrongfully Accused in Sex Abuse Scandal
Numerous Vatican cardinals have spoken out in defense of Pope Benedict XVI, claiming he was wrongfully accused for the sex abuse allegations made against the Catholic Church in recent months and is the target of an anti-Catholic "hate" campaign due to his anti-abortion and anti-gay marriage positions....

11/12/2009 - Women Ski Jumpers Fight for Inclusion in Winter Olympics
Fourteen women ski jumpers will appear in a British Colombia court today to continue their legal battle for the opportunity to compete in the 2010 Winter Olympic Games in Vancouver....

12/2/2008 - Case Against Vatican Allowed by 6th Circuit Court
The 6th Circuit Court of Appeals in Cincinnati made a landmark decision last week by allowing a class-action lawsuit involving alleged sexual abuse by clergy against the Vatican to proceed....

10/15/2008 - Women's Ordination Conference Holds Rome Press Conference
The Women's Ordination Conference (WOC) held a press conference today in Rome in support of full inclusion of women in the Catholic Church....

7/8/2008 - Church of England Votes to Ordain Women Bishops
The Church of England's legislative body voted in support of ordaining women bishops yesterday while also approving measures to reassure more than 1000 traditionalist opponents who threatened to leave the church....

6/2/2008 - Vatican Decrees Excommunication for Ordained Women
The Vatican last week reaffirmed its stance against allowing women to be ordained as priests....

7/11/2006 - Church of England Finally to Allow Women Bishops
Women gained ground in the Anglican Church on June 8, when the General Synod of the Church of England voted 288 to 119 to allow ordination of women bishops....

5/2/2006 - Vatican Considers Allowing Condoms to Prevent HIV in Marriage
The Catholic Church, which has opposed the use of condoms for contraceptive or safe-sex purposes, is now considering endorsing their use by married couples in which one partner has HIV/AIDS....

3/9/2006 - More Abuse Allegations Against Catholic Priests
A report from the Catholic Archdiocese of Dublin, Ireland includes 350 accusations of sexual abuse against more than 100 priests since 1940....

11/18/2005 - Irish Sex Abuse Report Criticizes Catholic Church Handling of Allegations
A panel convened by the Irish government has released a report outlining failures by both the Roman Catholic Church and the state to protect children from sexual abuse over a 40-year period, provoking ire and leading to calls for an end to the close church-state relationship that characterizes Irish public life, reports the New York Times....

7/28/2005 - Nine Women Challenge the Vatican's Prohibition Against Women Priests
In defiance of the Vatican's refusal to ordain women priests, nine Roman Catholic women participated in an ordination ceremony on Monday, risking excommunication....

7/13/2005 - Church of England Begins Process to Allow Women Bishops
Church of England officials voted on Monday to begin the process of allowing women to become bishops....

4/13/2005 - Cardinal Involved in Priest Abuse Scandal Eulogizes Pope
Several American Cardinals chose to avoid a special service in honor of Pope John Paul II on Monday conducted by Cardinal Bernard Law, the controversial former archbishop of Boston....

8/2/2004 - Vatican Issues Scathing Attack on Feminism
The Vatican issued a disturbing letter this past Saturday assaulting the feminist movement....