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1/17/2006 - Women in Italy March for Abortion Rights
Between 60,000 and 150,000 Italian women marched in Milan on Saturday, demanding that the Italian government maintain its liberal abortion laws....

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....

7/1/2005 - Spain Legalizes Gay Marriage, California Court Upholds Domestic Partner Benefits Law
Spain's Parliament approved a bill this week legalizing same-sex marriage....

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....

2/2/2005 - Vatican Official Says Condoms OK to Fight AIDS in Africa
A senior Vatican official from Switzerland has stated that condoms could be used to fight AIDS in the poorest parts of Africa and Asia....

1/21/2005 - British Education Minister a Member of Opus Dei
Ruth Kelly, who was recently appointed by British Prime Minister Tony Blair to serve as Education Secretary, has been linked to the far-right religious sect Opus Dei....

11/10/2004 - European Parliament Nominee Blocked For Anti-Gay and Sexist Statements
European Parliament members refused to approve Rocco Buttiglione's candidacy for the European Union as Commissioner for Civil Liberties, Justice, and Home Affairs because of his statements against homosexuals and single mothers, according to the Catholic Family and Human Rights Institute....

10/28/2004 - Vatican Issues a Handbook Denouncing Same-Sex Marriage and Abortion
The Vatican recently released a handbook on the teachings of the Catholic Church that denounces abortion and same-sex marriage....

10/14/2004 - Philippine Archbishop Acknowledges Partial Blame for Rapid Population Growth
In an unusual statement from a high Church official, Philippine Archbishop Guadencio Rosales acknowledged that the Catholic Church must share the blame for the rapid increase in population growth in the midst of widespread poverty in the country....

9/16/2004 - UN Presses for More Family Planning Aid to Stem Population Explosion
The United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) released a report yesterday stating that the poorest countries populations will triple by 2050 and that there will be a population explosion unless donor countries provide more funds to family planning and reproductive health programs....

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

6/11/2004 - Pope Praises Bush on Anti-Abortion Efforts, HIV/AIDS
In a meeting at the Vatican last week, Pope John Paul II praised President Bush for his leadership against abortion rights in the United States....

4/23/2004 - Women Leaders Speak Out on US Global Family Planning Policies
Two days before the March for Women's Lives, women's rights leaders from around the world urged the Bush Administration to reinstate and increase international family planning funding and to repeal the Global Gag Rule....

2/24/2004 - What are Reproductive Rights?
Reproductive rights encompass the right of sexually active persons to choose when, how often, and with whom to engage in sexual activity; how many children to have and when to have them; access to and education about reproductive health and family planning; the freedom from diseases associated with sexual activity; and freedom from sexual violence....

12/12/2003 - Italy Limits Reproductive Rights
The Italian Senate approved a bill yesterday restricting assisted fertilization to heterosexual couples and banning the use of donor sperm, eggs, or surrogate mothers....

3/13/2003 - Catholic Church Revokes Decision to Punish Nine-Year-Old Rape Victim
After protest from feminists, Roman Catholic authorities in Managua, Nicaragua decided to backtrack from their decision to excommunicate a nine-year-old rape victim, her parents, and their doctors for terminating the childs pregnancy, the Guardian reports....

1/31/2003 - Pope Rejects Excommunicated Womens Appeal
The Vatican on Monday rejected an appeal filed last fall by seven womenordained and then excommunicated as Catholic priests....

12/16/2002 - US Angers Allies over Abortion Issue at UN Population Conference
The Bush administration angered several allies over the issue of abortion and reproductive health at the Fifth Asian and Pacific Population Conference in Bangkok this past week....

9/5/2002 - Women Gain Last Minute Victory At Global Earth Summit
As the World Summit on Sustainable Development (Earth Summit) in Johannesburg, South Africa drew to a close yesterday, delegates agreed to add language to the final plan that guarantees access to comprehensive healthcare and reproductive services for women....

8/22/2002 - Women Demand Churchs Attention for Sexual Abuse of Nuns by Priests
Despite worldwide focus on the notorious child sexual abuse scandal, the Catholic Church is continuing its routine of secrecy, denial, and feigned alacrity in regards to the little-publicized issue of nun sexual abuse by priests....

8/5/2002 - Vatican Excommunicates Women Ordained as Priests
Less than a month after the Vatican called the ordination of women to priesthood "an affront to the dignity of women, whose specific role in the Church and society is distinctive and irreplaceable," seven women priests were excommunicated for failing to repent by the Church-issued July 22 deadline....

5/20/2002 - Canon Law Expert Says US Bishops Not Morally Responsible for Sex Abuse
Commenting on child sex abuse in the Catholic Church, Reverend Gianfranco Ghirlanda, Dean of Canon Law Faculty at Pontificial Gregorian University in Rome, argued that bishops should not inform their parishioners if a priest has committed pedophilia because the priest would be totally discredited in front of his parochial community and in fact would be blocked from any effective pastoral action. Ghirlandas comments come after the eruption of the child sex abuse scandal in the US....

5/13/2002 - Bush Administration Weakens UN Child Conference Final Document
After months of lobbying, the Bush Administration was victorious in having the phrase reproductive health services cut from the declaration produced by the United Nations General Assembly Special Session on Children last week....

4/24/2002 - Abortion Remains an Issue for UN Child Summit
The United Nations will hold its Child Summit May 8-10 in New York, but already the Bush Administration is plotting to change language in the Summit declaration that would exclude support for abortion counseling and services....