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Pope Francis Says Kim Davis Refusal To Issue Marriage Licenses Is 'A Right'

Pope Francis Says Kim Davis Refusal To Issue Marriage Licenses Is 'A Right' | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it
ABOARD THE PAPAL PLANE (AP) — Pope Francis has defended his words of consolation to U.S. bishops over the priest sex abuse scandal but says — for the first time — that those who covered up for abusers are guilty of wrongdoing.

In a wide-ranging press conference en route to Rome from his first-ever visit to the United States, Francis also declared conscience objection a "human right," explained his love affair with American nuns and discussed his own star-power, which was fully on display during
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The sweet part is that this pope recognizes the individual as the true locus of religion rather than the institution. The sour side is that he didn't recognize that the individual right is set within the institutional framework. I respect Kim Davis's right to not issue marriage licenses to gay couples, but I don't recognize that right for a county clerk sworn to uphold the law. I might also recognize the right of an individual to choose to place the protection of a sex abuser above the right of the child to have his/her suffering addressed, but not the right of a cardinal of the church to protect an individual priest who has by such abuse violated the church's trust. Interestingly, the pope didn't recognize the right of individuals to use birth control, one area where there is no institutional framework. So on three issues, I think the pope had his miter up his a.., but he's still a decent guy and in my non-Catholic opinion way better than his predecessor.

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Biblical birth control: The surprisingly contraception-friendly Old Testament

Biblical birth control: The surprisingly contraception-friendly Old Testament | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it
Think conservative objections to birth control are enshrined in the Bible? Think again
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If Ms. Strauss is correct, and I think she is, then the conservative Christian right is clearly anti-Biblical in their position. Now maybe that will explain the next major environmental disaster. (Sarcasm intended)

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Teen pregnancy is down 40% in Colorado, and the reason is unbelievably simple: birth control.

Teen pregnancy is down 40% in Colorado, and the reason is unbelievably simple: birth control. | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it
A small change can make a very big impact.
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And how many of those young people are getting their birth control from Planned Parenthood? Lots. And how many of them are learning about contraception in sex education? Lots. So if you really oppose abortion, support sex ed and free contraception. Yes, it is really that simple. Help people to make good decisions in their lives instead of condemning them when they are forced to make decisions in desperation.

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