Letters & Op-Eds - 2010

Washington Post The Vatican’s first step toward the realities of sexuality

  To the Editor: Michael Gerson’s Nov. 23 column, “A dose of realism at the Vatican,” was spot-on. The pope’s admission that condom use to prevent the transmission of HIV is “a first step in a movement toward a different way, a more human sexuality” is the Catholic hierarchy’s own first step in addressing the […]

Jon O'Brien

Huffington Post The Bishops’ Fig Leaf


Jon O'Brien

THE BODY Catholics and Condoms: Why What the Pope Says Matters

Introduction During his 2009 trip to Cameroon, a country with an HIV prevalence rate of over 5%, Pope Benedict XVI made a shocking assertion on condom use to prevent HIV. He told reporters, “You can’t resolve it with the distribution of condoms. On the contrary, it increases the problem.” This false and dangerous assertion caused […]

Jon O'Brien

Ms. Magazine Bishops Lose the Faith(ful)

Abortion & the Bishops: Playing Politics with Women’s Lives What happens to the separation of church and state when top US Catholic bishops hold health-care reform hostage? That’s the topic of the cover story in the just-published issue of Ms. Magazine. Catholics for Choice’s president, Jon O’Brien, answers the question, and takes a closer look […]

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