challenging religious privilege in public life

The Vatican is not only a religious institution and a center of political power but also an economic institution with vast financial holdings.

An American confrontation with the Vatican over its anti-family-planning efforts is prerequisite to removal of this obstruction to the common good.

The effective opposition to population growth control activities by the Catholic hierarchy has clearly been the single greatest deterrent.

Excerpt from Nobel Prize-winning physicist Burton Richter's book, "Beyond Smoke and Mirrors: Climate Change and Energy in the 21st Century".

Excerpt from Nobel prize-winning physician Eric Chivian's book, "Sustaining Life: How Human Health Depends on Biodiversity".

When religion is the ruling force in a society, it produces horror. The stronger the supernatural beliefs, the worse the inhumanity.

How does the Vatican influence US policy? In hundreds of ways. Most important in creating many of these opportunities is the Church’s almost unimaginable wealth.

The Roman Catholic Church's influence exceeds that of most governments of the world. How did the Church arrive at this position?

Since the days of Margaret Sanger, the Church has ordered members to infiltrate population organizations.

The dogmas of papal primacy and infallibility, as proclaimed at Vatican Council I on July 18, 1870, has produced vast consequences.