challenging religious privilege in public life

Accused women were stripped by inquisitor priests who searched their bodies for "witch marks" where they allegedly suckled demons.

It is clear the sexual abuse of women, children and vulnerable adults has been normalised in Catholic clerical culture.

The Catholic Church in Illinois withheld the names of at least 500 priests accused of sexual abuse of minors, the state’s attorney general says.

While Christianity wasn’t the sole catalyst for the Holocaust, there is no doubt that Christianity set the stage for the Holocaust to happen.

According to Amnesty International, the US Conference of Catholic Bishops intend to ban all abortion and birth control.

Until into the 1990s, doctors, nuns and priests in Spain allegedly stole newborn babies and sold them to couples hoping to adopt.

"We have found out that some other babies have also been illegally sold from the centre," a police official told BBC Hindi's Niraj Sinha.

Until the Renaissance the Church was able, more or less, to enforce its monopoly of belief. But during the Renaissance, humanism flourished.

"For one thing it shows the ignorance of someone who identifies the Catholic Church and, particularly the priesthood, with sexual abuse."

El Salvador - one of five countries where abortion is illegal in all circumstances - has imprisoned dozens of young women for murder.