Sex Abuse, Celibacy and Politics in the Roman Catholic Church
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Sex Abuse, Celibacy and Politics in the Roman Catholic Church

In America, the healthcare debate caused a schism between Roman Catholic bishops and 59,000 nuns. In Europe, the sex-abuse scandal has reached into the Vatican. What's the role of priestly celibacy? Is there a crisis of confidence in all-male authority? Also, President Obama signs healthcare reform into law, and Google's move to Hong Kong has not made uncensored content available in China.  We get the latest on one of the world's biggest Internet markets.

Banner image: Cardinal Sean Brady (L), Primate of All Ireland and Archbishop hands a copy of the Pope Benedict XVI's pastoral letter to the Catholics of Ireland to a child at St. Patrick's Cathedral in Armagh, Northern Ireland, on March 20, 2010. Photo: Peter Muhly/AFP/Getty Images

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Obama Signs Healthcare Reform into Law ()

In the East Room of the White House, members of Congress today loudly celebrated passage of healthcare reform with President Obama and Vice President Biden. Though much of the measure won't take effect until 2014, the President recited a long list of what will happen before the November elections. Lauding supporters from Teddy Roosevelt to Ted Kennedy, he said that finally accomplishing reform is testament to the nation's character. Sheryl Gaye Stolberg is White House reporter for the New York Times.


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Sex Abuse, Celibacy and Politics in the Roman Catholic Church ()

Sexual abuse by priests has cost the Roman Catholic Church both members and money in the US. An avalanche of cases in Europe could cost even more. The Church blames the secularization of western culture, but even the Cardinal of Vienna has questioned the issue of priestly celibacy. Pope Benedict XVI's apology to the faithful in Ireland has left many frustrated and angry. Is the Vatican out of touch with the needs of women and children? American nuns defied the Conference of Catholic Bishops to support healthcare reform. Is there a crisis of confidence in a hierarchy run solely by men?  


Reporter's Notebook

Google Defies China, Moves Its Search Engine to Hong Kong ()

In a move to avoid censorship while not violating Chinese law, Google has directed Chinese Internet users to a search engine in Hong Kong. But uncensored content is not being seen on the mainland. Andrew Lih is Visiting Professor of Media Studies at the University of Southern California's Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism.

  • Andrew Lih: Visiting Professor of Media Studies, University of Southern California,

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