Family & Society
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Controlled reforms

Society | Critics argue that U.S. Catholic bishops are still trying to solve the sex abuse crisis behind closed doors
by Kiley Crossland
Posted 6/14/19, 02:50 pm

The leaders of the U.S. Catholic Church grasped for credibility this week, approving a handful of measures intended to set a new course toward accountability amid a crisis of sexual abuse in the church.

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Maine legalizes assisted suicide

by Kyle Ziemnick
Posted 6/13/19, 12:08 pm

Maine became the eighth state in the nation to legalize assisted suicide Wednesday after Gov. Janet Mills signed a law allowing doctors to prescribe fatal doses of medication to the terminally ill. Mills had previously said she was unsure about the bill, which declares the practice does not constitute suicide under state law. She also issued an executive order for the state to analyze how the law’s impact on the state.

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Religion and romance

Family | A new report bursts modern stereotypes about who is in the most satisfying relationships
by Kiley Crossland
Posted 6/07/19, 01:55 pm

Very religious couples enjoy higher-quality relationships and more sexual satisfaction than less religious or secular couples, according to a new study by the Institute for Family Studies and the Wheatley Institution. The report looked at four key outcomes—relationship quality, fertility, domestic violence, and infidelity—among couples in religious, mixed, and secular marriages in 11 countries around the world. It asked, “Is faith a global force for good or ill in the family?”

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