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Church and State

The practice of treating the Catholic Church as a sovereign nation gives it outsize political influence and is damaging to women's equality, gay rights and reproductive freedom, write Kal Raustiala and Lara Stemple.

The governing body of the Catholic Church, The Holy See, is often treated as a sovereign nation, giving it outsize political influence among the world’s religions, write Kal Raustiala and Lara Stemple. This practice has long been bad for women’s equality, gay rights, and reproductive freedom, they write. And now that it is embroiled in scandal, the church is claiming extraordinary immunity.


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