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People with no religion, ‘Nones,’ are rising in number

survey In today’s Religion News Briefs: As Protestants decline, people with no religion, “Nones”, are rising in number. Protestants are less than half of Americans, while Nones are one in five.

Also: a priest arrested for carrying a concealed gun told police he was ‘asked to get rid of it during a confession.’

Plus: More doctors honor religious objections to blood transfusions; And why jams and marmalades may be banned from church fetes. [Read more...]

Vatican says condoms acceptable only in ‘exceptional’ cases

In a series of interviews to appear in a book published this week, Pope Benedict XVI says for the first time that while the use of condoms should not be seen as a “moral solution”, it could be justified in stopping the spread of AIDS.

But the Vatican moved Sunday to counter campaigners’ claims of a U-turn in Church policy, emphasising in a statement that condom use was acceptable only in highly “exceptional” cases, AP reports.

Our take: If you don’t play the game, you don’t get to set the rules. What people do in the privacy of their bedrooms is none of the Pope’s — or the Catholic Church’s — business. [Read more...]