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Commenting on the controversy regarding Pope Pius XII’s actions during World War II, Archbishop Timothy M. Dolan said at the Jewish Theological Seminary in New York on April 12: “Whatever the archives hold, the Catholic Church does not fear the truth about the often heroic and sometimes disgraceful conduct of her leaders and members during the Second World War.” • President Benigno Aquino [pictured right] of the Philippines said on April 17 that he would risk excommunication to support a law that would allow artificial contraception in the Philippines. • Sante Fe’s Archbishop Michael J. Sheehan, in a pastoral letter dated April 3, admonished unmarried Catholic couples who were living together or joined in a civil union and divorced Catholics who remarry without an annulment not to receive Communion. • France’s bishops pledged on April 13 to support church leaders in Egypt and Libya, noting their “aspiration for dignity, respect, justice and democracy.” • On April 12 Bishop Richard Moth of Britain’s military diocese expressed appreciation for the release of a document on human sexuality for Britain’s Boy Scouts, even though it provides guidance on condom use.

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