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Terminological precision: Celibate = unmarried (cælebs = single, unmarried) The Church has allowed married men to become priests. St. Peter, for example, was married. Continent = not having sexual relations The Church has always required all (married or celibate) clerics to be 100% continent and never allowed priests to marry after their ordinations. ...


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It seems unlikely. While this claim was widely copied, it derived from a single source in the espionage community: Thomas C. Reed in At the Abyss: An Insider's History of the Cold War. There was no confirmation from other sources. The book Cybercrime explains: […] Reed's book is the only public mention of the incident and his account relied on a single ...


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According to the University of Cologne in Germany, the claim is not false for the time from the Russian Revolution until 1958. It is not entirely clear though if the claim is true for this time. It is fair to say, though, that the claim is false at least from 1958 onwards. The principal is known as "nulla crimen sine lege" (no crime without law). So, as I ...


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I don't have the source of a quote, but original sounds something like the following half-joke: In America everything that is not prohibited, is allowed. In USSR everything that's not allowed, is prohibited. This joke aims to highlight highly integrated political and regulatory system in the Soviet countries. This is also now called "vertical power ...


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Easily. Thousands died in the early years from illegal abortions. And even if the number of dead women declined somewhat, the amount of harm done is still best described as very high. That the number of deaths declined is mostly due to doctors performing either the procedures or treating the resulting health consequences. It's just that the officially ...


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As a further cause of death from unwanted pregnancy, you do also need to add the suicide rate for pregnant women. A quick Google picked up one paper suggesting 14 out of 105 pregnant teenagers assessed in 1959-60 had attempted suicide. A review of the records of 105 New Haven residents who were 17 and under when they delivered an infant revealed that 14 ...


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This article covers the history, including representative statistics. This paper provides some more statistics. The key quotation is: In 1940 there were 1407 abortion-related deaths (excluding spontaneous abortions). By 1966 there were 160 abortion-related deaths, an 89% decline that took place before any state had passed less restrictive abortion laws. ...


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When? If you go back far enough, it's likely... The data collected by Tietze showed 2,677 deaths from abortion in 1933... ...and then maybe... ...compared with 888 in 1945, with much of the decline in septic cases associated with illegal abortions. (The numbers also include deaths from "therapeutic abortions," permitted by law, and "spontaneous ...


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There might be some truth to it, but its unclear. In an interview in 2015, Kahn had this to say: Q: Stimmt es, dass Sie einmal bei einem Benefizturnier keine Bälle reinließen, obwohl jedes Tor Geld für einen guten Zweck gebracht hätte? A: Das stimmt leider. Mir hat damals allerdings niemand gesagt, dass jedes Tor eine Spende bedeutet hätte. Ich habe ...


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The evidence for this being true is a reprinting of a story from someone who heard it secondhand from the Hungarian priest who allegedly was there. It's not definite proof, but it's more credible than "the internet said so". The first time this story was printed may have been in The Catholic Boy, October 1938: "a magazine published by the Holy Cross Fathers ...


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