MLK should inspire response to ‘gay marriage,’ Miami archbishop says

Rome, Italy, May 10, 2012 / 05:05 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- The legacy of Martin Luther King Jr. and the American civil rights movement of the 1960s should inspire Catholics in their response to President Obama’s endorsement of same-sex marriage, says Archbishop Thomas G. Wenski of Miami. “Martin Luther King Jr. and others did not impose their views on racial justice but they made a proposal and through nonviolent protest they were able to touch the conscience of a nation and change unjust laws,” Arc … [Read more...]

Cuban dissident detained for third time this year

Santiago de Cuba, Cuba, May 10, 2012 / 04:04 pm (CNA).- The Cuban Commission for Human Rights and National Reconciliation denounced the Castro regime for jailing prominent Cuban dissident Jose Daniel Ferrer for the third time so far in 2012. Spokesman for the Commission, Elizardo Sanchez, told the EFE news agency that Ferrer was detained on his way to the Czech Republic Embassy in Havana to use the internet, which is strictly controlled by the Cuban government.  Ferrer, who leads the … [Read more...]

Pope advances causes of two possible US saints

Vatican City, May 10, 2012 / 03:59 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Two figures in U.S. Catholic history, a 19th century bishop and a 20th century religious sister, moved closer to possible sainthood with a May 10 decree from the Pope approving their public veneration.During a meeting with Cardinal Angelo Amato, prefect of the Congregation for the Causes of Saints, Pope Benedict XVI authorized decrees of “heroic virtue” for the Servants of God Frederic Baraga, the first Bishop of Marquette, and Miriam Ter … [Read more...]

Cardinal Dolan: Obama’s ‘gay marriage’ support undermines society

Washington D.C., May 10, 2012 / 02:06 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Cardinal Timothy M. Dolan is charging President Barack Obama with undermining the “very cornerstone of society” by supporting “gay marriage.” Cardinal Dolan, president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, described the president’s  endorsement as “deeply saddening.” The bishops “cannot be silent in the face of words or actions that would undermine the institution of marriage, the very cornerstone of our society,” he said in a … [Read more...]

Bolivian bishops call for end to violent protests

La Paz, Bolivia, May 10, 2012 / 12:04 pm (CNA).- In response to recent violent protests in the country, the Bishops of Bolivia called on public authorities to avoid confrontations in order to bring about authentic and responsible dialogue. Conflict broke out after public transportation workers went on strike for 48 hours. The situation was made worse by a simultaneous strike by doctors and paramedics in the public health care system. In a statement posted on their website, the bishops … [Read more...]

Irish College in Rome changes staff after apostolic visitation

Rome, Italy, May 10, 2012 / 11:37 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Three of the four senior staff members at the Pontifical Irish College in Rome are stepping down from their posts after a Vatican investigation concluded Ireland’s seminaries are not doing enough to promote Catholic orthodoxy. “In colleges there is a constant changeover, maybe after the Apostolic Visitation it is not a bad idea to bring in new people, new ideas and move forward,” Archbishop Diarmuid  Martin of Dublin told CNA on May 10 i … [Read more...]

Raleigh bishop grateful N. Carolina marriage amendment passed

Raleigh, N.C., May 10, 2012 / 04:11 am (CNA).- Bishop Michael F. Burbidge of Raleigh thanked North Carolina voters for passing a marriage amendment that gives constitutional protections to the definition of marriage.“I express my sincere gratitude to the people of North Carolina who voted for marriage in the referendum completed today,” Bishop Michael F. Burbidge of Raleigh said May 9.He said that the amendment ensures that the definition of marriage as “the faithful and exclusive union of one ma … [Read more...]