Legion leaders regret not acting sooner in Fr. Williams case

Rome, Italy, May 17, 2012 / 04:15 pm (CNA).- Leaders of the Legionaries of Christ have apologized for not acting more quickly in the case of Father Thomas Williams, who acknowledged on May 15 that he fathered a child several years ago. In a statement published on its website, the Legionaries said the priest's superiors “suggested to Fr. Thomas to act in an appropriate way and to withdraw himself from public appearances … Nevertheless, it would have been better to act faster and more for … [Read more...]

Spain would save $72 million by axing abortion funding

Madrid, Spain, May 17, 2012 / 04:09 pm (CNA).- The spokesman for the organization Right to Life in Spain, Gador Joya, said eliminating abortion funding from the federal budget would save Spain nearly $72 million. According to Europa Press, Joya suggested the funds be used for a comprehensive maternity program, with special emphasis on women with “unexpected pregnancies.” She criticized the government for continuing to provide funding for abortion, while at the same time arguing that the health ca … [Read more...]

Vatican laicizes Canadian bishop convicted for child pornography

Ottawa, Canada, May 17, 2012 / 12:32 pm (CNA).- The Vatican has dismissed from the clerical state a Canadian bishop who pleaded guilty to the possession of child pornography.“Raymond Lahey has accepted the Decree of Dismissal, which also requires him to pray the Liturgy of the Hours in reparation for the harm and the scandal he has caused, and for the sanctification of clergy,” the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops said May 16.Bishop Raymond Lahey of Antigonish, Nova Scotia was arrested in … [Read more...]

Lima archdiocese issues clarification on priest stripped of faculties

Lima, Peru, May 17, 2012 / 12:08 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- The Archdiocese of Lima issued a statement clarifying the decision by Cardinal Juan Luis Cipriani to strip local priest Father Gaston Garatea of his ministerial faculties. On May 16, the archdiocese condemned what it called a “campaign of misinformation and discredit” launched against the cardinal by some in the media, stating that the priest is still able to exercise priestly ministry outside the cardinal's jurisdiction. Father Garatea – a m … [Read more...]

Austrian chancellor’s son tells how faith helped him survive Nazis

Washington D.C., May 17, 2012 / 04:19 am (CNA).- Kurt von Schuschnigg Jr., son of the former chancellor of Austria, says that his Catholic faith helped him get through difficult times during World War II and now guides the way that he looks back at past events. “Faith is always a big thing when you are in trouble,” he observed. “Unfortunately today, not too many people hold on to faith anymore.” Von Schuschnigg was a first-hand witness of many of the atrocities committed during the Second World … [Read more...]

Cardinal Dolan’s arrival on Twitter draws thousands

New York City, N.Y., May 17, 2012 / 02:08 am (CNA).- Cardinal Timothy Dolan of New York debuted on Twitter last week, adapting his engaging, humorous style to the popular microblogging site and quickly becoming the third most followed cardinal.“Hey everybody. It's Timothy Cardinal Tebow. I mean Dolan,” the cardinal’s first tweet said May 8, alluding to the new New York Jets quarterback and football star Tim Tebow.The cardinal uses Twitter to talk about his daily actions, his appearances on S … [Read more...]

Archdiocese of Washington slams Georgetown’s Sebelius invite

Washington D.C., May 17, 2012 / 12:02 am (CNA/EWTN News).- The Archdiocese of Washington, D.C. has condemned Georgetown University's invitation to U.S. Secretary of Health and Human Services Kathleen Sebelius to speak during commencement weekend.In light of Sebelius' attempts to drastically redefine religious ministry in a way that threatens Catholic institutions, Georgetown should do more to “speak up for freedom of religion,” the archdiocese said.In a May 15 statement, it explained that Ca … [Read more...]