Thousands flock to Kansas religious freedom rally

Topeka, Kan., Jul 2, 2012 / 05:06 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Several thousand people rallied outside the Kansas Statehouse on June 29, where Catholic bishops, Gov. Sam Brownback and others addressed threats to religious freedom posed by the federal contraception mandate. Michael Schuttloffel, Executive Director of the Kansas Catholic Conference, estimated that 4,000 people gathered in the sweltering heat for the Topeka event. “We hope that our rally, in concert with all the other rallies … [Read more...]

Minn. Catholic school drops teacher over ‘gay marriage’ support

St. Paul, Minn., Jul 2, 2012 / 03:32 pm (CNA).- A Catholic school in Moorhead, Minn. has declined to offer a contract to a longtime teacher after learning she supports same-sex “marriage,” drawing media attention ahead of the November vote on the state’s marriage amendment. St. Joseph’s School superintendent Msgr. Mike Foltz and principal Tony Biebl explained the decision in a June 6 letter to parents of children at the kindergarten through eighth grade school. They … [Read more...]

Catholic media production network re-launches website

Konigstein, Germany, Jul 2, 2012 / 01:52 pm (CNA).- The Catholic Radio and Television Network has re-launched its website to help present Catholic programming and highlight special liturgical or news events. Mark von Riedemann, the network’s managing director, said the website’s new Special Campaigns section is a response to the frustration of many Catholic television broadcasters who are searching for programming related to important events. Many broadcasters, he noted, do not … [Read more...]

Pope names German bishop as new head of doctrinal office

Vatican City, Jul 2, 2012 / 10:50 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Benedict XVI has appointed Bishop Gerhard Ludwig Muller of Regensburg, Germany as Prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith and leader of three other important commissions. Bishop Muller, whom the Pope elevated to archbishop, will also head the Pontifical Biblical Commission, the International Theological Commission and the Pontifical Commission Ecclesia Dei, which oversees Catholics who celebrate the traditional … [Read more...]