Archbishop Lori: Religious liberty bid unaffected by Supreme Court ruling

Rome, Italy, Jul 3, 2012 / 05:08 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Archbishop William E. Lori of Baltimore believes that the fight for religious liberty has not been damaged the Supreme Court’s ruling that President Obama’s Affordable Care Act is constitutional. “My reaction is that the bishops have never joined in seeking to have the whole law overturned,” he told CNA during a visit to Rome June 28.   “We were looking that federal dollars would not be used for … [Read more...]

Mexican bishops call on new government to address nation’s needs

Mexico City, Mexico, Jul 3, 2012 / 04:04 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- The Bishops’ Conference of Mexico congratulated the nation for holding peaceful elections on July 1 and urged the new government of Enrique Pena Nieto to address the needs of the Mexican people. In their message – signed by conference president Bishop Carlos Aguiar Retes and secretary general Bishop Victor Rene Rodriguez Gomez – the bishops congratulated the winners of the election and praised the losing … [Read more...]

Slovakian archbishop removed from post

Vatican City, Jul 3, 2012 / 03:16 pm (CNA).- Pope Benedict XVI removed Archbishop Robert Bezak of Trnava, Slovakia from the pastoral care of his archdiocese without explanation on July 2. According to Italian media, the 52-year-old archbishop – who took over the archdiocese in 2009 – was removed for administrative reasons. Archbishop Bezak read a letter about the action during July 1 Sunday Mass at the cathedral in Trnava, noting that the Vatican asked him not to talk to the … [Read more...]

Pope appoints Detroit priest as Bishop of Steubenville

Steubenville, Ohio, Jul 3, 2012 / 10:58 am (CNA/EWTN News).- On July 3, Pope Benedict appointed Msgr. Jeffrey M. Monforton, a priest of the Archdiocese of Detroit, as the new Bishop of Steubenville, Ohio. The former rector of Sacred Heart Major Seminary in Detroit will fill over a year long vacancy left by Bishop Daniel R. Conlon, who was assigned as Bishop of Joliet, Ill. in May 2011. The Diocese of Steubenville is home to nearly 40,000 Catholics in Southeastern Ohio as well as Franciscan … [Read more...]

Pope Benedict leaves Vatican for summer residence

Vatican City, Jul 3, 2012 / 10:15 am (CNA).- On July 3, Pope Benedict left the Vatican for his summer residence at Castel Gandolfo, located outside of Rome. According to the Prefecture of the Pontifical Household, private and special audiences will be suspended over the summer months. The Pope's Wednesday general audience – also deferred during the month of July – will resume at Castel Gandolfo on Aug. 1. “On Sundays and Solemnities during this period, the Pope will … [Read more...]

Calif. bishop says ‘gay marriage’ unjust to children

Washington D.C., Jul 3, 2012 / 04:07 am (CNA/EWTN News).- The legalization of “gay marriage” in America, even on a civil level, is unjust to children and poses a threat to religious liberty, warned Bishop Salvatore J. Cordileone of Oakland, Calif. “Marriage is the only institution we have that connects children to their mothers and fathers,” he said. “So really, the question is, do you support that institution?” In a June interview with CNA, Bishop … [Read more...]

Liberal justice’s opinion may help fight against HHS mandate

Washington D.C., Jul 3, 2012 / 02:07 am (CNA).- Challengers of the Obama administration's contraception mandate may have been handed a surprising advantage by the Supreme Court's liberal wing, in its partial dissent on the health care reform law. “A mandate to purchase a particular product would be unconstitutional if, for example, the edict impermissibly abridged the freedom of speech, (or) interfered with the free exercise of religion,” Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg wrote … [Read more...]