Survey reveals increasing hostility in US towards religion

Washington D.C., Aug 20, 2012 / 05:31 pm (CNA).- A report examining court cases from recent years has found that hostility towards religion has grown to unprecedented levels in the United States. The newly-updated Survey of Religious Hostility in America serves as “a testament to the radical shift in our culture’s worldview” on religion, said Kelly Shackelford, president of Liberty Institute, and Tony Perkins, president of Family Research Council. On Aug. 20, Shackelford … [Read more...]

Scottish cardinal ends dialogue with government over ‘gay marriage’

Edinburgh, Scotland, Aug 20, 2012 / 04:32 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Cardinal Keith P. O’Brien has broken-off direct talks with the Scottish government in protest over their decision to back “same-sex marriage.”“The Cardinal wants to maintain a dialogue with the Scottish government but that can be difficult when you feel that everything you have had to say, to date at least, has been completely ignored,” Peter Kearney, spokesman for Cardinal O’Brien, told CNA … [Read more...]

Spanish Catholic justice fends off calls to recuse himself in abortion case

Madrid, Spain, Aug 20, 2012 / 04:06 pm (CNA).- Justice Andres Ollero of Spain's Constitutional Court, who will write the ruling on a case challenging the country's 2010 abortion law, has warded off calls to recuse himself because he is Catholic. “It makes no sense to think that the justices come to the (court) with preconceived prescriptions,” Justice Ollero said in an Aug. 16 article published by the ABC newspaper. Justice Ollero underscored that as a judge, he has … [Read more...]

Pope explores man’s connection to the Infinite

Rimini, Italy, Aug 20, 2012 / 02:10 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Benedict welcomed the 33rd Rimini Meeting, an annual gathering organized by the lay Catholic movement Communion & Liberation, by examining mankind's relation to the infinite.“To discuss the subject of man and his yearning for the infinite means first and foremost recognizing his constitutive relationship with the Creator. Man is a creature of God,” the Pope said in a letter for the start of the Aug. 19-25 … [Read more...]

Argentinean bishop condemns euthanasia for patient in coma

Buenos Aires, Argentina, Aug 20, 2012 / 12:09 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Bishop Virginio Bressanelli of Neuquen, Argentina has called for the life of 45-year-old Marcelo Diez, who has been in a coma since a 1994 traffic accident, to be spared. “We are dealing with the mystery of the life of a brother over which no third party can claim ownership or absolute authority,” the bishop said in an Aug. 15 statement.   “From a human point of view, it is a life that we must … [Read more...]

St. Augustine premiers on the big screen

Denver, Colo., Aug 20, 2012 / 10:33 am (CNA).- “Restless Heart,” a feature film about the famous theologian St. Augustine of Hippo, is now available for sponsored theatrical screenings across the U.S.Ignatius Press, the film’s American distributor, is encouraging individuals, parishes, church groups or other organizations to bring the film to their towns.Interested groups and individuals should work with local theaters and other venues to book a screen. Ignatius Press … [Read more...]

Denver archbishop: claims Paul Ryan’s budget counters Catholicism are ‘unfounded’

Denver, Colo., Aug 20, 2012 / 12:27 am (CNA).- Amid criticism of Paul Ryan’s policy proposals, Archbishop Samuel J. Aquila of Denver has written a column calling for more constructive discussion.“I cannot, nor would I, endorse him or any other candidate,” Archbishop Aquila wrote in a column published Aug. 20 on CNA. “But claims that Paul Ryan’s plan run deeply counter to Catholic social teaching are unfounded and unreasonable.”In order to protect … [Read more...]