Federal judge dismisses abuse lawsuit against Vatican

Portland, Ore., Aug 21, 2012 / 04:08 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- A federal judge dismissed a sex abuse lawsuit against the Holy See on grounds that the Vatican was not an employer of the accused ex-priest and cannot be held financially liable for the abuse. Jeffrey Lena, counsel for the Holy See, told CNA on Aug. 21 that the ruling is “particularly important.” It follows a years-long legal examination of whether the Vatican has sovereign immunity protecting it from such … [Read more...]

Pro-life groups in Uruguay denounce new attempts to legalize abortion

Montevideo, Uruguay, Aug 21, 2012 / 04:03 pm (CNA).- Around twenty pro-life organizations are denouncing what they call “anti-democratic and unconstitutional” moves by supporters of a measure that would legalize abortion in Uruguay. In an Aug. 16 statement read in the Uruguayan Congress after the bill was rejected by the Committee on Health Care, pro-life leaders warned there were numerous bills aimed at legalizing abortion, not just one, and that all of them “aim to force … [Read more...]

Venezuelan cardinal to priests: protect the treasure of celibacy

Caracas, Venezuela, Aug 21, 2012 / 12:03 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- During an ordination Mass for two priests and a deacon on Aug. 18, Cardinal Jorge Urosa Savino of Caracas, Venezuela urged priests to value and protect the gift of celibacy given by Christ. “It is essential that, like Jesus, we fully live out our love for the Father and for humanity,” Cardinal Urosa said.“In this way, we can understand and live our consecration to the Lord and to the Church in priestly … [Read more...]

Catholic school effort in Philadelphia draws on lay expertise

Philadelphia, Pa., Aug 21, 2012 / 10:45 am (CNA/EWTN News).- The head of an independent Catholic foundation says a new lay management initiative for Catholic schools in the Archdiocese of Philadelphia will help improve finances and enrollment levels. “It clearly establishes the role of the laity here to bring significant expertise and capabilities,” said Edward Hanway, chair and acting CEO of the Faith in the Future Foundation. Hanway explained to CNA on Aug. 20 that the new … [Read more...]

Philadelphia archdiocese creates new Catholic high school system

Philadelphia, Pa., Aug 21, 2012 / 09:17 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Archbishop Charles J. Chaput of Philadelphia unveiled a new school system this morning that will be run by an independent Catholic foundation and will serve the archdiocese's high schools and special education programs.“Today's agreement between the Archdiocese of Philadelphia and the Faith in the Future Foundation is unlike any agreement that a diocese has achieved with its lay leadership,” Archbishop Charles J. … [Read more...]

Mentally impaired child arrested under Pakistan’s anti-blasphemy law

Islamabad, Pakistan, Aug 21, 2012 / 03:59 am (CNA/EWTN News).- A young girl who suffers from Down's Syndrome has been arrested in Pakistan for allegedly burning a page from the Quran and could face the death penalty.Police confirmed that they arrested a young girl named Rimsha on Aug. 16 at the urging of neighbors who claim they saw her burning pages of the book outside her home, according to Vatican Radio.Some reports describe the girl from Islamabad as a teenager, while others say … [Read more...]

US bishops say Muslims, Catholics share religious freedom concerns

Washington D.C., Aug 21, 2012 / 02:05 am (CNA).- In a statement of support and friendship toward the Muslim community, the U.S. bishops' ecumenical committee leader encouraged trust and collaboration between the two faiths, especially in the task of defending religious freedom in the public square. In an Aug. 17 message, Bishop Denis J. Madden, auxiliary bishop of Baltimore, offered his congratulations to U.S. Muslims on the conclusion of Ramadan, their holy month of fasting and … [Read more...]