University rejects misconduct charge against gay parenting researcher

Austin, Texas, Aug 31, 2012 / 04:07 am (CNA/EWTN News).- An official inquiry at the University of Texas at Austin has rejected charges of scientific misconduct which a homosexual activist leveled against sociology professor Mark Regnerus after he published a study that found negative life outcomes among children of parents who had had same-sex relationships.Robert A. Peterson, the university’s research integrity officer, said he “carefully reviewed” all available data, … [Read more...]

Former Vatican diplomat predicts Catholic swing toward GOP

Tampa, Fla., Aug 31, 2012 / 01:54 am (CNA).- Jim Nicholson, former U.S. Ambassador to the Holy See, thinks that the Catholic vote remains an important force in modern politics and that more Catholics than in the past will vote for Romney and the Republican Party in the upcoming election.“The Catholic vote is very relevant,” Nicholson told CNA on Aug. 29, “because there is a large number of Catholics” in the United States. The country currently has 55.6 million voting … [Read more...]

Pope’s student circle examines dialogue with Anglicans, Lutherans

Castel Gandolfo, Italy, Aug 31, 2012 / 12:01 am (CNA/EWTN News).- The annual gathering of Pope Benedict’s former students has begun at the papal summer residence of Castel Gandolfo and is examining the ecumenical dialogue the Catholic Church has with Lutherans and Anglicans.“The fact that the Holy Father has chosen this theme for the meeting this year is a sign that the ecumenical question is of primary importance for him,” said participant Cardinal Christoph Schönborn … [Read more...]