Despite guilty verdict, Bishop Finn ‘grateful’ for end of trial

Kansas City, Mo., Sep 6, 2012 / 04:32 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- A Kansas judge has convicted Bishop Robert W. Finn of Kansas City-St. Joseph on one misdemeanor count of failure to report suspected child abuse and acquitted him on another count, while charges against the diocese have been dismissed.“I regret and am sorry for the hurt that these events have caused,” Bishop Finn said in a Sept. 6 statement provided to CNA.“The protection of children is paramount. Sexual abuse of … [Read more...]

Exiled Jesuit priest still hopeful for Syria’s future

Rome, Italy, Sep 6, 2012 / 01:12 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- The Italian Jesuit who was exiled from Syria after criticizing President Bashar al-Assad says he is still hopeful for the country’s future despite its descent into war.“I see hope in the fact that the Syrian people are very attached to their country, very attached to the fact that they are a mosaic country. People want to keep that. They are committed to pluralism,” said Jesuit Father Paolo Dall’Oglio in an … [Read more...]

Peruvian cardinal praises Mother Teresa’s total surrender on anniversary

Lima, Peru, Sep 6, 2012 / 12:07 pm (CNA).- On the 15th anniversary of her death, Cardinal Juan Luis Cipriani of Lima said he hopes that the total surrender of Blessed Mother Teresa of Calcutta will be an example of holiness for all Catholics.The cardinal made his comments during Mass at the Missionaries of Charity “Home for Peace” in Lima on Sept. 5, the memorial of Blessed Mother Teresa and the 15th anniversary of her death.  The home provides care for the elderly and … [Read more...]

Catholic Relief Services responds to criticism over HIV document, employees

Baltimore, Md., Sep 6, 2012 / 10:01 am (CNA).- Catholic Relief Services has announced revisions to an HIV prevention document because of its “inappropriate information” about condoms and their use.“Despite the mistakes, at no point did CRS purchase or distribute condoms. We are revising the document to ensure that it meets our standards as approved by the USCCB,” Michael Hill, a senior writer with the relief agency, told CNA Sept. 5.Hill said the 179-page document … [Read more...]

Charlotte diocese holds prayer vigil, adoration during DNC

Charlotte, N.C., Sep 6, 2012 / 04:01 am (CNA/EWTN News).- The Diocese of Charlotte is holding a Vigil for Liberty with Eucharistic adoration at St. Patrick Cathedral just a mile away from the Democratic National Convention.“The Catholic Diocese of Charlotte is pleased to offer a gift to our nation, and that is over 80 hours of Eucharistic adoration and prayer for our country,” Bishop Peter J. Jugis said in his homily for the vigil’s Sept. 4 Mass.“We are keeping our … [Read more...]

Catholics responding to challenges of Isaac cleanup

New Orleans, La., Sep 6, 2012 / 01:58 am (CNA).- As Gulf Coast residents continue the recovery process following Hurricane Isaac, Catholic groups throughout the South have begun organizing disaster relief services for victims.“These people who have been affected and certainly those who have lost so much need our prayerful support,”  Archbishop Gregory M. Aymond of New Orleans said at a Sept. 4 press conference.In order to convey the archdiocese’s prayers and … [Read more...]

Catholics for Choice argues religious freedom only applies to private actions

Washington D.C., Sep 6, 2012 / 12:40 am (CNA).- A dissenting Catholic group believes that the First Amendment protection of religious freedom applies to personal decisions but does not allow people to apply their beliefs to every area of their lives.Sara Hutchinson, domestic program director of Catholics for Choice, explained that religious freedom protects "me acting in my own faith for my own life" but does not extend to actions in other areas of life, such as business … [Read more...]