Christian Bible publisher sues over HHS mandate

Washington D.C., Oct 3, 2012 / 05:03 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- A Christian Bible publisher has become the latest of nearly 100 plaintiffs to file a lawsuit challenging the federal contraception mandate over religious liberty violations. “This action arises because the federal government has deemed devout publishers of the Bible to be insufficiently 'religious' to enjoy religious freedom in America,” said a federal lawsuit that was filed on Oct. 2. The suit was filed on … [Read more...]

Obama campaign accused of calls targeting Romney’s Mormon faith

Washington D.C., Oct 3, 2012 / 03:55 pm (CNA).- President Barack Obama's re-election campaign has drawn criticism amid allegations that its members have been making bigoted election calls to Catholics attacking the Mormon faith. Deal Hudson, political activist and president of the Pennsylvania Catholics Network, warned that members of the Obama campaign have been making phone calls asking voters, “How can you support a Mormon who does not believe in Jesus Christ?”   On … [Read more...]

Trial reveals papal butler’s interest in Masonry, Church scandals

Vatican City, Oct 3, 2012 / 01:48 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- The judges presiding over the trial of the Pope's former butler heard today that his apartment contained piles of documents and newspaper cuttings about Masonic lodges, the occult and previous scandals involving the Church and state in Italy.The evidence was presented during the third day of the criminal trial against Paolo Gabriele. The 46-year-old Italian stands accused of the “aggravated theft” of … [Read more...]

Church in Chile confirms investigation of bishop for alleged abuse

Santiago, Chile, Oct 3, 2012 / 12:05 pm (CNA).- In a statement Oct. 2, the Apostolic Nunciature in Chile revealed that local Bishop Marco Antonio Ordenes of Iquique is under investigation for sexual abuse. According to the Chilean daily La Tercera, Bishop Ordenes, 47, has said he is innocent. Since the accusations were made, his poor health caused by genetic kidney condition has worsened. The Diocese of Iquique confirmed that his health is deteriorating and that he is currently in Peru … [Read more...]

Pope says liturgical abuses detract from Christ

Vatican City, Oct 3, 2012 / 09:42 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Benedict XVI has reminded Catholics that the liturgy belongs to Jesus Christ and his Church, and should not be changed according to individual whims.“It is not the individual – priest or layman – or the group that celebrates the liturgy, but it is primarily God’s action through the Church, which has its own history, its rich tradition and creativity,” the Pope said during his Oct. 3 general audience in … [Read more...]

Pope says liturgical abuses detract from Christ

Vatican City, Oct 3, 2012 / 09:42 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Benedict XVI has reminded Catholics that the liturgy belongs to Jesus Christ and his Church, and should not be changed according to individual whims.“It is not the individual – priest or layman – or the group that celebrates the liturgy, but it is primarily God’s action through the Church, which has its own history, its rich tradition and creativity,” the Pope said during his Oct. 3 general audience in … [Read more...]

Calif. gay therapy law erodes parental rights, critics charge

Sacramento, Calif., Oct 3, 2012 / 04:16 am (CNA).- Pro-family and parental rights groups are saying a new California law banning therapy for minors who struggle with same-sex attraction is disrespectful of both personal choice and parents' rights.“Parents have the best interests of their children in mind, and if they determine that particular types of therapies or interventions are needed, that's certainly their right, and this law doesn't respect that,” Ned … [Read more...]


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