Analysts say Biden’s abortion stance leaves reality behind

Washington D.C., Oct 12, 2012 / 02:07 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- U.S. Vice President Joe Biden’s profession that he is personally opposed to abortion while supporting its legalization fails to acknowledge the life-taking reality of abortion, said critics including a prominent Notre Dame law professor.“It is a matter of yes, or no, and there is no ‘personal’ as opposed to ‘public’ about it,” said Professor Gerard V. Bradley. “The question is … [Read more...]

Church’s joy more humble today than 50 years ago, Pope reflects

Vatican City, Oct 12, 2012 / 01:38 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Benedict believes that the Catholic Church of 2012 possesses “a more sober and humble joy” compared to the optimism that marked the Second Vatican Council’s opening 50 years ago. “Over these fifty years we have learned and experienced how original sin exists and is translated, ever and anew, into individual sins which can also become structures of sin,” the Pope said during a candlelit vigil gathered in … [Read more...]

Venezuelan election reveals conflicted country, bishops say

Caracas, Venezuela, Oct 12, 2012 / 12:02 pm (CNA).- Although Venezuala's Catholic bishops congratulated the country for holding peaceful elections Oct. 7, they said the results show two starkly competing views on how to build Venezuelan society. “The existence of two visions for the country, revealed in results of the election, is a fact that should be taken into account with regards to the building of the country, so that we can live in harmony, solidarity and peace,” the … [Read more...]

Bishops say Biden made ‘inaccurate’ mandate statement

Washington D.C., Oct 12, 2012 / 10:57 am (CNA).- The U.S. bishops criticized Vice President Joe Biden for an “inaccurate statement of fact” about the HHS mandate’s impact on religious institutions during last night’s vice presidential debate."With regard to the assault on the Catholic Church, let me make it absolutely clear,” said Biden during the Oct. 11 debate in Danville, Ky.“No religious institution—Catholic or otherwise, including … [Read more...]

No contradiction between reform and tradition, Pope states

Vatican City, Oct 12, 2012 / 10:37 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Benedict XVI says there is no contradiction between a desire to uphold the traditional teachings of the Catholic Church and continuously working to update how those beliefs are understood and presented to the world.“Christianity must not be considered as ‘something that has passed,’ nor must we live with our gaze always turned back, because Jesus Christ is yesterday today and forever,” the Pope said Oct. … [Read more...]

Cardinal Dolan sees hope and promise for US evangelism

Vatican City, Oct 12, 2012 / 04:00 am (CNA).- Cardinal Timothy Dolan of New York addressed the Synod of Bishops on the New Evangelization at the Vatican on Oct. 11, speaking about how positive and negative aspects of life in the U.S. affect the prospects of the Catholic Church flourishing.“Perhaps because of our youth, we have many reasons for hope and promise,” he said, comparing the Catholic Church in the U.S. to the ancient Christian presence in the Middle East and Europe.He … [Read more...]

Archbishop Gomez’s first pastoral letter details evangelization plans

Los Angeles, Calif., Oct 12, 2012 / 02:16 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Archbishop Jose Gomez of Los Angeles has written his first pastoral letter to his archdiocese, invoking the Catholic history of California and calling on Catholics to witness to the “New World of faith.”“Los Angeles — like all of California and the Americas —is built on a Christian foundation. And today we are called to build on that missionary foundation to make a new evangelization of the … [Read more...]