Moral theologians reaffirm possible ethical stem cell advances

Denver, Colo., Oct 17, 2012 / 05:00 pm (CNA).- Although concerns have been raised about the unethical source of some cells used in Shinya Yamanaka’s efforts to reprogram cells into stem cells, moral theologians insist that the work could lead to ethical advances in the field.“The initial insight unfortunately involved tainted material, but it gives way to an application of that knowledge which can be perfectly morally licit,” Father Thomas Berg, Professor of Moral Theology … [Read more...]

Pope sending Cardinal Dolan on peace mission to Syria

Vatican City, Oct 17, 2012 / 04:41 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Cardinal Timothy Dolan of New York will be part of a papal delegation to Syria that will voice “fraternal solidarity” with the Syrian people and encourage peace amid the country’s violent conflict.The Holy See’s Secretary of State, Cardinal Tarcisio Bertone, said Oct. 16 that the world’s Catholic bishops cannot be “mere spectators of a tragedy such as the one that is now unfolding in Syria.”He … [Read more...]

In tight presidential race, social issues could have an impact

Washington D.C., Oct 17, 2012 / 02:05 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- In an election year that continues to be dominated by economic concerns, one public policy analyst believes that social issues could still play an important role in November.“The race became much more tightly competitive” after the first presidential debate, said Dr. Mark J. Rozell, professor of public policy at George Mason University.He explained to CNA on Oct. 17 that a close race could mean that social issues such … [Read more...]

Pope will deliver year-long teaching series on restoring faith

Vatican City, Oct 17, 2012 / 01:33 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- At his first general audience during the Year of Faith, Pope Benedict XVI initiated a new, year-long cycle of teachings aimed at healing the division between what Christians say they profess, what they actually believe, and how they live their lives.“Christians often do not even know the core of their Catholic faith, the Creed, thus leaving room for a certain syncretism and religious relativism, without clarity on the truths to be … [Read more...]

Spaniard receives four years for crash that killed leading Cuban dissident

Havana, Cuba, Oct 17, 2012 / 12:59 pm (CNA).- Officials in Cuba announced on Monday that a court has sentenced a Spanish man to four years in prison for his role in a car crash that killed Oswaldo Paya and another prominent political dissident.   The criminal court in Granma said the traffic accident which took the lives of Paya and Harold Cepero on July 22 was the result of the “imprudent conduct” of Angel Carromero, who was driving the vehicle in which the men were … [Read more...]

Saints are example for how to evangelize, Cardinal Amato says

Vatican City, Oct 17, 2012 / 11:24 am (CNA/EWTN News).- The head of the Congregation for the Causes of Saints declared saints the “indispensable protagonists” of the New Evangelization, which is the focus of the ongoing synod in Rome.“The saints evangelize by their virtuous lives,” said Cardinal Angelo Amato during the Oct. 15 afternoon session of the synod of bishops on the New Evangelization. “They incarnate the evangelical beatitudes. They are the mirror to … [Read more...]

Catholic women tell how they found freedom in Church teaching

Washington D.C., Oct 17, 2012 / 04:06 am (CNA/EWTN News).- A new book written by Catholic women describes personal journeys of discovering that although Church teaching on important issues can be difficult and countercultural, it offers truth, peace and ultimate freedom.“I’d really like to show the public that there is freedom in the content of what it is we stand for in the first place,” said George Mason law professor Helen Alvaré, who is the editor and a co-author … [Read more...]