Catholic convert and Supreme Court nominee Robert Bork remembered

Arlington, Va., Dec 20, 2012 / 04:01 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Judge Robert H. Bork, a Catholic convert whose defeated Supreme Court nomination helped ensure the continued dominance of legal abortion in the U.S., died Wednesday morning at the age of 85.“We will remember him with great fondness,” Ave Maria School of Law President and Dean Eugene R. Milhizer told CNA Dec. 19. “Judge Bork was a national figure, a very important jurist, writer and academic. It was a real privilege to … [Read more...]

US bishop calls for nuclear negotiations with Iran

Washington D.C., Dec 20, 2012 / 02:20 am (CNA).- The U.S. bishops’ leader on international peace issues said that dialogue is the path to a peaceful resolution of nuclear concerns between the United States and Iran.“Bold steps must be considered to counter this unfortunate and continually rising tide of aggressive posturing between our own nation and Iran,” said Bishop Richard E. Pates of Des Moines.In a Dec. 18 letter to Thomas E. Donilon, national security advisor to … [Read more...]

Bishops urged to imitate St. Thomas More in mandate fight

Philadelphia, Pa., Dec 20, 2012 / 12:03 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Archbishop Charles J. Chaput of Philadelphia has held up the 16th century's Saint Thomas More as a model of courage for bishops in the face of the federal contraception mandate. “America's Catholic bishops cannot simply grumble and shrug, and go along with the mandate now, without implicating themselves in cowardice,” he wrote in a Dec. 19 column for The Witherspoon Institute. “Their current resolve … [Read more...]

DC appeals court rules new contraception rule must be issued

Washington D.C., Dec 19, 2012 / 04:30 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Religious freedom advocates applauded a federal appeals court’s decision to hold the government accountable for revising its controversial contraception mandate.Kyle Duncan, general counsel for the Becket Fund for Religious Liberty, called the decision “a win not just for Belmont Abbey and Wheaton, but for all religious non-profits challenging the mandate.”“The D.C. Circuit has now made it clear that … [Read more...]

Pope accepts resignation of 85-year-old Chaldean Patriarch

Vatican City, Dec 19, 2012 / 03:51 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Benedict XVI on Dec. 19 accepted the resignation of Cardinal Emmanuel III Delly, head of the Chaldean Catholic Church, and called the Chaldean bishops to Rome for a synod to elect his successor. Cardinal Delly, the Patriarch of Babylon of the Chaldeans, was elected the Chaldean patriarch on Dec. 3, 2003. Pope Benedict XVI made him a cardinal in November 2007. The 85-year-old resigned for age and health reasons, the Italian newspaper … [Read more...]

Filipino bishops will not concede to ‘reproductive health’ bill

Washington D.C., Dec 19, 2012 / 12:40 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Catholic leaders in the Philippines vowed to continue fighting for life, marriage and family as a controversial “reproductive health” bill passed both houses of Congress in the country. “If the President will sign this into law, he will give us a moral time bomb wrapped as a gift to celebrate Christmas,” warned Archbishop Socrates B. Villegas of Lingayen Dagupan. In a Dec. 18 statement, the archbishop … [Read more...]

Pope says faith includes trust in dark moments

Vatican City, Dec 19, 2012 / 10:12 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Benedict XVI continued his series of reflections on faith this Wednesday, saying that at times it includes an element of darkness."We encounter moments where God seems absent, his silence weighs on our hearts and his will doesn't correspond to our own as we would like it to," the Pope told pilgrims on Dec. 19."But the more we open ourselves to God, we receive the gift of faith and put our trust in him … [Read more...]