EWTN says new mandate proposal likely brings no relief

Washington D.C., Feb 1, 2013 / 01:06 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Eternal Word Television Network said today that the new suggested rule on the federal contraception mandate is likely inadequate to protect its religious liberty.“We will continue to study this notice with our attorneys, but are highly doubtful it will provide EWTN with any relief from this immoral mandate,” said Michael P. Warsaw, president and CEO of EWTN Global Catholic Network.Last February, EWTN became the first … [Read more...]

HHS offers minor revisions, clarifications on mandate

Washington D.C., Feb 1, 2013 / 11:59 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Proposed changes to the federal contraception mandate would slightly expand an existing exemption, while defining the terms of an “accommodation” for many non-profit religious groups. Employees of objecting non-profit religious organizations will receive “no-cost contraceptive coverage through separate individual health insurance policies” issued through insurance companies or a third party administrator, … [Read more...]

Pope’s Lent message: charity is extension of God’s love

Vatican City, Feb 1, 2013 / 11:05 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Benedict XVI's message for Lent is that when people are open to God’s love, then they can “love with him, in him and like him.”"When we make room for the love of God, then we become like him, sharing in his own charity," said the Pope in his annual message for Lent."If we open ourselves to his love, we allow him to live in us and to bring us to love with him, in him and like him," said the … [Read more...]

Bishop DiMarzio right on Sanger, columnist says

Denver, Colo., Feb 1, 2013 / 10:35 am (CNA).- In a column for CNA, Deal Hudson defends Brooklyn bishop Nicholas DiMarzio's view of Margaret Sanger as an advocate of racially-based “reproductive health.” Hudson's column responds to the attack on Bishop DiMarzio by Commonweal magazine's Paul Moses. Bishop DiMarzio's Jan. 23 comments marked the 40th anniversary of “our national shame,” the Roe vs. Wade decision legalizing abortion throughout the United … [Read more...]

New Vatican vocations booklet mobilizes spiritual support

Vatican City, Feb 1, 2013 / 10:35 am (CNA).- The latest edition of a Vatican magazine aimed at increasing priestly vocations and encouraging the spiritual adoption of priests has been released in English."We need to pray hard for vocations and to support priests around the world," said Monsignor Richard R. Soseman from the Congregation for the Clergy."That's why we pushed so hard to have this book published, and we're so pleased that it finally has been," he … [Read more...]

Kansas school stewardship model encourages vocations

Wichita, Kan., Feb 1, 2013 / 04:01 am (CNA).- The stewardship model which funds Catholic schools in the Diocese of Wichita has blessed the local Church with numerous priestly and religious vocations, the diocesan superintendent of schools said. “Combined with the intensive daily formation in faith that our students receive in our Catholic schools, the spirituality of stewardship and the constant interplay between family and parish motivates young people to see their choice of vocation … [Read more...]

Bishops encourage changes in incarceration of minors

Washington D.C., Feb 1, 2013 / 02:13 am (CNA).- The U.S. bishops’ Committee on Domestic Justice and Human Development has joined with more than 100 other organizations to call for more fair prison sentencing for minors.“Life sentences without parole eliminate the opportunity for rehabilitation or second chances,” said Bishop Stephen E. Blaire of Stockton, Calif., who chairs the committee.“While there is no question that violent and dangerous youth need to be … [Read more...]