Possible lift of Boy Scouts’ gay ban draws disappointment

Washington D.C., Feb 1, 2013 / 12:28 am (CNA).- News that the Boy Scouts of America may soon approve of openly gay members and leaders has sparked a wave of concern and criticism throughout the country.Eagle Scout Andrew Hill, who lives in Philadelphia, said that he is “disappointed” that the organization’s leadership appears to have “caved to external demands.”“The Boy Scouts are now just another organization or public figure that has given in to … [Read more...]

LA archbishop relieves Cardinal Mahony of duties, asks prayers for abuse victims

Los Angeles, Calif., Jan 31, 2013 / 11:05 pm (CNA).- Los Angeles Archbishop José H. Gomez has relieved retired Cardinal Roger Mahony of his remaining duties after the release of personnel files of priests accused of sexual abuse decades ago. “We need to acknowledge that terrible failure today. We need to pray for everyone who has ever been hurt by members of the Church,” the archbishop said in a Jan. 31 statement. "And we need to continue to support the long and … [Read more...]

Pro-lifers urge new Secretary of State to support human rights

Washington D.C., Jan 31, 2013 / 05:02 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- As Senator John Kerry is confirmed as Secretary of State for Obama's second administration, pro-life groups have encouraged the official to protect human rights, especially for the unborn. “International diplomacy with a central focus on the dignity of the human person will bear tremendous fruit in building a more loving, healthier and more stable world,” Jeanne Monahan, president of March for Life, told CNA Jan. … [Read more...]