French marriage advocates rally support amid debate

Paris, France, Feb 7, 2013 / 04:03 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- A coalition of marriage supporters are rallying support for the institution, organizing conferences, marches, and petitions, as France's parliament continues debate over same-sex marriage. On Feb. 5, the National Assembly or the lower house of the French parliament, approved adoption by same-sex couples and voted to change the procedure for bestowing surnames on newborns. Reacting to the news, the group “La Manif Pour … [Read more...]

Bishops call new mandate proposal insufficient

Washington D.C., Feb 7, 2013 / 01:29 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- The U.S. bishops said that the Obama administration’s suggested revisions to the federal contraception mandate fail to address the major religious liberty concerns they voiced last year. While the federal government has indicated “that it is open to dialogue,” there are still “serious issues that remain” in its most recent attempt to respond to the grave concerns raised by many Americans, said Cardinal … [Read more...]

Doctor says Cardinal Meisner’s contraception statement was manipulated

Rome, Italy, Feb 7, 2013 / 12:30 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- News stories declaring that Cardinal Meisner will allow the “morning-after” pill for rape victims were the result of his words being manipulated and scientists giving him inaccurate information about the drug, according to a leading physician. “It seems that the cardinal’s words were manipulated,” Doctor Jose Maria Simon Castellvi told CNA Feb. 7. “In any case, the morning-after pill works as an … [Read more...]

Vatican official rejects claims that he endorsed same-sex unions

Vatican City, Feb 7, 2013 / 12:01 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Archbishop Vincenzo Paglia, president of the Pontifical Council for the Family, denounced media assertions that his recent comments show Vatican support for homosexual unions.The archbishop said he was “very surprised” by reports claiming that some of his recent statements signaled an “openness” on the part of the Church to same-sex unions.On Feb. 6, Vatican Radio asked Archbishop Paglia about his statements in … [Read more...]

Pope stresses Church’s hope in young people

Vatican City, Feb 7, 2013 / 09:38 am (CNA/EWTN News).- “The Church has confidence in the young” and needs their lively participation, Pope Benedict XVI insisted, while also underscoring the threat of youth being pushed to the margins of society by unemployment and the crisis in education."Although we are aware of the many problematic situations … we wish to renew our faith in the young and reaffirm that the Church looks to their condition and their cultures as an … [Read more...]

Theologian calls beauty ‘starting point’ for faith

Denver, Colo., Feb 7, 2013 / 04:03 am (CNA).- Prominent theologian Dr. Michael Waldstein said that despite the modern world's dismissal of the connection between goodness and truth, the beauty of the natural world and human relationships can lead to faith in God.“Natural beauty and human love are an important starting point. If you take true beauty seriously, you are a far way toward being open to an even greater love,” Waldstein told CNA on Jan. 31.A professor of theology … [Read more...]

Conference aims to impart riches of classical education

Ventura, Calif., Feb 7, 2013 / 02:03 am (CNA).- The Institute for Catholic Liberal Education will host its first national conference to help educators to implement a classical and Catholic liberal arts education at their schools. “The success of this model has captured the attention of bishops, superintendents, administrators, teachers, and parents,” said Dr. Andrew Seeley, the Institute's director. “As the movement spreads, classical Catholic educators are seeking … [Read more...]