Poll finds strong approval for Pope Benedict, Catholic tradition

Washington D.C., Feb 22, 2013 / 02:05 am (CNA).- As the Feb. 28 resignation of Pope Benedict XVI approaches, the vast majority of U.S. Catholics have a favorable view of the pontiff, and the majority support traditional Catholic teaching as well.According to a recent survey by Pew Research Center, 74 percent of U.S. Catholics “express a favorable view of the pope.”This rating is similar to that March 2008, when about three in four Catholics held a “very” or … [Read more...]

Legislators behind religious freedom law support Hobby Lobby

Washington D.C., Feb 22, 2013 / 12:03 am (CNA).- Nearly a dozen U.S. lawmakers who supported a 1993 law protecting religious liberty have formally defended Hobby Lobby in its recent religious freedom lawsuit.“Congress has commanded equal treatment of all under a religion-protective rule. Defendants may not pick and choose whose exercise of religion is protected and whose is not,” said the “friend-of-the-court” brief filed on behalf of nine U.S. Senators and two members … [Read more...]

Spending cuts will harm poor, warns Catholic agency

Washington D.C., Feb 21, 2013 / 05:13 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- If members of Congress do not come to an agreement on a debt reduction proposal, the resulting spending cuts may threaten the lives of those in poverty, cautioned Catholic Relief Services.Members of Catholics Confront Global Poverty, an initiative of Catholic Relief Services, agreed with conclusions by several U.S. bishops that while “Congress has a responsibility to reduce federal deficits and improve our fiscal health,” … [Read more...]