Catholic professor says IRS audit deterred her criticisms of Obama

New York City, N.Y., May 16, 2013 / 05:18 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- A Catholic professor says that an IRS audit that may have been politically motivated made her much less likely to criticize President Barack Obama in her writings. “They asked who paid me – and wanted to know who they were,” Anne Hendershott, a sociology professor at King’s College in New York City, said of the Internal Revenue Service officials who oversaw her audit in 2010. The audit affected her … [Read more...]

Judge drops charge against Bishop Finn, forcing settlement

Kansas City, Mo., May 16, 2013 / 04:38 pm (CNA).- A Missouri judge has dropped a charge that Bishop Robert Finn and the Diocese of Kansas City-St. Joseph aided and abetted a priest who possessed child pornography, though another charge remains and the diocese has settled a $600,000 lawsuit in the case. U.S. District Judge Gary Fenner dismissed the charge on the grounds that the law concerns accusations of aiding and abetting a perpetrator before or during the commission of the crime. He … [Read more...]

Judge drops charges against Bishop Finn, forces settlement

Kansas City, Mo., May 16, 2013 / 04:38 pm (CNA).- A Missouri judge has dropped a charge that Bishop Robert Finn and the Diocese of Kansas City-St. Joseph aided and abetted a priest who possessed child pornography, though another charge remains and the diocese has settled a $600,000 lawsuit in the case. U.S. District Judge Gary Fenner dismissed the charge on the grounds that the law concerns accusations of aiding and abetting a perpetrator before or during the commission of the crime. He … [Read more...]

Vatican official urges renewal of spouses’ life-long ‘yes’

Rome, Italy, May 16, 2013 / 04:12 pm (CNA).- Archbishop Vincenzo Paglia, president of the Pontifical Council for the Family, said a cultural change is needed to recover the value and meaning of the life-long “yes” that spouses give each other in marriage.  “Unfortunately, today if you give a ‘life-long yes’ to your football team, that is more acceptable than if you give it to your husband or wife,” Archbishop Paglia said during a meeting with reporters … [Read more...]

Venezuelan food shortage threatens supply of wine for Mass

Caracas, Venezuela, May 16, 2013 / 12:16 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Reporter Macky Arenas of the Catholic Lay Report said the serious food shortage in Venezuela could lead to a lack of wine and hosts for the celebration of Mass. Arenas explained that the shortage in the country is due to “the lack of raw materials.” “This is not a country known for the production of wine, and the only national company has told the bishops it will not be able to meet demand,” she … [Read more...]

Pope: ‘If we annoy people, blessed be the Lord’

Vatican City, May 16, 2013 / 10:40 am (CNA/EWTN News).- The Pope told Christians it is better to be “annoying” and “a nuisance” than lukewarm in proclaiming Jesus Christ. “If we annoy people, blessed be the Lord,” said Pope Francis during his morning Mass at the Vatican on May 16. “We can ask the Holy Spirit to give us all this apostolic fervor and to give us the grace to be annoying when things are too quiet in the Church,” he said at the … [Read more...]

Relations with China affect timing of Matteo Ricci cause

Vatican City, May 16, 2013 / 10:00 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Approval for the beatification of the Italian Jesuit missionary Matteo Ricci, who ministered in China 500 years ago, depends to some degree on the Vatican’s relations with China. “Part of the beatification depends on the political relations between China and the Vatican,” said Father Anton Witwer, the postulator of his cause. “It’s possible to wait, even if all things are clear for a beatification, … [Read more...]

‘Money has to serve, not rule!’ Pope tells new ambassadors

Vatican City, May 16, 2013 / 05:47 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Francis told the new ambassadors to the Holy See from Kyrgyzstan, Antigua and Barbuda, Luxembourg and Botswana to use money to serve and asked them to help reform the world economy along “ethical lines.” “Money has to serve, not rule!” he said during a May 16 meeting with the new ambassadors of four countries who do not have a physical location for their embassy to the Holy See in Rome. Pope Francis used … [Read more...]

Vatican bank plans website launch, annual report

Vatican City, May 16, 2013 / 04:18 am (CNA/EWTN News).- The institution often called the Vatican bank will launch a new website and begin publishing its annual report, as it continues to improve its transparency and image. News of the latest efforts was announced by the Institute for Works of Religion’s new president, Ernst von Freyberg, during a May 13 meeting with the staff. He was appointed by Benedict XVI on Feb. 15 as part of an ongoing effort to revamp the institute by updating … [Read more...]

Alabama charity restructures to better serve community

Mobile, Ala., May 16, 2013 / 04:02 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Catholic Social Services of Mobile is undergoing a fund raising effort so that it can more effectively provide assistance to those in need in southern Alabama through a centralized office. The charity is currently operating out of four different locations, and has purchased a space in midtown Mobile to replace the fractured infrastructure it is currently using. “The main thing is really to have a one-stop shop for the clients; … [Read more...]