State lacks authority to redefine marriage, says bishop

Phoenix, Ariz., Jun 7, 2013 / 05:06 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Bishop Thomas J. Paprocki of Springfield, Ill., explained that marriage is rooted in nature and exists prior to the state, which has the authority to recognize, but not redefine, the fundamental social institution.“Marriage is a pre-political and natural phenomenon that arises out of the nature of human beings. The Catholic Church, along with virtually every religion and culture in the world, recognizes and supports this natural … [Read more...]

California conference aims to help build Catholic culture

Napa, Calif., Jun 7, 2013 / 03:35 pm (CNA).- Leading Catholics will gather in California's Napa Valley this August for the third annual Napa Institute Conference to discuss the sanctity of work and how to build Catholic culture in a secular society. “The conference will bring Catholic leaders together from around the nation to meet, learn, and share ideas about the future of the Church in the 'Next America,'” Dr. Tim Gray, president of the Denver-based Augustine … [Read more...]

Pope dwells on God’s wordless love

Vatican City, Jun 7, 2013 / 01:14 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Francis said God does not love us with words but through closeness and tenderness during his morning Mass on the feast of the Sacred Heart of Jesus. “He does not love us with words, he comes close and gives us his love with tenderness,” the Pope said. “Closeness and tenderness!” he stressed on June 7 at the chapel in Saint Martha’s House. God loves us by “drawing near” and “giving … [Read more...]

Pope gives children advice on facing doubts about faith

Vatican City, Jun 7, 2013 / 12:30 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Setting aside his prepared text, Pope Francis tackled questions from children about having faith in times of doubt, his friends and his favorite aspects of Jesuit spirituality. “Walking is an art because if we always walk in a hurry we get tired and we can’t reach the end,” he said in response to an older boy who admitted he had doubts about his faith. “Walking is the art of looking at the horizon thinking where … [Read more...]

Bishop co-authors booklet on blessing of unborn children

Washington D.C., Jun 7, 2013 / 12:08 pm (CNA).- A new booklet on the vocation of Christian parenthood and its relationship to the parish and broader society is now available online.“The Gift of Joy” was co-authored by Archbishop Joseph E. Kurtz of Louisville, Ky., and Msgr. J. Brian Bransfield of Philadelphia.The booklet focuses on “The Blessing of the Child in the Womb,” which was prepared at the request of then-Bishop Kurtz, who currently serves as vice president … [Read more...]

‘I didn’t want to be Pope,’ Francis tells children

Vatican City, Jun 7, 2013 / 08:16 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Francis told thousands of children who gathered at the Vatican on Friday that he did not want to be the head of the Church before his election. “Someone who wants, who has the desire to be Pope doesn't love themselves, but I didn't want to be Pope,” he said at a June 7 meeting in Paul VI Hall. “Do you know what it means if someone doesn’t love themselves very much?” he asked the 7,000 children … [Read more...]

Global contraception push aims to ‘eliminate motherhood’

Newfoundland, Canada, Jun 7, 2013 / 06:01 am (CNA/EWTN News).- The head of an international charity called the billions of dollars funding “reproductive health” in the developing world an effort to do away with motherhood rather than shrink the maternal mortality rate. “The objective is not to reduce maternal mortality but to eliminate motherhood,” Dr. Robert L. Walley of the Canada-based MaterCare International told CNA June 3. Of the over 300,000 maternal deaths … [Read more...]