‘Gay marriage’ is not inevitable, analysts say

Washington D.C., Jun 26, 2013 / 05:50 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Despite the U.S. Supreme Court’s ruling on “gay marriage,” experts in law and sociology said they do not believe the national discussion on the matter is over.“Sociologically it’s huge” said Dr. Anne Hendershott on the Supreme Court’s decision, “but it doesn’t end the debate.”Hendershott is a leading Catholic sociologist from King’s College in New York City and a … [Read more...]

Family advocates say marriage ruling ignores children

Washington D.C., Jun 26, 2013 / 03:08 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- As the Supreme Court handed down its historic rulings on “gay marriage,” an array of family advocates are warning that the decisions could have long-lasting negative impacts on families and society.“The Supreme Court…neglected our most precious children who need a mother and a father united in marriage for healthy development,” William Owens, president of the Coalition of African-American Pastors, said … [Read more...]

Pope Francis personally initiated Vatican bank commission

Vatican City, Jun 26, 2013 / 02:02 pm (CNA).- The appointment of a new Pontifical Commission to advise Pope Francis about the Institute for Religious Works, usually called the Vatican bank, was desired expressly by the Pope local sources say. This was “Pope Francis' personal choice. It strays from the usual dynamic through which these decisions are taken,” a Vatican official speaking under the condition of anonymity told CNA on June 26. The possibility of a reform, or even … [Read more...]

Pope Francis: all men are called to the joy of fatherhood

Vatican City, Jun 26, 2013 / 01:22 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Whether spiritual or physical, fatherhood is the calling of all men, Pope Francis said at his homily for daily Mass at the Saint Martha House in the Vatican. “All of us, to exist, to become complete, in order to be mature, we need to feel the joy of fatherhood: even those of us who are celibate,” taught the Bishop of Rome June 26. “Fatherhood is giving life to others, giving life…for us, it is pastoral … [Read more...]

Brazilian bishops support only peaceful demonstrations

Brasilia, Brazil, Jun 26, 2013 / 12:17 pm (CNA).- The bishops of Brazil issued a statement expressing their solidarity and support for demonstrations aimed at justice in society only when they are non-violent.Demonstrators in Brazil have been protesting an increase in the cost of public transportation and widespread corruption in the government, as well as the high costs of upcoming events in the country, including the Olympics, World Cup and World Youth Day. Protestors are also calling for … [Read more...]

Variety gives Church its richness, Pope Francis teaches

Vatican City, Jun 26, 2013 / 11:31 am (CNA/EWTN News).- The Church is the temple of God and its many and varied members enrich it, Pope Francis taught at his general audience this week at Saint Peter's Square in the Vatican. “It is, moreover, the Holy Spirit with his gifts, who designs the variety. This is important: what does the Holy Spirit do in our midst? He designs the variety,” the Bishop of Rome said June 26. “The variety which is the richness of the Church and … [Read more...]

Supreme Court strikes down DOMA, dismisses Prop 8

Washington D.C., Jun 26, 2013 / 09:39 am (CNA/EWTN News).- The U.S. Supreme Court ruled in a 5-4 decision that a key part of the Defense of Marriage Act is unconstitutional, and the federal government must recognize “gay marriages” accepted by individual states.The 1996 Defense of Marriage Act – known as DOMA – “violates basic due process and equal protection principles applicable to the Federal Government,” said Justice Anthony Kennedy, writing for the … [Read more...]