Panelists predict widespread impact of marriage rulings

Washington D.C., Jul 3, 2013 / 05:13 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Although the Supreme Court’s recent rulings on marriage were narrowly constructed, legal experts say they will likely have far-reaching consequences for society.Hadley Arkes, professor of Jurisprudence and American Institutions at Amherst College, warned that the decisions “will have wide-reaching effects” within states because they make an “underlying moral judgment” that “sets off a dynamic of its … [Read more...]

Cardinal Dolan recalls conclave experience in new book

Colorado Springs, Colo., Jul 3, 2013 / 04:09 pm (CNA).- In a new e-book, Cardinal Timothy M. Dolan offers his personal insight into a momentous time in the Church's recent history, from the resignation of Benedict XVI to the election of Pope Francis. The head of the New York archdiocese wrote “Praying in Rome” in response to the many requests he's received to share his experience of the transition from one Pope to another. “Praying in Rome” will be released … [Read more...]

Marriage rulings pose obstacle to Church teaching, bishop says

Rome, Italy, Jul 3, 2013 / 02:01 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- The U.S. Supreme Court's recent decisions on gay marriage will make it harder for the Church to teach Americans about the nature of marriage, the archbishop of San Francisco has said.   “It’s going to be harder to teach this truth, which is very basic and obvious, that to form a marriage you need a man and a woman,” Archbishop Salvatore J. Cordileone told CNA June 28. Despite this, “I’ve told people … [Read more...]

Retired Pennsylvania bishop dies, age 85

Greensburg, Pa., Jul 3, 2013 / 11:55 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Bishop Anthony G. Bosco, who retired as bishop of Greensburg in 2004, died peacefully July 2 at his home after 61 years of priesthood and is being mourned by the people of his diocese. “It was with deep sadness that I learned of the death of Bishop Emeritus Anthony G. Bosco last night,” Greensburg's current bishop, Lawrence E. Brandt, said July 3. “He was a faith-filled, humble servant of the Lord who loved his … [Read more...]

Works of mercy caress, bind Christ’s wounds, Pope teaches

Vatican City, Jul 3, 2013 / 09:50 am (CNA/EWTN News).- On the feast of Saint Thomas the Apostle, Pope Francis said that encountering Christ is done by reaching out to our "wounded brothers" in works of mercy – touching Jesus' own wounds. “We find Jesus’ wounds in carrying out works of mercy, giving to the body – the body – and also to the soul, but the body, I stress, of your wounded brother,” the Bishop of Rome taught at his homily for daily … [Read more...]

Milwaukee archbishop releases abuse documentation

Milwaukee, Wis., Jul 3, 2013 / 04:19 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Archbishop Jerome E. Listecki has released almost 6,000 pages of documents related to the Archdiocese of Milwaukee’s handling of sex abuse cases, saying the documents will help the Church face up to mistakes and prevent abuse.“My hope in voluntarily making these documents public is that they will aid abuse survivors, families, and others in understanding the past, reviewing the present and allowing the Church in … [Read more...]

Pro-life advocates laud Ohio budget provisions

Columbus, Ohio, Jul 3, 2013 / 02:00 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Ohio governor John Kasich signed a state budget on Sunday which local pro-life backers say is the “most pro-life in history.” “Ohio Right to Life applauds Governor Kasich and the vast pro-life majorities in the House and Senate,” Mike Gonidakis, the organization's president, said June 30. “Low-income pregnant women will now receive greater care and their unborn child will have a much greater … [Read more...]