New columnist examines papal encyclical in light of Vatican II

Denver, Colo., Jul 11, 2013 / 05:24 pm (CNA).- In a debut column for Catholic News Agency, professor and priest Fr. Gilfredo Marengo explores the faith behind the Second Vatican Council through the lens of Pope Francis’ first encyclical, Lumen Fidei. “In his first encyclical, Pope Francis does not fail to offer a quick, but no less interesting, reference to Vatican II,” he explains in his new column, “The Dispute on the Humanum.” Fr. Marengo quotes Pope … [Read more...]

Scholar says population fears ignore history’s evidence

Washington D.C., Jul 11, 2013 / 05:03 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- While many population control advocates spend World Population Day deeply concerned about projected growth trends, an economist says such unchecked anxiety is misguided. “To have sort of an unmitigated fear of the population future … is to ignore the evidence of the economic history that we and our parents and grandparents have lived through,” Nicholas Eberstadt, a political economist and demographer at the American … [Read more...]

Court decision ends Illinois ‘haven’ for underage abortions

Chicago, Ill., Jul 11, 2013 / 04:11 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- A unanimous ruling from the Illinois Supreme Court means that a 1995 law requiring parental notification for a minor seeking an abortion will take effect, with implications in surrounding states as well.“This is a huge victory for the rights of parents not only in Illinois but in all Midwestern states,” said Tom Brejcha, president and chief council of the Chicago-based Thomas More Society, on July 11.The Thomas More … [Read more...]

Pope Francis inspires Colombian priest to sell Mercedes

Bogotá, Colombia, Jul 11, 2013 / 12:11 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Inspired by the words and example of Pope Francis, a priest in Santa Marta, Colombia, said that he has decided to sell the luxury Mercedes-Benz his family gave to him.On July 9, Father Hernando Fajid Alvarez Yacub, chaplain of Saint Michael’s Cemetery, told reporters that the money he gets from selling the car – valued at $62,000 – will be given to his family members.The family gave him the car a year ago as a … [Read more...]

Pope’s legal changes respond to globalization of crime

Vatican City, Jul 11, 2013 / 07:45 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Francis took a step forward in modernizing the Vatican’s legal code today by explicitly listing certain acts as crimes – such as child abuse and genocide – and enabling the Holy See to prosecute any of its officials who commit crimes outside its walls. “In our times, the common good is increasingly threatened by transnational organized crime, the improper use of the markets and of the economy, as well as by … [Read more...]

Stand up for your faith, says student told to hide cross necklace

Santa Rosa, Calif., Jul 11, 2013 / 04:09 am (CNA/EWTN News).- A Catholic college employee who won an apology from her public university after her supervisor told her to hide her cross necklace says students should defend their right to express their religious beliefs. “I would encourage them to stand up for their faith and their convictions,” Audrey Jarvis told CNA July 9. “If they sense that something is not right or might even be a violation of their rights, they should … [Read more...]

Report sees new hostility to religion in US military policy

Washington D.C., Jul 11, 2013 / 02:02 am (CNA/EWTN News).- The Family Research Council has reported a “growing hostility” to religion in the U.S. armed forces, including “concerted efforts to scrub the military of religious expression.” “The climate of intimidation that began in the Air Force is bleeding over into every branch – leading even military chaplains to wonder about their security in referencing the Bible,” Family Research Council president … [Read more...]