Supreme Court term touches on prayer, religious liberty

Washington D.C., Oct 15, 2013 / 04:55 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- The 2013-2014 Supreme Court term, which began Oct. 7, will address several prominent issues in the public square, including freedom of speech for pro-life demonstrations, prayer in legislative settings, and religious freedom.Limits on pro-life protests outside of abortion clinics are being challenged in the upcoming case “McCullen v. Coakley.” The petitioners argue that a Massachusetts law limiting sidewalk counseling for … [Read more...]

Ordinariate Use unites Anglican tradition to Catholic Church

London, England, Oct 15, 2013 / 03:53 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- The introduction of a new Ordinariate Use liturgy for groups of former Anglicans is uniting some of their old traditions to the fullness of the Catholic Church.The Vatican office responsible for adapting parts of the Anglican liturgy for use in the Catholic Church “has had the task of the scribe, trained for the kingdom of heaven, the householder who brings out of his treasure what is new and what is old,” said Monsignor … [Read more...]

Vatican implements state of the art financial transparency efforts

Vatican City, Oct 15, 2013 / 03:33 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- The Holy See's new anti-money laundering law signals that the Vatican is clearly taking the path to full financial transparency, according to the director of the state's Financial Information Authority.René Bruelhart told CNA Oct. 9 that “with the new AML/CFT Act the Holy See and the Vatican City State introduced a comprehensive system in accordance with the international standards to fight money-laundering and … [Read more...]

Pope cautions against idolatry which punctures, ‘stifles’ the faith

Rome, Italy, Oct 15, 2013 / 09:03 am (CNA/EWTN News).- In his daily Mass homily, Pope Francis warned of the presence of idolatry in our lives, urging each person present to look to themselves in order to find the hidden idols which are present in our hearts.“Even today, there are so many idols, and even today there are so many idolaters, so many who think they are wise,” urged the pontiff during his Oct. 15 daily Mass.Pope Francis offered his reflections to those present in the … [Read more...]

Cardinal Bertone steps down from role as Vatican Secretary of State

Vatican City, Oct 15, 2013 / 07:25 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Updated on Oct. 15, 2013 at 5:44 p.m. Rome time: a Vatican source told CNA that Archbishop Parolin was absent from the ceremony due to appendicitis.In a farewell ceremony held at the Vatican, former state secretary Cardinal Tarcisio Bertone stepped down from the position – which will soon be filled by his successor, Italian Archbishop Pietro Parolin. During the short Oct. 15 event, which was held in the library of the … [Read more...]

Calif. governor vetoes ‘unfair’ abuse lawsuit bill

Los Angeles, Calif., Oct 15, 2013 / 04:56 am (CNA/EWTN News).- California Gov. Jerry Brown has vetoed a controversial bill that would have allowed more decades-old sexual abuse charges against Catholic schools and other non-profit institutions, while exempting public schools where abuse took place.Auxiliary Bishop Gerald Wilkerson of Los Angeles, the president of the California Catholic Conference, said the bishops of the state are “grateful” that the bill was vetoed.“It … [Read more...]

Captain in pirate rescue praises everyday heroism of virtue

Norfolk, Va., Oct 15, 2013 / 02:07 am (CNA/EWTN News).- The U.S. Navy captain who led the successful effort to rescue a cargo ship captain captured by Somali pirates says Catholic men can be heroes in everyday life through fatherhood and self-sacrifice. “You don’t have to be a captain of a naval warship or the president of a company or anything else to be a hero,” Capt. Francis X. Castellano told the Knights of Columbus in an interview. Castellano, 45, commanded the USS … [Read more...]