Catholic groups file suit in DC court against HHS mandate

Washington D.C., Oct 23, 2013 / 05:02 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Catholic organizations in Washington, D.C., and Thomas Aquinas College, have filed a suit against the Obama administration, asking for a reprieve from the contraception mandate on religious liberty grounds. “The HHS contraceptive mandate presents a challenge to a Catholic institution such as Thomas Aquinas College that seeks to uphold both the civil law and the teachings of the Church,” Michael McLean, president of Thomas … [Read more...]

German bishop on leave while ‘luxury’ charges scrutinized

Limburg, Germany, Oct 23, 2013 / 03:37 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- A German bishop at the center of intense media controversy for allegedly living a luxurious lifestyle will take a leave of absence from his diocese until the truth can be determined, Vatican officials have said. The Holy See Press Office said Oct. 23 that “a situation has arisen in which” Bishop Franz-Peter Tebartz-van Elst of Limburg “cannot, at the present moment, continue to exercise his episcopal … [Read more...]

Pope Francis draws non-believers to notice Gospel, cardinal says

Vatican City, Oct 23, 2013 / 01:47 pm (CNA/Europa Press).- The president of the Pontifical Council for Culture, Cardinal Gianfranco Ravasi, said that in the first six months of his pontificate Pope Francis “has gotten the world, and non-believers as well, to focus their attention on the Gospel.” In an interview with Madrid-based news agency Europa Press published Oct. 17, Cardinal Ravasi said this fact is part of the reform that the Pope is carrying out at the pastoral level, but … [Read more...]

Pope: Mary is united to Christ in the ‘martyrdom’ of her heart

Rome, Italy, Oct 23, 2013 / 04:09 am (CNA/EWTN News).- In his weekly general audience, the Pope continued his catechesis on the Church, reflecting today on the importance of Mary as an example of how to respond to God’s plan with fidelity.“She is also a model of union with Christ, be it in her daily duties, be it in the way of the Cross, until she unites herself with Him in the martyrdom of the heart.”Pope Francis directed the words of his Oct. 23 general audience to the … [Read more...]

Report on theology society both ‘encouraging, saddening’

Washington D.C., Oct 23, 2013 / 04:07 am (CNA/EWTN News).- A spiritual theology professor has said that an internal report acknowledging the Catholic Theological Society of America excludes more-orthodox and conservative thinkers is regrettable, yet an opportunity for change in the group. The National Catholic Reporter recently published a May 15 report of the Catholic Theological Society of America's committee on theological diversity, which said, “the self-conception of many … [Read more...]

Archbishop Müller affirms Catholic marriage, urges care for divorced

Vatican City, Oct 23, 2013 / 02:01 am (CNA/EWTN News).- The Vatican’s head official on doctrinal matters has reaffirmed that Catholics in irregular marital unions after divorce cannot receive communion, but he urged that this means it is “all the more imperative” to show “pastoral concern” for them.“The path indicated by the Church is not easy for those concerned,” Archbishop Gerhard Ludwig Müller, Prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of … [Read more...]

Be pro-life unconditionally, Denver archbishop says

Denver, Colo., Oct 23, 2013 / 12:09 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Archbishop Samuel Aquila of Denver urged Catholic medical workers to be “unconditionally” pro-life witnesses, criticizing those who support abortion and other forms of medical killing in the name of conscience. “Any time anyone takes the life of an unborn child, or promotes assisted suicide or euthanasia, or treats others as though they can be thrown away, their conscience is deadened and erroneous, and they are not … [Read more...]


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