Neb. priest, students engage in Latin through conversation

Lincoln, Neb., Dec 20, 2013 / 04:02 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Father Joseph Faulkner, a priest of the Lincoln diocese, is teaching Latin to his high school students by actually speaking to them in Latin and “throwing them in a little bit above their heads.” “I'm trying to lower the fear level; I use the language of John Paul II, 'be not afraid', getting people to not be as fearful of the language,” Fr. Faulkner, who teaches at Hastings' St. Cecilia High … [Read more...]

Computer system could help deaf Catholics make confessions

Phoenix, Ariz., Dec 20, 2013 / 02:32 am (CNA/EWTN News).- A Phoenix, Ariz., priest has invented a computer system intended to help Catholics who are deaf, hearing-impaired or speech-impaired to make their confessions. Father Romuald P. Zantua, the system’s inventor, told CBCP News that his invention will help increase the practice of confessions, especially for deaf people who have limited access to priests who know sign language. The website for the system, called St. Damien’s … [Read more...]

NPR, Time magazine writers question Duck Dynasty suspension

Washington D.C., Dec 20, 2013 / 12:03 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Entertainment analysts with major media outlets are questioning whether the recent suspension of a major character from the record-breaking show Duck Dynasty was the right move. “It appears from A&E's own comments that the last thing they want interfering with Show Phil is Real Phil,” said NPR's pop culture blog editor Linda Holmes. On Dec. 18, the A&E network announced Phil Robertson, star of the major … [Read more...]

Duck Dynasty suspension over gay comments sparks criticism

Washington D.C., Dec 19, 2013 / 05:44 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- The recent suspension of “Duck Dynasty” patriarch Phil Robertson over comments made on homosexual behavior has prompted a storm of controversy and major boycott threats.   Robertson and his family are the focal point for the A&E show “Duck Dynasty,” which follows the Louisiana clan’s home, business and recreational life as successful duck-call manufacturers. The show attracts a weekly … [Read more...]

Pope Francis documentary becomes Amazon bestseller

Washington D.C., Dec 19, 2013 / 03:50 pm (CNA).- A recent documentary on Pope Francis, “Francis: The Pope From The New World,” has become a bestseller on and at one point ranked number four in the documentary category. “This documentary arrives as the world realizes that a very special man has assumed the leadership of the Catholic Church, and this begins — but does not end — with his gestures of humility and care for everyone,” Carl Anderson, an … [Read more...]

Koch grant consistent with Church teaching, CUA tells critics

Washington D.C., Dec 19, 2013 / 03:45 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Catholic University of America has defended a $1 million gift from the Koch brothers against “presumptuous” criticisms that accepting the grant would cause scandal and obscure Church insight on economics. “The aim of the Charles Koch Foundation grant – to support research into principled entrepreneurship – is fully consistent with Catholic social teaching,” the university said in a Dec. 16 … [Read more...]

Two firms hired to advise Vatican on communications, finance

Vatican City, Dec 19, 2013 / 03:11 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- The Vatican has hired two international consulting firms to modernize Holy See communications and to improve financial procedures throughout the Vatican's agencies. “An advisory role has been entrusted to McKinsey & Company for the development – in close collaboration with the heads of the relevant offices – of an integrated plan to render the organisation of means of communication within the Holy See more … [Read more...]