Scottish Catholic agency free to follow beliefs against same-sex adoption

Glasgow, Scotland, Feb 3, 2014 / 04:20 pm (CNA).- A Catholic adoption agency in Scotland has avoided a threat to its charitable status that could have closed the agency, following an appeals board’s ruling that it may follow Church teaching against same-sex adoption. “We are delighted and relieved that the threat hanging over us has been lifted,” a spokesman for St. Margaret’s Children and Family Care Society said, according to BBC News. “Our only wish is to … [Read more...]

Caritas Australia disappointed by government budget cuts

Sydney, Australia, Feb 3, 2014 / 12:03 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Even as the Australian government has reduced funding for foreign aid, the nation's branch of Caritas intends to continue its mission of aiding the world's poor. On Jan. 18, the Australian government announced cuts of $650 million (US $572 million) to its aid program for the 2013-14 fiscal year, which affects funding for Caritas Australia and other non-governmental organizations. “Despite this unforeseen, mid-year … [Read more...]

Do not justify sin by using other people, Pope warns

Vatican City, Feb 3, 2014 / 07:29 am (CNA/EWTN News).- In his daily homily, Pope Francis spoke of the proper attitudes to have when we face difficult moments, stating that it is important not to defend our sin, but to repent and trust in the Lord. “In the difficult moments of life that occur maybe in despair one tries to defend himself as he can and also to use God and to use his people,” the Pope explained in his Feb. 3 daily Mass. Centering his homily on the first reading, … [Read more...]

Consecrated life today in a positive position, bishops affirm

Vatican City, Feb 3, 2014 / 04:33 am (CNA/EWTN News).- During an interview, two Vatican officials expressed the great holiness that exists within religious vocations, as well as their hope that the upcoming year will yield the witness of joy in following God. “I think I can affirm that consecrated life is really enjoying good health at this moment. There is a lot more holiness than what there often appears to be,” Archbishop Jose Rodriguez Carballo told CNA in a Jan. 31 … [Read more...]