National pain-capable abortion ban introduced in Senate

Washington D.C., Nov 8, 2013 / 02:38 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Legislation that would prohibit abortion after 20 weeks of pregnancy, at which point science indicates that unborn babies are able to feel pain, has been presented in the U.S. Senate.“At twenty weeks, mothers are encouraged to speak and sing as the baby can recognize the voice of the mother,” said Senator Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.), who introduced the bill at a Nov. 7 press conference.“The question for the American … [Read more...]

Farm Bill should help the vulnerable, religious leaders urge

Washington D.C., Nov 8, 2013 / 12:06 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Catholics leaders in the U.S. asked members of Congress to place the needs of the poor at the center of their considerations as they craft the nation’s new Farm Bill.“Congress and the Administration face serious challenges in how best to craft our nation’s agriculture policies, especially in the broader context of the budget debates,” said a Nov. 1 letter written by several bishops and heads of Catholic … [Read more...]

Bl Junipero Serra biography ignores priest’s heroism, critic says

Denver, Colo., Nov 7, 2013 / 08:07 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- A new biography of Blessed Junipero Serra, the Franciscan priest who founded many Catholic missions in 18th century California, shows “incomprehension” of its subject and wrongly minimizes his heroism, one reviewer says. “A true image of the great missionary indeed it is, but it is an image cast in photographic negative,” Christopher O. Blum said of Cornell history professor Steven W. Hackel’s book … [Read more...]

Catholic scholars voice concern over Common Core curriculum

Washington D.C., Nov 7, 2013 / 05:56 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- More than 130 leading Catholic scholars have signed a letter to the U.S. bishops criticizing the Common Core State Standards for school curricula, warning that the core philosophy will “undermine Catholic education.”“We believe that implementing Common Core would be a grave disservice to Catholic education in America,” said the Oct. 16 letter, organized by Notre Dame Law School professor Gerard Bradley.The … [Read more...]

Catholic scholars voice concern over Common Core curriculum

Washington D.C., Nov 7, 2013 / 05:56 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- More than 130 leading Catholic scholars have signed a letter to the U.S. bishops criticizing the Common Core State Standards for school curricula, warning that the core philosophy will “undermine Catholic education.”“We believe that implementing Common Core would be a grave disservice to Catholic education in America,” said the Oct. 16 letter, organized by Notre Dame Law School professor Gerard Bradley.The … [Read more...]

Pope’s words should be read in context of the Church, scholar says

Denver, Colo., Nov 7, 2013 / 03:46 pm (CNA).- In a new column for CNA, a theology professor and author says that the Pope’s recent interviews need to be understood in light of his missionary vision for the Church rather than as individual declarations.“The key to interpreting Pope Francis’ statements properly is found in his vision for the Church,” Dr. Edward Sri, professor of scripture and theology at the Augustine Institute, said in his most recent column, … [Read more...]

Legion of Christ general counselor resigns

Rome, Italy, Nov 7, 2013 / 11:39 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Father Deomar De Guedes has resigned as a general counselor of the Legionaries of Christ, citing a lack of energy to confront the challenges of the position.Cardinal Velasio De Paolis, the pontifical delegate overseeing the reform of the order, accepted the resignation. The priest was one of six members of the Legion’s general council.The Legion’s acting general director, Fr. Sylvester Heereman, said he respects Fr. De … [Read more...]


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