Cardinals council zeroes-in on Vatican management, finances

Vatican City, Jul 3, 2014 / 12:01 am (CNA/EWTN News).- On the second of four days of meetings, the council of eight cardinals discussed the management of the Vatican State and of the Curia, including the so-called “Vatican Bank,” whose process of reform is ongoing. Pope Francis, along with Vatican Secretary of State Cardinal Pietro Parolin, is involved in the meetings with the group of cardinals who he selected last year to help in Church reform efforts. The Pope was present at … [Read more...]

Wave of religious freedom rulings follows Supreme Court decision

Washington D.C., Jul 2, 2014 / 08:22 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- In the days following a Supreme Court ruling upholding religious freedom in the workplace, several lower courts have issued decisions protecting religious liberty in similar circumstances. Several new injunctions issued since the Supreme Court’s ruling on Hobby Lobby’s case “show that the HHS Mandate is on its last legs when it comes to religious non-profits,” said Lori Windham, senior counsel at the Becket Fund … [Read more...]

Archbishop asks Okla. civic center to reconsider black mass

Oklahoma City, Okla., Jul 2, 2014 / 04:32 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Just a few months after a black mass reenactment was planned – and then canceled – at Harvard University, another has been scheduled to take place at the Oklahoma City Civic Center on September 21, prompting calls for organizers to reconsider. Archbishop Paul Coakley of Oklahoma City said in a statement that the archdiocese is “astonished and grieved that the Civic Center would promote as entertainment and sell … [Read more...]

DC cardinal recalls faith of early US Catholics

Washington D.C., Jul 2, 2014 / 04:03 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Celebrating the 75th anniversary of the Archdiocese of Washington, D.C., Cardinal Donald W. Wuerl exhorted the faithful to be “vigilant” in protecting their God-given religious liberty, invoking the faith of the first U.S. Catholics. As with the first Catholic settlers, the Holy Spirit is still at work today, the cardinal stated in his June 28th homily. “Even today in the context of a secular world, the quiet, soft … [Read more...]

Wis. diocese clarifies stance on baptizing same-sex couples’ babies

Madison, Wis., Jul 2, 2014 / 03:50 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- The Diocese of Madison, Wis. explained its response to same-sex couples who present children for baptism, welcoming sincere baptism requests but also warning of “speculative” or “scurrilous” news reports on the subject. In a June 27 statement, the diocese reproduced vicar general Monsignor James Bartylla's May 10 confidential e-mail to priests, which noted that each request for baptism for a child being raised … [Read more...]

Former sex slaves to take part in South Korea Mass with Pope

Seoul, South Korea, Jul 2, 2014 / 12:40 pm (CNA).- A group of South Korean women who were used as sex slaves by the Japanese army during World War II will attend an Aug. 18 Mass with Pope Francis when he visits the country. According to local media reports, the Archdiocese of Seoul announced on Monday that it had invited the women to take part in the ceremony with Pope Francis. The Mass will be held at the Cathedral of Myeongdong in Seoul. A personal meeting between the pontiff and the women, … [Read more...]

Religious leaders support law used in Hobby Lobby ruling

Washington D.C., Jul 2, 2014 / 04:14 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Religious leaders from several Christian churches and Jewish organizations have reaffirmed their “staunch support” for the federal religious freedom protections cited in the U.S. Supreme Court’s recent Hobby Lobby decision. “In the United States, freedom of religion has always included – and should always include – the right to live out one’s religion and act according to one’s conscience … [Read more...]