Church of England allows gay men to become bishops

London, England, Jan 4, 2013 / 06:05 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- The Church of England has decided to permit gay male clergy in civil partnerships to become bishops, provided that they promise to be celibate. “The House (of Bishops) believed it would be unjust to exclude from consideration for the episcopate anyone seeking to live fully in conformity with the Church's teaching on sexual ethics or other areas of personal life and discipline,” Graham James, Anglican bishop of Norwich, … [Read more...]

Notre Dame mandate lawsuit dismissed as premature

Washington D.C., Jan 4, 2013 / 05:02 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- A lawsuit filed by the University of Notre Dame to challenge the federal contraception mandate has been rejected as premature due to the government's promise to amend the regulation. “Notre Dame's claims aren't ripe, and they don’t have standing to bring them,” ruled district judge Robert L. Miller, Jr., on Dec. 31. Pointing to the government's promise to change the mandate for objecting religious … [Read more...]

Breakaway bishop: Jews, Masons, and Modernists are ‘enemies of the Church’

New Hamburg, Canada, Jan 4, 2013 / 04:37 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Bishop Bernard Fellay, the head of the traditionalist Society of St. Pius X, mentioned Jews as “enemies of the Church” in a recent address reviewing the situation of the group as it considered full communion with Rome this past year.“Who, during that time, was the most opposed that the Church would recognize the Society? The enemies of the Church. The Jews, the Masons, the Modernists,” Bishop Fellay, … [Read more...]

Bishop Fellay: Jews, Masons, and Modernists are ‘enemies of the Church’

New Hamburg, Canada, Jan 4, 2013 / 04:37 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Bishop Bernard Fellay, the head of the traditionalist Society of St. Pius X, mentioned Jews as “enemies of the Church” in a recent address reviewing the situation of the group as it considered full communion with Rome this past year.“Who, during that time, was the most opposed that the Church would recognize the Society? The enemies of the Church. The Jews, the Masons, the Modernists,” Bishop Fellay, … [Read more...]

Catholic churches set ablaze in Austria and France

Vienna, Austria, Jan 4, 2013 / 02:08 pm (CNA).- Several Catholic churches in Europe were reportedly set on fire in the days before Christmas, raising concerns of vandalism motivated by an opposition to Christianity.   The Observatory on the Intolerance and Discrimination against Christians in Europe reported that three churches were burned in Austria on Dec. 23, while a Nativity scene was burned at a church in France on December 18.   In the small Austrian town of Amstetten, three … [Read more...]

Archbishop urges Christian hope for a better Argentina

Buenos Aires, Argentina, Jan 4, 2013 / 12:09 pm (CNA).- An Argentinean archbishop invited the people of his country to cultivate an authentic Christian hope in order to face the daily trials of life and work for a better country.Christian hope can strengthen the people of Argentina to confront “the concrete difficulties of temporal life with a different frame of mind, a different spirit,” said Archbishop Hector Aguer of La Plata.During a Dec. 29 program entitled “Keys to … [Read more...]

White House petitioned to label Catholic Church a ‘hate group’

Washington D.C., Jan 4, 2013 / 04:09 am (CNA/EWTN News).- An online petition asking the White House to designate the Catholic Church as a “hate group” for its views on marriage is drawing criticism for generating unjust animosity. The petition reveals an “underlying agenda,” which is not simply to prevent violent crimes, but to “stigmatize any disapproval of homosexuality at all and essentially to silence us,” said Peter Sprigg, senior fellow for policy … [Read more...]


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