Scottish adoption agency celebrates despite closure threat

Glasgow, Scotland, Jun 12, 2013 / 04:17 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Friends of the St. Margaret’s Children and Family Care Society gathered at Glasgow’s cathedral on June 9 to commemorate its years of service and to support the society’s adoption agency against the threat of forced closure.Ronnie Convery, director of communications for the Archdiocese of Glasgow, Scotland, said there was “a mood of celebration” at the annual Mass and reception at St. Andrew’s … [Read more...]

Opponents charge Calif. abuse bill targets Catholic schools

Los Angeles, Calif., Jun 12, 2013 / 02:02 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Critics say a proposed Calif. bill lifting the statute of limitations on some child sex abuse lawsuits threatens the Catholic Church and its schools, failing to allow suits for similar abuse in public schools. “The bill itself is just unfair on its face,” Kevin Eckery, a spokesman for the California Catholic Conference, told CNA June 11. “Legislation is supposed to protect victims. The only thing (this bill) … [Read more...]

Bishop laments student’s nude protest as intolerant

Pittsburgh, Pa., Jun 12, 2013 / 12:01 am (CNA).- Bishop David A. Zubik of Pittsburgh voiced dismay over the lack of respect shown to religious beliefs when a local college student publicly dressed up as a Pope, though nude from the waist-down. On April 18, Katherine O'Connor – a student at Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh – participated in a campus parade, passing out condoms while dressed from the waist-up as a pontiff, but otherwise naked. She has since been … [Read more...]

IRS scandals raise doubts over HHS mandate judgment

Washington D.C., Jun 11, 2013 / 05:34 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- The targeting of conservative, pro-life and religious non-profits by the Internal Revenue Service is drawing concern over the agency’s authority to decide exemptions to the HHS mandate.“The HHS mandate hinges on what constitutes a religious entity,” said Ashley McGuire, a senior fellow at the Catholic Association and editor of AltCatholicah, a Catholic women’s web magazine.McGuire explained to CNA during a … [Read more...]

Mexican cardinal: spread peace, not violence

Mexico City, Mexico, Jun 11, 2013 / 04:30 pm (CNA).- Cardinal Norberto R. Carrera said the family should become the nucleus of a society that spreads concord and not hostility, while speaking at a voluntary disarmament campaign in Mexico City. “Society always needs public forces to prevent violence, but preventative actions such as voluntary disarmament are more important,” the cardinal Archbishop of Mexico stated. The campaign allowed citizens to exchange weapons in their … [Read more...]

Critics decry decision to remove age limits for Plan B

Washington D.C., Jun 11, 2013 / 02:07 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Citing the health and wellbeing of young girls, critics slammed the Obama administration’s decision to allow children of any age to purchase “emergency contraception” over-the-counter.“Irresponsibly removing the important opportunity for a health-care provider to identify and intervene in cases of abuse, and giving a potentially life-ending drug to young girls without any understanding of the medical … [Read more...]

Pope calls for ‘culture of encounter’ towards disabled

Vatican City, Jun 11, 2013 / 12:08 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Highlighting the spiritual gift of faith seen in Jesus’ healing of the blind, Pope Francis encouraged an ‘active participation’ of the disabled in society.“The Gospels tell us that Jesus had a particular care for the blind,” the Pope said on June 11. “Besides other sick persons, He healed many blind persons. But the healing of a visually impaired person has special symbolic meaning: it represents the … [Read more...]