St. Norbert’s conversion and reforms remembered June 6

Denver, Colo., Jun 2, 2013 / 06:02 am (CNA/EWTN News).- On June 6 the Catholic Church honors Saint Norbert of Xanten – who started out as a frivolous and worldly cleric, but was changed by God’s grace into a powerful preacher and an important reformer of the Church during the early 12th century.He is the founder of the Norbertine order. Born around the year 1080 in the German town of Xanten, Norbert belonged to a high-ranking family with ties to the imperial court. As a young … [Read more...]

Political scholar says religious freedom unites society

Washington D.C., Jun 1, 2013 / 04:12 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Through respect and healthy debate, society can find a balance in respecting the rule of law while accommodating the religious beliefs of different groups, said political scientist William Galston.“Religious liberty belongs to no party, no ideology, no creed: it is our common property and our shared inheritance,” he explained in a May 30 address.Galston gave the speech upon being honored at the National Religious Freedom … [Read more...]

Bishops’ Adviser on Sexual Abuse: ‘How Do We Get Children Safer?’

Birmingham, Ala., Jun 1, 2013 / 01:06 pm (National Catholic Register).- Al Notzon III is the chairman of the National Review Board that advises the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops on the implementation of the Charter for the Protection of Children and Young People, guidelines and procedures established by the USCCB in June 2002 for addressing allegations of sexual abuse of minors by Catholic clergy.The function of the board is to collaborate with the bishops’ conference “in … [Read more...]

Vatican conference to reveal harm of prescription drugs for children

Vatican City, Jun 1, 2013 / 11:27 am (CNA/EWTN News).- An upcoming conference at the Vatican will examine the harmful effects of using prescription drugs rather than therapy to treat emotional disorders and mental illnesses in children and expectant mothers.“We want this conference to show a scholarly perspective and then we also want to disseminate our information to a wider audience with the Vatican’s help,” a psychologist who has helped organize the conference, Barry … [Read more...]

Pro-lifers pray after death of Canadian abortion crusader

Ottawa, Canada, Jun 1, 2013 / 06:04 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Pro-life leaders in Canada reacted with sadness and prayers to the death of Henry Morgentaler, regretting his leading role in legalizing abortion across the nation and the tens of thousands of abortions he performed. “As an organization supporting the protection of all human life from conception to natural death, we have always been opposed to Canada’s unrestricted access to legal abortion of which Henry Morgentaler, through … [Read more...]

Religious freedom leader says threats in US are real

Washington D.C., May 31, 2013 / 04:42 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- The head of a federal commission that promotes religious liberty warned that while threats to religious freedom in the U.S. are not violent, they still pose a serious ‘moral test’ for the country.“There is no doubt that religious freedom faces extraordinary and novel challenges that grow out of increasing and aggressive secularism, coupled with fundamental redefinitions of core social institutions,” said Dr. … [Read more...]

Bishops denounce attacks in Central African Republic

Madrid, Spain, May 31, 2013 / 04:04 pm (CNA).- A bishop in the Central African Republic is denouncing the plundering and profanations of Church missions in the country, as well as the sexual assaults carried out by Islamists in the rebel militia Seleka.“They have burned down the pediatric hospital, the internet center and the pharmacy. Outside of Bangassou there have been summary executions of adults and children,” said Bishop Juan Jose Aguirre of Bangassou.“Women are … [Read more...]