Archbishop Sheen decree a ‘great day’ for US Catholics

Peoria, Ill., Jun 29, 2012 / 12:04 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Bishop Daniel R. Jenky of Peoria says the declaration of Archbishop Fulton Sheen as “venerable” is wonderful news for both the diocese and the Catholic Church in America. On June 28 the Pope Benedict XVI authorized the decree recognizing the heroic virtues of the much loved U.S. archbishop, author and television evangelist. The move brings Sheen closer to sainthood. “Fulton Sheen's zeal, wisdom, and holiness … [Read more...]

US bishops urge Congress to ‘fix’ problems in health care law

Washington D.C., Jun 28, 2012 / 05:03 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops has renewed its call for Congress to correct problems within the 2010 health care law, now that the legislation has been upheld by the nation’s highest court. The conference said that it did not join in “efforts to repeal the law in its entirety” after it was passed in 2010 and added that “we do not do so today.” However, it argued, the Affordable Care Act … [Read more...]

Court ruling allows religious freedom lawsuits to proceed with hope

Washington D.C., Jun 28, 2012 / 02:07 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- In the wake of the Supreme Court’s decision to uphold the 2010 health care law, a leading religious freedom law firm has new confidence in the future of its lawsuits against the federal contraception mandate. Hannah Smith, senior counsel at The Becket Fund for Religious Liberty, explained that the arguments against the law that were recently rejected by the court are “separate and distinct legal challenges” from … [Read more...]

Archbishop urges honesty among Argentina’s leaders

Buenos Aires, Argentina, Jun 28, 2012 / 12:08 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Archbishop Hector Aguer of La Plata, Argentina warned that society is gravely harmed when those in positions of authority engage in lying. “St. Thomas Aquinas taught that people could not live together without mutual trust and without living in the truth,” Archbishop Aguer said in his program Keys to a Better World.   “In other words, lying, when done on a massive scale and when done by somebody in a … [Read more...]

Supreme Court upholds health care law, individual mandate

Washington D.C., Jun 28, 2012 / 09:03 am (CNA/EWTN News).- The U.S. Supreme Court has upheld the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, drawing cries of disappointment and concern from pro-life and religious freedom advocates nationwide. Christen Varley, executive director of Conscience Cause, a nonpartisan advocacy organization that works to secure and defend religious freedom, said that she was “extremely disappointed” with the decision. “The first line of the … [Read more...]

Catholic Voices equips laity to speak up in public debate

Washington D.C., Jun 28, 2012 / 04:03 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Amid misrepresentations in the media and public square, a newly-formed U.S. lay Catholic group is working to communicate the Church's message in a way that is clear, positive and captivating. “I think the role of the laity is to be engaged and knowledgeable and to show others the joyful, life-affirming nature of what the Church teaches,” said Kim Daniels, coordinator of Catholic Voices USA. Daniels told CNA on June … [Read more...]

Father of forcibly aborted Chinese baby reported missing

Washington D.C., Jun 28, 2012 / 01:01 am (CNA/EWTN News).- The father of a Chinese baby that was forcibly aborted has reportedly disappeared, while his wife is being held in the hospital and intimidated by the local government, family members say. “It appears that the government’s previous apology and the suspension of three officials may have been insincere,” warned Reggie Littlejohn, founder of Women’s Rights Without Frontiers, an international organization that … [Read more...]