Obama’s Planned Parenthood claims rejected by former employee

Washington D.C., May 1, 2013 / 04:05 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Although President Barack Obama told a Planned Parenthood conference last week that abortion opponents are stuck in the past, former clinic manager Abby Johnson says the youth of the pro-life movement suggests otherwise.“We’ve seen the pro-life movement gaining. We see the abortion movement declining,” Johnson told CNA April 30.She suggested that the president may not know those who are in the pro-life … [Read more...]

Critics say Calif. infertility bill violates children’s rights

Sacramento, Calif., May 1, 2013 / 02:07 am (CNA/EWTN News).- A California bill ensuring that health care coverage for infertility treatments would be provided to same-sex couples is a violation of the basic human right for a mother and a father, critics charge. “What we're concerned about is sperm and egg donation in general, for the purpose of creating children,” Bill May, president of Catholics for the Common Good, told CNA April 30. He said the practice deprives these … [Read more...]

Newark archdiocese says media ‘mischaracterizing’ accused priest

Newark, N.J., May 1, 2013 / 12:05 am (CNA).- The Archdiocese of Newark asserts that a local publication is inaccurately portraying the continued ministry of a priest who was accused of abusing a minor. On April 28, New Jersey newspaper The Star-Ledger published a story saying that the Newark archdiocese is allowing Father Michael Fugee, who was accused of sexual abuse of a teenage boy in 2001, to continue working with children. The archdiocesan communications director, James Goodness, told … [Read more...]

Morning-after pill to be made available over the counter

Washington D.C., Apr 30, 2013 / 04:44 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- On April 30, the Food and Drug Administration approved over the counter sale of the morning-after pill Plan B One-Step to “women 15 years of age and older.”Plan B One-Step is the name of the drug, made exclusively by Teva Women's Health, Inc., which acts as an emergency contraceptive which reduces the possibility of pregnancy when taken up to three days after sexual intercourse. It is taken as a single-dose 1.5 mg … [Read more...]

US bishops name religious freedom advocate as president’s spokeswoman

Washington D.C., Apr 30, 2013 / 04:22 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops has hired religious liberty attorney and mother of six Kim Daniels as spokesperson for conference president Cardinal Timothy M. Dolan.The bishops’ conference said April 29 that it “welcomes” Daniels, who brings with her experience as director of Catholic Voices USA, a lay Catholic organization that “works to bring the positive message of the Church across a broad range of … [Read more...]

Murdered Guatemalan bishop remembered for peace efforts

Guatemala City, Guatemala, Apr 30, 2013 / 01:12 pm (CNA).- During a Mass to commemorate the 15th anniversary of Bishop Juan Jose Gerardi’s death, Archbishop Oscar Julio Vian of Guatemala City recalled the late bishop as a “martyr of peace.”The Mass was celebrated upon conclusion of a document about the violence caused by the Guatemalan civil war from 1960-1996. Numerous bishops and priests from the country concelebrated.“He fought to build a more just and … [Read more...]

Retired Illinois bishop dies after 70 years of priesthood

Rockford, Ill., Apr 30, 2013 / 11:03 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Bishop emeritus Arthur J. O'Neill of Rockford, Ill., died at his residence on April 27. The 95-year-old had recently celebrated the 70th anniversary of his priestly ordination.The faithful will be able to visit Bishop O'Neill's body on May 2 from 4-8 p.m. at the Cathedral of St. Peter in Rockford, and the Office of the Dead will be prayed there at 7:30.Bishop O'Neill's funeral Mass will be said the following day, … [Read more...]