Costa Rican bishops slam sex-ed curriculum as propaganda

San José, Costa Rica, Aug 31, 2012 / 12:05 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- The bishops of Costa Rica have sharply criticized a sex-education curriculum recently approved by the government for promoting a “hedonistic” and ideological view of sexuality. In an Aug. 27 statement, the bishops said the material's “insistence” on neutralizing gender and pushing “sexual diversity” is “so repetitive's more about propaganda than education.” They … [Read more...]

University rejects misconduct charge against gay parenting researcher

Austin, Texas, Aug 31, 2012 / 04:07 am (CNA/EWTN News).- An official inquiry at the University of Texas at Austin has rejected charges of scientific misconduct which a homosexual activist leveled against sociology professor Mark Regnerus after he published a study that found negative life outcomes among children of parents who had had same-sex relationships.Robert A. Peterson, the university’s research integrity officer, said he “carefully reviewed” all available data, … [Read more...]

Former Vatican diplomat predicts Catholic swing toward GOP

Tampa, Fla., Aug 31, 2012 / 01:54 am (CNA).- Jim Nicholson, former U.S. Ambassador to the Holy See, thinks that the Catholic vote remains an important force in modern politics and that more Catholics than in the past will vote for Romney and the Republican Party in the upcoming election.“The Catholic vote is very relevant,” Nicholson told CNA on Aug. 29, “because there is a large number of Catholics” in the United States. The country currently has 55.6 million voting … [Read more...]

Pope’s student circle examines dialogue with Anglicans, Lutherans

Castel Gandolfo, Italy, Aug 31, 2012 / 12:01 am (CNA/EWTN News).- The annual gathering of Pope Benedict’s former students has begun at the papal summer residence of Castel Gandolfo and is examining the ecumenical dialogue the Catholic Church has with Lutherans and Anglicans.“The fact that the Holy Father has chosen this theme for the meeting this year is a sign that the ecumenical question is of primary importance for him,” said participant Cardinal Christoph Schönborn … [Read more...]

Mexican bishop says indifference to Christ is impossible

Mexico City, Mexico, Aug 30, 2012 / 04:03 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Bishop Pedro Pablo Elizondo of Cancun-Chetumal, Mexico called on all Catholics to make a radical choice for Christ, stressing that being mediocre or indifferent to the faith is not an option. In an Aug. 27 column posted on the Mexican bishops' website, Bishop Elizondo reflected on the Eucharistic discourse by Jesus in the sixth chapter of the Gospel of John, and the response by the crowd who found his statements to be … [Read more...]

At convention, Ryan urges economic changes to decrease poverty

Tampa, Fla., Aug 30, 2012 / 12:55 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- In an Aug. 29 speech at the Republican National Convention, Congressman Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) called for fiscal responsibility as a key part of a moral response to the needs of the poor and unemployed.Ryan -- who is Catholic -- outlined obligations that constitute "the moral creed of our country, as powerful in our time, as on the day of America's founding.""We have responsibilities, one to another – we do not … [Read more...]

Police recover stolen relic of Blessed John Paul II

Rome, Italy, Aug 30, 2012 / 12:01 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Police quickly recovered a vile of Blessed John Paul II's blood, which was stolen on Aug. 28 in the city of Marina di Cerveteri while being taken by train to a shrine in northern Italy.     The priest assigned with transferring the relic told officials he was distracted on the train by three men who asked him for directions and then disembarked several stops ahead him. Upon leaving the train, he realized his backpack had … [Read more...]