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...]

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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...]

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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...]

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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...]

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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...]

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New Oakland bishop looks to Pope Francis’ example

Oakland, Calif., May 31, 2013 / 03:51 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Bishop Michael C. Barber, S.J., was ordained and installed as Bishop of Oakland on May 25, promising to follow Pope Francis' emphasis on caring the poor and the suffering. “I would like to do for Oakland what Pope Francis is doing for the whole Church,” Bishop Barber said in his remarks at the end of Mass at the Cathedral of Christ the Light. “My vision is this: the priests take care of the people. The bishop … [Read more...]

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Pope closes Mary’s month reflecting on her spiritual attitude

Vatican City, May 31, 2013 / 01:10 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- After a Rosary in St. Peter’s Square to mark the end of May, Pope Francis asked people to “listen, decide, and take action” like Mary did. “Listen to everyday reality, to people, to the facts because the Lord is at our door and knocks in many ways, he places signs in our path; he give us the ability to see them,” the Pope said in front of thousands of pilgrims, following the 8:00 p.m. Rosary. He spoke … [Read more...]

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