For German bishops mercy comes at a price, critics charge

Berlin, Germany, Nov 6, 2014 / 02:04 am (CNA/EWTN News).- As Cardinal Walter Kasper prepares to receive an award and give a speech at The Catholic University of America later today, a storm is brewing. Critics point out that while Cardinal Kasper and most of his fellow German bishops have been leading the charge to allow those in “irregular” marital situations – those who are divorced and remarried – to receive Communion, they have simultaneously denied the sacraments, … [Read more...]

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UK push to ban gender-based abortions hailed as pro-woman

Washington D.C., Nov 6, 2014 / 12:02 am (CNA/EWTN News).- The British Parliament's move to ban sex-selective abortion is a move to defend women's rights – including the right to be born – say supporters of the legislation. “Sex-selective abortion is violent discrimination against females,” Reggie Littlejohn, president of Women's Rights Without Frontiers, told CNA Nov. 5.   “The message of sex-selection abortion is that girls do not deserve to … [Read more...]

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Did an out-of-touch abortion stance cause Democrats to lose the Senate?

Washington D.C., Nov 5, 2014 / 08:08 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- In the wake of momentous losses for U.S. Democrats on Tuesday, one group said the party’s abortion stance may be isolating voters and hindering candidates on both sides of the issue. “It was a rough election cycle for pro-life Democrats, largely due to our own party position on abortion,” Democrats for Life executive director Kristen Day told CNA. “In pro-life states and districts, Democrats, and particularly … [Read more...]

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Pain and growth as Archdiocese of New York reorganizes

New York City, N.Y., Nov 5, 2014 / 03:38 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- The parishioners at Holy Innocents were relieved to hear the news. Their parish, the last to offer Latin Mass on a daily basis in New York City, will remain open following concerns that it might be closed in a recent parish consolidation initiative, Making All Things New. After years of assessment, final decisions regarding parish closures, mergers and reorganization were announced Sunday. Overall, 112 parishes will be merged to … [Read more...]

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New norms encourage bishops in difficult situations to resign

Vatican City, Nov 5, 2014 / 02:41 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- The appreciation shown to bishops who choose to offer their resignation before the age of 75 because of illness “or other serious reasons” is the most important point in a Vatican document which went into effect on Wednesday. Made public and going into effect Nov. 5, the ‘rescriptum ex audientia’ follows a Nov. 3 papal audience held with Cardinal Pietro Parolin, Vatican Secretary of State. The papal rescript … [Read more...]

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At the heart of the annulment process: Justice, salvation of souls, Pope says

Vatican City, Nov 5, 2014 / 12:07 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Francis gave a brief address to canonists on Wednesday, discussing the grave importance of justice in the process of marriage annulment, and the salvation of souls above all – which is always found in justice. “In the Extraordinary Synod there was talk about procedures, processes, and there was a preoccupation with streamlining the procedures, in the interest of justice,” the Roman Pontiff said Nov. 5 in the … [Read more...]

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Assisted suicide only serves to abandon, Vatican says of Maynard’s death

Vatican City, Nov 5, 2014 / 11:48 am (CNA/EWTN News).- In comments about Brittany Maynard, the terminally ill cancer patient who took her own life, one Vatican official clarified that while we cannot judge a person, we can judge actions themselves as right or wrong. Spanish Bishop Ignacio Carrasco de Paula, president of the Pontifical Academy for Life at the Vatican, explained to ANSA news agency, “We don't judge people, but the gesture in itself is to be condemned. What happened in … [Read more...]

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