Boy Scouts delay vote on end of gay membership ban

Washington D.C., Feb 7, 2013 / 12:03 am (CNA).- The Boy Scouts of America have announced that they will delay voting on the decision to reverse a ban on gay individual and troop leader participation within the organization until May. “After careful consideration and extensive dialogue within the Scouting family, along with comments from those outside the organization,” said Deron Smith, Director of Public Relations for the organization, “the volunteer officers of the Boy … [Read more...]

World’s bishops make progress in abuse response

Rome, Italy, Feb 6, 2013 / 05:02 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Father Robert Oliver, the Vatican's new person responsible for investigating cases of clerical sex abuse, says that over three-quarters of the world’s bishops conferences have developed guidelines for cases of alleged abuse. At the same time, Fr. Oliver recalled that Pope Benedict XVI asked “all institutions, without exception...to comply with standards in the protection of children and young people.” The project … [Read more...]

World’s bishops make progress in abuse response

Rome, Italy, Feb 6, 2013 / 05:02 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Father Robert Oliver, the Vatican's new person responsible for investigating cases of clerical sex abuse, says that over three-quarters of the world’s bishops conferences have developed guidelines for cases of alleged abuse. At the same time, Fr. Oliver recalled that Pope Benedict XVI asked “all institutions, without exception...to comply with standards in the protection of children and young people.” The project … [Read more...]

European People’s Party demands Cuba respect basic freedoms

Havana, Cuba, Feb 6, 2013 / 04:05 pm (CNA).- A major European political party has approved a series of resolutions calling on Cuba to end violations of basic rights such as conscience and political expression.The Christian Liberation Movement, a peaceful dissident group in Cuba, explained during its recent general assembly that the European People’s Party has issued a strong call to the Cuban regime to respect freedom of expression and association. The party also demanded the … [Read more...]

Magic of Catholic film classic returns in new remake

Denver, Colo., Feb 6, 2013 / 12:58 pm (CNA).- The magic of one of the most popular Spanish Catholic films of the 20th century has been resurrected in a Mexican remake that is now available to the English-speaking public.“Marcelino’s Miracle” is based on the successful classic film adaptation of the 1955 short story “Marcelino Pan y Vino” by Jose Maria Sanchez. The story tells the adventures of an orphaned boy who was abandoned as a baby by his mother at the … [Read more...]

UK bishops decry advancement of ‘gay marriage’ bill

London, England, Feb 6, 2013 / 11:57 am (CNA/EWTN News).- After a bill allowing same-sex “marriage” passed in the U.K.'s House of Commons, local Catholic bishops have warned that the legislation will have profoundly negative effects on society. “Marriage is rooted in the complementarity of man and woman. For these reasons the Church opposes the Government’s Bill to re-define marriage,” said Archbishop Peter D. Smith of Southwark Feb. 5. “Despite … [Read more...]

Reason and love are behind Creation, Pope proclaims

Vatican City, Feb 6, 2013 / 08:19 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Even with modern scientific advances, it is still right to speak of the beginning of life as “Creation” because the world’s origin is rational and motivated by love, Pope Benedict XVI said.In today’s “age of science and technology,” the Pope asked, does it make sense to still speak of creation as Scripture does?The Bible, he responded, “is not intended as a manual of the natural sciences; it … [Read more...]


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