Pro-marriage culture reduces inequality, professor says

New Orleans, La., Jun 18, 2014 / 04:00 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Church support for marriage among poor and middle class Americans can play a key role in combating income inequality and providing a good environment for children, a sociologist told the U.S. bishops. “If you care about bridging the marriage divide, you should care about economic justice, cultural change, and the renewal of civil society,” Professor W. Bradford Wilcox, a University of Virginia sociology professor, told … [Read more...]

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Attorney: courts overturning marriage laws use ‘raw judicial power’

Denver, Colo., Jun 18, 2014 / 02:04 am (CNA).- The judiciary would be exercising “raw judicial power” were it to overturn Colorado’s traditional marriage amendment, an attorney at a religious liberty advocacy firm said Monday. The court at Adams County District Courthouse in Brighton heard oral arguments in Brinkman et al. v. State of Colorado June 17 – a suit against the state's marriage amendment. “If this judge were to come to a conclusion other than to … [Read more...]

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Supreme Court okays pro-life challenge to Ohio election speech law

Washington D.C., Jun 18, 2014 / 12:03 am (CNA/EWTN News).- The Supreme Court unanimously ruled Monday that the Susan B. Anthony List has standing to challenge an Ohio law allowing a state agency to bar the group from putting up billboards saying a political candidate supported abortion funding. “We are optimistic that the district court will rule quickly and will side with the First Amendment, so that we may proceed in Ohio – without fear of prosecution – with our ongoing … [Read more...]

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New USCCB social development director aims to fight poverty

Colorado Springs, Colo., Jun 17, 2014 / 07:53 pm (CNA).- The U.S. bishops have named Mark Rohlena, head of Catholic Charities of Central Colorado, to direct the Office of Domestic Social Development for the U.S. bishops’ conference. “Mark Rohlena has a proven track record as a leader and manager in putting the Church’s social teaching into action,” Monsignor Ronny Jenkins, general secretary of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, said June 17. “Mark has a … [Read more...]

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EWTN to appeal after ‘troubling’ HHS mandate ruling

Irondale, Ala., Jun 17, 2014 / 05:36 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- The EWTN Global Catholic Network has announced that it will appeal a June 17 ruling that would require it to facilitate products and procedures that go against Church teaching. “We have no other option but to continue our legal challenge of the mandate,” said Michael P. Warsaw, chairman and CEO of EWTN. “We are making an immediate appeal to the Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals in Atlanta.” U.S. District … [Read more...]

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Gates abortion funding drop met with praise, caution

Washington D.C., Jun 17, 2014 / 05:20 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Although Melinda Gates' recent announcement that her charitable group will axe abortion funding has drawn praise, concern remains over money being funneled into projects that undermine human dignity. In a June 2 blog post, Melinda, wife of billionaire and Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates, announced that she and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation “has decided not to fund abortion,” citing concerns that the contention … [Read more...]

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Christians, Shias face uncertain future in face of Iraqi violence

Baghdad, Iraq, Jun 17, 2014 / 05:02 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- In the midst of advances by Sunni insurgents, Iraq’s remaining Christian community  and the country’s majority- Shia population face threats to their future, and continued violence. In response to the developing situation, the United States is deploying 275 troops to protect its embassy in Baghdad and its citizens in the country, and is also removing a portion of its diplomatic presence. Members of the Islamic State … [Read more...]

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