Mary’s life reminds us to trust God’s plan, Pope says

Vatican City, Jun 1, 2012 / 11:20 am (CNA).- The Virgin Mary’s docility to the will of God should remind everybody that the Lord has a plan for each of us, Pope Benedict XVI said at the conclusion of a Rosary vigil to mark the end of May. “The Magnificat is the hymn of praise that rises from humanity redeemed by divine mercy, rises from all the people of God; at the same time it is a hymn which denounces the illusion of those who believe they are lords of history, arbiters of their destiny,” he s … [Read more...]

LCWR accuses Vatican investigation of using ‘flawed process’

Washington D.C., Jun 1, 2012 / 09:42 am (CNA/EWTN News).- The national board of the Leadership Conference of Women Religious is arguing that the Vatican’s recent assessment of the organization was “based on unsubstantiated accusations and the result of a flawed process that lacked transparency.”Board members also said in a June 1 statement that “the sanctions imposed were disproportionate to the concerns raised” and might compromise the sisters’ “ability to fulfill their mission.”The statement ca … [Read more...]

Denver archbishop: HHS mandate an attempt to remove religion from society

Denver, Colo., Jun 1, 2012 / 04:02 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Denver's newly-appointed archbishop says the federal contraception mandate is the result of a larger push to remove religion from the public sphere. “Essentially what people are saying to us is, 'We want you to pretend you're agnostic or atheist like us, and that is the way society should be,'” Archbishop Samuel J. Aquila explained to CNA on May 28, as he assessed the thinking that made the mandate possible. “Today what is happening is that … [Read more...]

Wash. diocese reaches sex abuse agreement to save parishes

Spokane, Wash., Jun 1, 2012 / 02:04 am (CNA).- The Diocese of Spokane, Wash. has reached a mediation agreement in a sex abuse suit that will save parishes from foreclosure, reduce the diocese's legal fees and compensate victims, Bishop Blase J. Cupich announced. “This is an important and significant turning point in a very sad chapter of our diocesan history,” Bishop Cupich said in a May 27 letter to the diocese’s parishioners. “We can never forget the harm done to children, who deserved better … [Read more...]

Sex-selection abortion ban draws majority support but fails in House

Washington D.C., Jun 1, 2012 / 12:03 am (CNA).- Despite gaining the support of more than half of the U.S. House of Representatives, a bill to prohibit abortions based on the sex of the unborn child was defeated on May 31. “Sex-selection is violence against women, and it is the truest kind of war against women,” said Rep. Trent Franks on May 30, one day before the vote took place. Franks, who had introduced the bill, said that it is an act of “extreme violence” to have an abortion solely “based on … [Read more...]

Family groups say anti-DOMA decision threatens marriage

Washington D.C., May 31, 2012 / 05:00 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- The legal definition of marriage nationwide is at risk because of a federal appeals court decision that declared part of the Defense of Marriage Act unconstitutional for restricting federal benefits to married opposite-sex couples, pro-family leaders say.Brian Brown, president of the National Organization for Marriage, asserted May 31 that the judges realized that legal precedent does not allow them to redefine marriage “so they are m … [Read more...]

Huge expectations in Latin America over ‘For Greater Glory’ opening

Lima, Peru, May 31, 2012 / 04:06 pm (CNA).- Latin Americans are greatly anticipating the release of “For Greater Glory” on June 1 in the U.S., as weekend box office numbers could determine its distribution in Central and South America. The movie tells the story of the Cristero War in Mexico during the religious persecution carried out by President Plutarco Elias Calles against the Catholic Church in the 1920s. It stars Andy Garcia, Eva Longoria, Peter O’Toole, Panamanian singer Ruben Blades and M … [Read more...]