Vatican official rejects claims that he endorsed same-sex unions

Vatican City, Feb 7, 2013 / 12:01 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Archbishop Vincenzo Paglia, president of the Pontifical Council for the Family, denounced media assertions that his recent comments show Vatican support for homosexual unions.The archbishop said he was “very surprised” by reports claiming that some of his recent statements signaled an “openness” on the part of the Church to same-sex unions.On Feb. 6, Vatican Radio asked Archbishop Paglia about his statements in … [Read more...]

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Pope stresses Church’s hope in young people

Vatican City, Feb 7, 2013 / 09:38 am (CNA/EWTN News).- “The Church has confidence in the young” and needs their lively participation, Pope Benedict XVI insisted, while also underscoring the threat of youth being pushed to the margins of society by unemployment and the crisis in education."Although we are aware of the many problematic situations … we wish to renew our faith in the young and reaffirm that the Church looks to their condition and their cultures as an … [Read more...]

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Theologian calls beauty ‘starting point’ for faith

Denver, Colo., Feb 7, 2013 / 04:03 am (CNA).- Prominent theologian Dr. Michael Waldstein said that despite the modern world's dismissal of the connection between goodness and truth, the beauty of the natural world and human relationships can lead to faith in God.“Natural beauty and human love are an important starting point. If you take true beauty seriously, you are a far way toward being open to an even greater love,” Waldstein told CNA on Jan. 31.A professor of theology … [Read more...]

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Conference aims to impart riches of classical education

Ventura, Calif., Feb 7, 2013 / 02:03 am (CNA).- The Institute for Catholic Liberal Education will host its first national conference to help educators to implement a classical and Catholic liberal arts education at their schools. “The success of this model has captured the attention of bishops, superintendents, administrators, teachers, and parents,” said Dr. Andrew Seeley, the Institute's director. “As the movement spreads, classical Catholic educators are seeking … [Read more...]

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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...]

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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...]

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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...]

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