DC archdiocese’s paper hammers Sebelius appearance at Georgetown

Washington D.C., May 15, 2012 / 12:32 am (CNA).- The Archdiocese of Washington’s newspaper has said that HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius’ appearance as a featured speaker at a Georgetown University awards ceremony is a sign that the prestigious Jesuit school is not standing with the Catholic bishops in defense of religious freedom.“One can only wonder how the selection of Secretary Sebelius for such a prominent role as a featured speaker can be reconciled with the stated Catholic mission and iden … [Read more...]

Ariz. governor praised for signing religious freedom bill

Phoenix, Ariz., May 14, 2012 / 06:07 pm (CNA).- Governor Jan Brewer drew praise for signing a measure into law that allows employers in Arizona to opt out of contraception and abortifacient coverage. “We're absolutely thrilled that Gov. Brewer signed this important religious liberty legislation after many years of battling over this issue in Arizona and now across the country,” Ron Johnson, executive director of the Arizona Catholic Conference, told CNA. Although the bill will not trump federal … [Read more...]

Lawyer says Pontifical University can’t control who represents Church

Lima, Peru, May 14, 2012 / 04:01 pm (CNA).- The attorney for the Archdiocese of Lima, Natale Amprimo, said Peru's Pontifical Catholic University has no right to tell the Vatican it must replace Cardinal Juan Luis Cipriani as the negotiator between the Church hierarchy and university officials, as rector Marcial Rubio is requesting. As controversy continues over the university's refusal to follow Vatican directives, Rubio sent a letter on May 9 to the Vatican Secretary of State, Cardinal Tarcisio … [Read more...]

US clinches World Cup for seminarians

Rome, Italy, May 14, 2012 / 01:16 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Seminarians from the Pontifical North American College in Rome have won the clerical equivalent of soccer’s World Cup for the first time ever. “We are very happy. We did everything we could, and by the grace of God we got to this final game and we were able to play well,” said seminarian and team captain Nick Nelson in a May 12 interview with CNA, just moments after lifting the 2012 Clericus Cup. The U.S. team beat the undefeated (3-0) P … [Read more...]

Leaked SSPX letters reveal internal discord over Vatican negotiations

Rome, Italy, May 14, 2012 / 12:03 pm (CNA).- Recently leaked documents reveal the correspondence between four bishops of the Society of St. Pius X, which show disagreement over reconciliation efforts with the Vatican.  The breakaway society gave its assent on April 13 to a statement of doctrinal belief presented to it by the Holy See but with some suggested amendments to the text. It will now be for Pope Benedict XVI to decide whether the traditionalist group's response is sufficient to … [Read more...]

New bishop appointed to lead troubled Toowoomba diocese

Vatican City, May 14, 2012 / 11:21 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Benedict XVI has named Monsignor Robert McGuckin to lead the Diocese of Toowoomba, Australia – one year after the previous bishop was removed for dissenting from Catholic teaching and practice. “I’m honored and humbled to be appointed by Pope Benedict XVI as Bishop of Toowoomba,” said Msgr. McGuckin, who is presently the vicar general of the Parramatta diocese. “I would hope to build upon the good work of my predecessors and look f … [Read more...]

Youth turnout for Rome’s first-ever March for Life

Rome, Italy, May 13, 2012 / 06:19 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Nearly 7,000 pro-life advocates marched from Rome's Colosseum to St. Peter's Square on Sunday for the city's inaugural March for Life."We've never seen anything like this in Rome, capital of Christianity, city of the Pope, city to which all Catholics in the world look," march co-organizer Juan Miguel Montes said of the event.American Cardinal Raymond L. Burke led a group of priests in the march. He said it brought back memories for him of … [Read more...]