Franciscan University defends deviance course against critics

Steubenville, Ohio, Sep 12, 2012 / 02:02 am (CNA/EWTN News).- A Franciscan University of Steubenville course description that lists homosexuality as deviant behavior has drawn critical attention from the only social work accreditation council in the U.S. Franciscan University said its “Deviant Behavior” social work class – which takes its description from a standard public university textbook – is intended to “help students learn how to better serve and assist … [Read more...]

Young actor says new movie will inspire religious freedom

Phoenix, Ariz., Sep 12, 2012 / 12:03 am (CNA).- The new movie “Last Ounce of Courage” is a statement calling on people to “stand up for their rights and defend their religious freedom,” says a young Catholic actor with a large role in the film. Hunter Gomez, a 21-year-old actor from Arizona, said the family film is about faith and urges Americans to not “be complacent anymore,” he told CNA Sept. 11. Gomez plays the role of Christian Revere, grandson of … [Read more...]

Vatican says Pope’s trip to Lebanon was never in doubt

Vatican City, Sep 11, 2012 / 06:02 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- The Vatican says that Pope Benedict's apostolic visit to Lebanon Sept. 14-16 was never second-guessed, despite the civil war in neighboring Syria causing instability in the Middle East. “The completion of this trip has never been in question and it is a sign of willingness to go to this area as a sign of encouragement, support, and hope for peace in this context,” said Vatican spokesman Fr. Federico Lombardi SJ at a press … [Read more...]

Archbishop Chaput urges end to capital punishment

Philadelphia, Pa., Sep 11, 2012 / 12:06 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Ahead of the possible execution of three convicts on Pennsylvania’s death row, Archbishop Charles J. Chaput of Philadelphia has called for an end to the death penalty. “As children of God, we're better than this, and we need to start acting like it. We need to end the death penalty now,” he said in his Sept. 10 weekly column. He said capital punishment “simply doesn’t work” as a deterrent, … [Read more...]

Nation’s leaders commemorate 9/11 with prayers

Washington D.C., Sep 11, 2012 / 11:26 am (CNA/EWTN News).- On the eleventh anniversary of the worst terrorist attacks the U.S. has seen, Church leaders and political figures remembered those who lost their lives and offered prayers for the nation's future. “This 9/11, let us pray for those souls who died that sad day,” tweeted Cardinal Timothy M. Dolan of New York. “Eternal rest grant unto them, O Lord, and let perpetual light shine upon them.” Crowds gathered … [Read more...]

New Vatican recruit to help improve financial transparency

Vatican City, Sep 11, 2012 / 10:34 am (CNA/EWTN News).- The Vatican has appointed a renowned Swiss lawyer to help it meet international standards of financial transparency, after a largely positive report by the European body that monitors such issues. “The time is ripe, not for a slackening of commitment, but for renewed efforts to respond to the report’s recommendations and ever more efficaciously pursue transparency and financial trustworthiness,” said Vatican spokesman … [Read more...]

Bishops recall ‘Way of St. James’ as chance to trust in God

Santiago de Compostela, Spain, Sep 11, 2012 / 04:02 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Members of the Catholic clergy from around the United States hiked 100 miles of an ancient pilgrimage this summer, relying on God to give them strength to endure suffering along the way. Archbishop Paul S. Coakley of Oklahoma City, Bishop James S. Wall of Gallup, N.M., Fr. Gerry Baker of  Owensboro, Ky. and Fr. Don Kline of Phoenix accompanied auxiliary Bishop James D. Conley of Denver along the medieval “El … [Read more...]