Calif. bishop says defense of marriage encounters challenges, hope

Atlanta, Ga., Jun 19, 2012 / 12:07 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Bishop Salvatore J. Cordileone of Oakland, Calif., emphasized that the U.S. bishops' ongoing efforts to defend marriage are critical in the face of continuing cultural and legal threats.“Unfortunately, we have come to a point in Western society where the meaning of marriage is being largely eclipsed by a counterfeit version,” he said at the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops’ spring general assembly, which was … [Read more...]

Cardinal Dolan contrasts true freedom, ‘culture of death’ in new eBook

New York City, N.Y., Jun 19, 2012 / 04:07 am (CNA).- Society faces a choice between true human dignity, and a false concept of freedom culminating in the “culture of death,” New York's Cardinal Timothy M. Dolan explains in his new eBook. This inhumane culture springs from “deeply rooted social, philosophical, and ethical tendencies that, unfortunately, often find their expression in our laws and in our attitudes toward others,” the cardinal writes in “True … [Read more...]

Vancouver archbishop decries ‘dangerous’ assisted suicide ruling

Vancouver, Canada, Jun 19, 2012 / 02:05 am (CNA).- Archbishop J. Michael Miller of Vancouver has “strongly” urged the government of British Columbia to appeal a provincial Supreme Court decision to strike down a law banning physician-assisted suicide. He said the ruling is “extremely flawed and dangerous,” and “sadly reflects a distorted view of equality rights that emphasizes autonomy over human dignity and the value of life.” “We have been down … [Read more...]

US apostolate offers help to Iraqi archbishop and teachers

Fort Worth, Texas, Jun 19, 2012 / 12:06 am (CNA).- An archbishop and four teachers from Iraq's Kurdistan region are receiving help from a Dallas-based Catholic apostolate, in their effort to expand an English-language school for Chaldean Catholics. “We’re helping them improve their English to better tell the school’s story,” explained Dr. James Patrick, a senior fellow of the Walsingham Society,  in a June 18 bulletin. The group is hosting the teachers along … [Read more...]

Beatification bid launched for historic Opus Dei member

Rome, Italy, Jun 18, 2012 / 06:12 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- The cause for the beatification of Dora del Hoyo, one of the first collaborators of the founder of Opus Dei, has been announced in Rome on June 18.“Dora was of great importance for Opus Dei, for her fidelity and her work perfectly finished, which was always accompanied by her humility of passing unnoticed. This is why she was so effective until the end of her life,” said Bishop Javier Echevarria, the Prelate of Opus Dei, who … [Read more...]

UK poll finds low support for ‘gay marriage’ legalization

London, England, Jun 18, 2012 / 04:09 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- A recent poll in the United Kingdom found that most gay, lesbian and transgendered people in the country do not support homosexual “marriage,” despite Prime Minister David Cameron’s intent to legalize it. The survey – conducted from April 27 to May 20 by the firm ComRes for Catholic Voice – showed that only a minority of the British homosexual population considers the legalization of gay marriage to be a … [Read more...]

Photo sparks global outrage over China’s one-child policy

Washington D.C., Jun 18, 2012 / 12:03 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Hundreds of thousands of people worldwide have used social networks to protest China's one-child policy after a photo surfaced of an unconscious mother lying next to her seven-month old aborted fetus. Chinese officials said they are investigating the case which occurred in the northern province of Shaanxi, where police forced Feng Jianmei to undergo an abortion after she was unable to pay the $6,200 fine levied by the government … [Read more...]