Protestors disrupt bishop’s installation in Chile: 5 keys to understanding the controversy

Santiago, Chile, Mar 24, 2015 / 05:11 pm (CNA).- A group of protesters attempted to stop the installation of Bishop Juan Barros Madrid as the new bishop of Osorno in southern Chile, pushing the bishop and throwing objects at him during the March 21 Mass. The protestors accuse Bishop Barros of covering up sexual abuse committed by Fr. Fernando Karadima. The bishop has repeatedly denied it. The story was picked up this weekend by international news media. Here are some keys to … [Read more...]

Canada Supreme Court: Catholic schools have right to teach Church views

Ottawa, Canada, Mar 20, 2015 / 02:01 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Canada’s Supreme Court has unanimously ruled that Catholic schools in Quebec must be allowed to teach from a Catholic viewpoint during a state-mandated religion and ethics class. “To tell a Catholic school how to explain its faith undermines the liberty of the members of its community who have chosen to give effect to the collective dimension of their religious beliefs by participating in a denominational school,” the … [Read more...]

Canada Supreme Court: Catholic schools have right to teach Church views

Ottawa, Canada, Mar 20, 2015 / 02:01 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Canada’s Supreme Court has unanimously ruled that Catholic schools in Quebec must be allowed to teach from a Catholic viewpoint during a state-mandated religion and ethics class. “To tell a Catholic school how to explain its faith undermines the liberty of the members of its community who have chosen to give effect to the collective dimension of their religious beliefs by participating in a denominational school,” the … [Read more...]

Automatic excommunication for bishop over illicit ordination

Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Mar 19, 2015 / 02:24 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- After having his previous excommunication lifted in 2009, Bishop Richard Williamson has again incurred the canonical penalty upon illicitly ordaining another priest as bishop on March 19. Bishop Williamson was one of four priests who were consecrated bishops without pontifical mandate by Archbishop Marcel Lefebvre in 1988; all five incurred a 'latae sententiae', or automatic, excommunication, which was removed by … [Read more...]

Euthanasia supporters in Chile accused of exploiting sick teen

Santiago, Chile, Mar 7, 2015 / 04:32 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Proponents of a euthanasia bill in Chile are exploiting a sick young girl for political purposes, the girl’s father has charged. Fourteen-year-old Valentina Maureira suffers from cystic fibrosis – a degenerative and incurable illness. The teen garnered national attention when she taped a video asking to meet with Chilean President Michelle Bachelet to ask her to authorize an injection that would allow her to “go to … [Read more...]

Seven challenges for the Mexican Church and the family

Mexico City, Mexico, Mar 4, 2015 / 02:03 am (CNA/EWTN News).- On the Day of the Family, celebrated in Mexico March 1, Cardinal Norberto Rivera laid out seven challenges the Church must face to help the family authentically be what every person truly needs. In his homily during Sunday Mass at the Mexico City Cathedral, Cardinal Rivera explained that, “the family has to be able to find the meaning of its vocation and its mission in today’s society,” according to the … [Read more...]

Paraguay archbishop to UN: stop pushing abortion, gay marriage

Asunción, Paraguay, Feb 26, 2015 / 12:00 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Archbishop Edmundo Valenzeula of Asuncion, Paraguay is demanding that U.N. Secretary General Ban Ki Moon – who is visiting the country this week – ensure that the United Nations does not promote abortion, euthanasia and “gay marriage” in Paraguay. In a statement posted on Facebook Feb. 25 to mark Ban's arrival, Archbishop Valenzuela said the Paraguayan people wished to extend hospitality to the U.N. … [Read more...]


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