Spanish bishop says Benedict is latest in line of holy Popes

Madrid, Spain, Feb 25, 2013 / 04:06 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Throughout the past century, God has blessed the Church with exceptional Popes, including Benedict XVI, said Bishop Demetrio Fernandez of Cordoba, Spain.“Almost all of the Popes that the Church has had in the last century are canonized or on their way to being so,” said Bishop Fernandez in a letter sent to CNA on Feb. 22. “St. Pius X, Pius XII, John XXIII, Paul VI, John Paul I, John Paul II. The Church has … [Read more...]

Cardinal Keith O’Brien resigns, will not go to conclave

Edinburgh, Scotland, Feb 25, 2013 / 05:55 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Benedict XVI has accepted Cardinal Keith P. O’Brien’s resignation, and the cardinal has announced he will not attend the conclave. "Approaching the age of seventy-five and at times in indifferent health, I tendered my resignation as Archbishop of Saint Andrews and Edinburgh to Pope Benedict XVI some months ago.  I was happy to know that he accepted my resignation ‘nunc pro tunc’ – (now … [Read more...]

Morning-after pills all have abortive potential, doctor says

Rome, Italy, Feb 22, 2013 / 02:01 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- The reasoning offered by the German Catholic bishops for allowing the morning-after pill in rape cases is being faulted for citing information that is not medically accurate.“There is absolutely no such pill with a 100 percent guarantee that it will not cause an abortion,” said Dr. Catherine Vierling, who studied medicine at the Universities of Paris and Strasbourg.The German bishops unanimously agreed on Feb. 21 to allow … [Read more...]

Doctor calls German bishops misled on morning-after pill

Rome, Italy, Feb 22, 2013 / 12:27 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- A leading Catholic doctor in Spain says he will write a letter to Germany's bishops to help correct what he believes to be their mistaken views on the morning-after pill. “I'm going to write a long letter to the German Bishops' Conference to give them some scientific light about this topic,” Doctor Justo Aznar told CNA Feb. 22 after the Pontifical Academy for Life's annual meeting at the Vatican. The German … [Read more...]

German bishops’ morning-after pill decision causes concern

Rome, Italy, Feb 22, 2013 / 11:55 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Doctors and people involved in pro-life work say that the German bishops’ decision to allow morning-after pills for rape victims raises strong concerns and that the drug in question can cause a chemical abortion.   “There is a real dangerous precedent that could be set here again because the news moves so quickly,” said Vicky Thorn, founder of Project Rachel, in a Feb. 22 interview with CNA. “There is real … [Read more...]

Pope praised for trailblazing unity with Anglicans

London, England, Feb 21, 2013 / 04:02 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Benedict's move allowing Anglican converts to enter the Catholic Church as a group makes him “the Pope of Christian Unity,” says the head of the United Kingdom's structure for these communities. “I think it just shows his fatherly care to open his arms to those who came from different traditions, but shared a common faith,” Monsignor Keith Newton told CNA Feb. 13. Msgr. Newton leads the … [Read more...]

Pope’s brother says resignation is beneficial to Church

Madrid, Spain, Feb 19, 2013 / 04:16 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Benedict XVI’s older brother explained that the pontiff’s decision to resign is good for the Body of Christ because he had become too weak to carry out his ministry.“It is a beneficial decision for the Church,” said 89-year-old Msgr. Georg Ratzinger in an interview with the Spanish daily ABC, published on Feb. 17. “He no longer has strength,” Msgr. Ratzinger observed. “He is going … [Read more...]