Why this diocese is ditching Common Core for liberal arts

Marquette, Mich., Aug 24, 2016 / 03:02 am (CNA/EWTN News).- The Diocese of Marquette in Michigan says it is already experiencing success in their process of adopting a Catholic liberal arts curriculum for all its schools, rather than using Common Core State Standards.The schools in the diocese previously had no set curriculum. The adoption of a classical curriculum comes at a time when two bills that would repeal and replace the Common Core State Standards are being considered in … [Read more...]

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Fragment of Christ’s Cross stolen from California church

San Francisco, Calif., Aug 23, 2016 / 03:41 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- A fragment from what is believed to be the True Cross of Christ, stolen from its home beneath a picture. It’s a story one would associate with medieval legends or a Dan Brown novel.However, the theft is unfortunately a very immediate - and very difficult - reality for one California parish.“The first thing we want people to know is that if anyone has it or knows anything about it – just to bring it … [Read more...]

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The danger of misunderstanding the ‘vegetative state’

Philadelphia, Pa., Aug 23, 2016 / 09:02 am (Aid to the Church in Need).- Martin Pistorius was a healthy 12-year-old boy living in South Africa with his family in the late 1980s when he was overcome with a mysterious illness.The doctors weren't sure what had come over Martin, but their best guess was cryptococcal meningitis. Over time, Martin lost his ability to move by himself, his ability to make eye contact, and eventually his ability to speak.The hospital told Martin's parents, … [Read more...]

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Don’t bring back the death penalty, New Mexico bishops plead

Albuquerque, N.M., Aug 23, 2016 / 06:34 am (CNA/EWTN News).- The Catholic bishops of New Mexico are speaking up against a proposal to reintroduce capital punishment in the state, saying that respect for human life must be consistent.“We, the Catholic Bishops of New Mexico, in one voice, once again echo the teaching of the Church that life is sacred,” the bishops of Santa Fe, Las Cruces and Gallup said in a joint statement Aug. 18.“There is one seamless teaching on … [Read more...]

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Elizabeth Smart on captor’s porn use: ‘It just led to him raping me more’

Salt Lake City, Utah, Aug 22, 2016 / 02:09 pm (CNA).- Editor's note: This article contains content that readers may find disturbing. Reader discretion is advised.Elizabeth Smart, who drew the nation’s attention when she was abducted from her home at age 14, said that her captor’s pornography use made her captivity much worse.“Looking at pornography wasn’t enough for him. Having sex with his wife, after looking at pornography, it wasn’t enough for … [Read more...]

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For Missouri bishops, limitless concealed carry is a bad idea

Jefferson City, Mo., Aug 21, 2016 / 04:09 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- The Missouri legislature should let stand the governor’s veto of a bill that would allow concealed carry of firearms without a permit, the state’s Catholic bishops have said.“Catholic Church teaching recognizes the right to self-defense as a way of preserving one’s life and in defense of others in the face of an imminent threat,” the Missouri Catholic Conference said. “We encourage Missouri … [Read more...]

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Privacy, safety at stake with proposed rule on homeless shelters

Washington D.C., Aug 21, 2016 / 04:48 am (CNA).- According to proposed federal rules, homeless shelters partnering with the government might soon have to compromise the privacy and safety of their clients – and Catholics have voiced their concerns.“No person should be denied a safe place to live,” counsels for the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops stated in comments on the proposed rule made in January, in conjunction with other religious groups like the National Catholic … [Read more...]

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