Archdiocese: news reports distorted Newark archbishop’s efforts to guide priests

Newark, N.J., Oct 17, 2015 / 04:09 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- A memo from the Archbishop of Newark to his priests on the reception of the Eucharist aimed to provide guidance amid the challenges of modern life, but was “taken wildly out of context” in media reports. James Goodness, the Newark archdiocese’s communications director, told CNA Oct. 15 that the memo is about principles, not rules or particular law. He said these principles aim to call on priests to “walk with the … [Read more...]

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Men and women are complementary – but what does that look like in practice?

Washington D.C., Oct 16, 2015 / 03:25 am (CNA).- The idea that men and women are different and complementary has been part of the Catholic Church from its beginning. But what exactly does this mean for the Church today? What does it imply for women serving in the Church – Should they fill the exact same roles as men? Should there be a quota for each sex in service to the Church? Not at all, according to Mary Hasson, editor of the book, “Promise and Challenge: Catholic Women … [Read more...]

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Why three gay Catholics left the Church – and why they returned

Philadelphia, Pa., Oct 15, 2015 / 03:38 am (CNA).- Dan, Rilene and Paul knew that once their stories were out, life would not be the same. “We’ve been advised not to google ourselves,” Rilene said, laughing. These three are the subjects of a recently released documentary, “Desire of the Everlasting Hills,” which chronicles their stories of having same-sex attraction, and how they eventually found peace in the Catholic Church. The film made its world … [Read more...]

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Planned Parenthood to stop accepting money for fetal body parts

Washington D.C., Oct 14, 2015 / 12:31 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Planned Parenthood Federation of America announced on Tuesday that its affiliates will no longer accept any reimbursements for fetal tissue donations. The change comes after a series of videos were released revealing the organization’s role in the donation of fetal tissue from aborted babies for compensation. The group behind the videos, the Center for Medical Progress, argued that the amounts of compensation were … [Read more...]

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After break-in, Bishop Conley prays for burglar’s conversion

Lincoln, Neb., Oct 13, 2015 / 10:03 am (CNA/EWTN News).- When Bishop James Conley's residence in Lincoln, Nebraska was invaded and burglarized this weekend, he offered a message of forgiveness and called on the faithful to pray that the thief will discover Christ and return the stolen items. “One of Christ's last acts on the Cross was forgiveness of a repentant thief,” Bishop Conley said in a statement, adding that “certainly, the Church forgives the person … [Read more...]

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Poverty, environment, economy – it’s all about the human person, Holy See tells UN

New York City, N.Y., Oct 11, 2015 / 04:20 pm (CNA).- Global efforts to fight poverty, protect the environment and make decisions about the economy must all be connected by the common thread of promoting human dignity, a Holy See representative told a United Nations body this week. “In our efforts to promote sustainable economic and environmental development, we must never forget that everything is connected,” said Archbishop Bernardito Auza, permanent observer of the Holy See to … [Read more...]

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What is the future of marriage? First we have to look at its history, author says

Washington D.C., Oct 9, 2015 / 12:04 am (CNA).- June's Obergefell v. Hodges ruling, which mandated recognition of same-sex marriages across the United States, was largely recognized by both supporters and opponents as a groundbreaking ruling. What are the factors that led to this wide-reaching Supreme Court decision? And what will happen next in the marriage landscape? Ryan T. Anderson, an author and Senior Research Fellow at the Heritage Foundation, seeks to answer those questions. He … [Read more...]

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