Bishop says porn use starts with loneliness, ‘yearning for love’

Lincoln, Neb., Aug 7, 2013 / 02:06 am (CNA).- Reflecting on the pornography addiction of a man recently sentenced for the abduction of three women, Bishop James Conley said that the pervasive porn problem is rooted in loneliness and isolation.On Aug. 1, Ariel Castro was sentenced to more than 1,000 years in prison for the abduction, imprisonment and rape of three women for over ten years. He held the women captive in his Ohio home, beating one of them when she was impregnated by him until she … [Read more...]

Federal probe of abortion clinic funding draws praise

Washington D.C., Aug 6, 2013 / 05:12 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Pro-life lawmakers issued statements supporting a government decision to investigate the federal funding of Planned Parenthood and other organizations that perform abortions.“The federal government providing funding to abortion providers is a serious problem in our nation,” said Rep. Diane Black (R- Tenn.) in an August 5 statement.She said that she is pleased with the Government Accountability Office’s decision to … [Read more...]

Archbishop lauds work of Knights, urges immigration reform

San Antonio, Texas, Aug 6, 2013 / 01:37 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- At the Knights of Columbus' annual meeting, Texas Archbishop Gustavo Garcia-Siller praised the group for its worldwide charitable work and encouraged continued compassion for immigrants.The archbishop presided over the Aug. 6 opening Mass for the Knights' convention at their 131st Annual Supreme Council Meeting in San Antonio.During his homily, he commended the 1.8 million-member global fraternity, saying the group's … [Read more...]

Dominicans aim to evangelize through beauty in new album

Ann Arbor, Mich., Aug 6, 2013 / 04:05 am (CNA/EWTN News).- A Dominican order based in Ann Arbor will soon release an album of 15 songs centered on Marian devotion as a way to help listeners to encounter God through beautiful sacred music.“This music is just a little way for us to get into peoples' homes; no matter how much we wish we could go everywhere, obviously you can't, so this is a another outreach to bring God to those who just want him,” said Sister Joseph Andrew … [Read more...]

Boston priest on leave following sexual misconduct arrest

Boston, Mass., Aug 6, 2013 / 02:07 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Monsignor Arthur M. Coyle of the Archdiocese of Boston is on “voluntary administrative leave” following his Aug. 4 arrest for allegedly hiring a prostitute.“Monsignor Arthur M. Coyle has taken a voluntary administrative leave from his assignment, as a result of his arrest on charges related to sexual misconduct involving an adult,” the Boston archdiocese stated Aug. 5.“While on administrative leave, Msgr. … [Read more...]

Three women honored by US bishops’ ‘People of Life’ award

Washington D.C., Aug 6, 2013 / 12:09 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Three leaders from diverse fields in the pro-life movement were recognized for their contributions to the movement, receiving the 2013 People of Life Award for their lifelong dedication. Frances X. Hogan, Sister Jane Marie Klein, and Barbara Thorp received the award Aug. 4 at the Diocesan Pro-Life Leadership Conference, sponsored by the U.S. bishops’ Secretariat on Pro-Life Activities. The awards were presented by Cardinal … [Read more...]

Use media to spread Gospel, Catholic Voices head says

Napa Valley, Calif., Aug 5, 2013 / 05:09 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Catholics should see the secular media as an opportunity to evangelize and more effectively reach “people who need heroes and need the Gospel,” said the head of a Catholic communications organization.“Look to media as an apostolic opportunity. Call reporters, be their friends. Let them in on the Gospel,” said Kathryn Jean Lopez, director of Catholic Voices USA. “You don’t have to agree with … [Read more...]