Cardinal stresses accountability amid past clergy reports

Chicago, Ill., Jan 13, 2014 / 07:07 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Cardinal Francis George of Chicago has sent a letter to the faithful of his archdiocese ahead of the release of documents about past clergy sexual misconduct, reaffirming that no known sex abusers are in active ministry. “So far as can be known from all our records, there is no priest in public ministry in the Archdiocese of Chicago who has been found to have sexually abused a child, no matter when the abuse took … [Read more...]

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Federal abortion funding harms women, experts tell Congress

Washington D.C., Jan 13, 2014 / 05:05 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- A proposed law blocking federal funding of abortion would be a big step towards “women's health” and a true “women's agenda,” experts told members of Congress at a recent hearing. “It's time once and for all to settle the matter of abortion funding across federal legislation and move on to a real women's agenda,” said Helen Alvare, law professor at George Mason University. Alvare … [Read more...]

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California bishops pray for rain as state’s drought continues

Sacramento, Calif., Jan 12, 2014 / 06:08 am (CNA).- The Catholic bishops of California have called for prayers for rain to bring relief to the drought in the state, as well as for those threatened by the lack of water. “May God open the heavens and let his mercy rain down upon our fields and mountains,” said the prayer composed by Bishop Jaime Soto of Sacramento. “Let us especially pray for those most impacted by water shortages and for the wisdom and charity to be good … [Read more...]

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Bishops lament federal ‘disregard’ for state marriage laws

Washington D.C., Jan 11, 2014 / 08:09 am (CNA/EWTN News).- As the U.S. bishops lamented federal agencies’ decisions to ignore state marriage laws, Attorney General Eric Holder has said the federal government will recognize the “gay marriages” briefly contracted in Utah. “State marriage laws defining marriage as the union of one man and one woman deserve respect by the federal government,” said Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone of San Francisco, chair of the U.S. … [Read more...]

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Helping migrants a life and family issue, dioceses say

Washington D.C., Jan 10, 2014 / 05:07 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- The assistance given to all immigrants is a carrying out Catholic social teaching, promoting families, and building up a culture of life, Catholic groups around the country have said. "The teaching on immigration reform is really a continuation of what we believe as people who are pro-life," Omar Gutiérrez, manager of the missions and justice office of the Archdiocese of Omaha, said to CNA Jan. 10. "We need to … [Read more...]

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Ethicist: Texas end-of-life debate must consider unborn child

Washington D.C., Jan 10, 2014 / 12:07 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Debate over requiring life support for a reportedly brain-dead pregnant woman should remember both the imperative not to provide excessive care and the personhood of the unborn child, a bioethicist says. Controversy is growing over the fate of Marlise Munoz, a 33-year-old pregnant Texas woman who is being kept on life-support despite being reportedly brain-dead. Her family maintains she does not want to be on life-support in such a … [Read more...]

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New book examines ‘vibrant’ revival of US Catholicism

New York City, N.Y., Jan 10, 2014 / 04:18 am (CNA).- The story of the U.S. Catholic Church in the early 21st century is one of excitement and renewal, say two authors of a book that examines successful dioceses, bishops and priests. “The priesthood is growing. There are also vibrant signs of life among the laity and throughout the Church. Those stories need to be told,” Christopher White, the director of education and programs at the California-based Center for Bioethics and … [Read more...]

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