Revelation helps answer reason’s questions, priest scholar says

Washington D.C., Jan 14, 2014 / 12:24 pm (CNA).- In a new work exploring the connection between revelation and political philosophy, Fr. James Schall argues that revelation is an answer addressed to questions raised, but unable to be solved, by reason alone. “Political Philosophy and Revelation,” by the Jesuit priest who is emeritus professor of Philosophy at Georgetown University, is a collection of 21 essays, as well as an introduction and conclusion, which consider faith and … [Read more...]

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USA Today to Obama admin: leave Little Sisters alone

Washington D.C., Jan 14, 2014 / 04:34 am (CNA/EWTN News).- The editors of USA Today have urged the Obama administration to stop trying to require the Little Sisters of the Poor to abide by the federal contraception mandate in violation of their religious beliefs. “When the Obama administration picked a fight with Catholics and other religious groups over free birth control coverage for employees, sooner or later it was bound to end up doing battle with a group like the Little Sisters of … [Read more...]

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Remember ‘human faces’ of immigration, LA archbishop says

Los Angeles, Calif., Jan 14, 2014 / 02:04 am (CNA).- Archbishop José Gomez of Los Angeles has said Americans have to see “the human faces of immigration”: the children and families suffering under America's “broken” immigration policy. “In the name of enforcing our laws, we’re breaking up families. Punishing kids for the mistakes of their parents,” he said, referring to the nearly two million people deported over the last four years. … [Read more...]

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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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