Indiana expands school voucher program

Indianapolis, Ind., May 10, 2013 / 02:03 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Six weeks after the Indiana Supreme Court upheld the state’s voucher program, Gov. Mike Pence has signed into law a bill that makes more children eligible for vouchers. “Our Hoosier students deserve every opportunity to be successful. That includes having the choice to attend the school that works best for them,” Gov. Pence said May 9 at a signing ceremony at Calvary Christian school in Indianapolis. He said … [Read more...]

Elderly nun found guilty over nuclear site break-in

Knoxville, Tenn., May 10, 2013 / 12:02 am (CNA).- Sister Megan Rice of the Society of the Holy Child Jesus was convicted May 8 for breaking into and causing damage at a Tennessee nuclear weapons manufacturing facility. The 83-year-old nun was accompanied in the July break-in by Michael Walli and Greg Boertje-Obed, all of whom are members of Transform Now Plowshares. The three were convicted after two-and-a-half hours of jury deliberation. On May 4, Sr. Mary Ann Buckley, head of the … [Read more...]

Congressmen request abortion regulation data from states

Washington D.C., May 9, 2013 / 05:30 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Amid the on-going trial of abortion doctor Kermit Gosnell, two committees of the U.S. House of Representatives are demanding answers from state officials about the regulation of abortion facilities.“We presume that each of you, upon learning of the failures highlighted by the Gosnell trial, have considered what your state governments are doing to ensure that similar crimes could not be perpetrated in your state,” the House … [Read more...]

Music scholar says chant is for everyone, not just elite

Denver, Colo., May 9, 2013 / 04:03 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Gregorian chant is freely available and a music of the people – not the domain of a stuffy, Catholic elite as it is often perceived, says a music scholar from Alabama. “You can listen to it, download perfect editions, you can make your own editions, it's freely shared with the world,” said Jeffrey Tucker, managing editor of “Sacred Music” and founder of “The Chant Café” blog. Chant … [Read more...]

College invite to Irish prime minister draws ire of pro-lifers

Boston, Mass., May 9, 2013 / 02:08 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Boston College’s invitation to Irish Prime Minister Enda Kenny to speak at commencement and receive an honorary degree is drawing opposition from pro-lifers who call the invitation “unconscionable” in light of the politician’s push for legal abortion.“After our painful experience for the past 40 years, we know what legal abortion will do to Ireland,” said Kristan Hawkins, president of Students for Life … [Read more...]

Priest resigns from clergy treatment center amid allegations

Baltimore, Md., May 9, 2013 / 12:01 am (CNA).- Amid allegations of financial indiscretion and an “inappropriate adult relationship,” Monsignor Edward J. Arsenault has resigned as head of a Maryland treatment center for Catholic priests and religious. “This is very difficult news, and we are keeping this situation in prayer,” Sheila Harron, Ph.D., chief operation officer and interim CEO of the St. Luke Institute, said May 6. “We are committed to continuing to … [Read more...]

Wyoming Catholic mourns student killed on hike with family

Lander, Wyo., May 8, 2013 / 04:40 pm (CNA).- Wyoming Catholic College is grieving the loss of freshman Christine Allen, who died on May 7 after falling during a hike with her family in Utah. “We are deeply saddened by this tragedy,” college president Father Robert Cook said in a statement Wednesday. “Our thoughts, prayers, and deepest sympathy are with the Allen family, and we ask you to keep them in your prayers.” Nineteen-year-old Allen fell during an evening … [Read more...]