Catholic scholars voice concern over Common Core curriculum

Washington D.C., Nov 7, 2013 / 05:56 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- More than 130 leading Catholic scholars have signed a letter to the U.S. bishops criticizing the Common Core State Standards for school curricula, warning that the core philosophy will “undermine Catholic education.”“We believe that implementing Common Core would be a grave disservice to Catholic education in America,” said the Oct. 16 letter, organized by Notre Dame Law School professor Gerard Bradley.The … [Read more...]

Pope’s words should be read in context of the Church, scholar says

Denver, Colo., Nov 7, 2013 / 03:46 pm (CNA).- In a new column for CNA, a theology professor and author says that the Pope’s recent interviews need to be understood in light of his missionary vision for the Church rather than as individual declarations.“The key to interpreting Pope Francis’ statements properly is found in his vision for the Church,” Dr. Edward Sri, professor of scripture and theology at the Augustine Institute, said in his most recent column, … [Read more...]

Supreme Court case examines prayer at public meetings

Washington D.C., Nov 7, 2013 / 04:11 am (CNA/EWTN News).- A case before the U.S. Supreme Court is considering the ability of a town in New York to open meetings with prayer, and could have broader implications for religious identity in government settings.“Community members should have the freedom to pray without being censored,” said David Cortman, senior counsel of Alliance Defending Freedom, which is defending the town of Greece, N.Y.“Opening meetings with prayer is a … [Read more...]

Pornography, liturgy among topics at upcoming bishops’ meeting

Washington D.C., Nov 7, 2013 / 02:24 am (CNA/EWTN News).- When bishops from across the country gather in Baltimore next week, they will consider issuing a formal statement on pornography and discuss a Spanish translation of Mass prayers, among other issues.The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops will hold its annual fall General Assembly Nov. 11-14.The nation’s bishops will elect a new conference president, as Cardinal Timothy M. Dolan of New York concludes his current presidency. … [Read more...]

Grassroots effort could end late-term abortion in Albuquerque

Albuquerque, N.M., Nov 6, 2013 / 05:13 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- A citizen-initiated ordinance to ban abortion after 20 weeks of pregnancy in Albuquerque, N.M., will receive a vote on Nov. 19 and could have a big impact on the abortion-friendly state.“This election is historic and has national implications, as it is the first time in our nation's history that the issue of abortion is on a stand-alone ballot for the citizens to decide,” said Elisa Martinez, executive director of … [Read more...]

Pope names Alice von Hildebrand to prestigious order

New York City, N.Y., Nov 6, 2013 / 04:48 pm (CNA).- Pope Francis has declared Catholic philosopher, author, and teacher Alice von Hildebrand a Dame Grand Cross of the Equestrian Order of St. Gregory in recognition of her work.Cardinal Raymond Burke, prefect of the Apostolic Signatura, formally invested her in the chivalric order Oct. 30 at a gala dinner in New York celebrating her 90th birthday.Cardinal Burke said that Pope Francis conferred the honor to recognize her “outstanding … [Read more...]

Bishop Salvatore Matano appointed to Rochester diocese

Rochester, N.Y., Nov 6, 2013 / 11:02 am (CNA/Europa Press).- Pope Francis today appointed Bishop Salvatore Matano, who had led the Diocese of Burlington since 2005, as Bishop of Rochester, succeeding Bishop Matthew Clark. “My first priority will be to bring people back to Mass,” Bishop Matano said Nov. 6 at a press conference announcing his appointment, adding that “my strategic plan is the Gospel of Jesus Christ.” “If you are not practicing the faith, please … [Read more...]