Major news outlets’ rejection of pro-life ad ‘not surprising’

Austin, Texas, Jul 12, 2013 / 04:55 pm (CNA).- Pro-life group Heroic Media is disappointed after several national newspapers refused to run, and labeled “too controversial,” an ad featuring a model of a 20-week old fetus held in a hand. Both the Los Angeles Times and USA Today refused to run the advertisement altogether, while the Chicago Tribune settled for a revised version, with a different picture of a live 20-week old baby en utero. “It strikes me as ironic that a … [Read more...]

Catholic fraternity offers support to intellectually disabled

Baltimore, Md., Jul 12, 2013 / 04:12 am (CNA/EWTN News).- The International Order of Alhambra, a Catholic fraternal order, has served the intellectually disabled youth and young adults of the world for over a century, and now looks to the future.Roger Reid, the order’s executive secretary and past grand commander, said the organization follows Jesus’ words in the Gospel of Matthew.“What you do for the least of your brethren, you do for me,” Reid paraphrased.He … [Read more...]

Vietnam president’s visit shines spotlight on human rights

Washington D.C., Jul 12, 2013 / 02:01 am (CNA/EWTN News).- As the leaders of the United States and Vietnam prepare to meet, one federal lawmaker is calling for stronger efforts to encourage respect for human rights in the Southeast Asian country.In a statement submitted to the Congressional Record, U.S. Representative Frank Wolf (R-Va.) criticized the Obama administration for the “deteriorating human rights situation in Vietnam – a situation which merits bold U.S. leadership, not … [Read more...]

New columnist examines papal encyclical in light of Vatican II

Denver, Colo., Jul 11, 2013 / 05:24 pm (CNA).- In a debut column for Catholic News Agency, professor and priest Fr. Gilfredo Marengo explores the faith behind the Second Vatican Council through the lens of Pope Francis’ first encyclical, Lumen Fidei. “In his first encyclical, Pope Francis does not fail to offer a quick, but no less interesting, reference to Vatican II,” he explains in his new column, “The Dispute on the Humanum.” Fr. Marengo quotes Pope … [Read more...]

Scholar says population fears ignore history’s evidence

Washington D.C., Jul 11, 2013 / 05:03 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- While many population control advocates spend World Population Day deeply concerned about projected growth trends, an economist says such unchecked anxiety is misguided. “To have sort of an unmitigated fear of the population future … is to ignore the evidence of the economic history that we and our parents and grandparents have lived through,” Nicholas Eberstadt, a political economist and demographer at the American … [Read more...]

Court decision ends Illinois ‘haven’ for underage abortions

Chicago, Ill., Jul 11, 2013 / 04:11 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- A unanimous ruling from the Illinois Supreme Court means that a 1995 law requiring parental notification for a minor seeking an abortion will take effect, with implications in surrounding states as well.“This is a huge victory for the rights of parents not only in Illinois but in all Midwestern states,” said Tom Brejcha, president and chief council of the Chicago-based Thomas More Society, on July 11.The Thomas More … [Read more...]

Stand up for your faith, says student told to hide cross necklace

Santa Rosa, Calif., Jul 11, 2013 / 04:09 am (CNA/EWTN News).- A Catholic college employee who won an apology from her public university after her supervisor told her to hide her cross necklace says students should defend their right to express their religious beliefs. “I would encourage them to stand up for their faith and their convictions,” Audrey Jarvis told CNA July 9. “If they sense that something is not right or might even be a violation of their rights, they should … [Read more...]