Infallible? Informal? How binding is the new encyclical on Catholics?

Washington D.C., Jun 19, 2015 / 04:25 pm (CNA).- With the release of Pope Francis’ encyclical on the environment this week came a wave of controversy over the Pope’s statements about climate change, species extinction and other scientific topics. Alongside the debate came a resounding question: what is the Catholic obligation to respond? One theologian offered an answer: Catholics should respect and listen to Pope Francis in his new encyclical, even if they may disagree with … [Read more...]

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US bishops on ‘Laudato Si’ – it’s about conversion

Washington D.C., Jun 18, 2015 / 02:05 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Several leading U.S. bishops praised the new papal encyclical as an invitation to turn away from sin and grow closer to God through a relationship to the created world. Archbishop Joseph Kurtz of Louisville, president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, described the document as fundamentally an invitation to deeper conversion. “It’s about our Holy Father saying everyone should take responsibility, and sin is … [Read more...]

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After mass shooting horror, S.C. Catholics mourn with Charleston church

Charleston, S.C., Jun 18, 2015 / 12:30 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- A mass shooting at a historic African-American church in Charleston, S.C. drew prayers and sympathy from the state’s Catholics, aghast at the horror of the crime which may have had racial motivations. “The inside of any church is a sanctuary. When a person enters, he or she has the right to worship, pray and learn in a safe and secure environment,” Bishop Robert Guglielmone of Charleston said June 18. “For … [Read more...]

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Top US bishops unwavering in support of traditional marriage ahead of Synod

St. Louis, Mo., Jun 17, 2015 / 03:04 am (CNA/EWTN News).- In their spring general assembly held last week, just four months before the Synod on the Family in Rome, top U.S. bishops took a united stand in support of marriage and family life as the Church has always understood it. “We need to be more effective in our communication of the meaning of marriage as one man and one woman, on married couples’ call to be open to life, and on the dignity and responsibility of the vocation of … [Read more...]

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Ahead of Supreme Court marriage decision, states act to protect religious freedom

Washington D.C., Jun 16, 2015 / 07:24 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- As the U.S. Supreme Court prepares to deliver a ruling that could lead to sweeping changes in the definition of marriage nationwide, two states have enacted new legal protections for those with religious objections to recognizing same-sex ‘marriages.’ “It’s important that people not feel as though they have to check their faith at the door,” a spokesman for the Diocese of Raleigh, N.C., told CNA. … [Read more...]

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How the US bishops believe America can overcome racial violence

St. Louis, Mo., Jun 16, 2015 / 03:43 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- The head of the U.S. bishops’ conference pledged support for reconciliation and healing efforts in areas around the country that have been the site of racial tension and violent clashes between police and citizens. “Promoting peace and reconciliation is the only way forward. And we must constantly strive to achieve these goals, trusting in the Lord to lead and guide us, accompanied by his merciful love,” said … [Read more...]

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For Archbishop Gomez, assisted suicide bill is empty compassion

Los Angeles, Calif., Jun 16, 2015 / 12:02 am (CNA/EWTN News).- People suffering from terminal illness deserve true compassion and care – not violence, Archbishop Jose H. Gomez of Los Angeles said as the California legislature’s assisted suicide bill advances. “It is a failure of public leadership and moral imagination to respond to human suffering by making it easier for people to kill themselves,” he said in his June 9 column for The Tidings. Assisted suicide … [Read more...]

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