Here’s what the US bishops were most impressed with at the Synod

Baltimore, Md., Nov 17, 2015 / 06:02 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Most bishops at the recent Synod on the Family agreed that the Church should minister to married couples long after their wedding day, said a U.S. bishop who served as a delegate at the global meeting. Other bishops also voiced their impression of the synod, saying that the African delegates showed a particular clarity and strength in speaking about marriage and family life. What was “amazing” at the … [Read more...]

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A caution from Archbishop Chaput: dishonest mercy helps no one

Philadelphia, Pa., Nov 17, 2015 / 12:01 am (CNA/EWTN News).- True mercy and trust in the transformative power of God’s grace are key to helping divorced-and-remarried Catholics, Archbishop Charles Chaput of Philadelphia has said in a critique of proposals to admit them to sacramental Communion without a change in their lives. “Ironically, a pastoral strategy that minimizes sin in the name of mercy cannot be merciful, because it is dishonest,” the archbishop said in a … [Read more...]

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Faith on the football field – Fargo high school stands up for religious freedom

Fargo, N.D., Nov 16, 2015 / 05:23 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- A Catholic high school in North Dakota believes prayer is at the heart of every activity – even a football game.  But the state’s high school activities association is challenging that practice.  Earlier this month, Shanley High School – a private Catholic school in the Saint John Paul II Catholic Schools Network in Fargo, ND – was prohibited from saying a prayer over its PA system … [Read more...]

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Archbishop Kurtz on the best thing to come out of the synod

Washington D.C., Nov 16, 2015 / 01:47 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Families helping families – this may have been one of the greatest “fruits” to come from the Synod on the Family, said the president of the U.S. Bishops Conference Monday. “One of the greatest insights I brought home from the Synod last month is the recognition of families as ministers of the Gospel,” said Archbishop Joseph Kurtz of Louisville. “Families are not simply objects, receiving from us … [Read more...]

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LAPD officer: If we only police homelessness, we miss the root problems

Washington D.C., Nov 15, 2015 / 04:06 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Officer Deon Joseph of the LAPD has worked the city’s notorious Skid Row neighborhood for 17 years, where the concentration of homeless persons is one of the highest in the country. He has a short message from his work in law enforcement there. “It’s wrong for us to be the solution,” he told an audience at the American Enterprise Institute in Washington, D.C. at a Nov. 12 panel on homelessness. Joseph … [Read more...]

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US bishops met with Obama yesterday. Here’s what they talked about.

Washington D.C., Nov 14, 2015 / 02:45 pm (CNA).- Leading Catholic bishops met with President Barack Obama at the White House on Friday and had a discussed a number of issues including religious liberty, the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops confirmed. “The bishops are grateful for this opportunity for candid, cordial dialogue with the President and Vice President of the United States,” the conference said in a written statement after the meeting. The conversation … [Read more...]

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US Supreme Court will hear challenge to Texas abortion law

Washington D.C., Nov 13, 2015 / 03:30 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- The Supreme Court of the United States announced Friday that it will hear a challenge to Texas’ safety standards for abortion clinics, in what could be a significant abortion case. Pro-life advocates welcomed the opportunity for the court to uphold the law. “The Supreme Court now has the opportunity to confirm that states have a legitimate and compelling interest in better ensuring the safety and health of women who … [Read more...]

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