Suit claims Colorado taxes illegally fund Planned Parenthood

Denver, Colo., Oct 20, 2013 / 08:07 am (CNA/EWTN News).- The state of Colorado is illegally providing $14 million to Planned Parenthood in violation of the state constitution, a lawsuit from a former executive director of the state health department charges. “Public officials should respect the law and the democratic process rather than ignore both to fill Planned Parenthood’s bank account,” Michael J. Norton, senior counsel with Alliance Defending Freedom, said Oct. … [Read more...]

Thomas Aquinas College founder remembered for humility

Santa Paula, Calif., Oct 19, 2013 / 04:28 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Ronald P. McArthur, the founding president of Thomas Aquinas College, died Oct. 17 and is being remembered for the profound impact he had on the college's community, and beyond. “He was the kind of man that was of very strong and particular opinions … but he still had a great liberality of heart and mind, and in that true Thomistic fashion, would give a listen to his interlocutor whom he disagreed with in a way … [Read more...]

Human rights promotion fights totalitarianism, activist says

Washington D.C., Oct 19, 2013 / 08:01 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Chinese human rights activist Chen Guangcheng has asked the international community to support and protect basic human rights and values in order to fight against totalitarian regimes and oppression. “In today’s world, the greatest threat to human civilization is still the barbaric totalitarian system. Though such systems are few in number, they do great harm,” Chen said at an Oct. 16 lecture at Princeton University … [Read more...]

Cardinal Dolan: humor comes from faith in providence

New York City, N.Y., Oct 18, 2013 / 06:01 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Faith and laughter abounded at the 68th annual Al Smith Dinner as comedian Stephen Colbert joked on politicians, big and small, the Pope, and Cardinal Dolan, and the cardinal made a few reflections of his own. "A sense of humor comes from faith, faith that everything is in God's providential hands, a faith that frees us up to laugh," New York Archbishop Cardinal Timothy Dolan explained at the Oct. 17 … [Read more...]

Vatican consultant to deliver lectures at Steubenville

Steubenville, Ohio, Oct 18, 2013 / 04:05 pm (CNA).- Italian philosopher and statesman Rocco Buttiglione will deliver lectures at Franciscan University of Steubenville this month, beginning by discussing his friendship with Blessed John Paul II. Buttiglione is a member of the Italy's Chamber of Deputies. He is one of Europe’s leading Catholic political thinkers, serving as a professor of political science at Saint Pius V University in Rome and as a member of the Pontifical Academy of … [Read more...]

Monks in Louisiana win lengthy fight to sell caskets

Baton Rouge, La., Oct 18, 2013 / 02:03 am (CNA/EWTN News).- After a long legal fight, the U.S. Supreme Court has let stand a lower court ruling that Benedictine monks in Louisiana have the right to sell their handmade wooden caskets to the public. “It’s a great day for us, and we’re very thankful that this five-year battle is over,” Abbot Justin Brown of St. Joseph Abbey told The Advocate, Baton Rouge's daily newspaper. “We’re not in the business of … [Read more...]

Book on Pope Francis to illuminate his context, background

Washington D.C., Oct 18, 2013 / 12:05 am (CNA).- Austen Ivereigh, author of an upcoming book on Pope Francis, says it will help explain the Pope's pastoral approach to North Americans and Europeans, who may not understand his Latin American roots. Before his election, Pope Francis “had already been thinking very deeply about the Church, and the way that the Church interacts with the world for a very long time,” author Austen Ivereigh explained to CNA Oct. 16. What is … [Read more...]