Catholic bioethicist advises caution in Jahi McMath case

Washington D.C., Jan 4, 2014 / 06:03 am (CNA/EWTN News).- The “tragic” case of teenage girl Jahi McMath – now at the center of a legal controversy over brain death – shows the need to determine the facts before making ethical conclusions, says a bioethicist. “The difficulty of these cases have to be recognized, especially in terms of the human suffering of the families,” John Di Camillo of the National Catholic Bioethics Center in Washington, D.C. told CNA … [Read more...]

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Little Sisters threatened by HHS mandate, lawyers argue

Washington D.C., Jan 3, 2014 / 05:57 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Despite the claims of the U.S. Justice Department, the demands of the federal contraception mandate threaten the continued works of service performed by the Little Sisters of the Poor, their attorneys say.Eric Rassbach, deputy general counsel with the Becket Fund for Religious Liberty, which is representing the religious sisters in court, charged that the government's claim amounts to “doublespeak” and … [Read more...]

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Archbishop Chaput calls contribution to priest’s bail ‘just’

Philadelphia, Pa., Jan 3, 2014 / 03:54 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Archbishop Charles Chaput of Philadelphia has explained his decision to provide ten percent of the bail of Msgr. William Lynn, whose conviction for child endangerment was overturned last week. Msgr. Lynn was secretary of clergy for the Philadelphia from 1992 to 2004, under Cardinal Anthony Bevilacqua. The priest was convicted in 2012 on one count of child endangerment for failing to protect children from an abusive priest. That … [Read more...]

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Calif. community grieves loss of murdered pastor

Santa Rosa, Calif., Jan 3, 2014 / 04:06 am (CNA/EWTN News).- The people of Humboldt County, located on California's North Coast, are grieving the loss of Fr. Eric Freed, a “wonderful” pastor, who was murdered early on New Years’ Day. “Amid sadness, anger, and disbelief, we would like to give thanks to God for tremendously blessing the parishioners of St. Bernard's Catholic Parish with Fr. Eric Freed. Though his life on Earth was unfairly taken away, … [Read more...]

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Cardinal O’Malley denounces Dominican Republic immigration ruling

Boston, Mass., Jan 3, 2014 / 01:04 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Cardinal Sean P. O’Malley of Boston is lamenting a court ruling in the Dominican Republic that retroactively strips away citizenship from any person born after 1929 to parents without Dominican ancestry. “It is the destiny of the Dominican and Haitian peoples to share an island,” Cardinal O’Malley said in a letter last month to the Dominican ambassador to the United States, Anibal de Castro. “Events of … [Read more...]

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Cardinal O’Malley denounces Dominican Republic immigration ruling

Boston, Mass., Jan 3, 2014 / 01:04 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Cardinal Sean P. O’Malley of Boston is lamenting a court ruling in the Dominican Republic that retroactively strips away citizenship from any person born after 1929 to parents without Dominican ancestry. “It is the destiny of the Dominican and Haitian peoples to share an island,” Cardinal O’Malley said in a letter last month to the Dominican ambassador to the United States, Anibal de Castro. “Events of … [Read more...]

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Columnist: US should counter anti-Christian persecution

Washington D.C., Jan 3, 2014 / 12:02 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Americans should not resign themselves to “a Middle East without Christians” but should work to expand their traditions of religious freedom overseas, says Washington Post columnist Michael Gerson. “Across North Africa and the greater Middle East, anti-Christian pressure has grown during the past few decades, sometimes subtle, sometimes overt,” Gerson wrote on Dec. 26. He cited the Christmas Day bombings in … [Read more...]

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