New York Archdiocese responds to priest embezzlement claims

New York City, N.Y., Dec 17, 2015 / 06:56 am (CNA).- The Archdiocese of New York says that it takes seriously accusations in a recent lawsuit claiming that a New York priest embezzled money and maintained scandalous personal habits, while also saying that a diocesan investigation has found nothing to substantiate the allegations.“The Archdiocese has been investigating these allegations for many months, and has repeatedly requested any information or documentation that might substantiate … [Read more...]

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We won’t respond to violence with hatred, religious leaders say

Washington D.C., Dec 16, 2015 / 05:15 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Religious leaders responded to global violence and terrorism with solidarity and prayer on Wednesday in Washington, D.C.“We will stand together, strengthened by the faith of each one in this room and the solidarity we share, simply because we know how to answer the question ‘Who is my neighbor?’” stated Cardinal Donald Wuerl of Washington, D.C., preaching on the Parable of the Good Samaritan in the Gospel of … [Read more...]

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Dallas’ next auxiliary bishop sees ‘a new call to serve’

Dallas, Texas, Dec 16, 2015 / 12:31 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Francis on Wednesday appointed Monsignor J. Gregory Kelly, a local priest, to become the newest auxiliary bishop of the Diocese of Dallas.“I experience this new call to be an auxiliary bishop more than anything as a new grace from Christ and a new call to serve him, whom I love, and to whom I am especially grateful,” Bishop-designate Kelly said at a Dec. 16 press conference.Citing the start of the Church’s Year … [Read more...]

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How one pro-life group is preparing for the 2016 elections

Washington D.C., Dec 15, 2015 / 03:01 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- If the pro-life movement is to achieve its biggest policy victories to date, it must have a supporter in the White House after the 2016 election, one pro-life advocacy group has insisted. “The stakes are very high,” Marjorie Dannenfelser, president of the Susan B. Anthony List, told CNA in an interview about the 2016 election.Two landmark pieces of pro-life legislation have made recent gains in Congress, but the … [Read more...]

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Wisconsin priest humbled to be named next Bishop of Superior

Superior, Wisc., Dec 15, 2015 / 11:49 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Francis on Tuesday chose Father James P. Powers to be the next Bishop of Superior, Wis.“I am humbled to be called to the order of bishop and sincerely appreciate the confidence being placed in me,” Bishop-designate Powers said Dec. 15. “I have great respect for the office and the responsibilities involved and look forward with joy and gratitude as I accept this new role as your shepherd.”“I am … [Read more...]

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Beards and the US military: a religious liberty win for Sikh officer

Washington D.C., Dec 15, 2015 / 06:03 am (CNA/EWTN News).- A Sikh officer and a religious liberty group have welcomed the U.S. Army’s temporary religious exemption for the officer, who sees a conflict between military regulations against beards and his religious practice. “My Sikh faith and military service are two core parts of who I am,” Captain Simratpal Singh said Dec. 14. "I am proud to serve my country as an officer and I look forward to being able to continue … [Read more...]

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Will we be allowed to disagree about marriage in the future?

Washington D.C., Dec 15, 2015 / 03:01 am (CNA/EWTN News).- The future of a diverse and pluralistic public square is at stake in the debate over marriage and sexuality, said one legal scholar at an event in D.C. sponsored by the Atlantic. “Part of freedom is going to have to be the right to disagree about the truth,” Ryan Anderson, a senior research fellow at the Heritage Foundation, proposed at “Unfinished Business: The Atlantic LGBT Summit” on Dec.10. Anderson was … [Read more...]

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