After controversy, NJ Catholic school reinstates teacher with plea for ‘truth and charity’

Metuchen, NJ, Apr 14, 2015 / 02:41 am (CNA/EWTN News).- A New Jersey Catholic school has reinstated a teacher who was the focus of media controversy over her social media posts critical of LGBT advocacy. The school stressed the need for a positive presentation of the Catholic faith while also lamenting “hurtful” media coverage about the teacher. Immaculata High School in Somerville, N.J., said that all issues related to theology teacher Patricia Jannuzzi’s employment are … [Read more...]

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The fix that wasn’t: law professor says Indiana legislature demoted religious freedom

South Bend, Ind., Apr 10, 2015 / 04:20 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- A Notre Dame law professor says religious liberty in Indiana was set back by the state legislature’s hasty reaction to strong criticism of a law intended to strengthen religious freedom protections. “The fix is a substantial, and in my judgment misguided retreat from the original Religious Freedom Restoration Act, and I think it gives away too much of religious liberty,” Professor Gerard V. Bradley said in an April … [Read more...]

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US sees increase in priestly ordination numbers this year

Washington D.C., Apr 10, 2015 / 02:14 am (CNA/EWTN News).- The numbers are in: almost 600 Catholic men will be ordained priests for the U.S. in 2015, an increase of more than 100 from last year. Bishop Michael F. Burbidge of Raleigh, N.C. said April 7 that the increase in ordination numbers is “encouraging.” The bishop, who heads the U.S. bishops’ Committee on Clergy, Consecrated Life and Vocations, noted that those to be ordained cited positive influences like … [Read more...]

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Young boy lives dream of ‘being a priest’ for a day

St. Louis, Mo., Apr 9, 2015 / 03:56 pm (CNA).- Archbishop Robert J. Carlson and the Make-A-Wish Foundation helped one young boy to live his dream by experiencing, in part, what it’s like to be a priest for a day. Eileen Haubrich said that her son, 11-year-old Brett, didn’t “want anything” like a trip to Disneyland or the chance to meet a celebrity when he was approached by Make-A-Wish Missouri. “For years, he has loved the Mass and been religious,” she … [Read more...]

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Can we delete death? Transhumanism’s lofty goal meets a Catholic response

Washington D.C., Apr 9, 2015 / 04:02 am (CNA/EWTN News).- It sounds like something out of a sci-fi movie – being able to “upload” our minds to computers to live on after we die, to freeze our bodies only to bring them back in the future, or to pop pills to enhance our mood and intelligence. While these may seem like impossible notions, these are the kinds of things the transhumanism and posthumanism movements are hoping for and working toward. However, as with most … [Read more...]

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Kansas becomes first state to ban ‘dismemberment abortion’

Topeka, Kan., Apr 8, 2015 / 05:02 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Kansas became on Tuesday the first state to ban abortions by a procedure known as “dilation and evacuation,” which is common during second-trimester abortions and is called “dismemberment abortion” in the law. Local pro-life advocates say the legislation is an opportunity to save the unborn from a horrific procedure, while providing a model for other states. “Some states have to take the lead. We’re … [Read more...]

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Bishops appeal against death penalty in Boston bombing case

Boston, Mass., Apr 8, 2015 / 04:38 am (CNA/EWTN News).- As accused Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev stands trial, the Catholic bishops of Massachusetts are asking that he not receive the death penalty if he is convicted. “The defendant in this case has been neutralized and will never again have the ability to cause harm,” the bishops stated. “Because of this, we, the Catholic Bishops of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, believe that society can do better than the … [Read more...]

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