Be not afraid of immigrants, Archbishop Gomez encourages

Los Angeles, Calif., Jun 28, 2013 / 02:02 am (CNA).- In a new book marking Independence Day, the archbishop of Los Angeles addresses immigration reform in the context of the American Dream, seeking to stir the consciences of national Catholics. “Fears about America’s future have given rise to a new nativism,” Archbishop José Gomez, a Mexican-born American citizen, wrote in “Immigration and the Next America,” due to be released July 5. “Their idea … [Read more...]

US bishops: court ruling cannot change essence of marriage

Washington D.C., Jun 28, 2013 / 12:08 am (CNA).- In the wake of the Supreme Court’s rulings on DOMA and Proposition 8, the bishops of the U.S. are calling on the faithful to work to strengthen marriage and witness to its true meaning.“While the culture has failed in many ways to be marriage-strengthening, this is no reason to give up. Now is the time to strengthen marriage, not redefine it,” said Cardinal Timothy M. Dolan of New York and Archbishop Salvatore J. Cordileone of … [Read more...]

Marriage ruling raises questions of religious freedom

Washington D.C., Jun 27, 2013 / 05:03 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- After the Supreme Court narrowly ruled that the federal Defense of Marriage Act is unconstitutional, religious leaders are highlighting the need to respect religious liberty in the United States.Military Archbishop P. Timothy Broglio said in a June 26 op-ed that the Archdiocese of the Military Services “remains resolved in the belief that no Catholic priest will ever be compelled to condone – even silently – same-sex … [Read more...]

Denver rally draws hundreds in support of religious freedom

Denver, Colo., Jun 27, 2013 / 04:15 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Hundreds of people in the Archdiocese of Denver attended a prayer rally for religious freedom on June 22, standing up for the right to serve God in their public and private lives.“We’re here as Christian Catholics, we want to unite together and represent Jesus Christ and everything that he taught us; to be free to love God, worship God and obey God,” local Maria Herrera told CNA.“Prayer in the Square: a Rally … [Read more...]

Cardinal bars dissident priest from speaking on Archdiocesan property

Boston, Mass., Jun 27, 2013 / 02:01 am (CNA/EWTN News).- The Archdiocese of Boston verified that an Austrian priest will not be allowed to speak on archdiocesan property during a stop on his U.S. speaking tour due to his dissenting views on Catholic teaching. “It is the policy of the Archdiocese of Boston, and the generally accepted practice in dioceses across the country, not to permit individuals to conduct speaking engagements in Catholic parishes or at Church events when those … [Read more...]

Knights of Columbus announce record-breaking charitable giving

New Haven, Conn., Jun 27, 2013 / 12:01 am (CNA/EWTN News).- The results of the annual charitable giving survey shows that the Knights of Columbus completed more volunteer service hours and given more in donations than ever before in the organization's history. “Throughout its 131 years, the Knights of Columbus has always practiced charity as its first principle,” Supreme Knight Carl Anderson said in a June 24 statement. During the 2012 calendar year, Knights of Columbus … [Read more...]

‘Gay marriage’ is not inevitable, analysts say

Washington D.C., Jun 26, 2013 / 05:50 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Despite the U.S. Supreme Court’s ruling on “gay marriage,” experts in law and sociology said they do not believe the national discussion on the matter is over.“Sociologically it’s huge” said Dr. Anne Hendershott on the Supreme Court’s decision, “but it doesn’t end the debate.”Hendershott is a leading Catholic sociologist from King’s College in New York City and a … [Read more...]