Priest’s new video series links evangelization with beauty

Denver, Colo., Jul 10, 2013 / 12:03 am (CNA).- Father Robert Barron, rector of Mundelein Seminary outside of Chicago, has produced a new video series emphasizing the primacy of beauty in drawing people to Christ. “Let's start with the beauty of the faith … I wanted to start with the splendor of it,”  Fr. Barron, a priest of the Chicago archdiocese, told CNA June 27. “I don’t talk about any of the hot button issues.” Slated for release on DVD … [Read more...]

Proclaim wisdom of the Church boldly, exhorts Archbishop Chaput

Washington D.C., Jul 9, 2013 / 05:12 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- While the search for knowledge is universal, spanning all times and places, true wisdom is found in the Church and points us towards salvation in Christ, said Archbishop Charles J. Chaput of Philadelphia.“Wisdom is the pursuit of the true, the right, and the lasting,” which find their source “in God, and nowhere else but God,” the archbishop said in a July 8 talk.“Power, sex, knowledge, money, … [Read more...]

Catholic Health group approves of mandate, despite bishops

Washington D.C., Jul 9, 2013 / 10:59 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Days after the U.S. bishops indicated the HHS contraception mandate remains unacceptable, the Catholic Health Association has approved the government's accommodation. “CHA had two principal concerns. The first was the four-part definition of what constituted a 'religious employer.' That concern has been eliminated,” Sister Carol Keehan, president of CHA, announced in a July 8 memo to members of the … [Read more...]

New generation of filmmakers to ‘Impact Culture for Christ’

San Diego, Calif., Jul 9, 2013 / 04:08 am (CNA).- A group of filmmakers of the John Paul II generation, looking to spread the Gospel of Christ, is working to produce a new high-quality short film, called “Bandit,” in San Diego, Calif. The short silent film aims to explore the innocence of childhood through humor, as a masked and mischievous little girl sets out on a quest to cheer up a friend. Students at John Paul the Great Catholic University plan to use the project to … [Read more...]

Bishops say concerns remain over final contraception mandate

Washington D.C., Jul 8, 2013 / 06:13 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- After an initial analysis of the finalized HHS mandate, the U.S. bishops are warning that despite changes, the regulation still threatens the Church’s ability “to carry out the mission and ministry of Jesus Christ.”“Although the Conference has not completed its analysis of the final rule, some basic elements of the final rule have already come into focus,” said Cardinal Timothy M. Dolan of New York, … [Read more...]

Gang intervention ministry is ‘living the Gospel,’ priest says

Los Angeles, Calif., Jul 7, 2013 / 04:02 pm (CNA).- Father Greg Boyle, the founder of a program that helps former gang members in Los Angeles, said his mission is a way of living the Christian message, having solidarity with those on the margins of society.“Living the Gospel is about standing with the demonized, so that the demonizing will stop; standing with the disposables so that the day will come when we stop throwing people away,” Fr. Boyle, a Jesuit priest, told CNA June … [Read more...]

DOMA decision cited to block Michigan law

Detroit, Mich., Jul 6, 2013 / 01:08 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- A federal judge has blocked a Michigan law barring domestic partner benefits for public school and local government employees, citing the Supreme Court ruling that struck down portions of the Defense of Marriage Act.U.S. District Judge David Lawson’s June 28 ruling said it can “never be a legitimate purpose” to deny health benefits to the same-sex partners of public employees. He said the plaintiffs who lost benefits … [Read more...]