Proposed federal bill to strengthen religious freedom

Washington D.C., Mar 5, 2013 / 02:44 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Members of Congress have introduced a new bill that would create a broad exemption to the HHS mandate and strengthen protections for health care professionals and institutions with moral and religious objections to abortion. “We have come together to act to protect Americans’ most basic rights – our rights of conscience and religious freedom,” bill co-sponsor Rep. Jeff Fortenberry (R-Neb.) said March … [Read more...]

Screenwriter: without beauty, media fails to evangelize

Denver, Colo., Mar 5, 2013 / 04:05 am (CNA).- The Catholic Church needs to “set the example of beauty” in evangelizing society through media rather than existing as an isolated sub-culture, says screenwriter Barbara Nicolosi. “We’re not just supposed to be in the culture; as Catholics, we're supposed to be important in the culture,” she said March 1 at the Living the Catholic Faith Conference in Denver. “And right now, we're completely in our own … [Read more...]

Survey reveals strong US connection to local churches

Washington D.C., Mar 5, 2013 / 02:04 am (CNA).- A new survey reports that Americans feel more connected to their local church than to any other institution in society. According to Rasmussen Reports, “nothing else comes close” to the bond between Americans and their local religious institutions. A Rasmussen survey released March 3 found that 54 percent of U.S. adults feel somewhat or very connected to their local church or religious organization, with 34 percents saying they are … [Read more...]

‘Strength in Christ’ needed for Scotland Church’s recovery

Glasgow, Scotland, Mar 5, 2013 / 12:02 am (CNA).- The resignation of Cardinal Keith O'Brien following accusations of sexual misconduct is an opportunity to renew faith in Jesus for the Church in Scotland, says a local archbishop. “We will draw what conclusions and lessons we can from it and, if anything, we will learn to trust even more fully in Jesus Christ who is alone the Lord of the Church,” Archbishop Philip Tartaglia Glasgow and Apostolic Administrator of the Archdiocese … [Read more...]

Lawmakers pen letter insisting on conscience protections

Washington D.C., Mar 4, 2013 / 05:06 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- More than a dozen federal legislators have written to Congressional leaders calling for stronger conscience protections to be included in the upcoming government funding bills. In a Feb. 27 letter, lawmakers criticized the “unprecedented attacks against the religious freedoms guaranteed in the Constitution,” saying that the growing threat “demands immediate action.” “Nothing short of a full exemption for … [Read more...]

Priest says modern slave trade rooted in abortion, contraception

Denver, Colo., Mar 3, 2013 / 04:03 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Unprecedented rates of human trafficking can be traced to the rise of abortion, contraception and pornography in modern culture, says a Catholic priest who has researched the topic for nearly a decade. “There are more people trafficked now in the 21st century than in the transatlantic slave trade in the 17th, the 18th, or the 19th century,” Denver priest Fr. David Nix said at a local Theology on Tap address on Feb. … [Read more...]

Catholics in Scotland to celebrate convert and martyr St. John Ogilvie

Denver, Colo., Mar 3, 2013 / 06:02 am (CNA/EWTN News).- March 10 is the liturgical memorial of Saint John Ogilvie, a 16th- and 17th-century Scotsman who converted from Presbyterianism to Catholicism, served as a Jesuit priest, and died as a martyr at the hands of state officials. St. John was executed for treason, refusing to accept King James I’s claim of supremacy over the Church. Pope Paul VI canonized him in 1976, making him Scotland’s first canonized saint for several hundred … [Read more...]