Judge drops charges against Bishop Finn, forces settlement

Kansas City, Mo., May 16, 2013 / 04:38 pm (CNA).- A Missouri judge has dropped a charge that Bishop Robert Finn and the Diocese of Kansas City-St. Joseph aided and abetted a priest who possessed child pornography, though another charge remains and the diocese has settled a $600,000 lawsuit in the case. U.S. District Judge Gary Fenner dismissed the charge on the grounds that the law concerns accusations of aiding and abetting a perpetrator before or during the commission of the crime. He … [Read more...]

Judge drops charge against Bishop Finn, forcing settlement

Kansas City, Mo., May 16, 2013 / 04:38 pm (CNA).- A Missouri judge has dropped a charge that Bishop Robert Finn and the Diocese of Kansas City-St. Joseph aided and abetted a priest who possessed child pornography, though another charge remains and the diocese has settled a $600,000 lawsuit in the case. U.S. District Judge Gary Fenner dismissed the charge on the grounds that the law concerns accusations of aiding and abetting a perpetrator before or during the commission of the crime. He … [Read more...]

Alabama charity restructures to better serve community

Mobile, Ala., May 16, 2013 / 04:02 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Catholic Social Services of Mobile is undergoing a fund raising effort so that it can more effectively provide assistance to those in need in southern Alabama through a centralized office. The charity is currently operating out of four different locations, and has purchased a space in midtown Mobile to replace the fractured infrastructure it is currently using. “The main thing is really to have a one-stop shop for the clients; … [Read more...]

Britain urged to investigate murder of Irish human rights champion

Washington D.C., May 16, 2013 / 02:13 am (CNA).- Witnesses and congressmen at a U.S. hearing renewed a call to the British government to launch a public inquiry into the 1989 murder of Northern Irish human rights leader Patrick Finucane.“The deliberate decision not to proceed with a public inquiry is a glaring, public breach of faith,” said Congressman Chris Smith (R-N.J.).“It is the source of enormous frustration to Patrick Finucane’s family and friends,” he … [Read more...]

Assisted suicide corrupts medicine, Vermont diocese warns

Burlington, Vt., May 16, 2013 / 12:02 am (CNA/EWTN News).- The Vermont legislature passed a bill allowing physicians to approve lethal drugs for terminally ill patients to kill themselves, a move the local Catholic diocese said will have major consequences. “Physician-assisted suicide will forever transform the role of physician from one who preserves life to one who takes life,” the Catholic Diocese of Burlington said ahead of the vote on its website. “Catholics must … [Read more...]

State Department asked to aid Chen Guangcheng’s nephew

Washington D.C., May 15, 2013 / 05:04 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- A bipartisan coalition of Congress members has sent a letter to U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry, calling for government action to protect the family members of Chinese pro-life leader Chen Guangcheng.“Chen Guangcheng and his family have suffered greatly at the hands of Chinese officials in Shandong Province,” wrote the congressional leaders.“Their story is not unfamiliar but it is somewhat unique, in that it … [Read more...]

Cardinal ‘deeply’ troubled by human cloning development

Boston, Mass., May 15, 2013 / 02:02 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Cardinal Sean P. O'Malley called the successful production of embryonic stem cells by cloning human embryos an “abuse” which ignores the dignity and value of the human person. “The news that researchers have developed a technique for human cloning is deeply troubling on many levels,” the archbishop of Boston, who chairs U.S. bishops' pro-life activities committee, said May 15. “Creating new human … [Read more...]


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