Could a US priest face jail for refusing to break confession seal?

Washington D.C., Jan 21, 2015 / 05:03 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- The U.S. Supreme Court has declined to hear a petition from a Louisiana Catholic diocese that fears a civil lawsuit could force a priest to violate the seal of confession or go to jail. The Diocese of Baton Rouge and diocesan priest Father Jeff Bayhi were disappointed by the decision, which the diocese said has “significant ramifications for religious freedom in Louisiana and beyond.” “The diocese and Fr. Bayhi … [Read more...]

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Austin diocese receives first auxiliary bishop

Austin, Texas, Jan 21, 2015 / 04:21 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Francis on Wednesday appointed Fr. Daniel Garcia as Auxiliary Bishop of Austin, to assist the diocese's chief shepherd, Bishop Joe Vásquez, in his governance of the local Church. The appointment is significant for the diocese, as Fr. Garcia will be the first auxiliary bishop since it was established in 1947. “This is a historic moment for our diocese as Bishop-elect Garcia will be the first auxiliary bishop … [Read more...]

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‘The Apology’ – Men speak up about abortion

Washington D.C., Jan 21, 2015 / 12:25 am (CNA).- A pro-life organization is aiming to highlight how men are affected by abortion – and offer hope for healing and renewal – through a new video called ‘The Apology.’ “The pain of regret is one of the hardest things to deal with, because it is a constant reminder that we let down God, we let down others, we let down our child,” stated one of the men featured in the video. The film was released by Heroic … [Read more...]

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How one CEO sees unrealized potential in special needs kids

Washington D.C., Jan 20, 2015 / 05:02 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Special needs children can bring joy, grace and a potential to thrive in the workplace in a way that parents may never have foreseen – says a former CEO and senate candidate who gave her personal witness to this at a pro-life event on Tuesday. After discussing her time teaching an eight year-old boy at a special needs school, Carly Fiorina revealed that, “I have learned over the course of my life that every person has … [Read more...]

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Beard meets religious freedom in distinctive Court decision

Washington D.C., Jan 20, 2015 / 09:30 am (CNA/EWTN News).- In a rare unanimous decision, the Supreme Court ruled on Tuesday that a Muslim prisoner in Arkansas must be allowed to grow his beard for religious reasons. The ruling was a “huge win for religious freedom,” the co-counsel in the case declared. “This is a victory not just for one prisoner in Arkansas, but for every American who believes and wants the freedom to act on those beliefs,” said Eric Rassbach, … [Read more...]

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The fight for human dignity – how MLK speaks to ISIS, abortion

Washington D.C., Jan 19, 2015 / 04:10 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- The ongoing legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., is that every human life is sacred and must be protected from injustice, said leading U.S. bishops on Jan. 19. At a Jan. 17 Mass honoring the legacy of Dr. King, Cardinal Donald Wuerl of Washington, D.C., said that the civil rights leader “quietly, forcefully, without violence and always faithful to the Gospel, simply reminded this society, this culture, this nation, that we are … [Read more...]

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Philly archdiocese says Pope’s US schedule yet to be finalized

Philadelphia, Pa., Jan 19, 2015 / 11:29 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Archdiocese of Philadelphia director of communications Kenneth Gavin clarified that Pope Francis' official schedule during his trip to the U.S. in September has yet to be finalized. "We are overjoyed that Pope Francis will be with us in September, and planning for his visit is intensely underway," he told CNA. "However, no final decisions regarding the Papal itinerary for Philadelphia have yet been made." … [Read more...]

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