Catholic groups say agriculture laws should aid poor, farmers

Washington D.C., May 14, 2013 / 12:09 am (CNA).- Leaders of several prominent Catholic institutions asked members of Congress to provide for the hungry, protect the interests of farmers and promote environmental stewardship with the 2013 Farm Bill.           “In the face of continuing budgetary constraints, the 2013 Farm Bill is an opportunity to address our nation’s broken and outdated agricultural policies,” they said.“This is a … [Read more...]

Gosnell conviction prompts call for abortion business scrutiny

Philadelphia, Pa., May 13, 2013 / 05:05 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- As news of the guilty verdict of first degree murder for abortionist Kermit Gosnell broke, pro-life leaders welcomed his conviction while calling for a closer look at the abortion industry as a whole. U.S. Congresswoman Diane Black, (R–Tenn.), said that while she applauds the grand jury’s decision to convict the Philadelphia abortionist on at least three charges of first-degree murder, she said his crimes “stand as … [Read more...]

Abortionist Gosnell convicted of three baby murders

Philadelphia, Pa., May 13, 2013 / 02:24 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Philadelphia abortionist Kermit Gosnell on Monday was convicted on three of the four first degree murder charges for killing babies who had been born alive. Gosnell, 72, could face the death penalty for the murder charges. The jury will hear arguments for and against a death sentence a week from Tuesday. The unborn babies were known only by letters, and Gosnell was convicted of the murders of Baby Boy A, Baby C and Baby D at his … [Read more...]

Undecided on two charges, Gosnell jurors continue deliberations

Philadelphia, Pa., May 13, 2013 / 11:13 am (CNA/EWTN News).- The jury considering the case of Philadelphia abortionist Kermit Gosnell has said it is deadlocked on two of the more than 250 charges against the doctor accused of killing a patient and several babies born alive.The two undecided charges were not announced. Deliberations are now in their 10th day.Judge Jeffrey P. Minehart on Monday instructed the jury to try to arrive at unanimous decisions on all counts. He asked jurors to … [Read more...]

Washington Post accused of abortion bias in coverage

Washington D.C., May 12, 2013 / 04:11 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- The leader of a conservative think-tank is calling for more balanced abortion coverage from the Washington Post after the paper’s publisher reportedly said that its production team members “do make mistakes.”At a meeting of shareholders in The Washington Post Company May 9, David Almasi, executive director of the National Center for Public Policy Research, argued that the paper’s biased coverage of the March … [Read more...]

Martyrdom of Pope St. John I remembered May 18

Denver, Colo., May 12, 2013 / 06:09 am (CNA/EWTN News).- On May 18, the Catholic Church honors the first “Pope John” in its history. Saint John I was a martyr for the faith, imprisoned and starved to death by a heretical Germanic king during the sixth century.He was a friend of the renowned Christian philosopher Boethius, who died in a similar manner.Eastern Catholics and Eastern Orthodox Christians also honor Pope St. John I, on the same date as the Roman Catholic … [Read more...]

Abuse report finds few allegations against clergy in 2012

Washington D.C., May 11, 2013 / 01:04 pm (CNA).- The latest report on child protection in the U.S. Catholic Church found a total of 11 credible allegations of abuse of minors by diocesan clergy in 2012, with a 20 percent decrease in the numbers of new credible abuse allegations about incidents in the past 60 years. Cardinal Timothy Dolan of New York, the U.S. bishops’ conference president, said in reaction to the report that Catholic bishops renew their “steadfast … [Read more...]