California conference aims to help build Catholic culture

Napa, Calif., Jun 7, 2013 / 03:35 pm (CNA).- Leading Catholics will gather in California's Napa Valley this August for the third annual Napa Institute Conference to discuss the sanctity of work and how to build Catholic culture in a secular society. “The conference will bring Catholic leaders together from around the nation to meet, learn, and share ideas about the future of the Church in the 'Next America,'” Dr. Tim Gray, president of the Denver-based Augustine … [Read more...]

Bishop co-authors booklet on blessing of unborn children

Washington D.C., Jun 7, 2013 / 12:08 pm (CNA).- A new booklet on the vocation of Christian parenthood and its relationship to the parish and broader society is now available online.“The Gift of Joy” was co-authored by Archbishop Joseph E. Kurtz of Louisville, Ky., and Msgr. J. Brian Bransfield of Philadelphia.The booklet focuses on “The Blessing of the Child in the Womb,” which was prepared at the request of then-Bishop Kurtz, who currently serves as vice president … [Read more...]

Chicago archdiocese launches massive formation campaign

Chicago, Ill., Jun 6, 2013 / 06:03 pm (CNA).- Cardinal Francis George of Chicago announced a $350 million fund-raising effort to support Catholic education, religious education for children and teens, and adult faith formation in the archdiocese. “The Catholic schools of the Archdiocese of Chicago and our faith formation programs make their case in the lives of those transformed by them,” Cardinal George said June 5. He added that the “To Teach Who Christ Is” … [Read more...]

New pro-life coalition aims to ‘Stop the Gosnells’

Washington D.C., Jun 6, 2013 / 05:06 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- A new group of pro-life organization across the country is working to expose and fight abuses such as infanticide and health violations in later-term abortion clinics.The organizations are uniting in a coalition called “Stop the Gosnells,” named after Kermit Gosnell, a Philadelphia late-term abortionist who was recently convicted of murdering babies who survived abortions in his clinic, along with several other … [Read more...]

Miami, San Antonio bishops place NBA Championship bet

Miami, Fla., Jun 6, 2013 / 04:25 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- The last time Miami Archbishop Thomas G. Wenski made a friendly bet with a bishop from Texas, he lost.Perhaps he will have better luck with his latest bet against San Antonio Archbishop Gustavo García-Siller as the Miami Heat face the San Antonio Spurs in the NBA Championship finals that begin Thursday night.If the Miami Heat lose, Archbishop Wenski will pay up in the form of stone crabs from Islamorada in the Florida Keys and a … [Read more...]

Pain-capable abortion ban passes congressional subcommittee

Washington D.C., Jun 6, 2013 / 01:26 pm (CNA).- By a vote of 6 to 4, the U.S. House Subcommittee on the Constitution and Civil Justice approved a bill on Tuesday that would ban abortions after 20 weeks of gestation.The bill, introduced by Congressman Trent Franks (R-Ariz.), is based on mounting evidence which indicates that unborn children can feel pain at 20 weeks gestation and possibly earlier.Rep. Franks said he hoped the recent trial of Philadelphia abortionist Kermit Gosnell had … [Read more...]

Despite lawsuit, Ohio archdiocese keeps teacher morality clause

Cincinnati, Ohio, Jun 6, 2013 / 06:02 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Although the Archdiocese of Cincinnati has been ordered to pay $171,000 to a school teacher fired for undergoing artificial insemination, a spokesman says it has no intention to end morality requirements. “For the archdiocese, this case has always been about an employee violating a legally enforceable contract that she signed,” communications director Dan Andriacco said June 5. “We also believe that we have a … [Read more...]