Religious differences compatible with freedom, Jewish leader says

Washington D.C., May 30, 2013 / 06:12 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- True religious liberty does not require religious individuals to minimize differences in the tenets of their faith, said Jewish Rabbi Meir Soloveichik.Instead, he maintained, religious freedom demands that people of faith live “both as stranger and neighbor” within society.“We do not need to deny our differences to achieve a covenant,” he emphasized.Quoting Rabbi Jonathan Sacks, chief Rabbi of Great … [Read more...]

Columnist examines pitfalls of arguing against ‘gay marriage’

Denver, Colo., May 30, 2013 / 11:19 am (CNA).- In a new column on Catholic Womanhood, writer Jennifer Uebbing explains that a common problem in arguing against a redefinition of marriage is implicitly accepting the idea that such as redefinition is possible.“Marriage is not a human invention or a cultural construct, but rather, the revealed truth of something written into our very beings,” she writes.Entering into the argument “for” or “against” the … [Read more...]

Church in northern Arabia longs for ‘place to worship’

Washington D.C., May 30, 2013 / 04:05 am (CNA).- As he oversees the missionary territory of Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Qatar and Bahrain, apostolic vicar Camillo Ballin outlined Catholics' need for religious toleration as well as a physical home for ministry. A native of Italy, Bishop Ballin set out to study Arabic and Islam in order “to discover another world” after his ordination as a priest of the Comboni Missionaries. In a May 29 interview with CNA, he noted that his travels … [Read more...]

Religious orders to release records of abusive LA priests

Los Angeles, Calif., May 30, 2013 / 02:02 am (CNA).- Catholic religious orders will soon release confidential files about priests accused of sex abuse who were assigned to work in Los Angeles, fulfilling part of a settlement agreement with victims. The files involve orders including the Salesians, Vincentians and Marianists and will begin to be released as early as June. Los Angeles County Superior Court Judge Emilie Elias set a September deadline for the public release of the … [Read more...]

Archbishop Myers stresses child safety efforts in Newark

Newark, N.J., May 30, 2013 / 12:02 am (CNA).- Archbishop John J. Myers of Newark has reaffirmed the archdiocese’s commitment to protecting children following the resignation of a priest who violated a legal agreement to avoid minors. “We are not perfect. But people who suggest we have not taken seriously the oversight of our clergy and do not put the security and safety of our families and parishioners, especially our children, at the forefront of our ministry are just plain … [Read more...]

US Catholics to join Pope Francis in Eucharistic Adoration

Washington D.C., May 29, 2013 / 06:02 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Many U.S. dioceses and individual parishes will join Pope Francis in simultaneous Eucharistic Adoration June 2 that is uniting Catholics in prayer around the world. The Pope has invited the world to join him in an hour of adoration at 5 p.m. Rome time this Sunday, the Feast of Corpus Christi, which he will lead from St. Peter’s Basilica at the Vatican. The announcement drew particular enthusiasm in Corpus Christi, Texas, … [Read more...]

Supreme Court will not hear Planned Parenthood defunding case

Washington D.C., May 29, 2013 / 02:07 am (CNA).- In a setback for state efforts to defund abortion providers, the U.S. Supreme Court on Tuesday declined to hear Indiana’s appeal of a court ruling against its ban on Medicaid dollars for organizations that perform abortions.“The court missed an opportunity to clarify, once and for all, that states may cut the abortion industry off from all sources of taxpayer funding,” said Charmaine Yoest, president and CEO of Americans … [Read more...]