Catholic Benefits Association appoints first-ever CEO

Oklahoma City, Okla., Feb 12, 2015 / 10:07 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- When hospitals are struggling financially, they bring in Douglas G. Wilson, Jr. to turn around their fortunes. Wilson, who previously served as CEO of five distressed hospitals throughout the US and successfully turned them into growing enterprises, was recently named the first Chief Executive Officer of the Catholic Benefits Association and Catholic Insurance Company. “The Board is tremendously enthusiastic about Doug … [Read more...]

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Latino leadership in the spotlight at intersection of Church and culture

Washington D.C., Feb 12, 2015 / 05:18 pm (CNA).- Social justice, politics and Latino culture are three areas that are fields for evangelization, a Hispanic ministry leader told young Catholic professionals at a recent event in Washington, D.C. “Our love of God isn’t real, is not verified, if it is not expressed in love of neighbor – love particularly of the poor and the excluded and the marginal,” said Fr. Allan Figueroa Deck, S.J. A professor of theological studies … [Read more...]

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US pushing Cuba to improve record on human trafficking, State Dept. says

Washington D.C., Feb 12, 2015 / 10:41 am (CNA/EWTN News).- As the U.S. aims to re-establish full relations with Cuba, it is also pushing the country to redeem its poor track record fighting human trafficking, said a U.S. State Department official. “We met on multiple occasions over the past year to share information on efforts to combat human trafficking,” the State Department’s Sarah Sewall told the Senate Foreign Relations Committee on Feb. 11. Sewall is the … [Read more...]

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Natural family planning, theology of the body – the Church’s ‘best-kept secrets’

Denver, Colo., Feb 11, 2015 / 05:01 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- If you ask Archbishop Aquila, theology of the body and natural family planning – both practical resources on human sexuality – may be the Church’s best-kept secrets. “The truth is, the Church has many positive things to say about the gift of our sexuality,” Archbishop Samuel Aquila of Denver said Feb. 8 at a dinner for teachers of natural family planning. 'Theology of the Body' is the corpus of … [Read more...]

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A women’s shelter or a graveyard – how ’50 Shades of Grey’ ends in real life

Denver, Colo., Feb 11, 2015 / 04:02 am (CNA).- Valentine’s Day plans do not typically include domestic abuse. Yet thousands of couples are already pre-purchasing their movie tickets for “50 Shades of Grey,” a film which many critics are saying romanticizes and attempts to normalize violence against women.   “It brands violence as romance, it teaches women that sexual abuse and being a victim is hot or sexy, and it’s really the story of a seasoned … [Read more...]

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Go forth! Ministry leaders instructed to encounter God in the poor

Washington D.C., Feb 11, 2015 / 02:23 am (CNA).- The president of the U.S. bishops’ conference exhorted a group of Catholic leaders to go forth in ministry to serve at the peripheries of society, where they will encounter God in the poor. “Here is today’s paradox: Go to the edge, and you reach the heart!” Archbishop Joseph Kurtz of Louisville told those gathered at the concluding Mass of the Catholic Social Ministry Gathering in Washington, D.C. on Feb. … [Read more...]

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Why a former altar girl changed her mind about boy-only servers

San Francisco, Calif., Feb 10, 2015 / 02:27 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- When she was a young girl, Logan Crotty dreamed of becoming a Catholic priest. She had always had an insatiable desire for intimacy with God and for a place of importance within God’s mission, the Church. When she became an altar server at her parish, those desires became directed toward the priesthood. Crotty described watching her older sister serve at the altar. She said she was thrilled by her sister's … [Read more...]

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