Despite guilty verdict, Bishop Finn ‘grateful’ for end of trial

Kansas City, Mo., Sep 6, 2012 / 04:32 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- A Kansas judge has convicted Bishop Robert W. Finn of Kansas City-St. Joseph on one misdemeanor count of failure to report suspected child abuse and acquitted him on another count, while charges against the diocese have been dismissed.“I regret and am sorry for the hurt that these events have caused,” Bishop Finn said in a Sept. 6 statement provided to CNA.“The protection of children is paramount. Sexual abuse of … [Read more...]

Catholic Relief Services responds to criticism over HIV document, employees

Baltimore, Md., Sep 6, 2012 / 10:01 am (CNA).- Catholic Relief Services has announced revisions to an HIV prevention document because of its “inappropriate information” about condoms and their use.“Despite the mistakes, at no point did CRS purchase or distribute condoms. We are revising the document to ensure that it meets our standards as approved by the USCCB,” Michael Hill, a senior writer with the relief agency, told CNA Sept. 5.Hill said the 179-page document … [Read more...]

Charlotte diocese holds prayer vigil, adoration during DNC

Charlotte, N.C., Sep 6, 2012 / 04:01 am (CNA/EWTN News).- The Diocese of Charlotte is holding a Vigil for Liberty with Eucharistic adoration at St. Patrick Cathedral just a mile away from the Democratic National Convention.“The Catholic Diocese of Charlotte is pleased to offer a gift to our nation, and that is over 80 hours of Eucharistic adoration and prayer for our country,” Bishop Peter J. Jugis said in his homily for the vigil’s Sept. 4 Mass.“We are keeping our … [Read more...]

Catholics responding to challenges of Isaac cleanup

New Orleans, La., Sep 6, 2012 / 01:58 am (CNA).- As Gulf Coast residents continue the recovery process following Hurricane Isaac, Catholic groups throughout the South have begun organizing disaster relief services for victims.“These people who have been affected and certainly those who have lost so much need our prayerful support,”  Archbishop Gregory M. Aymond of New Orleans said at a Sept. 4 press conference.In order to convey the archdiocese’s prayers and … [Read more...]

Catholics for Choice argues religious freedom only applies to private actions

Washington D.C., Sep 6, 2012 / 12:40 am (CNA).- A dissenting Catholic group believes that the First Amendment protection of religious freedom applies to personal decisions but does not allow people to apply their beliefs to every area of their lives.Sara Hutchinson, domestic program director of Catholics for Choice, explained that religious freedom protects "me acting in my own faith for my own life" but does not extend to actions in other areas of life, such as business … [Read more...]

EPA efforts highlighted at Democrats’ faith council meeting

Charlotte, N.C., Sep 5, 2012 / 05:30 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Concern for the environment and a desire to care for one's neighbor through the federal government were among the ways Democratic speakers described their faith in action at a religious gathering at the party's national convention.Lisa P. Jackson, administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency, said that her work to protect the environment stems from her faith, which drives her in an attempt to build "our country as … [Read more...]

Democratic platform includes free abortions, official ‘gay marriage’ support

Charlotte, N.C., Sep 5, 2012 / 01:06 am (CNA/EWTN News).- For the first time in American history, a major U.S. political party has incorporated support for a redefinition of marriage into its official statement of beliefs.The Democratic Party's platform, formally adopted at the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte, N.C. on Sept. 4, supports "marriage equality," a phrase used by those who wish to redefine marriage to include homosexual couples.The platform, which … [Read more...]