Pittsburgh bishop remains hopeful despite mandate lawsuit dismissal

Washington D.C., Nov 30, 2012 / 03:52 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Federal judges in Pittsburgh and Nashville dismissed Catholic lawsuits challenging the federal contraception mandate, but acknowledged that the suits can be re-filed when the regulation is more imminent.Bishop David A. Zubik of Pittsburgh said that he was "disappointed" that the lawsuit cannot currently proceed, but he was also "very encouraged that it was 'dismissed without prejudice.'""That means … [Read more...]

Catholics strongly support new Mass translation after first year

Washington D.C., Nov 30, 2012 / 04:05 am (CNA).- One year after the Church introduced revisions to the English-language liturgy, an overwhelming majority of Catholics continue to view the changes in a positive light. A new poll finds that 70 percent of U.S. adult self-identified Catholics agree with the statement, “Overall, I think the new translation of the Mass is a good thing.” The poll, conducted in September 2012 by the Center for Applied Research in the Apostolate at … [Read more...]

Missouri business granted injunction against HHS mandate

St. Louis, Mo., Nov 29, 2012 / 11:34 am (CNA/EWTN News).- A federal appeals court on Nov. 28 granted a Catholic business owner in Missouri an injunction against the Department of Health and Human Services mandate that he says violates his religious freedom by forcing him to provide insurance coverage for morally objectionable drugs and procedures.“The order sends a message that the religious beliefs of employers must be respected by the government,” said Francis Manion, … [Read more...]

GQ magazine names pro-life activist ‘Rebel of the Year’

New York City, N.Y., Nov 29, 2012 / 12:04 am (CNA).- A secular men's magazine has praised Chinese anti-abortion advocate Chen Guangcheng in its December 2012 issue, placing him on the list of “Man of the Year.” Gentleman's Quarterly, the popular men's entertainment and fashion magazine, lauded the blind activist for his fight against forced abortions and sterilizations in China, calling him a “humanitarian cause célèbre.” Despite its usual … [Read more...]

Support for teen emergency contraception access deemed ‘foolish’

Denver, Colo., Nov 28, 2012 / 05:00 pm (CNA).- Doctors and pro-life advocates warn that the American Academy of Pediatrics' recommendation of emergency contraceptives for teenage girls promotes unwise and “risky behaviors."“It is beyond belief that the AAP would make this statement which is not in the best interest of teens … but in fact encourages them to initiate sexual activity and to do more risky behaviors. It's very foolish,” Doctor Donna Harrison … [Read more...]

Bishops decry Congo violence, urge international help

Washington D.C., Nov 28, 2012 / 04:02 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Leaders of the Catholic Church in Africa are calling for humanitarian aid and peace efforts in the eastern part of the Democratic Republic of Congo after rebel forces captured a major city. In light of “the mission of Christian charity and solidarity,” the African bishops called on various charitable organizations to renew and strengthen their efforts to ease “the suffering afflicting these brothers and … [Read more...]

Leader of Anglican ordinariate recalls joy of first year

Washington D.C., Nov 27, 2012 / 03:02 pm (CNA).- Almost a year after being appointed to shepherd Anglican communities seeking to join the Catholic Church, Monsignor Jeffrey N. Steenson says the past months have been showered with blessings. “I think the real joys have been to see communities that have struggled with the decision of discerning whether to become Catholic and have made that choice, and they have come in,” he told CNA in a November interview. He described … [Read more...]