Newark archdiocese says media ‘mischaracterizing’ accused priest

Newark, N.J., May 1, 2013 / 12:05 am (CNA).- The Archdiocese of Newark asserts that a local publication is inaccurately portraying the continued ministry of a priest who was accused of abusing a minor. On April 28, New Jersey newspaper The Star-Ledger published a story saying that the Newark archdiocese is allowing Father Michael Fugee, who was accused of sexual abuse of a teenage boy in 2001, to continue working with children. The archdiocesan communications director, James Goodness, told … [Read more...]

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Morning-after pill to be made available over the counter

Washington D.C., Apr 30, 2013 / 04:44 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- On April 30, the Food and Drug Administration approved over the counter sale of the morning-after pill Plan B One-Step to “women 15 years of age and older.”Plan B One-Step is the name of the drug, made exclusively by Teva Women's Health, Inc., which acts as an emergency contraceptive which reduces the possibility of pregnancy when taken up to three days after sexual intercourse. It is taken as a single-dose 1.5 mg … [Read more...]

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US bishops name religious freedom advocate as president’s spokeswoman

Washington D.C., Apr 30, 2013 / 04:22 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops has hired religious liberty attorney and mother of six Kim Daniels as spokesperson for conference president Cardinal Timothy M. Dolan.The bishops’ conference said April 29 that it “welcomes” Daniels, who brings with her experience as director of Catholic Voices USA, a lay Catholic organization that “works to bring the positive message of the Church across a broad range of … [Read more...]

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Retired Illinois bishop dies after 70 years of priesthood

Rockford, Ill., Apr 30, 2013 / 11:03 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Bishop emeritus Arthur J. O'Neill of Rockford, Ill., died at his residence on April 27. The 95-year-old had recently celebrated the 70th anniversary of his priestly ordination.The faithful will be able to visit Bishop O'Neill's body on May 2 from 4-8 p.m. at the Cathedral of St. Peter in Rockford, and the Office of the Dead will be prayed there at 7:30.Bishop O'Neill's funeral Mass will be said the following day, … [Read more...]

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Columnist blasts media for Gosnell tardiness

Philadelphia, Pa., Apr 30, 2013 / 10:17 am (CNA).- In a column written for Catholic News Agency, former editor-in-chief of the National Catholic Register Francis Maier has called attention to the media's failure to cover the trial of abortion doctor Kermit Gosnell.Closing arguments were made in Gosnell's trial in Philadelphia on April 29. He is charged with the murder of one mother and four infants who were allegedly killed after being born alive despite his efforts to abort … [Read more...]

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Videos show Gosnell practices in other abortion clinics

Washington D.C., Apr 30, 2013 / 02:06 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Newly released videos from Live Action, a pro-life advocacy group, show that doctor Kermit Gosnell's practice of murdering infants who survive abortions is not isolated to his facility. “It is clear from our investigation that the horrors revealed during the Kermit Gosnell trial are not exclusive to that clinic,” Lila Rose, president of Live Action, stated April 29. “Our videos expose the truly gruesome, … [Read more...]

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US bishops say budget should prioritize poor

Washington D.C., Apr 30, 2013 / 12:03 am (CNA/EWTN News).- The U.S. bishops have responded to President Barack Obama's 2014 budget proposal with a call to give high priority to funding for those in need. “As persistently high poverty and unemployment plague our nation, and war and crushing poverty tear families apart around the world, a just framework for future budgets cannot rely on disproportionate cuts to programs that help people live in a manner worthy of their human … [Read more...]

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