Paul Ryan’s bishop defends him amid attacks on his application of Church teaching

Madison, Wis., Aug 16, 2012 / 11:33 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Earlier this year, when Georgetown University announced that Rep. Paul Ryan, (R-Wis.), the chairman of the House Budget Committee, would defend his budget in a public address, almost 90 faculty members at the Jesuit institution publicly denounced his interpretation of Church doctrine.   While the media generally presented the harsh judgment as a sign that Ryan’s budget proposals violated core beliefs of his Church, most news … [Read more...]

New initiative urges Christians to shape modern art, entertainment

Washington D.C., Aug 16, 2012 / 04:08 am (CNA).- A new organization is encouraging Christians to use their “demographic size and collective buying power” to influence the movies, music and television produced by the entertainment industry. “The goal of As1 is to restore the Church back to its historically traditionally role as patron of the arts,” said Jonathan Bock, founder of As1, which launched last week. Bock told CNA in an Aug. 14 interview that there is a need … [Read more...]

Democrats reject move to acknowledge pro-life stance within party

Washington D.C., Aug 16, 2012 / 02:06 am (CNA/EWTN News).- A Democratic committee has rejected efforts to broaden the party's platform in order to acknowledge and welcome “differing positions” on the issue of abortion. Kristen Day, executive director of Democrats For Life of America, told CNA on Aug. 15 that there is a lack of understanding about the extent of pro-life support within the Democratic Party. She explained that it can be difficult for pro-life Democrats to … [Read more...]

Cardinal Dolan: Obama invite is not an award or platform

New York City, N.Y., Aug 15, 2012 / 05:04 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Cardinal Timothy M. Dolan of New York defended his decision to invite President Barack Obama to a traditional fundraising dinner as being an effort to engage, not endorse, the president. Cardinal Dolan explained that “an invitation to the Al Smith Dinner is not an award, or the provision of a platform to expound views at odds with the Church.” Rather, he said, the dinner is “an occasion of conversation,” … [Read more...]

Catholic-run business asks Obama to respect its faith

Denver, Colo., Aug 15, 2012 / 05:18 am (CNA).- A spokesman for a Catholic family-owned business in Colorado is asking President Obama to respect his family’s faith after the president reaffirmed his support for the controversial contraception mandate during a recent campaign swing through the state.“Instead of rewarding political special interests and punishing family businesses, the president should instead be true to the oath he swore to uphold and defend the Constitution and … [Read more...]

Network invitation to spend day with poor only applies to Romney

Washington D.C., Aug 15, 2012 / 01:57 am (CNA/EWTN News).- A Catholic social justice lobby that describes itself as “a progressive voice within the Catholic community” is asking Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney to spend a day with those who serve the poor but it will not be extending a similar invitation to President Obama.Recent advertisements by Romney’s campaign in support of work requirements for welfare benefits show that he is “out of touch with the … [Read more...]

US bishops urge cooperative effort to renew economy

Washington D.C., Aug 15, 2012 / 12:03 am (CNA).- The U.S. bishops' point man on domestic justice issues has called for an economic renewal that places “working people and their families at the center of economic life.” “Everyone and every institution has a role to play in building a more just economy,” said Bishop Stephen E. Blaire of Stockton, Calif., who chairs the Committee on Domestic Justice and Human Development for the U.S. Conference of Catholic … [Read more...]