Catholic League urges veto of ‘discriminatory’ Calif. abuse bill

Sacramento, Calif., Sep 11, 2013 / 02:01 am (CNA/EWTN News).- California Gov. Jerry Brown should veto an abuse lawsuit bill that is “flagrantly discriminatory” and “targeted at the Catholic Church,” says Bill Donohue of the Catholic League for Religious and Civil Rights.“Going after the Catholic schools today for cases of abuse that took place decades ago, while exempting the public schools – at a time when there is a serious problem with the sexual … [Read more...]

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Syrian refugees find support from Catholic Relief Services

Washington D.C., Sep 10, 2013 / 05:43 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Unable to enter refugee camps run by the United Nations, many Syrians fleeing from violence in their home country have found basic necessities and ongoing support from Catholic Relief Services in nearby Lebanon.“When they come, they have nothing,” said Joan Rosenhauer, who serves as Catholic Relief Services’ executive vice president for U.S. Operations.“You can hardly imagine what it’s like as a parent … [Read more...]

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Calif. advances abuse bill that could bankrupt Catholic dioceses

Los Angeles, Calif., Sep 10, 2013 / 04:02 am (CNA/EWTN News).- A California sex abuse bill that has been described as discriminatory against the Catholic Church has passed the legislature and is advancing to the governor’s desk.Last Friday, the bill passed the State Senate by a vote of 21-8 at the close of the legislative session, and opponents are now asking for a veto from California Governor Jerry Brown.The legislation would lift the statute of limitations on child sex abuse … [Read more...]

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Bishop: Catholics must adjust to cultural bias against faith

Springfield, Ill., Sep 10, 2013 / 02:08 am (CNA).- Bishop Thomas J. Papropcki of Springfield, Ill., said that Catholics should be aware of an “unconscious hatred for the faith” as they seek to interact with the modern culture.In an interview with the Washington Times, published Sept. 3, the bishop reflected that in past generations, “many of the values in our secular world mirrored the values of the religious world.”“And I think what’s happening now is … [Read more...]

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DC cardinal highlights role of prayer in Syria resolution

Washington D.C., Sep 9, 2013 / 05:22 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Joining in a global day of prayer for peace in Syria, Cardinal Donald W. Wuerl of Washington, D.C., urged Catholics to stand strong in their faith despite the threat of violence and evil in the world.“The Church always calls us to prayer,” Cardinal Wuerl said in his homily. “Particularly in moments of crisis we turn to prayer.”At this particular moment in history, he continued, we pray especially for … [Read more...]

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Taking sides in Syria conflict ‘unreasonable,’ bishop says

Lincoln, Neb., Sep 9, 2013 / 10:08 am (CNA).- Bishop James D. Conley of Lincoln says that a solution to the violence in Syria must be achieved, not through more violence or “taking sides” with one of the warring factions, but by speaking the truth “boldly.”“I am not a politician, or a military strategist. I am only a pastor,” he wrote in a Sept. 7 column. “But I know we cannot solve the violence of Syria with more violence.”On the occasion of … [Read more...]

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College network seeks to change campus debate on sex

Princeton, N.J., Sep 8, 2013 / 04:12 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- As college students around the country kick off a new school year, one national organization is working to change prevailing campus attitudes that accept casual sexual encounters as the norm.Cassandra Hough, founder of the Love and Fidelity Network, explained that “on the majority of college campuses, there’s a one-sided view” on questions of marriage, family and sexuality, “and there’s a lot of pressure … [Read more...]

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