Catholic Charities mobilizes against growing Colorado fires

Colorado Springs, Colo., Jun 27, 2012 / 05:08 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Both evacuees and residents of the Colorado Springs area are in “utter shock and disbelief” at the major fire threatening the outskirts of the city, a local Catholic Charities official says. Rochelle Schlortt, communications director for Catholic Charities of Central Colorado, said the situation is “just scary.”   “You look up and you see the smoke or you see the flames. It’s like the … [Read more...]

SSPX letter indicates refusal of Vatican reconciliation effort

Washington D.C., Jun 27, 2012 / 01:08 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- A recent letter leaked online suggests that leaders of the Society of St. Pius X, a breakaway traditionalist group, have rejected a proposed Vatican document to aid in reconciliation efforts. The June 25 letter, written by the society’s general secretary, Fr. Christian Thouvenot, informs leaders within the society that the groups’ superior general, Bishop Bernard Fellay, found the Vatican’s offer “clearly … [Read more...]

New fund will help fight forced abortions in China

Washington D.C., Jun 27, 2012 / 04:09 am (CNA).- An international human rights group has announced the creation of a new fund to help fight the forced abortions that are often used to enforce the Chinese state’s one-child policy. Bob Fu, president of the nonprofit organization China Aid Association, explained on June 19 that “the clock has started ticking on China's forced abortion policy.” China Aid, a group that monitors and aids victims of human rights violations … [Read more...]

Fortnight resource combines religious liberty, outreach to disabled

Washington D.C., Jun 27, 2012 / 02:07 am (CNA).- Two national Catholic groups have released a list of suggested activities to defend religious liberty and reach out charitably to those with disabilities. “We hope you take advantage of these resources and share them with others,” said the National Catholic Bioethics Center in a June 18 statement announcing the initiative. The bioethics center has joined with the National Catholic Partnership on Disability – a group that … [Read more...]

Supreme Knight says HHS mandate has re-shaped country’s political landscape

Indianapolis, Ind., Jun 26, 2012 / 10:20 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Whether the federal contraception mandate stands or falls, it has changed U.S. politics forever, the head of the Knights of Columbus observed during the 2012 Catholic Media Conference. “It definitely has changed the political landscape,” Supreme Knight Carl Anderson told CNA in a June 22 interview at the convention held in downtown Indianapolis. “What we see clearly, is an attempt to redefine the role of … [Read more...]

Poll finds Americans respect immigrants, want ‘non-partisan’ solution

New Haven, Conn., Jun 26, 2012 / 02:05 am (CNA).- Most Americans have a respectful view of immigrants, and would support long-term measures to make legal residence possible, a Knights of Columbus-Marist poll has found.“There is a consensus among the American people on the issue of immigration,” Supreme Knight Carl Anderson said in a June 25 statement, announcing the findings of a survey conducted by the Catholic fraternal order in collaboration with the Marist Institute for Public … [Read more...]

Archbishop Gomez gives mixed response to immigration ruling

Washington D.C., Jun 25, 2012 / 05:33 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- The Supreme Court's decision on an Arizona immigration law drew both praise and concern from the bishops' leader on migration issues, as well as a renewed call for federal immigration reform.   “The U.S. Catholic bishops across the nation will urge their state governments to not pursue laws such as in Arizona, but rather to pursue humane reform on the federal level,” said Archbishop José H. Gomez of Los … [Read more...]