Former abortion clinic workers detail conversion stories

Washington D.C., Sep 29, 2012 / 05:03 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- At a recent conference in Illinois, former abortion workers told the stories of the work that they once thought was helping women, and how they were converted to the pro-life position. “We wanted to better understand the mindset of people who work in the abortion industry,” said conference planner Ann Scheidler, who serves as the vice president of the Pro-Life Action League. She told CNA that the purpose of the … [Read more...]

Immigration policy opening doors for young people

Providence, R.I., Sep 29, 2012 / 01:00 pm (CNA).- For the last few years, since learning he had entered the United States illegally as a young child, Luis Lucario has lived with the fear that at any time, he could be discovered and deported back to Mexico, separating him from his family here.The 19-year-old is but one of a population of young, undocumented immigrants living in the U.S. estimated to number in the hundreds of thousands.With the enactment of a new U.S. Citizenship and … [Read more...]

Knights leader will promote family, laity at New Evangelization synod

New Haven, Conn., Sep 29, 2012 / 07:06 am (CNA).- Carl Anderson, the head of the Knights of Columbus, will focus his participation at the upcoming Synod of Bishops on the role of families and the laity in the New Evangelization.“I would hope to make a contribution in both those aspects, the importance of family and the importance of the laity,” Anderson told CNA in a Sept. 27 interview.Both John Paul II and Benedict XVI have said “the role of the laity can be decisive in … [Read more...]

Catholic support for Obama in polls may not tell full story

Washington D.C., Sep 28, 2012 / 10:55 am (CNA/EWTN News).- A recent poll showing President Barack Obama with a 15-point lead over Republican candidate Mitt Romney among Catholic voters may not represent the actual attitudes of the Catholic electorate, analysts say.“Keep in mind that a survey is just that – it’s a survey,” said Dr. Matthew Green, a politics professor who deals with the field of U.S. elections at The Catholic University of America. “There’s … [Read more...]

Pro-lifers say Notre Dame invite to Obama is different this time

Washington D.C., Sep 28, 2012 / 04:05 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Pro-life advocates said the University of Notre Dame's recent invitation to President Barack Obama to speak on campus is a chance to participate in public discourse, unlike the school’s welcoming of Obama as commencement speaker in 2009. “One is a scandal and the other is entirely appropriate,” said Eric Scheidler, executive director of the Pro-Life Action League. In a recent press release, Notre Dame … [Read more...]

Commentators say pro-Obama Catholics misrepresent record

Washington D.C., Sep 28, 2012 / 12:38 am (CNA).- The Catholic commentators Deacon Keith Fournier and Deal Hudson, in their new column to run daily through the upcoming elections, have warned that some Catholic supporters of President Obama are misrepresenting his record.Deacon Fournier said “too many Catholics and other Christians have not figured out the consequences we face on November 6, 2012 if we do not properly inform our decision on who we will elect to lead us and vote … [Read more...]

Book busts myths about Church teaching on hot topics

Denver, Colo., Sep 27, 2012 / 04:23 am (CNA).- Dr. Christopher Kaczor's new book addresses some of the most widely-held myths about the Catholic Church and its teachings, tackling sensitive topics like homosexuality and the abuse scandal.“I really hope that people who are struggling with these issues and have difficulties, are able to be really aided … to find their way to happiness,” Kaczor told CNA Sept. 26.His new work is titled “The Seven Big Myths about … [Read more...]