Montana church rededicated on Feast of Our Lady of the Rosary

Bozeman, Mont., Oct 27, 2012 / 01:04 pm (CNA).- Chrism oil on the altar, blessings over a new baptismal font and a standing-room congregation were part of the rededication of Holy Rosary Parish in Bozeman, Mont. on Sunday, Oct. 7, the Feast of Our Lady of the Rosary.Bishop George Leo Thomas of Helena, celebrated the Mass that included Fathers Leo Proxell, who is the Holy Rosary pastor; Joe Oblinger, a retired priest in Big Sky; Val Zdilla, pastor at Resurrection Parish in Bozeman; and … [Read more...]

Christian Bale presents award to blind pro-life activist from China

New York City, N.Y., Oct 27, 2012 / 07:51 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Hollywood actor Christian Bale presented a human rights award to Chinese pro-life advocate Chen Guangcheng for fighting forced abortions in China, praising him as a courageous and inspirational figure.By exposing “a program of forced abortion and sterilization in Shandong,” Chen exemplified the “values that we teach our children every day of helping our fellow man,” Bale said.Chen was the 2012 Human … [Read more...]

Catholic analyst reacts to Obama campaign’s new ‘anti-woman’ ad

Chicago, Ill., Oct 26, 2012 / 05:06 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- A nonpartisan political analyst says Obama’s new ad featuring a young woman describing her “first time” voting for the president in terms similar to losing her virginity is “nothing short of demeaning  and sexist” towards women.“As a woman, I am horribly offended by this ad,” Kara Mone of told CNA Oct. 26.In the ad, 26 year-old actress and writer Lena Dunham, tells the … [Read more...]

Catholics United urges ‘gay marriage’ surrender

Washington D.C., Oct 26, 2012 / 03:12 pm (CNA).- The group Catholics United, which until now has avoided directly contradicting Catholic teaching in its defense of Democratic political causes, has now denounced Catholic efforts to defend traditional marriage as a “far right-wing” social issue.   The shift comes in an Oct. 18 statement criticizing Catholic donations to organizations that support marriage and oppose its redefinition to include same-sex couples. Catholics United … [Read more...]

Family Research Council shooting suspect charged with terrorism

Washington D.C., Oct 26, 2012 / 09:30 am (CNA/EWTN News).- A federal grand jury indicted a 28-year-old Virginia man for “committing an act of terrorism” in connection with the shooting of a security guard at the Family Research Council in Washington, D.C., this summer.Tony Perkins, president of Family Research Council, said the indictment “makes clear that acts of violence designed to intimidate and silence those who support natural marriage and traditional morality violate … [Read more...]

Catholic chapel to open near Okla. abortion clinic

Warr Acres, Okla., Oct 26, 2012 / 03:58 am (CNA).- Catholic pro-life advocates in Oklahoma plan to open a perpetual adoration chapel and counseling offices next to an abortion clinic in hopes of serving women in need and ending abortion through prayer.“We are 20 feet from the abortionist,” Father M. Price Oswalt, a leader of the project, told CNA Oct. 25. “We’re going to have some signs in our windows that say ‘Pregnant? Need help? Come here.’ That will … [Read more...]

Pennsylvania bishop highlights issues at stake in election

Greensburg, Pa., Oct 26, 2012 / 02:07 am (CNA).- The right of the Catholic institutions to exist with integrity is threatened by the Health and Human Services contraception and sterilization mandate, Bishop Lawrence E. Brandt of Greensburg said in a pastoral letter to his diocese.The mandate “relegates religious freedom to the sacristy, and will not allow it to exist or be operative outside of the Church and in the public square,” the Pennsylvania bishop wrote in “Integrity … [Read more...]