Catholics supporting Archbishop Cordileone on school identity feel silenced, pressured

San Francisco, Calif., Mar 12, 2015 / 05:05 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Amid a PR campaign and protests against Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone’s attempt to clarify Catholic teaching in the San Francisco schools, those who support the archbishop say their voices are not being heard. “People are afraid to speak up because most of their colleagues oppose the additions to the handbook and because of just how disturbingly negative yet powerful the voices of opposition are,” a Catholic … [Read more...]

CNA exclusive poll: Americans agree – protect religious liberty

Denver, Colo., Mar 12, 2015 / 03:28 pm (CNA).- Religious freedom battles continue to take place in courtrooms around the country, but in the court of public opinion, religious liberty wins easily. Fifty-four percent of respondents to a new Marist Poll survey, sponsored by Catholic News Agency, support or strongly support First Amendment religious liberty protections or exemptions for faith-based organizations and individuals, “even when it conflicts with government law.” Only … [Read more...]

Bishops push for religious freedom protections in adoption, foster care

Washington D.C., Mar 12, 2015 / 11:21 am (CNA/EWTN News).- With increasing pressure on adoption and foster care agencies to act against their religious beliefs, the U.S. bishops are pushing for legislation to protect them. “Our first and most cherished freedom, religious liberty, is to be enjoyed by all Americans, including child welfare providers who serve the needs of children – the most vulnerable members of society,” said a March 9 letter. The letter was authored by … [Read more...]

Catholic dissenters’ convention keynoter: A pornographic sex columnist?

Seattle, Wash., Mar 12, 2015 / 02:31 am (CNA).- Dan Savage coordinates an annual pornography festival. He has made obscene tirades about Pope Benedict XVI, denigrated the practice of monogamy, insulted high school students and publicly harassed politicians he opposes. Now, dissenting Catholic group Dignity USA has invited the explicit sex columnist as a keynote speaker to its biennial convention in Seattle this June. Dignity USA executive director Marianne Duddy-Burke called Savage … [Read more...]

Don’t kill the disabled – Maryland lawmakers warned against assisted suicide bill

Annapolis, Md., Mar 11, 2015 / 04:55 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- A physician-assisted suicide bill in Maryland preys on those who are vulnerable or disabled, and promotes suicide as an acceptable solution to life’s problems, said critics testifying before the state’s lawmakers. Among those testifying against the bill was Super Bowl-winning former NFL player O.J. Brigance, who was diagnosed eight years ago with ALS, a progressive neurodegenerative disease also known as “Lou … [Read more...]

A milkshake for the Pope: One sweet way to support Francis in Philly

Philadelphia, Pa., Mar 11, 2015 / 02:03 am (CNA/EWTN News).- As the City of Brotherly Love prepares to host the next World Meeting of Families – and Pope Francis’ first papal visit to America – a restaurant has come up with a tasty fundraiser to benefit planning efforts.   Beginning in April, Potbelly Sandwich Shop’s Philadelphia locations will sell a custom shake dubbed the #PopeInPhilly – a shortbread cookie and vanilla ice-cream concoction – for … [Read more...]

A top-notch contender: Knights of Columbus among world’s most ethical companies

New Haven, Conn., Mar 10, 2015 / 06:53 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- You have probably heard about their work with charitable organizations and the international councils that they've founded across the globe. You may have benefited from their life insurance program, or know someone who belongs to the fraternal organization. But this year, they have been recognized as one of the world's most ethical companies for the second consecutive year. The Knights of Columbus have been honored by the … [Read more...]