Legal expert: Religious freedom does not justify child abuse

Minneapolis, Minn., Jan 5, 2017 / 04:49 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Two Minnesota parents are facing charges of child neglect after they prayed over their severely ill son rather than seeking medical attention just prior to the child’s death. A criminal complaint says the couple, Sarah Johnson, 38, and Timothy Johnson, 39, found their son Seth, 7, unresponsive and covered in vomit one morning in March 2015. The parents told authorities they had decided to pray over Seth and treat … [Read more...]

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Race relations are a Church responsibility, bishops say in call to action

Washington D.C., Jan 5, 2017 / 01:30 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- The Catholic Church can be a force for healing race relations, said the U.S. bishops’ task force on racism and peace in a newly released report.“We find ourselves at a critically important moment for our individual communities and our nation as a whole,” Archbishop Wilton Gregory of Atlanta said in the report’s introduction. “The Church has a tremendous opportunity and, we believe, an equally tremendous … [Read more...]

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This Utah legislator wants internet porn peddlers to face lawsuits

Salt Lake City, Utah, Jan 5, 2017 / 03:04 am (CNA/EWTN News).- A lawmaker in Utah says the damage internet pornography can cause means people should be able to sue pornography companies.“To pretend that this is not having any impact on our youth, on children’s minds as they’re developing, as their attitudes towards sex and the opposite sex are being formed, I think is foolish,” Utah State Sen. Todd Weiler said, according to the Utah news site KSL.com.Weiler has … [Read more...]

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Across California, pro-lifers to rally in January 2017

San Diego, Calif., Jan 5, 2017 / 12:22 am (CNA/EWTN News).- January 21. That’s the date when Californians will come together at three events across the state for pro-life advocacy and encouragement.San Diego will host its Fifth Annual Walk for Life in the historic Balboa Park at 6th and Laurel at 8:30 a.m. Jan. 21. The event theme is “Real People, Real Stories.”Speakers include Bishop Robert W. McElroy of San Diego; communicator and Oklahoma Wesleyan University professor … [Read more...]

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Congress still overwhelmingly identifies as Christian

Washington D.C., Jan 4, 2017 / 07:38 pm (CNA).- While the number of Americans who describe themselves as Christians has declined in recent years, more than 9 in 10 members of Congress profess to be adherents of the faith.A strong 91 percent of incoming Members of Congress describe themselves as Christian, an analysis of the 115th Congress has said.About 67 percent of Republicans in Congress are Protestant, while 27 percent are Catholic. Among Democrats, 42 percent are Protestant and 37 … [Read more...]

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Planned Parenthood accused of serious abuses by Congressional panel

Washington D.C., Jan 4, 2017 / 04:59 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Abuses and possibly criminal violations are occurring in the fetal tissue trade between abortion clinics and tissue harvesters, concluded the special House panel investigating the matter on Wednesday.“It is my hope that our recommendations will result in some necessary changes within both the abortion and fetal tissue procurement industries,” Rep. Marsha Blackburn (R-Tenn.), chair of the House Select Investigative Panel, … [Read more...]

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An old anti-Catholic law has resurfaced in Georgia

Atlanta, Ga., Jan 3, 2017 / 07:44 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- An amendment from the 1870s that was once used to target Catholics is now being invoked in Georgia once again to challenge a scholarship program allowing children to attend religious schools.And the use of the amendment is deeply unacceptable, religious freedom advocates say.“Georgia’s program is helping low-income children. It would be a terrible mistake to use a bigoted law from the nineteenth century to hurt schoolchildren … [Read more...]

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