Critics find a lot to doubt about Hillary Clinton’s pro-religious freedom claims

Washington D.C., Aug 17, 2016 / 05:43 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Presidential candidate Hillary Clinton has claimed to be a defender of religious freedom. But does it match the facts?Georgetown University professor Thomas Farr has his doubts.“Anyone who believes that a President Hillary Clinton will support the religious freedom of Catholic elementary and high schools, colleges, refugee services, adoption agencies, homes for the aged poor, or any other private organization, is making a … [Read more...]

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Racism, poverty, education – a closer look at the tensions in Milwaukee

Milwaukee, Wis., Aug 17, 2016 / 04:44 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- After riots last weekend in Milwaukee brought long-standing social tensions to the surface, Catholic leaders are calling for prayer first and foremost, but also action to promote justice.A prayer service scheduled for Thursday at All Saints Catholic Church in Milwaukee’s center city hopes to “envelop the city in prayer,” Fr. Tim Kitzke, the vicar for urban ministry for the archdiocese, told CNA. Fr. Kitzke ministers … [Read more...]

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Head Knight of Columbus takes on idea of ‘pro-choice but personally opposed’

New Haven, Conn., Aug 18, 2016 / 02:09 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Since it was first used by Mario Cuomo in 1984, many Catholic politicians have taken up the argument that they are “personally opposed to abortion” but still “pro-choice.” The argument “has always been a poor one, but it has never made less sense than it does today,” writes Carl Anderson, CEO of the Knights of Columbus, in an opinion piece published yesterday in The Hill.In a speech at Notre Dame in … [Read more...]

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California religious colleges dodge a bullet. But what’s next?

Sacramento, Calif., Aug 16, 2016 / 04:49 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- A bill that threatened to defund California religious colleges that do not accept same-sex marriage and gender ideology has been amended, but the danger could return.“The schools dodged an enormous bullet,” Gregory S. Baylor, senior counsel with Alliance Defending Freedom, told CNA Aug. 16. “The provisions that were dropped would have made it very difficult for them. They would have been forced to choose between … [Read more...]

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Amid Louisiana floods, victims become helpers

Baton Rouge, La., Aug 16, 2016 / 11:57 am (CNA/EWTN News).- In southern Louisiana, the flooding is perhaps unprecedented. And the local Catholic Charities is stepping up to help, even as its own staff is affected by the disasters.“This is something that we’ve never experienced before,” David C. Aguillard, executive director of Catholic Charities of Baton Rouge, told CNA.“We’re the disaster capital of the world down here. We’ve had oil spills, rig fires, … [Read more...]

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The US talks tough on religious persecution – but do its actions match?

Washington D.C., Aug 16, 2016 / 03:02 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Religious freedom advocates praised the State Department’s annual International Religious Freedom report published last week, but insisted that words must be followed by action.“We at USCIRF applaud the State Department for the excellent work that went into this report and its efforts to encourage countries around the world to adopt policies that respect this fundamental right,” stated Fr. Thomas Reese, chair of the … [Read more...]

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This bill aims to ensure churches can help people pay medical bills

Washington D.C., Aug 16, 2016 / 12:08 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Sponsors of a proposed bill in the U.S. Congress say that churches are not able to help pay people’s insurance premiums in 38 states, but is that really the case?“There’s nothing actually that prevents the church now,” JoAnn Volk, project director at Georgetown University’s Center on Health Insurance Reforms, told CNA. “If you wanted to just help someone pay their bills, there’s nothing that … [Read more...]

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