Priest dismissed from Society of Jesus had ‘lost his way’

Baltimore, Md., Jan 16, 2014 / 12:03 am (CNA).- Father John Dear, a longtime activist for peace and nonviolence who has been dismissed from the Jesuits, is impassioned yet wayward according to a source long familiar with the Society of Jesus. Fr. Dear was recently dismissed from the order for disobedience, after failing to respond to a request from his superior to reside in Baltimore. “I'm not unsympathetic, but…when you join the Jesuits, or any religious order, it … [Read more...]

Social hostilities toward religion reached six-year high in 2012

Washington D.C., Jan 15, 2014 / 05:30 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Social hostilities related to religion climbed to a six-year peak in 2012, according to a new report by the Pew Research Center. One-third of the 198 countries and territories in the Pew Research Center’s study had “high” or “very high” social hostilities involving religion, an increase from 29 percent in 2011 and 20 percent in 2007. Some of these countries are very populous. Collectively, they are home … [Read more...]

AK-47 designer felt ‘unbearable’ pain for rifle deaths

Moscow, Russia, Jan 15, 2014 / 03:03 pm (CNA).- According to a Russian daily, Mikhail Kalashnikov wrote a letter more than six months before his death expressing repentance for his design of the AK-47 assault rifle. “My spiritual pain is unbearable,” Kalashnikov wrote in a letter to the head of the Russian Orthodox Church, Kirill I, according to the Jan. 13 issue of Izvestia. “I keep having the same unsolved question: since my rifle killed people, can it be that I... a … [Read more...]

Fidelity urged amid Seattle school’s ‘gay marriage’ controversy

Seattle, Wash., Jan 15, 2014 / 11:46 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Controversy over a Seattle-area Catholic school’s treatment of employees who contract same-sex “marriages” is being described as a chance for the school to explain Church teaching and defend the faith. “A Catholic school does great damage by appearing inconsistent or embarrassed by the Catholic faith,” said Patrick Reilly, president of the Cardinal Newman Society, which works to promote Catholic identity … [Read more...]

Newly appointed Pueblo, Colo. bishop promises to give his all

Vatican City, Jan 15, 2014 / 11:15 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Francis has named the next bishop of Pueblo, Colorado: Monsignor Stephen J. Berg of Fort Worth, Texas, a trained pianist who became a priest after a career as a business executive. “You will have all I have to give,” Bishop-designate Berg, 62, told the people of his diocese at a Jan. 15 press conference in Pueblo. “I will also give my best to all of my people, especially the Hispanic … [Read more...]

Pope Francis: our faith is ‘not an ornament’

Vatican City, Jan 15, 2014 / 06:09 am (CNA/EWTN News).- During his general audience, Pope Francis continued his reflections on the Sacrament of Baptism, emphasizing that we are called to use the grace we receive in order to become “missionary disciples.” “We are one community, and living together our faith is not an ornament, but rather is something essential for the Christian life ... for testimony and for evangelization,” the Pope explained in his Jan. 15 general … [Read more...]

Scottish official rejects sex ed guidelines for Catholic schools

Glasgow, Scotland, Jan 15, 2014 / 04:10 am (CNA/EWTN News).- A Scottish Catholic education leader is “confident” the government’s proposal for sex education in Catholic schools regarding contraception and homosexual unions will not be implemented. He did, however, characterize the proposal as “a bit mean-spirited.” “The Church has a legal right to provide guidance for Catholic schools in this country. We intend to retain that right, and we’re … [Read more...]