Toronto cardinal: Catholic teaching on divorce not changing

Toronto, Canada, Jul 2, 2014 / 12:05 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Catholic teaching on divorce and remarriage is “not open to change” as it is faithful to Jesus but the Church can do better in helping those suffering in this area, says Cardinal Thomas Collins of Toronto. “Although it would not be right for them to receive the sacraments, we need to find better ways to reach out to people in this situation, to offer them loving assistance,” the cardinal said in an interview … [Read more...]

Retired Lincoln bishop recovering from heart attack

Lincoln, Neb., Jul 1, 2014 / 08:09 pm (CNA).- Bishop emeritus Fabian Bruskewitz of Lincoln, Neb., is in good spirits and grateful for prayers as he recovers after suffering a heart attack last week. “We’re looking forward to Bishop Bruskewitz’s recovery,” said J.D. Flynn, communications director for the Diocese of Lincoln. “He is an important part of our diocesan life, and we expect him back on his feet, and back in ministry, soon,” Flynn told CNA June … [Read more...]

Minn. archbishop cooperates with investigation of ‘false’ claims

St. Paul, Minn., Jul 1, 2014 / 05:43 pm (CNA).- Archbishop John Nienstedt of St. Paul, Minn., has ordered a third party investigation of himself following recent accusations of sexual misconduct, which he denies as being “entirely false.” Three months ago, Archbishop Nienstedt was cleared of an accusation of touching a male minor’s posterior region during a confirmation photo shoot in 2009. During that investigation, Archbishop Nienstedt removed himself from public ministry … [Read more...]

Legal experts: Hobby Lobby ruling may have broad implications

Washington D.C., Jul 1, 2014 / 05:06 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- While the full impact of the Supreme Court’s recent ruling on Hobby Lobby may not yet be clear, legal scholars said that it has the potential to be used in future religious freedom cases. “This opinion makes clear that for-profit businesses are entitled to the protections of RFRA [Religious Freedom Restoration Act],” said law professor Carter Snead, who serves as director of the Notre Dame Center for Ethics and … [Read more...]

Christian doctors encouraged but cautious after Court ruling

Washington D.C., Jul 1, 2014 / 03:48 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- A Christian doctors' organization celebrated the Supreme Court’s recent religious freedom ruling, while at the same time cautioning that threats to religious liberty remain.   “We are very thankful that the Supreme Court acted to protect family businesses from government coercion and fines for simply honoring the tenets of their faith,” said Dr. David Stevens, CEO of the 15,000-member Christian Medical … [Read more...]

Opus Dei to display remains of Bishop del Portillo after beatification

Rome, Italy, Jul 1, 2014 / 12:23 pm (CNA).- The Opus Dei press office announced that the remains of Bishop Alvaro del Portillo, the first successor to St. Josemaria Escriva, will be put on display September 29 to October 2 at the Basilica of St. Eugene in Rome. On June 23, the beatification organizing committee released the schedule of events for the beatification of Bishop del Portillo, which is set for September 27. Although the ceremony will take place in Madrid, commemorative acts will … [Read more...]

Show joy of Christian family life, Denver archbishop teaches

Denver, Colo., Jul 1, 2014 / 12:02 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Archbishop Samuel J. Aquila of Denver has published a pastoral letter calling on Catholics to live their faith in their families and to renew the role of the family in broader culture. “We have to help couples live the fullness of the Gospel in a broken, skeptical and hostile culture. Above all, the Church must shine a light on the joy of living a faithful Christian family life,” Archbishop Aquila said in his June 29 letter, … [Read more...]