Irish law will lead to abortion increase, Vatican expert predicts

Rome, Italy, Jul 12, 2013 / 09:52 am (CNA/EWTN News).- A scientist from the Pontifical Academy for Life says Ireland’s new abortion law will result in an increased number of children being aborted, especially because it does not involve enough doctors in the decision-making process. “I would have liked to have had this law with a motion of at least three doctors, even in an emergency,” Monsignor Jacques Suaudeau said July 12. “We are not in Tamanrasset (Algeria) or … [Read more...]

Vatican freezes funds of suspended accountant

Vatican City, Jul 12, 2013 / 06:40 am (CNA/EWTN News).- The Vatican announced it has frozen the funds of a senior accountant who is accused of laundering money through the so-called Vatican bank. “By court order on the 9th of July, the Vatican Promoter of Justice has frozen funds at the IOR attributed to suspended Vatican employee Nunzio Scarano as part of an ongoing investigation by the Vatican judicial authorities,” Vatican spokesman Father Federico Lombardi said July 11. Fr. … [Read more...]

Catholic fraternity offers support to intellectually disabled

Baltimore, Md., Jul 12, 2013 / 04:12 am (CNA/EWTN News).- The International Order of Alhambra, a Catholic fraternal order, has served the intellectually disabled youth and young adults of the world for over a century, and now looks to the future.Roger Reid, the order’s executive secretary and past grand commander, said the organization follows Jesus’ words in the Gospel of Matthew.“What you do for the least of your brethren, you do for me,” Reid paraphrased.He … [Read more...]

Pope says Catholics seeking confirmation can join Anglican ordinariate

Vatican City, Jul 12, 2013 / 02:08 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Demonstrating the role of Anglican Ordinariates in the new evangelization, baptized Catholics can now join the groups set up for Anglican converts, according to a change in rules made by Pope Francis. Those who were baptized Catholic but have not received Confirmation and First Communion are now allowed to join the ordinariates. Previously, baptized Catholics were not eligible to join the groups unless they had family who were … [Read more...]

Vietnam president’s visit shines spotlight on human rights

Washington D.C., Jul 12, 2013 / 02:01 am (CNA/EWTN News).- As the leaders of the United States and Vietnam prepare to meet, one federal lawmaker is calling for stronger efforts to encourage respect for human rights in the Southeast Asian country.In a statement submitted to the Congressional Record, U.S. Representative Frank Wolf (R-Va.) criticized the Obama administration for the “deteriorating human rights situation in Vietnam – a situation which merits bold U.S. leadership, not … [Read more...]

New columnist examines papal encyclical in light of Vatican II

Denver, Colo., Jul 11, 2013 / 05:24 pm (CNA).- In a debut column for Catholic News Agency, professor and priest Fr. Gilfredo Marengo explores the faith behind the Second Vatican Council through the lens of Pope Francis’ first encyclical, Lumen Fidei. “In his first encyclical, Pope Francis does not fail to offer a quick, but no less interesting, reference to Vatican II,” he explains in his new column, “The Dispute on the Humanum.” Fr. Marengo quotes Pope … [Read more...]

Scholar says population fears ignore history’s evidence

Washington D.C., Jul 11, 2013 / 05:03 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- While many population control advocates spend World Population Day deeply concerned about projected growth trends, an economist says such unchecked anxiety is misguided. “To have sort of an unmitigated fear of the population future … is to ignore the evidence of the economic history that we and our parents and grandparents have lived through,” Nicholas Eberstadt, a political economist and demographer at the American … [Read more...]