The Church is a family formed by God, Pope says

Vatican City, Jun 18, 2014 / 10:48 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Francis stressed the familial nature of the Church at his Wednesday General Audience, emphasizing God’s desire to form a people through fatherly love. “To speak of the Church is to speak of our mother, of our family,” he said to those gathered in St. Peter’s Square June 18. He said the Church is not a private association or an NGO, and neither is the Church restricted to bishops, priests, and the … [Read more...]

World Cup 2014: pray for soccer players, Mexican cardinal urges

Mexico City, Mexico, Jun 18, 2014 / 10:44 am (CNA/EWTN News).- The Archbishop of Mexico has joined Pope Francis in calling on the World Cup to be played in an atmosphere of cordiality, and is encouraging fans to pray for the men playing in the tournament. “We are called to make sports an occasion to come together and dialogue, overcoming all barriers of language, race and culture,” Cardinal Norberto Rivera Carrera said June 15 during Mass at the Cathedral of Mexico City. He … [Read more...]

Pro-marriage culture reduces inequality, professor says

New Orleans, La., Jun 18, 2014 / 04:00 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Church support for marriage among poor and middle class Americans can play a key role in combating income inequality and providing a good environment for children, a sociologist told the U.S. bishops. “If you care about bridging the marriage divide, you should care about economic justice, cultural change, and the renewal of civil society,” Professor W. Bradford Wilcox, a University of Virginia sociology professor, told … [Read more...]

Attorney: courts overturning marriage laws use ‘raw judicial power’

Denver, Colo., Jun 18, 2014 / 02:04 am (CNA).- The judiciary would be exercising “raw judicial power” were it to overturn Colorado’s traditional marriage amendment, an attorney at a religious liberty advocacy firm said Monday. The court at Adams County District Courthouse in Brighton heard oral arguments in Brinkman et al. v. State of Colorado June 17 – a suit against the state's marriage amendment. “If this judge were to come to a conclusion other than to … [Read more...]

Supreme Court okays pro-life challenge to Ohio election speech law

Washington D.C., Jun 18, 2014 / 12:03 am (CNA/EWTN News).- The Supreme Court unanimously ruled Monday that the Susan B. Anthony List has standing to challenge an Ohio law allowing a state agency to bar the group from putting up billboards saying a political candidate supported abortion funding. “We are optimistic that the district court will rule quickly and will side with the First Amendment, so that we may proceed in Ohio – without fear of prosecution – with our ongoing … [Read more...]

New USCCB social development director aims to fight poverty

Colorado Springs, Colo., Jun 17, 2014 / 07:53 pm (CNA).- The U.S. bishops have named Mark Rohlena, head of Catholic Charities of Central Colorado, to direct the Office of Domestic Social Development for the U.S. bishops’ conference. “Mark Rohlena has a proven track record as a leader and manager in putting the Church’s social teaching into action,” Monsignor Ronny Jenkins, general secretary of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, said June 17. “Mark has a … [Read more...]

EWTN to appeal after ‘troubling’ HHS mandate ruling

Irondale, Ala., Jun 17, 2014 / 05:36 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- The EWTN Global Catholic Network has announced that it will appeal a June 17 ruling that would require it to facilitate products and procedures that go against Church teaching. “We have no other option but to continue our legal challenge of the mandate,” said Michael P. Warsaw, chairman and CEO of EWTN. “We are making an immediate appeal to the Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals in Atlanta.” U.S. District … [Read more...]