Catholics supporting Archbishop Cordileone on school identity feel silenced, pressured

San Francisco, Calif., Mar 12, 2015 / 05:05 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Amid a PR campaign and protests against Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone’s attempt to clarify Catholic teaching in the San Francisco schools, those who support the archbishop say their voices are not being heard. “People are afraid to speak up because most of their colleagues oppose the additions to the handbook and because of just how disturbingly negative yet powerful the voices of opposition are,” a Catholic … [Read more...]

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CNA exclusive poll: Americans agree – protect religious liberty

Denver, Colo., Mar 12, 2015 / 03:28 pm (CNA).- Religious freedom battles continue to take place in courtrooms around the country, but in the court of public opinion, religious liberty wins easily. Fifty-four percent of respondents to a new Marist Poll survey, sponsored by Catholic News Agency, support or strongly support First Amendment religious liberty protections or exemptions for faith-based organizations and individuals, “even when it conflicts with government law.” Only … [Read more...]

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When it comes to faith, there’s no room for compromise, Pope says

Vatican City, Mar 12, 2015 / 02:58 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- It is the saints – not the hypocrites – who carry the Church forward, Pope Francis said Thursday, cautioning that there is no middle ground on the path to heaven. “Jesus says: ‘Whoever is not with me is against me.’ And there is no compromising. You are either on the path of love or on the path of hypocrisy,” the Pope told attendees of his March 13 daily Mass, held in the Vatican’s Saint Martha … [Read more...]

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Bishops push for religious freedom protections in adoption, foster care

Washington D.C., Mar 12, 2015 / 11:21 am (CNA/EWTN News).- With increasing pressure on adoption and foster care agencies to act against their religious beliefs, the U.S. bishops are pushing for legislation to protect them. “Our first and most cherished freedom, religious liberty, is to be enjoyed by all Americans, including child welfare providers who serve the needs of children – the most vulnerable members of society,” said a March 9 letter. The letter was authored by … [Read more...]

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Pope Francis names new bishops for Spokane, Lexington dioceses

Rome, Italy, Mar 12, 2015 / 06:25 am (CNA/EWTN News).- On Thursday the Vatican announced that Bishop Thomas Anthony Daly has been tapped to lead Spokane’s Catholic population, while Fr. John Stowe O.F.M., Conv. will take the reins in Lexington. Bishop Daly was born in San Francisco, Cali., in 1960 and until now has served as auxiliary bishop for the diocese of San Jose. He received a bachelor’s degree from the University of San Francisco in 1982, and completed his … [Read more...]

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March 15, 2015: A day of fasting, prayer for war-torn Syria

Damascus, Syria, Mar 12, 2015 / 04:01 am (CNA/EWTN News).- As the fourth anniversary of the beginning of the Syrian civil war approaches, the head of the Melkite Greek Catholic Church has called for a world day of prayer and fasting for peace in his country. “Lent is a way of the cross, and we are in the fifth year of the way of the cross of our Arab countries, especially in Syria, Iraq and Palestine, but also in Lebanon, which is influenced in a dramatic way by the wars that have … [Read more...]

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Catholic dissenters’ convention keynoter: A pornographic sex columnist?

Seattle, Wash., Mar 12, 2015 / 02:31 am (CNA).- Dan Savage coordinates an annual pornography festival. He has made obscene tirades about Pope Benedict XVI, denigrated the practice of monogamy, insulted high school students and publicly harassed politicians he opposes. Now, dissenting Catholic group Dignity USA has invited the explicit sex columnist as a keynote speaker to its biennial convention in Seattle this June. Dignity USA executive director Marianne Duddy-Burke called Savage … [Read more...]

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