US bishops say despite media hype, synod showed consensus

Baltimore, Md., Nov 10, 2014 / 03:56 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- The U.S. bishops who attended the recent Synod on the Family have emphasized that while the media painted a picture of conflict, the synod fathers were actually united in support of Church teaching. “This synod, brothers, was one of consensus. Rather remarkable consensus, faithful to the authentic understanding of matrimony revealed by God,” said Cardinal Timothy M. Dolan of New York. Cardinal Dolan addressed the U.S. … [Read more...]

Archbishop Kurtz: Want to strengthen families? Witness ‘truths of the faith’

Baltimore, Md., Nov 10, 2014 / 02:10 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- In responding to crises faced by modern families, the Church must work to restore hope and confidence that the call of the Gospel can be lived out, the head of the U.S. bishops’ conference said. “We can’t deny the social and economic challenges families face today; they are deep-seated and powerful,” Archbishop Joseph E. Kurtz of Louisville acknowledged. “Yet we know that hope in marriage is well-founded, … [Read more...]

LA priest cleared by Vatican of sexual misconduct claims

Los Angeles, Calif., Nov 10, 2014 / 02:03 pm (CNA).- A Vatican tribunal has “definitively determined” that there is no proof of sexual misconduct by Monsignor Richard Loomis, a prominent Los Angeles archdiocese priest. “Monsignor Loomis has always professed his innocence of these accusations,” the Los Angeles archdiocese said Nov. 8, saying the tribunal’s determination followed “ten years of exhaustive investigation and canonical trial.” The … [Read more...]

World Meeting of Families is ‘moment of grace’ for global Church

Baltimore, Md., Nov 10, 2014 / 01:11 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- As registration opens for the upcoming World Meeting of Families, Archbishop Charles J. Chaput of Philadelphia said that the gathering will be a chance to strengthen the Church throughout the whole world. “The World Meeting of Families is a moment of grace for Catholics and other people of good will from around the globe,” the archbishop said. ”That’s our goal. That’s the reason for our … [Read more...]

Fidelity to Bishop of Rome crucial to evangelization, US bishops say

Baltimore, Md., Nov 10, 2014 / 12:29 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- In a message to Pope Francis on Monday, the U.S. bishops vowed fidelity to the Holy See and voiced hope that Pope Francis will attend the World Meeting of Families in Philadelphia next year. “We are very much aware that it is only in communion with the Bishop of Rome that we can most effectively give witness to the fullness of the Gospel in our country today,” the message read. “We undertake our efforts with … [Read more...]

Youth are dying for a challenge – give them one, US bishops told

Baltimore, Md., Nov 10, 2014 / 11:46 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Young people are “crying out” for a challenge, and the Church must answer through saintly witness, the apostolic nuncio to the United States insisted to the nation's bishops on Monday. “We should ask ourselves,” Archbishop Carlo Maria Vigano said, “why young people, submerged into the culture of these times, so often called the ‘culture of death,’ are setting among the most excessive and … [Read more...]

Pope: Unforgiving Christians cause scandal, damage faith

Vatican City, Nov 10, 2014 / 11:09 am (CNA/EWTN News).- A Christian who causes scandal destroys the faith and a Christian who does not forgive causes scandal – but it is only through the gift of faith that these challenges can be overcome, Pope Francis said. These three themes – the causing of scandal, the need for forgiveness, and faith – were at the center of the Pope's homily during morning Mass at the Santa Marta residence on Nov. 10. “Scandal,” the … [Read more...]