Church-state separation allows rules on employee morality, lawyers say

Kansas City, Mo., Sep 24, 2014 / 04:54 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- The separation of church and state includes the freedom to require employees to follow Church teachings, said a legal group responding to a lawsuit over the firing of an employee of the Kansas City – St. Joseph diocese after her same-sex “marriage” became public. “If dioceses are forced to employ people who do not follow Church doctrine, the government will have corrupted the Church, which will no longer be … [Read more...]

Renovation plans for Orange’s Christ Cathedral aim to uplift

Orange, Calif., Sep 24, 2014 / 02:01 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- The Diocese of Orange announced Wednesday the new design plans for Christ Cathedral, saying they are intended to transform the former Crystal Cathedral into a space that is “liturgically and intrinsically Catholic.” “Through this innovative design process an insightful plan has emerged that will establish Christ Cathedral as a place for involvement in the sacraments, a place to hear the Word of God proclaimed and a … [Read more...]

Nun who won Italy’s ‘The Voice’ records first album

Rome, Italy, Sep 24, 2014 / 12:23 pm (CNA).- Universal has released a promotional video for the first album by Sister Cristina Scuccia, the Ursuline nun who won first place on last season’s The Voice Italy. The Italian bishops’ newspaper Avvenire reported on the recent release of the video which features footage of Sister Cristina recording at Universal Music’s studio. “The work will be done in time to be a Christmas present,” the report states. Sr. … [Read more...]

Pope Francis prays, issues strong appeal for Ebola victims

Vatican City, Sep 24, 2014 / 08:14 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Francis made an appeal for prayer and aid for the victims of the Ebola outbreak which has been sweeping through several West African countries. Speaking during his General Audience Sept. 24, the Pope expressed his closeness “to the many people affected by this terrible disease. I invite you to pray for them and for the many who have so tragically lost their life.” The Pope also called on the international community to … [Read more...]

US bishops invite faithful to pray for family synod

Washington D.C., Sep 24, 2014 / 04:50 am (CNA/EWTN News).- The U.S. bishops have asked Catholics to take part in a worldwide day of prayer on Sept. 28 for the upcoming Synod of Bishops on the Family. “The Extraordinary Synod on the Family is an important moment for the Church and for families,” Archbishop Joseph E. Kurtz of Louisville, Ky., the president of the U.S. bishops’ conference, said Sept 19. “I welcome whole-heartedly this day of prayer for the synod … [Read more...]

Roster of women increases on Vatican theological board

Vatican City, Sep 24, 2014 / 02:30 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Announced Tuesday, Pope Francis' appointments to the International Theological Commission include a greater number of women than before, and come from more diverse locales, vocations, and charisms. “Women now constitute 16 percent of the Commission’s members, a sign of growing female involvement in theological research,” noted a Sept. 23 statement from the commission. “In 2014 it was also decided to further … [Read more...]

Vatican, SSPX officials resume meetings on doctrinal issues

Rome, Italy, Sep 24, 2014 / 12:14 am (CNA).- Officials of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith met with representatives of the Society of St. Pius X on Tuesday for two hours at the Vatican to discuss matters of Church teaching. “During the meeting, various problems of a doctrinal and canonical nature were examined, and it was decided to proceed gradually and over a reasonable period of time in order to overcome difficulties and with a view to the envisioned full … [Read more...]