Reject ‘false hope’ of violence, archbishop implores after Ferguson ruling

Ferguson, Mo., Nov 25, 2014 / 10:31 am (CNA/EWTN News).- The Archbishop of St. Louis rejected violent responses to a grand jury’s decision not to indict a Ferguson police officer who killed a teenager, asking instead for prayer and action to solve underlying community problems. “Since the grand jury received the case in August, we have seen offensive and violent outbursts by protesters, and acts of civil disobedience. Despite our calls for peace, which Michael Brown's family … [Read more...]

Is dialogue with terrorists a lost cause? Pope Francis says no

Aboard the papal plane, Nov 25, 2014 / 10:02 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Speaking to journalists in-flight on his way back from Strasbourg, Pope Francis touched on dialogue with extremist terrorists – saying that although it's difficult, the door is never completely closed. “Never give up anything for lost, never. Possibly you can't have dialogue but never close a door,” the Pope said in response to a question posed by international reporters on the papal plane Nov. … [Read more...]

Pope tells ‘haggard’ Europe that human dignity is key to renewal

Vatican City, Nov 25, 2014 / 05:39 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Francis’ address to the European Parliament touched on a variety of issues, all of which, he said, ought to promote the “centrality” of the human person so that a true cultural renewal can be attained. “Today the promotion of human rights is central to the commitment of the European Union to advance the dignity of the person, both within the Union and in its relations with other countries,” the pontiff … [Read more...]

Scholars: No, Benedict XVI doesn’t support Kasper in Synod debates

Vatican City, Nov 25, 2014 / 02:49 am (CNA/EWTN News).- A new volume of Benedict XVI's collected works includes an updated version of a 1972 essay in which he had suggested that the divorced and remarried could receive Communion – but the Pope had long since abandoned that position, scholars noted. “In his book The Gospel of the Family, Cardinal Walter Kasper cites a 1972 essay by Joseph Ratzinger … it is unfortunate that Cardinal Kasper failed to mention that Ratzinger … [Read more...]

LGBT activist leader faces sex crimes charges involving teen

Portland, Ore., Nov 25, 2014 / 12:02 am (CNA).- A founder of the Human Rights Campaign, an influential gay advocacy group that has begun targeting Catholic bishops for protests, has been arrested for alleged sexual abuse of a teen boy in Oregon. Terrence Patrick Bean, 66, was indicted on two felony counts of third-degree sodomy and one misdemeanor count of third-degree sex abuse related to an alleged sexual encounter in Eugene, Ore. with a 15-year-old boy in 2013, the newspaper The Oregonian … [Read more...]

Will Pope Francis’ words foster a new pact for Europe?

Brussels, Belgium, Nov 24, 2014 / 05:09 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- With elections for European Parliament having taken place in May, an auxiliary bishop of Brussels hopes that Pope Francis' Nov. 25 visit to the body will impact the new members of parliament. Pope Francis will travel to Strasbourg on Tuesday, there addressing the local seat of European Parliament and the Council of Europe. The European Parliament includes members of parliament from the 28 states of the European Union, while … [Read more...]

Pope’s Philly visit will be ‘powerful’ witness to marriage, bishop says

Oklahoma City, Okla., Nov 24, 2014 / 05:02 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Next year’s World Meeting of Families – which Pope Francis has confirmed he will attend – will be a “tremendous catechetical moment” for the Church, affirmed one U.S. archbishop. “This will be an opportunity, I think, for a powerful catechesis on the dignity of marriage, the uniqueness of marriage, the importance of family for the Church and society,” Archbishop Paul Coakley of Oklahoma … [Read more...]