St Louis archdiocese settles ‘false’ abuse claim

St. Louis, Mo., Jul 10, 2014 / 12:03 am (CNA/EWTN News).- The Archdiocese of St. Louis has agreed to a legal settlement with a woman the archdiocese says falsely accused a priest known to have committed sexual abuse. “The archdiocese has vigorously defended this case because it believes Jane Doe 92's claims and allegations are false,” the archdiocese said July 7, using a pseudonym for the accuser who is now 22 years-old. The archdiocese has acknowledged that the accused … [Read more...]

Proposed bill aims to thwart Hobby Lobby court decision

Washington D.C., Jul 9, 2014 / 04:29 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Thirty-five U.S. Senators have introduced legislation to strip religious freedom protections from businesses with objections to mandatory insurance coverage for contraceptives and abortifacient drugs. The senators are backed by both the White House and abortion rights groups. The bill summary objected that the Supreme Court allows some corporations to “get out of complying with the Affordable Care Act’s contraceptive … [Read more...]

Papal delegation to investigate Paraguayan diocese

Ciudad del Este, Paraguay, Jul 9, 2014 / 03:54 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Francis is sending an apostolic visitation to the Diocese of Ciudad del Este, a Paraguayan diocese the vicar general of which has a history of sexual abuse accusations. Archbishop Eliseo Ariotti, apostolic nuncio to Paraguay, announced July 2 that the Pope will be sending an apostolic visitation to the diocese July 21-26 “to determine not only what has happened recently, but all there is to see in the house of … [Read more...]

Violence begets violence, Church leaders in Holy Land declare

Vatican City, Jul 9, 2014 / 02:15 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- In a declaration issued by the Catholic Ordinaries in the Holy Land, Church leaders decried ongoing violence in the region, criticizing leaders’ closed-mindedness, and calling for peaceful negotiations.“To these we also say: Violence as a response to violence breeds only more violence,” the  July 8 declaration stated.“A voice is heard in Ramah, lamentation and bitter weeping. Rachel is weeping for her … [Read more...]

Holy See announces new economic, communications framework

Vatican City, Jul 9, 2014 / 11:04 am (CNA/EWTN News).- The Vatican announced Wednesday major changes to both its economic and communications frameworks, including an increased role for the Secretariat for the Economy. Also announced were the appointment of a new president for the 'Vatican bank' , a committee to study the Vatican's pension system, and a new committee for Vatican communications. “There are many challenges and much work ahead,” said Cardinal George … [Read more...]

Hate-speech laws a ‘tool of totalitarianism,’ lawyer warns

Vatican City, Jul 9, 2014 / 06:44 am (CNA/EWTN News).- During a recent event discussing the origin and implementation of European hate-speech laws, lawyers argued that the “ill-conceived” laws pose a danger to free speech and often stifle constructive dialogue. “While human rights provisions are meant to limit the reach of the state and empower citizens, hate speech laws do just the opposite – and that is why they are a tool of totalitarianism and not free … [Read more...]

New Jersey Dominicans launch monastery expansion initiative

Newark, N.J., Jul 9, 2014 / 04:03 am (CNA/EWTN News).- The Dominican monastery of Our Lady of the Rosary was first built in 1930s on donations of a dime per brick. Today, the Dominican community is praying for God’s continued providence for their new expansion project. “Our monastery was built literally by the dimes of people, who after the Depression would donate a dime for a brick,” Sister Mary Catharine Perry, OP, told CNA July 8. “To this day this is how, in … [Read more...]