Scholars: No legal right to ‘gay marriage’ in Constitution

Washington D.C., Apr 27, 2015 / 04:28 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- There is no legal right to “gay marriage” in the Constitution, legal experts asserted, and the Supreme Court should not bypass the democratic process and redefine marriage for all 50 states. “There’s nothing in the U.S. Constitution that requires all 50 states to redefine marriage,” said Ryan Anderson, Ph.D., the William E. Simon senior research fellow at the Heritage Foundation. “Since … [Read more...]

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The ‘theology of the people’, according to Pope Francis

Vatican City, Apr 27, 2015 / 03:38 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- In a previously unpublished 2012 lecture, Pope Francis explains the inner sense of the ‘theology of the people,' emphasizing that popular piety is the antithesis of widespread secularization. The lecture has now been published for the first time, in the Italian edition of “An Introduction to the Theology of the People,” by Argentine theologian Ciro Enrique Bianchi, a pupil of Victor Manuel Fernandez – rector … [Read more...]

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Religious leaders urge conscience protections in recognizing marriage

Washington D.C., Apr 27, 2015 / 12:47 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- More than 30 U.S. religious leaders, including four Catholic bishops, have joined together to call on their country to preserve the “unique meaning of marriage” and to renew respect for religious freedom. “For many people, accepting a redefinition of marriage would be to act against their conscience and to deny their religious beliefs and moral convictions,” the April 23 open letter said. “No person or … [Read more...]

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Salt Lake City bishop appointed to New Mexico archdiocese

Salt Lake City, Utah, Apr 27, 2015 / 11:56 am (CNA/EWTN News).- On Monday, Pope Francis appointed Bishop John Wester, who has led the Diocese of Salt Lake City since 2007 and is known for speaking out on the importance of immigration reform, as Archbishop of Santa Fe. “Bishop Wester will bring wonderful gifts to the people of the historic Archdiocese of Santa Fe. His Episcopal motto, Abide in Christ, reflects his pastoral heart that so graciously embraces others, with special concern … [Read more...]

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Death with dignity: A friend recalls last minutes of John Paul II’s life

Rome, Italy, Apr 27, 2015 / 04:02 am (CNA/EWTN News).- A once avid outdoors-man whose final years were marked by disability and suffering, Saint John Paul II witnessed to what it truly means to die with dignity, says a close friend who was with him until the end.   “He gave us tranquility and peace even up to the last day,” Cardinal Stanislaw Dziwisz, who was present at the Polish pope's death ten years ago, told CNA in an interview. “He restored dignity to … [Read more...]

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Ireland’s defense of marriage leaders speak up for mothers, fathers, children

Dublin, Ireland, Apr 26, 2015 / 03:58 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Opponents of a referendum that would recognize “gay marriage” in Ireland face an uphill fight, but one commentator says they can win if people are willing to speak up and focus on the need for children to have a mother and a father. “I think civil marriage is a really critical institution for upholding the common good – specifically the good of children being raised by their own mother and father in a lifelong … [Read more...]

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Pope to new priests: Don’t be a peacock

Vatican City, Apr 26, 2015 / 12:04 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Francis presided over the ordination of nearly twenty men to the priesthood on Sunday, where he warned them against being vain priests who live first for their own pleasure rather than for God’s.“A priest is ugly who lives for his own pleasure,” Pope Francis said, adding that such a priest “acts like a peacock.”Pope Francis presided over the Mass in St. Peter’s Basilica on Apr. 26, during which … [Read more...]

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