Reform of LCWR hardly a ‘nunquisition’

Washington D.C., Sep 4, 2014 / 05:54 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- The Vatican's investigation of the Leadership Conference of Women Religious is not a ‘nunquisition,’ as one Time magazine writer has said, but an effort to renew the Church, according to a senior fellow with The Catholic Association. “Is there a great ‘Nunquisition’? No, there’s not,” Ashley McGuire told CNA Sept. 4. “That’s a total exaggeration. It’s just part of a … [Read more...]

La. bishop applauds marriage ruling, commits to LGBT ministry

New Orleans, La., Sep 4, 2014 / 05:02 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Following a judge's Wednesday ruling upholding a Louisiana amendment defining marriage as between a man and a woman, New Orleans' archbishop has affirmed the importance of ministering to persons who identify as part of the LGBT community. A federal judge in the state upheld its traditional marriage amendment Sept. 3, breaking a streak of more than 20 defeats in federal court for marriage amendments.   The Louisiana … [Read more...]

Obama admin. drops appeals in three for-profit mandate cases

Washington D.C., Sep 4, 2014 / 04:47 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Religious freedom advocates are voicing hope as the Obama administration drops its appeal in three lawsuits involving for-profit companies that object to the federal contraception mandate. The Department of Justice has dropped its appeals in The Seneca Hardwood Lumber Company v. Burwell, Armstrong v. Burwell, and Briscoe v. Burwell, according to Alliance Defending Freedom, which is representing numerous individuals and organizations … [Read more...]

Analyst: Vatican regards Islamic State as waging a ‘war of religion’

Vatican City, Sep 4, 2014 / 04:08 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- According to prominent Vatican analyst Sandro Magister, the Holy See views the aggression of the Islamic State as a religious war, and believes that international action taken so far is inadequate. In a Sept. 4 post on his Settimo Cielo blog at l'Espresso, Magister made note of an editorial which appeared in the most recent issue of La Civiltà Cattolica, the Jesuits' Italian-language cultural review. “Obviously, to … [Read more...]

Spanish cardinal: My ‘agenda’ will be bringing others to Christ

Madrid, Spain, Sep 4, 2014 / 01:16 pm (CNA).- The Spanish newspaper La Razon has published an interview with recently-named archbishop of Valencia, Cardinal Antonio Canizares Llovera, who says he is thankful to God and to the Pope for his transfer to the Spanish archdiocese.   Originally from Valencia, Cardinal Canizares is returning to his native land after serving for several years as prefect of the Congregation for Divine Worship. “Although I have been away for a long time, I … [Read more...]

Pope Francis: Decadent Christians have forgotten Christ

Vatican City, Sep 4, 2014 / 09:42 am (CNA/EWTN News).- In his daily homily on Thursday, Pope Francis spoke on the importance of having an encounter with Christ, saying without it one becomes lukewarm and unable to evangelize. “If a Christian is not able to feel themselves a sinner and saved by the blood of Christ, this crucified one, they are a half-way Christian, a tepid Christian,” Pope Francis told mass attendees Sept. 4. “When we find decadent churches, when we find … [Read more...]

Suspension of Fulton Sheen’s cause expected to be temporary

Rome, Italy, Sep 4, 2014 / 07:32 am (CNA/EWTN News).- In the wake of the suspension of Archbishop Fulton Sheen's cause for canonization due to an ownership dispute of his remains, the office promoting his sainthood says it doesn't expect the halt to last long. Postulator Dr. Andrea Ambrosi “has been aware of the issue regarding the transfer of Archbishop Sheen's remains, but does not believe that this will be a lasting impediment,” his office said in comments made to … [Read more...]