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June 21, 2014 World News Comments Off

BY JOHN SHIMEK Faithful Catholics have been focused on President Obama’s contraceptive mandate for some time now. But, the fight for religious freedom just entered a new round. Another assault on First Amendment protections just reared its ugly head. News of it broke Monday morning. Get set, folks. This is serious stuff. This morning, Buzzfeed – “The Media Company for the Social Age” – broke the news that the W

An estimated 5,000 gather for March for Marriage in Washington

June 21, 2014 World News Comments Off

Rita Alderete is single, but she values the idea of marriage being a relationship between one man and one woman. That’s why the young, diminutive pastor of the Kingdom Tabernacle of Worship church in Paterson, New Jersey, stood under overcast skies in hot, humid weather Thursday, preparing to “March for Marriage,” a now-annual rally sponsored by the National Organization for Marriage and other groups. “We’re proclaiming Jesus and offering a choice of changing your life and experiencing what God can do,” she said. The estimated 5,000 people present was small compared to the hundreds of thousands who braved the bitter cold of January earlier this year to participate in the annual anti-abortion March for Life.


June 19, 2014 World News Comments Off

Bill Donohue comments on San Francisco Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone’s response to those protesting his participation in the March for Marriage; it is being held tomorrow in Washington: A motley group of public officials, community activists, religious leaders, and gay advocates are upset that Archbishop Cordileone supports marriage, properly understood.  It is a striking sociological moment when elites stage a protest of an archbishop in the Roman Catholic Church simply because he believes—as the whole world has believed for thousands of years—that marriage is the union of a man and a woman. It is not a good cultural sign that this commonsensical position is considered controversial, even hateful. Those who are quick to brand support for traditional marriage hateful need to…Continue Reading

Catholic Parents Clash Over Common Core

June 19, 2014 World News Comments Off

Jun. 18, 2014 9:00pm Fred Lucas Parents of Catholic children in the Milwaukee are at a face off with the Milwaukee archbishop over implementing Common Core standards in Catholic schools, a sign that the controversial standards are not limited to public schools. In this Jan. 4, 2011 file photo Milwaukee Archbishop Jerome Listecki answers questions in St. Francis, Wis., after announcing the archdiocese would file for bankruptcy. Listecki said Wednesday, Feb. 12, 2014, that the Archdiocese of Milwaukee has proposed setting aside $4 million to compensate the victims of clergy sexual abuse in its bankruptcy reorganization plan. (AP Photo/Morry Gash, File) A letter, from Milwaukee Catholic Parents Against Common Core, this week demonstrated the parents are not backing away to…Continue Reading

EWTN To Appeal After ‘Troubling’ HHS Mandate Ruling

June 18, 2014 World News Comments Off

Irondale, Ala., Jun 17, 2014 / 06:36 pm (EWTN News/CNA) The EWTN Global Catholic Network has announced that it will appeal a June 17 ruling that would require it to facilitate products and procedures that go against Church teaching. “We have no other option but to continue our legal challenge of the mandate,” said Michael P. Warsaw, chairman and CEO of EWTN. “We are making an immediate appeal to the Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals in Atlanta.” U.S. District Court Judge Callie V.S. Granade of Mobile, Ala., ruled against EWTN in its challenge to a federal regulation that the network says require it to violate its Catholic faith. “We are extremely disappointed with the decision reached by the court in…Continue Reading

Catholic Bishops Keep Focus On Abortion, Marriage

June 17, 2014 World News Comments Off

BY RACHEL ZOLL, AP RELIGION WRITER : JUNE 11, 2014 : Updated: June 11, 2014 7:16pm NEW ORLEANS (AP) — The nation’s Roman Catholic bishops meeting Wednesday renewed their focus on abortion and gay marriage under Pope Francis. The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops voted to make only limited revisions to a guide they publish every presidential election year on church teaching, voting and public policy. The bishops also reaffirmed their fight for broader religious exemptions to laws recognizing gay marriage and a requirement in the Affordable Care Act that employers provide health insurance covering birth control. Francis has said the church has been alienating Catholics by focusing more on divisive social issues than on mercy and compassion. The bishops’ document on political responsibility,…Continue Reading

Nancy Pelosi Urges S.F. Archbishop To Exit Marriage March

June 15, 2014 World News Comments Off

Carla Marinucci Published 4:16 pm, Saturday, June 14, 2014 House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi took the lead this week in a high-profile lobbying effort to pressure San Francisco ArchbishopSalvatore Cordileone not to attend the controversial March for Marriage event, which she characterized as “venom masquerading as virtue.” Pelosi, who is one of the country’s most powerful Catholic politicians, made a passionate appeal to the archbishop in a letter obtained by The Chronicle not to participate in the National Organization for Marriage‘s June 19 march on the Supreme Court in Washington. Cordileone, who is one of the featured speakers at the event, was a leader in the campaign for Proposition 8, the 2008 California anti-gay-marriage initiative.


June 15, 2014 World News Comments Off

Hundreds of unaccompanied Latino children, some as young as three years old, who have crossed the U.S. border illegally, are having their immediate needs fulfilled at a new Catholic Charities center that opened June 11 near a bus station in McAllen, Texas. Because of horrific conditions in Latin America coupled with President Obama’s decision to stop deportations of young illegal immigrants, 47,017 unaccompanied children were apprehended on the border from October through May, an increase of 92 percent from just one year ago, the National Catholic Register reports.

Full Text Of Pope Francis’ Interview With ‘La Vanguardia’

June 13, 2014 World News Comments Off

Vatican City, Jun 13, 2014 / 07:00 am (CNA/EWTN News).- In an interview granted with Spanish-language magazine “La Vanguardia” on Monday, Pope Francis lauded Pius XII for his efforts in saving Jews, discussed Orthodox-Catholic relations, as well as the motivations behind his prayer meeting at the Vatican last Sunday. Below, please find the full text of his interview in English: Interview with Pope Francis: “One has to take the secession of a nation with grain of salt.” “Our world economic system can’t take it anymore,” says the Bishop of Rome in an interview with La Vanguardia. “I’m no illumined one. I didn’t bring any personal projects under my arm.” “We are throwing away an entire generation to maintain a system…Continue Reading