Cardinal: priests have no credibility to prepare couples for marriage

The Vatican official leading the Church’s office for laity, family, and life has said that priests do not have the credibility or experience to prepare couples for marriage. The official made similar remarks to Catholic leaders in September 2017. During

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“The good news is the AMA did not change their position”

The American Medical Association voted this week to return to committee a report recommending continued opposition to physician assisted suicide - a move that commentators have called a missed opportunity to stand up for the value of human life. “For

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Pope Francis rejects German intercommunion proposal

One month after Vatican and German delegates met in Rome to discuss a proposal put forward by German bishops to allow Protestant spouses in inter-denominational marriages to receive the Eucharist in certain circumstances, Pope Francis has rejected it. In a

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2018-06-04T10:53:54-07:00June 4th, 2018|Categories: Vatican News|Tags: , , , |4 Comments

Forty arrested at Catholic-led DACA protest

A group of about 100 people--including Franciscan friars, religious sisters, and laity--gathered in the rotunda of the Russell Senate Building in Washington on Tuesday, and were led away in flex cuffs in a planned act of civil disobedience. The protest

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2018-02-28T09:58:15-07:00February 28th, 2018|Categories: Immigration|Tags: , , , |18 Comments

Senate fails to block filibuster on bill to ban abortions after 20 weeks

A procedural vote on a Senate bill to ban abortions after 20 weeks failed on the evening of Jan. 29, after more than three hours of debate. The cloture motion, which would have prevented a filibuster on the bill, required

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New bishop chosen for Chaldean eparchy of San Diego

The Vatican announced Wednesday that Pope Francis has named Bishop Emanuel Hana Shaleta as head of the eparchy of Saint Peter Apostle of San Diego of the Chaldeans, pulling him from his prior post in Canada. Bishop Shaleta has until

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Melinda Gates optimistic that Church will change teaching on contraception

Pope Francis cannot change Church teaching on contraception, despite the hopes of Melinda Gates. In a recent BBC interview, Gates has said she is “optimistic” that the Catholic Church will change church teaching on contraception in order to help women in

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2017-07-14T13:56:32-07:00July 14th, 2017|Categories: Other News|Tags: , , , |11 Comments

Why Latin endures in the Church

Existing in some form since several hundred years before Christ, the Latin language seems like an unlikely subject to still be generating brand new research, especially among young scholars. Nevertheless, the theme this year of the Vatican’s humanities-themed contest, the

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2017-04-19T13:05:32-07:00April 19th, 2017|Categories: Other News|Tags: , , |119 Comments

It’s the law: states can stop funding Planned Parenthood

Pro-life leaders applauded President Donald Trump for signing a repeal of what they called President Obama’s “parting gift to the abortion industry.” “Today we thank President Donald Trump for restoring states' freedom to direct taxpayer dollars away from abortion providers

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President Trump reinstates Mexico City Policy

On Monday, President Donald Trump reinstated the Mexico City Policy, an international pro-life regulation that is generally seen as an indicator of an incoming president’s views on abortion. The executive order was signed January 23, one day after the anniversary

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2017-01-23T13:57:00-07:00January 23rd, 2017|Categories: Other News|Tags: , , , |24 Comments