Around the nation
Boomers can have a good Lent even when not needing to fast
By Mark Pattison Posted: 3/7/2014
WASHINGTON (CNS) -- The Catholic rules for fasting during Lent no longer apply when you turn 59. This applies not only to senior citizens, but a growing number of baby boomers as well. And there's still nearly a decade's worth of baby boomers closing in on age 59.
Marriage needs to be 'preserved,' not 'redefined,' says archbishop
By Catholic News ServicePosted: 3/4/2014
WASHINGTON (CNS) -- Marriage needs "to be preserved and strengthened, not redefined," San Francisco Archbishop Salvatore J. Cordileone said Feb. 28 in support of the State Marriage Defense Act of 2014, introduced into the U.S. Senate by Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas.
Appeals court denies University of Notre Dame injunction on HHS mandate
By Catholic News ServicePosted: 2/28/2014
CHICAGO (CNS) -- The University of Notre Dame must provide free coverage of contraceptives as required by the federal health care law despite its moral objections to doing so, said a panel of the 7th U.S Circuit Court of Appeals in a late Feb. 21 ruling that denied the university an injunction against enforcement of the mandate.
'Restorative justice,' not death penalty, urged for accused bomber
By Navar Watson Posted: 2/28/2014
WASHINGTON (CNS) -- In light of the proposed death penalty for 20-year-old Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, "Jesus weeps ... again" at the injustice, the Conference of Major Superiors of Men said in a Feb. 19 statement.
Addressing income inequality: A higher minimum wage is just the start
By Mark Pattison Posted: 2/28/2014
WASHINGTON (CNS) -- President Barack Obama late last year pledged for the rest of his time in office he would make it a priority to address income inequality.
Brooklyn bishop calls church to unite in faith with immigrants
By Dennis Sadowski Posted: 2/28/2014
WASHINGTON (CNS) -- Catholic parishes are called to build communion with immigrants and newcomers so people unite in faith rather than solely because of their cultural backgrounds, said the bishop of Brooklyn, N.Y., who has worked for 38 years to improve immigrant relations.
Church law not clear-cut on offering second-class relics for donation
By Navar Watson Posted: 2/26/2014
WASHINGTON (CNS) -- Of the 1,752 canons that make up the "Code of Canon Law," just one refers to the sale of sacred relics.
Amendment to U.S. Constitution urged to protect traditional marriage
By Catholic News ServicePosted: 2/21/2014
WASHINGTON (CNS) -- A marriage amendment to the U.S. Constitution "would secure in law throughout the country the basic truth known to reason that marriage is the union of one man and one woman," said San Francisco Archbishop Salvatore J. Cordileone.
Organizations weigh in on how Supreme Court should handle HHS mandate
By Patricia Zapor Posted: 2/21/2014
WASHINGTON (CNS) -- After ruling in 2012 that certain aspects of the Affordable Care Act stand up to constitutional scrutiny, the Supreme Court's next dip into legal challenges to the law focuses on whether for-profit secular employers can claim religious rights protections from some provisions.
New York bishops urge 'love, respect' for people with mental illness
By Catholic News ServicePosted: 2/21/2014
ALBANY, N.Y. (CNS) -- The Catholic bishops of New York urged compassion and acceptance for people suffering from mental illness in a new pastoral statement, and the state Catholic conference, their public policy arm, issued specific policy recommendations related to those with mental illness.
Pope Francis appoints bishop for Wichita, auxiliary bishop for Miami
By Catholic News ServicePosted: 2/20/2014
WASHINGTON (CNS) -- Pope Francis has appointed the vicar general of the Diocese of Springfield, Ill., to be bishop of Wichita, Kan., and also named a priest of the Archdiocese of Newark, N.J., as an auxiliary bishop for the Archdiocese of Miami.
Nun, two activists go to prison for protest at nuclear weapons facility
By Dennis Sadowski Posted: 2/19/2014
WASHINGTON (CNS) -- A woman religious and two Catholic peace activists were sentenced to prison for several years for breaking into a Tennessee nuclear weapons facility and defacing its walls in July 2012.
Bishops: Ruling on Virginia ban 'strips marriage of intrinsic meaning'
By Catholic News ServicePosted: 2/18/2014
RICHMOND, Va. (CNS) -- A federal judge's decision to strike down Virginia's ban on same-sex marriage as unconstitutional has dealt "a severe blow to the citizens of our commonwealth," two Catholic bishops said in a Feb. 14 statement.
New stem-cell method offers another alternative to embryonic research
By Nancy Frazier O'Brien Posted: 2/14/2014
BALTIMORE (CNS) -- A new method of creating versatile stem cells from a relatively simple manipulation of existing cells could further reduce the need for any stem-cell research involving human embryos, according to leading ethicists.
Massachusetts abbey now producing only Trappist ale outside Europe
By William T. Clew Posted: 2/14/2014
SPENCER, Mass. (CNS) -- "It's a very put-together Belgian beer."
That was the assessment of Chris Pierce, assistant beer manager at Julio's Liquors in Westborough. He was talking about Spencer Trappist Ale, brewed at the Spencer Brewery at St. Joseph's Abbey in Spencer.
This 'bike gang' aims to serve community, spread Catholic faith, values
By Mason Beecroft Posted: 2/14/2014
TULSA, Okla. (CNS) -- Members of the Knights on Bikes adamantly make it clear that they are not a "bike gang."
Archbishop warns against any 'affiliation, support' for abortion clinic
By Peter Finney Jr. Posted: 2/14/2014
NEW ORLEANS (CNS) -- Faced with the looming construction of a multimillion-dollar, regional abortion facility by Planned Parenthood Gulf South, New Orleans Archbishop Gregory M. Aymond has cautioned local Catholics and businesses they would be "cooperating with the evil that will take place" at the clinic if they participated in its preparation or construction.
New study on abortion rate doesn't tie drop to new state restrictions
By Navar Watson Posted: 2/12/2014
WASHINGTON (CNS) -- Almost two weeks after the national March for Life rally in Washington, the Guttmacher Institute reported a 13 percent drop in national abortion rates from 2008 to 2011 -- making for the lowest rate since 1973 when abortion on demand was legalized in the U.S.
Babe Ruth's first baseball field to be preserved in Baltimore
By George P. Matysek Jr. and Maria Wiering Posted: 2/12/2014
BALTIMORE (CNS) -- The baseball field where legendary slugger Babe Ruth learned to play the game is being preserved.
Catholics take stand against 'scourge' of human trafficking
By Mark Pattison Posted: 2/10/2014
WASHINGTON (CNS) -- Human trafficking is "an extremely lucrative enterprise. The risks are quite low," said Limnyuy Konglim, education and outreach coordinator for the anti-trafficking program of the U.S. bishops' Migration and Refugee Services.