Archive of March 22, 2018

Amid political pressure, Nebraska works to prevent abortion funding

Mar 22, 2018 - 05:01 pm .- Following reports that some Title X funds have wrongly gone to abortion-related expenses, Nebraska is considering stronger budget restrictions, but some legislators are resisting.  

US House passes spending bill which continues funding Planned Parenthood

Mar 22, 2018 - 04:45 pm .- The stopgap omnibus funding bill passed the House of Representatives on Thursday, despite heavy criticism from the US bishops and conservative members over the continued federal funding of Planned Parenthood, among other things.

Police search Michigan bishop’s home, citing lack of cooperation in sex abuse investigation

Mar 22, 2018 - 03:37 pm .- On Thursday, police in Saginaw, Michigan raided the home of Bishop Joseph Cistone, as well as the diocesan chancery and its cathedral rectory, as part of an ongoing investigation into sex abuse allegations against several diocesan priests.

Death penalty for drug dealers? Catholic group responds to federal memo

Mar 22, 2018 - 03:30 pm .- The Trump administration’s call for increased use of the death penalty in drug-related crimes will not address the root causes of the opioid crisis, one Catholic advocate said Thursday.

New documentary tells the story of L’Arche, Jean Vanier, and friendship

Mar 22, 2018 - 12:00 pm .- The French documentary “Summer in the Forest” depicts the lives of four disabled men and their unlikely friend: a philosopher born into a powerful and distinguished Canadian family, Jean Vanier.

US pre-synod delegates: Youth need authentic Catholic witnesses

Mar 22, 2018 - 11:47 am .- The United States delegates to a pre-synod gathering in Rome this week have said they think young Catholics in the nation need – and desire – faithful and authentic accompaniment in order to live the faith and to form a relationship with Christ.

Meet Sister Jean: 98-year-old nun and March Madness Twitter celebrity

Mar 22, 2018 - 10:55 am .- In the first weekend of the March Madness tournament, the most tweeted-about person might not have been a basketball player, but a 98-year-old religious sister.

Where 'no religion' is default, a look at Europe's young Catholic minority

Mar 22, 2018 - 03:01 am .- Young Catholics in Europe live in a culture where religious affiliation, church attendance, and regular prayer are generally at low levels, according to a sociological study of their demographic across most of the continent.

Analysis: Benedict XVI’s letter - what the reaction revealed

Mar 22, 2018 - 12:00 am .- The story of Benedict XVI’s letter and the communication issues it raised, dubbed “Lettergate,” has led to the resignation of a curial prefect, among other things.