Archive of November 27, 2018

Abusive former bishop to return to Chile to face civil prosecutors

Nov 27, 2018 - 08:01 pm .- The Schönstatt movement confirmed Monday that Francisco José Cox Huneeus, a former bishop who was dismissed from the clerical state last month, will return to Chile to face the civil justice system for his abuse of minors.

Free Catholic school tuition offered to kids displaced by Camp Fire

Nov 27, 2018 - 06:52 pm .- After 17 days of scorching more than 150,000 acres in northern California, the Camp Fire - one of the states deadliest and most destructive wildfires on record - has finally been contained.

Taiwan voters reject same-sex marriage

Nov 27, 2018 - 05:58 pm .- The people of Taiwan voted against the recognition of same-sex marriage in a series of referendums last weekend, reinforcing the definition of marriage as between one man and one woman.

Chinese scientists, officials denounce gene-editing of embryos

Nov 27, 2018 - 05:21 pm .- A Chinese scientist’s claim to have created a gene-edited baby has been met with an outpouring of condemnation, with critics voicing alarm at what they described as a disregard for biomedical ethics.

Chinese human rights activist on Vatican-China deal: 'A slap in the face'

Nov 27, 2018 - 05:07 pm .- Chinese human rights activist Chen Guangcheng called the Vatican’s pact with China over the selection of bishops “preposterous” in a sharp critique of the Sino-Vatican agreement published Monday.

Court motions filed as atheist group sues for churches to file tax returns

Nov 27, 2018 - 04:00 pm .- The Alliance Defending Freedom has filed a motion to intervene after lawyers from the Freedom from Religion Foundation sued the IRS, arguing that churches should not be exempt from having to file tax returns and other forms with the IRS.

Scottish universities seek to limit student pro-life groups

Nov 27, 2018 - 03:10 pm .- Student associations at both the University of Aberdeen and the University of Glasgow have recently blocked pro-life student groups from affiliating, limiting their access to funds and venues.

Catholics in Tennessee, Virginia pray as their bishops face surgery

Nov 27, 2018 - 02:00 pm .- Bishop Michael Burbidge of Arlington, VA, is recovering after a scheduled surgery for prostate cancer on Nov. 27. Bishop Richard Stika of Knoxville announced in a press release Monday that he will be undergoing a heart catheterization procedure “sometime in December” that will require him to spend at least one night in the hospital.

Nurses petition Irish govenment on freedom of conscience

Nov 27, 2018 - 01:00 pm .- Irish nurses and midwives have called on the government to protect their freedom of conscience following the legalization of abortion in the Republic of Ireland.

U.S. Catholics respond to use of tear gas at the border

Nov 27, 2018 - 12:00 pm .- Catholic groups have reacted to the use of tear gas at the U.S. - Mexico border Sunday, calling the situation “sad,” and expressing concern about the instability of the situation at the border.

Pope names Texas auxiliary to lead Diocese of Monterey

Nov 27, 2018 - 08:00 am .- Pope Francis has chosen Bishop Daniel Elias Gracia as the new Bishop of Monterey, California. The diocese of Monterey has been without a bishop since the death of Bishop Richard Garcia in July.

Claim of creating genetically-edited babies prompts ethics dispute

Nov 27, 2018 - 03:23 am .- A Chinese scientist says he has created the first genetically edited babies, a claim that has led members of the scientific community to raise serious ethical concerns.

Texas diocese says border wall on Church land violates religious freedom

Nov 27, 2018 - 12:03 am .- The Diocese of Brownsville, Texas is pushing back against a government effort to use Church property to aid in the construction of the border wall along the U.S.-Mexico border.