Archive of June 13, 2019 :: Catholic News Agency (CNA)
Archive of June 13, 2019

Don’t subsidize the taking of innocent life, archbishop says of attempts to repeal Hyde Amendment

Jun 13, 2019 - 07:02 pm .- Abolishing the Hyde Amendment, a proposal made recently by both Congressmen and presidential candidates, would unravel over 40 years of broad, bipartisan consensus, the head of the U.S. bishops’ pro-life committee told CNA.

Pinterest suspends pro-life group's account, citing 'health misinformation'

Jun 13, 2019 - 06:01 pm .- Pinterest, a social media site with 300 million active users, has banned pro-life activist group Live Action from its platform, just days after a whistleblower revealed documents that purport to show active suppression of pro-life and Christian content by Pinterest.

Christians must sow hope among the poor, pope says

Jun 13, 2019 - 05:01 pm .- Pope Francis challenged Catholics to be a source of hope for those in poverty, especially in the face of divisions in wealth and a throw-away culture.

Who's responsible for the USCCB's Twitter?

Jun 13, 2019 - 04:40 pm .- Over the course of the US Conference of Catholic Bishops’ spring general assembly, questions arose online: what was going on with the suddenly-chatty USCCB Twitter account? Did they give an intern, or perhaps a particularly hip young priest or enthusiastic new convert the password? Had the account been hacked?

Congressional Democrats back taxpayer-funded abortion – but dodge a fight

Jun 13, 2019 - 04:18 pm .- Though a majority of Americans oppose taxpayer-funded abortion, leading Democrats in Congress have repeated their opposition to the Hyde Amendment while simultaneously keeping its strong limits on abortion funding in federal spending appropriation bills.

Seminary faculty: Spiritual fatherhood central to priestly identity

Jun 13, 2019 - 03:09 pm .- Faculty at US seminaries have emphasized that spiritual fatherhood is an essential component of priestly identity, amid calls in some corners for priests not to be referred to as “Father”.

Francis tells his ambassadors not to criticize him behind his back

Jun 13, 2019 - 02:04 pm .- Pope Francis sent a message to apostolic nuncios Thursday informing his ambassadors that they have a responsibility as papal representatives not to criticize the pope or to join groups hostile to the Roman curia.

Illinois governor signs ‘radical’ abortion expansion, but pro-life leaders predict backlash

Jun 13, 2019 - 11:52 am .- Illinois’ new abortion law is a “death penalty” for the unborn and will add to pro-life momentum across the U.S., critics said after Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker signed the bill into law on Wednesday.

Feminists, Catholics both find reasons to oppose NY paid surrogacy bill

Jun 13, 2019 - 10:43 am .- In a seemingly unlikely alliance, Catholics and secular feminists in New York are opposing a bill that would legalize commercial surrogacy in the state.

USCCB passes three measures in response to abuse crisis

Jun 13, 2019 - 10:15 am .- The bishops voted overwhelmingly in favor of three measures aimed at building processes to address episcopal misconduct or neglect, and the ongoing crisis of credibility widely perceived to overshadow ongoing work to eliminate sexual abuse from the Church.

Analysis: As USCCB meeting continues, what are lay Catholics looking for?

Jun 13, 2019 - 07:12 am .- Nearly all U.S. bishops know by now that U.S. Catholics are experiencing crises of faith and confidence at a scale that far exceeds even the Church’s sexual abuse scandal in 2002. They were presented with data this week noting that the rate of Catholics defecting from the practice of the faith has risen dramatically in recent years, and they are reminded in their own dioceses that practicing Catholics, priests among them, are deeply discouraged of the last year, and struggling to trust.

Analysis: At USCCB meeting, will words speak louder than votes?

Jun 13, 2019 - 04:00 am .- While the ostensible purpose of Thursday votes is to establish Vos estis lux mundi in the life of the Church in the U.S., the bishops gathered in Baltimore are aware that they are really voting to restore their own credibility among faithful and discouraged U.S. Catholics.

Chartres Pentecost pilgrimage draws 14,000

Jun 13, 2019 - 03:01 am .- More than 14,000 Catholics walked 62 miles from Paris to Chartres Cathedral in three days in an annual Pentecost pilgrimage of prayer and penance.