Archive of July 17, 2019 :: Catholic News Agency (CNA)
Archive of July 17, 2019

DC priest: celibacy allows a priest to give himself for others

Jul 17, 2019 - 05:20 pm .- Father Carter Griffin of the Archdiocese of Washington, author of “Why Celibacy? Reclaiming the Fatherhood of the Priest,” told CNA in an interview that celibacy has been intrinsically linked to the Catholic priesthood from the very beginning, when Jesus, who was himself celibate, ordained the apostles as the first priests.

Facing dire financial situation, Pittsburgh diocese looks to make changes

Jul 17, 2019 - 03:53 pm .- The Catholic Diocese of Pittsburgh is evaluating options to respond to severe financial strains, exacerbated in the last year by the sex abuse crisis, a diocesan official said Wednesday.

Embattled Crookston diocese reaches $5m abuse settlements, will release depositions and files

Jul 17, 2019 - 02:55 pm .- The Diocese of Crookston, Minnesota announced Wednesday that a $5 million settlement has been reached in 15 sexual abuse lawsuits filed against it. The diocese says it will be the only one in Minnesota to avoid filing for bankruptcy protection. Crookston's bishop, however, is still accused personally of covering-up abuse.

Parents petition UK court to move comatose daughter to Italy

Jul 17, 2019 - 12:52 pm .- Parents of a comatose five-year-old are attempting to move their child to Italy from a London hospital after doctors in the United Kingdom declared any further medical treatment to be futile and ordered the removal of “life-sustaining treatment.” 

French lawmakers pass bill on Notre-Dame; new report says cathedral nearly collapsed during fire

Jul 17, 2019 - 12:45 pm .- France’s Parliament on Tuesday passed a bill on the rebuilding of Notre-Dame Cathedral— three months after a fire destroyed the church’s roof— even amid disagreement on the best way to proceed with the restoration.

Abortion provision limited in some Irish hospitals by conscientious objection

Jul 17, 2019 - 12:01 pm .- Documents from the Republic of Ireland's health department show that abortion services are limited at nine of the country's 19 maternity hospitals, in part due to conscientious objectors.

Sri Lankan Christians 'have no hate in their hearts,' Ministerial hears

Jul 17, 2019 - 11:00 am .- Survivors of deadly Easter Sunday bombings in Sri Lanka have forgiven their perpetrators, but distrust between religious groups threatens a tenuous peace in the country.

U.S. withholds funding from UN population fund for third year

Jul 17, 2019 - 08:00 am .- Secretary of State Mike Pompeo announced that the United States will not contribute the expected $32.5 million to the agency.

UK again delays implementation of age restriction for online porn 

Jul 17, 2019 - 12:10 am .- A planned restriction on websites that host pornography in the United Kingdom, set to go into effect July 22, has been delayed for another six months. This marks the third delay for the proposed rules, which mandate that porn websites verify that users are over 18.