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

Ohio legislator didn't consult with doctors before crafting bill on ectopic pregnancy

Dec 17, 2019 - 06:01 pm .- An Ohio state representative told the Cincinnati Enquirer Dec. 17 that he did not consult with doctors before crafting a bill that would allow insurance providers to pay for procedures to “reimplant” embryos removed from ectopic pregnancies – a procedure that does not yet exist.

Argentina updates protocol assuring abortion access for rape victims

Dec 17, 2019 - 05:19 pm .- The administration of Argentine president Alberto Fernández, who took office last week, has updated the country's abortion protocol to guarantee access to abortion to women who have been raped.

Lawmakers in Mexican state defeat bill to expand legalization of abortion

Dec 17, 2019 - 04:35 pm .- Last week, the Hidalgo state legislature in Mexico defeated a bill that would have legalized abortion up to 24 weeks of pregnancy.

White House hosts Catholic leaders for religious freedom briefing

Dec 17, 2019 - 04:00 pm .- The off the record briefing, held in the Indian Treaty room of the Executive Office Building, focused on “life, religious freedom, and other issues pertinent to the Catholic faith community.”

Analysis: Action on pontifical secrecy widely praised, but US Catholics still waiting on McCarrick

Dec 17, 2019 - 03:22 pm .- In a pair of unexpected decrees issued Tuesday morning, Pope Francis removed the obligation of pontifical secrecy from clerical sexual abuse cases, and strengthened the Church’s canonical prohibition against the possession of child pornography.

House passes spending bills, strips out pro-abortion language

Dec 17, 2019 - 03:00 pm .- The House on Tuesday passed two large spending bills that were stripped of pro-abortion language, ultimately satisfying pro-life advocates.

Former Continuing Anglican bishop to be received into the Catholic Church

Dec 17, 2019 - 02:06 pm .- Gavin Ashenden, a former Honorary Chaplain to the Queen in the Church of England who was consecrated a bishop in a Continuing Anglican ecclesial community, will be received into the Catholic Church on Sunday.

Vatican’s investment funds were vehicles for Italian bank fraud

Dec 17, 2019 - 01:50 pm .- Two investment funds used by Vatican dicasteries were also used by a major Italian bank to conceal illegal investments for which the bank was eventually closed.

'Angels Unawares' - Vatican migration sculpture coming to United States

Dec 17, 2019 - 12:56 pm .- In 2019, Pope Francis unveiled a new bronze sculpture in St. Peter’s Square, “Angels Unawares,” a depiction of migrants throughout history crammed together on a boat with the holy family.

Bishops praise House agriculture workers bill, urge Senate to pass

Dec 17, 2019 - 11:00 am .- The U.S. bishops have praised the passage of the Farm Workforce Modernization Act of 2019, which creates a new status for migrant agricultural workers and enacts changes to the temporary worker program. 

The Vatican and IDI financial scandal: A CNA explainer

Dec 17, 2019 - 10:02 am .- Here’s the IDI scandal in a nutshell:

Accused nuncio to France resigns post

Dec 17, 2019 - 05:27 am .- Pope Francis Tuesday accepted Archbishop Luigi Ventura's resignation as apostolic nuncio to France. Ventura was accused of sexual assault earlier this year.

Pope Francis lifts pontifical secret from legal proceedings of abuse trials of clerics

Dec 17, 2019 - 04:12 am .- Pope Francis declared Tuesday that the pontifical secret will no longer apply in cases of accusations and trials involving abuse of minors or vulnerable persons, and in cases of possession of child pornography by clerics.

Catholic dating gets a makeover

Dec 17, 2019 - 03:06 am .- It all started with a Twitter rant.