Archive of July 20, 2020 :: Catholic News Agency (CNA)
Archive of July 20, 2020

Transgender lawsuit against Catholic hospital cites new US Supreme Court precedent

Jul 20, 2020 - 05:47 pm .- A Catholic hospital in Maryland faces a lawsuit from a person who presents as a transgender man because it would not perform a hysterectomy on the person’s healthy uterus. The lawsuit, whose backers have for decades opposed Catholic ethics in Catholic-run hospitals, cites a 2020 Supreme Court decision that holds employment discrimination on the basis of gender identity to be a violation of U.S. civil rights law.

Texas attorney general: Religious schools exempt from local COVID rules

Jul 20, 2020 - 04:12 pm .- The attorney general of Texas on Friday told religious private schools in the state that local governments are not allowed to order them to close or to dictate COVID-19 precautionary measures to them.

Attacks on Catholic statues continue over weekend

Jul 20, 2020 - 03:43 pm .- Several Catholic churches in the United States reported vandalism and other damage to statues over the past weekend, the latest in a spate of church vandalism over recent weeks.

US religious freedom commission urges 'more aggressive' sanctions

Jul 20, 2020 - 02:30 pm .- The Trump administration needs to step up its pressure on religious freedom violators, said leaders of a federal religious freedom commission on Monday.

Catholic University mourns student slain in NJ shooting

Jul 20, 2020 - 02:28 pm .- A gunman shot and killed the son of a federal judge— a rising junior at the Catholic University of America in Washington D.C.— in New Jersey on Sunday night.

Catholic bishops: Democracy is being eroded in the Philippines

Jul 20, 2020 - 02:00 pm .- The bishops of the Philippines have issued a pastoral letter accusing the government of undermining the country’s democratic institutions.

Vatican issues new guidelines for parishes: 5 things you need to know

Jul 20, 2020 - 01:20 pm .- The Congregation for Clergy on Monday published new guidelines for the world’s parishes. Here are 5 takeaways.

Consensus builds for family-centered coronavirus relief

Jul 20, 2020 - 12:30 pm .- As Congress considers another coronavirus relief package, members from both parties are highlighting the need to include assistance for working families.

At least 9 Catholic bishops have died from the coronavirus

Jul 20, 2020 - 11:30 am .- At least nine Catholic bishops have died from the coronavirus worldwide as the pandemic continues to spread across the Americas.

Australian Catholic students urge bishops to 'reject unambiguously' women's ordination

Jul 20, 2020 - 11:10 am .- Australian Catholic students have sent an open letter to the country’s bishops ahead of the upcoming Fifth Plenary Council of the Church in the country, urging the bishops to remain committed to the Church’s teaching and reject calls for the ordination of women.

Police release volunteer questioned over Nantes Catholic cathedral fire

Jul 20, 2020 - 09:52 am .- A volunteer questioned by French police in connection with the fire at Nantes Cathedral has been released without charge.

Church in Germany receives highest ever church tax income despite record exodus

Jul 20, 2020 - 07:15 am .- The Church in Germany received more money in church tax than ever before in 2019 despite losing a record number of members.

Catholic cathedral in Syria that survived missile attacks reopens after restoration

Jul 20, 2020 - 07:00 am .- A Catholic cathedral that was repeatedly struck by missiles amid the Syrian civil war was due to reopen Monday following its restoration. 

Vatican publishes instructions on parish reform and diocesan restructuring

Jul 20, 2020 - 04:10 am .- The Vatican’s Congregation for Clergy published instructions Monday on reforming parishes and restructuring dioceses to better serve their “singular mission of evangelization.”

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