Archive of January 22, 2021 :: Catholic News Agency (CNA)
Archive of January 22, 2021

George Weigel: Cardinal Cupich’s criticisms of Archbishop Gomez are baseless

Jan 22, 2021 - 07:56 pm .- Archbishop Jose Gomez, president of the U.S. bishops’ conference, showed courage in releasing a statement on the day of President Joe Biden’s inauguration despite opposition from within the conference, said papal biographer and longtime Church observer George Weigel.

US bishops urge Biden to reject abortion rights after 'deeply disturbing' statement

Jan 22, 2021 - 05:40 pm .- President Joe Biden’s statement backing legal abortion on the anniversary of Roe v. Wade drew swift reaction from the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, whose pro-life chairman said the no president of the United States should ever defend denying the right to life of unborn children.

UN adopts resolution on protecting religious sites

Jan 22, 2021 - 05:19 pm .- The U.N. General Assembly adopted a resolution Thursday calling for greater efforts to protect religious sites from acts of terrorism and asking for a global conference on the subject.

Pro-abortion protestors disrupt pro-life Mass at Ohio cathedral

Jan 22, 2021 - 05:06 pm .- About eight pro-abortion protesters disrupted the Respect Life Mass at St. Joseph’s Cathedral in downtown Columbus Friday, where Bishop Robert Brennan was presiding at an event marking the 48th anniversary of Roe v. Wade.

Mexico archdiocese denies claim it has abandoned ill former archbishop

Jan 22, 2021 - 04:06 pm .- Carlos Cardinal Aguiar Retes of Mexico denied this week that his archdiocese has incurred “material and spiritual abandonment” of his predecessor, who is gravely ill with Covid-19, by not providing for his care in a private hospital.

Rosario Livatino: Not even criminal defendants spoke badly of martyred judge

Jan 22, 2021 - 03:00 pm .- Rosario Livatino, a young judge who was killed in 1990 by the mafia for his efforts to combat organized crime in Sicily, always treated the accused in his court with kindness.

Secretary of State nominee says he will fill LGBT position at agency

Jan 22, 2021 - 02:45 pm .- President Joe Biden’s nominee for Secretary of State pledged to appoint an LGBTI envoy at the agency, and says he will permit embassies to fly the “Pride” flag if confirmed. 

Court victories strengthen Catholic groups' protections against 'gender transition' mandates

Jan 22, 2021 - 02:01 pm .- Catholic medical groups and employers say their religious freedom position has been strengthened by a federal injunction against mandatory insurance coverage or medical referrals for gender transition therapy.

Virginia bishops oppose abortion bill passed by state senate

Jan 22, 2021 - 01:30 pm .- Virginia bishops opposed a bill allowing for taxpayer-funded abortion coverage that passed the state senate on Friday.    The bill, SB 1276, would permit abortion coverage for any reason in health insurance plans on Virginia’s taxpayer-funded health exchange. The bill was introduced on Jan. 12 and cleared a senate committee on Mon., January 18.   On Friday afternoon, the Senate approved the bill by a 20-17 vote along party lines—on the 48th anniversary of the Supreme Court’s Roe v. Wade decision that legalized abortion nationwide.   Bishop Michael Burbidge of Arlington and Bishop Barry Knestout of Richmond stated their “deep disappointment” with the vote.   “Abortion is not health care; it ends lives instead of healing them,” the bishops said.  

Portugal’s Catholic bishops suspend public Masses amid rising COVID-19 cases

Jan 22, 2021 - 01:00 pm .- Public Masses will be suspended in Portugal from Saturday, the country’s bishops have announced.

Prosecutor sees no grounds for investigation of negligence claims against Polish cardinal

Jan 22, 2021 - 12:00 pm .- A prosecutor in Poland indicated on Thursday that he saw no grounds for an investigation into allegations that Cardinal Stanisław Dziwisz failed to report claims of clerical abuse.

Biden, Harris state their support for abortion on Roe anniversary

Jan 22, 2021 - 11:05 am .- President Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris stated their commitment to abortion on the 48th anniversary of the Roe v. Wade decision on Friday.

Why a prohibition on sex discrimination could actually promote abortion

Jan 22, 2021 - 10:05 am .- Members of Congress are looking to resurrect a constitutional amendment banning sex discrimination—one that Catholic groups have warned could promote abortion and transgender ideology.

Pro-life group says campaign finance bill could unfairly limit their speech

Jan 22, 2021 - 08:45 am .- A pro-life advocacy group warns that a new campiagn finance reform bill could unfairly restrict their communications.

Catholic bishops of Hiroshima and Nagasaki hail nuclear weapons ban treaty

Jan 22, 2021 - 07:30 am .- The Catholic bishops of Hiroshima and Nagasaki welcomed the United Nations treaty banning nuclear weapons that came into force Friday, while expressing disappointment that Japan was not a signatory.

Cardinal: Danish bill requiring translation of homilies threatens religious freedom

Jan 22, 2021 - 06:10 am .- A cardinal said on Friday that a proposed law in Denmark requiring the translation of all homilies into Danish is a threat to religious freedom. 

Pope Francis decries men who sustain ‘reprehensible’ trade in preface to trafficking victim’s biography

Jan 22, 2021 - 04:00 am .- Pope Francis has written the preface to a biography of a human trafficking victim in which he decries the men who sustain the “reprehensible” trade by their choices.

Amid the pandemic, sainthood cause of nun who served poor hit by epidemics advances

Jan 22, 2021 - 03:10 am .- An English Catholic bishop welcomed on Thursday a step forward in the sainthood cause of a religious sister who served poor communities ravaged by cholera and typhoid. 

As assisted suicide continues to rise in Ontario, pro-lifers call for government action

Jan 22, 2021 - 12:06 am .- As cases of assisted suicide continue to increase annually in Ontario, pro-life advocates have called on the government to implement laws to help stem the tide of medically facilitated death.