Marianne Medlin

Marianne Medlin

Marianne is a journalist with a background in writing and Catholic theology. When not elaborating on the cinematic arts, she enjoys spending time with people, reading thick books and traveling anywhere and everywhere.

Articles by Marianne Medlin

New York's high rate of disabled deaths prompts outcry

Nov 18, 2011 / 08:55 am

Reports that one in six disabled persons in New York over the last decade have died from preventable causes has drawn sharp criticism from local media and disability advocates.

Bishop Olmsted’s new Communion instructions not backtracking

Nov 16, 2011 / 12:05 pm

Bishop Thomas J. Olmsted’s recent clarification on the distribution of Communion is not him backing down but is rather an expression of his ultimate desire to bring people into intimacy with Christ, says the Phoenix diocese's liturgist.

Illinois bishops announce shutdown of adoption services

Nov 15, 2011 / 04:00 am

Bishops in three Illinois dioceses announced Nov. 14 that they have dropped their lawsuit against the state and will shut down their adoption and foster care programs, after a civil union law required them to provide their services to same-sex couples.

Illinois Catholic charity to split from diocese, offer same-sex adoptions

Nov 11, 2011 / 17:15 pm

Catholic Social Services of Southern Illinois announced that will it separate from the Belleville diocese and offer adoptions and foster-care services to same-sex couples.

New Jersey nurses face job loss for refusing to assist abortions

Nov 2, 2011 / 04:03 am

Twelve nurses in New Jersey have filed a lawsuit against a local government hospital for being told they would lose their jobs if they refuse to perform abortions.

Everyone is called to be holy, Pope says on All Saints Day

Nov 1, 2011 / 10:32 am

Pope Benedict XVI said on today’s feast of All Saints that everyone is called by Jesus to holiness in their own path toward sainthood.

Population worldviews clash as 7 billionth baby arrives

Nov 1, 2011 / 04:01 am

As the world welcomes the seven billionth baby this week, experts are divided over whether the planet faces overpopulation or the opposite problem of countries not sustaining their birth rates.

Religious liberty threatened in America, Archbishop Gomez warns

Oct 26, 2011 / 04:00 am

In an article for First Things, Archbishop Jose H. Gomez of Los Angeles pointed to several recent examples of religious freedom being suppressed in the U.S. and warned that the basis of the country's democracy is at stake.

Author keeps saints alive with insight, humor

Oct 21, 2011 / 09:04 am

Author Thomas Craughwell's latest two books speak to society's growing fascination with saints and relics—but with an engaging wit that is rarely seen on the topic.

Fr. Pavone refuses meeting with Bishop Zurek, requests mediator

Oct 14, 2011 / 15:31 pm

The Diocese of Amarillo confirmed to CNA that despite an invitation from Bishop Patrick J. Zurek, Fr. Frank Pavone did not meet with him on Oct. 13 and has instead asked for mediation.

Gov. Perry praised for dissociating from anti-Catholic pastor

Oct 14, 2011 / 12:12 pm

Catholic League president Bill Donohoe praised Texas Gov. Rick Perry for distancing himself from Baptist pastor Robert Jeffress and his controversial remarks on Catholicism and other religions.

Vatican stem cell endeavor with US company in full swing

Oct 14, 2011 / 04:14 am

The Vatican's adult stem cell venture with a U.S. biopharmecutical firm continues to gain momentum since the partnership between the two was announced in June.

Pennsylvania bishops praise governor's school voucher plan

Oct 12, 2011 / 04:28 am

The Catholic bishops of Pennsylvania are applauding Gov. Tom Corbett for approving school vouchers within the state and increasing the local Educational Improvement Tax Credit program.

Movie on importance of fatherhood wows at box office

Oct 8, 2011 / 15:41 pm

A low-budget film on the crucial role of fathers debuted as the number one new movie during its opening weekend in theaters across the U.S.

Embryonic cloning experiment blasted by ethicists, scientists

Oct 8, 2011 / 04:50 am

A recent experiment cloning human embryos for potential stem cell use did little to advance a medical breakthrough and violated human life, Catholic experts said in reaction to the news.

Bishop Zurek announces private meeting with Fr. Pavone

Oct 6, 2011 / 11:51 am

Bishop Patrick J. Zurek of Amarillo, Texas said today that his actions in the situation surrounding Father Frank Pavone are tied to his pastoral concern for the national director of Priests for Life. The bishop also announced that he has invited Fr. Pavone to a private meeting on Oct. 13.

Maternal health group denied funding over Catholic beliefs

Oct 6, 2011 / 04:03 am

A Catholic maternal health group has been denied Canadian government funding for the eleventh time in nearly a decade, while organizations such as Planned Parenthood receive millions from the country.

Young author says Catholic Church must engage in new media

Oct 2, 2011 / 16:03 pm

Twenty-five-year-old author and Catholic convert Brandon Vogt has a message for the Church: utilize new media or fail to reach the American population and much of the rest of the world.

Notre Dame joins outcry against HHS contraception mandate

Sep 30, 2011 / 04:02 am

The University of Notre Dame added to the wave of criticism leveled at the proposed Health and Human Services mandate that requires health insurance providers to cover contraception and offers a narrow exemption for religious groups.

Baby Joseph dies peacefully at home in Canada

Sep 28, 2011 / 14:06 pm

Joseph Maraachli, the terminally ill 20 month-old known affectionately as “Baby Joseph,” died peacefully at home with his family in Windsor, Ontario on Sept. 28.