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Austrian bishop says he launched study, but not book, on Catholic blessings for same-sex couples

Jun 22, 2020 / 09:00 am

The newly elected president of the Austrian bishops’ conference has sought to clarify his role in the publication of a book that suggests how a Church blessing of same-sex couples might be "celebrated" in Catholic churches.

Analysis: Two years after McCarrick, questions are unanswered

Jun 19, 2020 / 17:30 pm

Two years after McCarrick, questions remain: For Church leaders, and for faithful Catholics.

Catholic composer David Haas denies 'sexual battery' and coercion allegations

Jun 16, 2020 / 08:10 am

Catholic composer David Haas has denied allegations of serial sexual misconduct and spiritual manipulation, and says the advocacy group bringing allegations forward aims to destroy his livelihood.

Catholic composer David Haas accused of 'sexual battery' and 'spiritual manipulation'

Jun 14, 2020 / 17:43 pm

The composer of several well-known songs used in Catholic liturgies has been dropped by a prominent hymnal publisher, amid accusations of serial spiritual manipulation and sexual misconduct.

Scranton diocese: ‘No credible evidence’ against Msgr. Walter Rossi

Jun 12, 2020 / 11:36 am

The Diocese of Scranton released a statement Friday regarding Msgr. Walter Rossi, rector of the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception. The statement said that after an exhaustive investigation, investigators found no credible evidence to support allegations of misconduct against Rossi.

Trump tweet latest twist in Archbishop Vigano saga

Jun 11, 2020 / 06:28 am

President Trump on Wednesday tweeted that he was honored by a letter written to him by former apostolic nuncio Archbishop Carlo Viganò, which warned the president against secular and ecclesiastical agents of an atheistic globalist new world order.

Analysis: Archbishop Gregory promised the truth. Has he told it?

Jun 10, 2020 / 12:11 pm

At the press conference announcing his appointment as Washington’s new shepherd, Archbishop Wilton Gregory made a pledge: “I will always tell you the truth as I understand it.”

Archbishop Gregory invited to JPII Shrine Trump event days before public statement

Jun 8, 2020 / 12:50 pm

The White House said Sunday that Washington’s archbishop was invited to attend an event with President Donald Trump several days before it took place, amid media reports that the archbishop did not learn of the event until it was announced publicly the night before it took place.

Amid riots, Minneapolis basilica damaged by fire

May 30, 2020 / 15:46 pm

The nation’s first basilica sustained fire damage amid the Minneapolis riots that have crippled the city after the death of George Floyd, a black man who was killed by a police officer May 25.

After death of George Floyd, Minnesota Catholics pray for justice

May 29, 2020 / 14:55 pm

While rioters and looters took to the streets, and parts of Minneapolis burned, some Minnesota Catholics called for justice, for healing, and for unity after the killing of George Floyd, a black man who was killed by a police officer on Monday.

Archbishop Hebda: Catholics ‘depend on the Eucharist,’ and Masses will resume

May 21, 2020 / 16:36 pm

The day after announcing that parishes in Minnesota can ignore a statewide order on religious gatherings, the Archbishop of St. Paul and Minneapolis explained the pastoral motive for his decision.

The 'painful journey' of Jane Roe and the pro-life movement

May 19, 2020 / 18:10 pm

A forthcoming documentary is expected to show that Norma McCorvey, the woman at the center of the Roe vs Wade Supreme Court decision, was paid by pro-life groups to say things she did not believe in opposition to abortion.

Vatican, US Church leaders quiet on coronavirus ‘world government’ letter signed by bishops

May 13, 2020 / 14:36 pm

Neither the Vatican nor U.S. bishops have responded to a letter signed by several Catholic bishops, which argues that the coronavirus pandemic has been exploited in order to create a one-world government.

With major deficits projected, Vatican says Holy See not at risk of default

May 13, 2020 / 13:30 pm

The new head of the Holy See’s financial office said Wednesday the Vatican is not at risk of fiscal default, even while reports in the Italian media indicate dire deficit projections for the Holy See. 

Analysis: The US Church is going broke. Here's why, and what it could mean

May 6, 2020 / 13:50 pm

The collapsing global economy will have an enduring and dramatic impact on parishes, chanceries, and other Catholic ministries.

USCCB: Call with Trump was about schools, not campaign

May 5, 2020 / 15:41 pm

The U.S. bishops’ conference has responded to charges that it might have knowingly facilitated illegal campaigning by the White House and the campaign of President Donald Trump when it notified Catholic leaders of an impending phone call with the president.

Scholars dispute charge of Pius XII Holocaust cover-up

May 1, 2020 / 11:15 am

Scholars say charges made last month that Pope Pius XII covered-up the Vatican’s knowledge of the Holocaust are based on exaggerated claims and do not represent the truth.

Faith in the 'back row'- An interview with Chris Arnade

Apr 20, 2020 / 17:05 pm

Below is an excerpt, edited and condensed, from CNA’s interview with Chris Arnade.

'We are the Church' - Archbishop Christophe Pierre reflects on the pandemic

Apr 16, 2020 / 04:00 am

Archbishop Christophe Pierre spoke with CNA about living the Catholic faith during the coronavirus pandemic.

Gomez, and Catholics across the US, look to the Sacred Heart in Good Friday litany

Apr 10, 2020 / 11:46 am

Isolated in their homes on a Good Friday unlike any other, Catholics across America tuned in April 10 for a litany to the Sacred Heart of Jesus, led by the president of the U.S. bishops’ conference, who himself stood nearly alone in a cathedral built to welcome thousands.