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Supreme Court orders federal appeals court to hear Affordable Care Act challenge
By Catholic News Service WASHINGTON (CNS) — The U.S. Supreme Court cleared the way Nov. 26 for a federal appeals court to take up a Christian college’s challenge to the Affordable Care Act, reopening one of several lawsuits filed by religious and other groups who oppose elements of the law. …
Papal penmen: Pope Benedict’s literary predecessors
VATICAN CITY — The Nov. 21 publication of “Jesus of Nazareth: The Infancy Narratives,” which completes Pope Benedict XVI’s popular three-volume series on the life and teachings of Christ, is the latest reminder of the author’s prolific output, now amounting to more than 60 books.
Movie review: Rise of the Guardians
NEW YORK — What better way to spend a few hours over the holidays than in the company, not only of Santa Claus himself, but of the Easter Bunny, the Tooth Fairy and the Sandman?
Priest dismissed for supporting women’s ordination
WASHINGTON (CNS) – The Vatican Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith has dismissed Roy Bourgeois from the priesthood because of his participation in the invalid ordination of a woman and “a simulated Mass,” the Maryknoll Fathers and Brothers announced Nov. 19. The order said in a …
Bishops OK documents on penance and better preaching, vote down document on economy
By the Catholic News Service And Catholic Telegraph Staff During their annual fall general assembly in Baltimore Nov. 12-15, the U.S. bishops voted down a document on the troubled U.S. economy, passed documents on penance and better preaching, approved a reorganization of their Communications Department and endorsed the sainthood …
Pope sends Obama telegram with prayers that freedom, justice flourish
VATICAN CITY — Pope Benedict XVI congratulated U.S. President Barack Obama on his re-election, saying that he prayed the ideals of freedom and justice that guided America’s founders might continue to flourish.
What does the church say about Catholic social teaching in the public square?
A consistent ethic of life should guide all Catholic engagement in political life. This Catholic ethic neither treats all issues as morally equivalent nor reduces Catholic teaching to one or two issues. It anchors the Catholic commitment to defend human life and other human rights, from conception until natural death, …
Trial set for second Vatican employee; report issued on butler’s trial
October 24, 2012 Catholic News Service VATICAN CITY — Claudio Sciarpelletti, the Vatican Secretariat of State computer technician accused of aiding and abetting the pope’s butler in stealing confidential Vatican correspondence, will go on trial at the Vatican Nov. 5.
Push for same-sex rights led by political minority, says English bishop
October 24, 2012 Catholic News Service VATICAN CITY — The push for gay marriage rights is being driven by politicians who are following their personal agendas rather than the actual demands or expectations of the gay community, said Bishop Kieran Conroy of Arundel and Brighton, England.
SSPX expels Bishop Williamson, who opposed talks with Vatican
October 24, 2012 Catholic News Service VATICAN CITY — The leadership of the traditionalist Society of St. Pius X has expelled British Bishop Richard Williamson from the society, saying he distanced himself from them and refused “to show due respect and obedience to his lawful superiors.”