Category: National and International

English bishops praise ruling that mentally disabled woman can give birth

LONDON (CNS) — English bishops welcomed a Court of Appeal ruling that a pregnant mentally disabled woman did not need to have an abortion. On June 24, the court overturned an earlier Court of Protection ruling that the Nigerian Catholic woman in her 20s, who cannot be named for legal reasons, must undergo the abortion… Read more »

Syriac Catholic bishops optimistic amid dispersion of their faithful

BEIRUT (CNS) — Faced with the migration of Christians from Syria and Iraq, Syriac Catholic bishops meeting in Lebanon for their annual synod called upon church members “scattered everywhere in the East and West” to cling to their faith with hope so they “can be witnesses to the joy of the Gospel wherever they are.”… Read more »

Doctors are servants, not owners, of life, pope says

VATICAN CITY (CNS) — Catholic doctors have a mission to show God’s compassionate love to those who are suffering and to defend life at all stages, Pope Francis said. While progress has been made in treating patients, medical professionals always must “remember that healing means respecting the gift of life from the beginning to the… Read more »

Vatican official praises Catholic media for coverage of sex abuse crisis

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (CNS) — In a remarkably frank and detailed speech, the Vatican official heading the department charged with reviewing clergy sexual abuse allegations told an assembly of Catholic journalists June 19 that his investigators and the press “share the same goal, which is the protection of minors, and we have the same wish… Read more »

Jesuits at Indianapolis school, archbishop at odds over gay employee

WASHINGTON | The Archbishop of Indianapolis issued a decree June 21 against a Jesuit school that refused to dismiss a gay employee, saying that “with great sadness” the archdiocese no longer recognizes it as a Catholic institution. Indianapolis Archbishop Charles C. Thompson and Brebeuf Jesuit Preparatory School, administered by the Midwest Province of the Society… Read more »

As immigration policy changes, so does work of Catholic organizations

WASHINGTON | Immigration policies rolled out during the Trump administration have spread fear among immigrant populations in the U.S., but Catholic organizations and parishes have responded with renewed efforts focused on helping those groups, a new survey says. The Federal Enforcement Effect Research Survey, also called the FEER survey, released June 12 by the Center… Read more »

Synod document raises possibility of married priests, roles for women

VATICAN CITY | The Catholic Church must find ways to reach indigenous Catholics deprived of the sacraments in the most remote areas of the Amazon rainforest, and that may include ordaining married elders, said the working document for the Synod of Bishops on the Amazon. “Affirming that celibacy is a gift for the church, in… Read more »

Paris archbishop celebrates first Mass in Notre Dame since fire

PARIS | The archbishop of Paris wore a hard hat as he celebrated the first Mass in Notre Dame Cathedral since a huge blaze devastated the landmark building in April. The Mass was celebrated in the Chapel of the Virgin June 15 by Archbishop Michel Aupetit to mark the anniversary of the consecration of the… Read more »

U.S. bishops take action to respond to church abuse crisis

BALTIMORE | During the June 11-13 spring assembly of the U.S. bishops in Baltimore, it was clear the bishops had to respond to the sexual abuse crisis in the church — and on the last day of their gathering they approved a series of procedures to begin this process. On June 13, they voted to… Read more »