Category: National and International

Court upholds travel ban, says directive within president’s scope

WASHINGTON  |  In a 5-4 decision June 26, the U.S. Supreme Court upheld President Donald Trump’s travel ban on people entering the U.S. from some Muslim-majority countries, saying the president’s action was within his power. The court’s much anticipated decision in the last case it heard this term reversed a series of lower court decisions… Read more »

Pope donates to volcano relief efforts in Guatemala

Vatican | Following the largest volcanic eruption in Guatemala in four decades, Pope Francis has sent $100,000 to assist in the emergency relief efforts being carried out in the central American nation. The sum, which was characterized as an initial contribution, is intended as “an immediate expression of the feeling of spiritual closeness and paternal… Read more »

SCOTUS: Requirements on pregnancy centers violate free speech

WASHINGTON  |  The Supreme Court ruled 5-4 June 26 that a California law that placed requirements on crisis pregnancy centers that oppose abortion violated the First Amendment. In its decision in National Institute of Family and Life Advocates (NIFLA) v. Becerra, the court found that the law changes the content of the clinic’s speech “by… Read more »

Catholic Extension launches reunification fund to help families at border

CHICAGO | Catholic Extension announced June 21 it has established a Family Reunification Fund as “a response to the human tragedy unfolding on the nation’s southern border” with Mexico. Family separations at the border and policy debates over that policy and the nation’s immigration system “have exposed the profound misery of those fleeing their countries… Read more »

Church now facing its own #MeToo moment, says Australian archbishop

ROME | In the wake of historic allegations of sexual abuse and cover-up in countries around the world, the Catholic Church is experiencing the same challenge that has brought a reckoning to those who used their authority to abuse or silence victims, said an Australian archbishop. Allegations such as those raised against Cardinal Theodore E…. Read more »

Abuse allegation against Cardinal McCarrick found credible

WASHINGTON | Cardinal Theodore E. McCarrick, retired archbishop of Washington, said June 20 he will no longer exercise any public ministry “in obedience” to the Vatican after an allegation he abused a teenager 47 years ago was found credible. Bishop James F. Checchio of Metuchen, New Jersey, where Cardinal McCarrick served as its first bishop,… Read more »

Trump signs executive order stopping family separation policy

WASHINGTON | President Donald Trump signed an executive order June 20 that halts his administration’s family separation policy for families who have crossed the U.S.-Mexico border illegally. The executive order seeks to work around a 1997 consent decree that bars the federal government from keeping children in immigration detention — even if they are with… Read more »

Florida Catholic newspaper earns 20 national awards

GREEN BAY, Wis. | Florida Catholic staffers celebrated like proper “Cheeseheads” as they took top honors at the 2018 Catholic Media Conference June 12-15, held in Green Bay, Wisconsin. The four editions of the publication collectively received six first-places and 13 other Catholic Press Association awards in 18 different categories. Notably, the Venice edition of… Read more »

600 Catholic institutions declare support for Paris climate agreement

WASHINGTON | Caring for creation goes hand-in-hand with the mission of helping retreat-goers connect with God at the Jesuit Retreat House in Parma, Ohio. The center’s tree-enshrouded grounds that filter the sound of nearby traffic in the middle of Cleveland’s largest suburb offer a home for wildlife and a respite for those seeking a quiet… Read more »

Bishops ‘cannot, in good faith, endorse’ new GOP immigration bill

WASHINGTON | The U.S. bishops “cannot, in good faith, endorse” an immigration bill submitted by the House’s Republican leadership, said Bishop Joe S. Vasquez of Austin, Texas, chairman of the bishops’ Committee on Migration. Bishop Vasquez said the bill would bring about “large structural changes to the immigration system that detrimentally impact families and the… Read more »