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Colorado baker back in court for declining gender transition cake

Colorado baker back in court for declining gender transition cake

By CNA/EWTN News

Less than three months after winning a Supreme Court case backing his religious freedom of expression, Colorado Christian cake artist Jack Phillips is finding himself at the center of yet another cake and faith-based battle.

A new complaint was recently filed against Phillips with the Colorado Civil Rights Division after an attorney approached him and asked him to make a cake celebrating the anniversary of a gender transition. The attorney requested that the cake be pink on the…

Cardinal Burke: We face a grave crisis, touching the heart of the Church

Cardinal Burke: We face a grave crisis, touching the heart of the Church

By CNA/EWTN News

Cardinal Raymond Burke said Thursday that the Catholic Church is facing “a very grave crisis” due to the “grievous failure” on the part of certain bishops and that “a serious loss of confidence in our shepherds” needs to be restored after sexual abuse scandals in the United States.

“We are in the face of a very grave crisis, which is touching at the very heart of the Church because Our Lord acts on behalf of the flock…

Pennsylvania bishops respond to sexual abuse grand jury report

Pennsylvania bishops respond to sexual abuse grand jury report

By Christine Rousselle, CNA

Following the Aug. 14 release of a Pennsylvania grand jury report on sexual abuse allegations in six Catholic dioceses, the dioceses of Allentown, Erie, Greensburg, Harrisburg, Pittsburgh, and Scranton released separate statements acknowledging failures to protect children, and pledging to make amends.

 
Bishop Ronald W. Gainer of Harrisburg said in a statement that he was “saddened” by the report, “for once again we read that innocent children were the victims of horrific acts committed…

The history of the Assumption and why it’s a Holy Day of Obligation

The history of the Assumption and why it’s a Holy Day of Obligation

By Adelaide Mena, CNA/EWTN News

Today, Catholics around the world mark the Feast of the Assumption of Mary, commemorating the end of her earthly life and assumption into Heaven. But while the feast day is a relatively new one, the history of the holiday – and the mystery behind it – has its roots in the earliest centuries of Christian belief.

“As her earthly life comes to an end, the Assumption helps us to understand more fully not just her…

Cardinal O’Malley orders inquiry into Boston seminary, places rector on ‘sabbatical’

Cardinal O’Malley orders inquiry into Boston seminary, places rector on ‘sabbatical’

By CNA

Cardinal Séan O’Malley has announced a major investigation into St. John’s Seminary in the Archdiocese of Boston, following allegations made by two former seminarians. The cardinal also announced that the rector of the seminary, Monsignor James Moroney, had been placed on immediate leave to allow for a “fully independent inquiry.”

The announcement was made by Cardinal O’Malley on Friday afternoon, August 10.

In a prepared statement, the cardinal said that he had learned of the allegations earlier that week, after…

Food and Drug Administration signs controversial contract with fetal tissue provider

Food and Drug Administration signs controversial contract with fetal tissue provider

By Christine Rousselle, CNA

Legislators, pro-life groups, and ethicists have condemned a new government contract to obtain human tissue from aborted children for use in medical research and in the creation of “humanized mice.”

The Food and Drug Administration signed a $15,900 contract to acquire human fetal tissue for use on mice on July 25. The contract was signed with Advanced Bioscience Resources Inc., a California based not-for-profit. It is the eighth contract between the FDA and ABR since 2012,…

Sec. Pompeo speaks ahead of first ever Ministerial on religious freedom

Sec. Pompeo speaks ahead of first ever Ministerial on religious freedom

By Courtney Grogan, Catholic News Agency

The U.S. State Department is set to host the largest and highest-level global meeting on religious liberty next week. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo told EWTN he is prepared to talk with countries with whom the U.S. government has “deep disagreements.”

The Ministerial to Advance Religious Freedom will be held on July 24-26 and include foreign ministers, religious leaders, and civil society representatives to discuss concrete ways to combat religious persecution in different parts of…

‘Weeping’ statue of Mary investigated by N.M. diocese

‘Weeping’ statue of Mary investigated by N.M. diocese

By Catholic News Agency 

A New Mexican diocese is investigating a statue of the Blessed Virgin Mary that some Catholics say has been “weeping” for more than a month.

Bishop Oscar Cantú of the Diocese of Las Cruces gave a public update July 15 about the diocesan investigation into an allegedly “weeping” statue of the Virgin Mary. The cast bronze image of Our Lady of Guadalupe has been drawing crowds to the church named in her honor in Hobbs, N.M.

Overturning ‘Roe’ no ‘magic bullet,’ NY archdiocese lawyer says

Overturning ‘Roe’ no ‘magic bullet,’ NY archdiocese lawyer says

By CNA/EWTN News

The Director of Public Policy for the Archdiocese of New York has said that overturning the Roe vs. Wade Supreme Court decision should not be the seen as the final objective for pro-life advocates in the United States.

In a blog post written before President Donald Trump nominated Judge Brett Kavanaugh to fill a Supreme Court vacancy, Mechmann warned that during the confirmation process for any nominee, “the rhetoric will be heated and likely ugly, and may even include a large…

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