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Catholic World News

Headlines for June 01, 2012

Released Friday, Jun. 1

LCWR denounces Vatican intervention, says critique 'unsubstantiated' CWN - June 1, 2012

The Leadership Conference of Women Religious (LCWR) has a Vatican call for reform of their group, saying that it has “caused scandal and pain throughout the church community, and caused greater...

Federal court declares part of Defense of Marriage Act unconstitutional CWN - June 1, 2012

In a 3-0 decision, the First US Circuit Court of Appeals has declared a portion of the Defense of Marriage Act unconstitutional. The 1996 law passed by wide margins in both houses of Congress and...

US House rejects bid to ban sex-selection abortion CWN - June 1, 2012

A bill that would have banned sex-selection abortion was defeated in the US House of Representatives on May 31. Although a majority of House members backed the Prenatal Nondiscrimination Act, the...

Pope arrives in Milan for World Meeting of Families CWN - June 1, 2012

Pope Benedict XVI arrived in Milan on Friday afternoon, June 1 to join the 7th World Meeting of Families. During his weekend visit the Holy Father will speak to the people of Milan at the Piazza...

Two cardinals see revival of family life CWN - June 1, 2012

Two leading Catholic prelates offered optimistic views on the future of family life in presentations on May 31 to the 7th World Meeting of Families. Cardinal Ennio Antonelli, the president of the...

Vatican officials close month of May with homage to Virgin Mary CWN - June 1, 2012

Church officials participated in a traditional procession through the Vatican gardens in the evening of May 31, ending the month with a pilgrimage to the grotto of Our Lady of Lourdes. Cardinal...

Pope plans trip to Rio de Janeiro for 2013 World Youth Day CWN - June 1, 2012

Pope Benedict XVI plans to travel to Brazil for World Youth Day in July 2013, a Church official in Rio de Janeiro has announced. The World Youth Day celebration will take place in Rio de Janeiro...

UN official criticizes Pakistan’s blasphemy law CWN - June 1, 2012

A United Nations official has criticized Pakistan’s application of its blasphemy law, which for decades has been used against Christians charged with insulting Islam. “I am especially concerned...

Homosexual pressure forced noted psychiatrist to change stand on therapy CWN - June 1, 2012

Relentless pressure from gay activists forced Dr. Robert Spitzer to back away from his scientific judgment that therapy can help homosexuals change their sexual orientation, another leading...

Religious freedom denied for Christians of Sumatra CWN - June 1, 2012

Religious freedom is regularly denied to Christian on the Indonesian island of Sumatra, the Fides news agency reports. Fides recounts the offenses against religious freedom detailed by Father...

Following mediation, diocese avoids foreclosure of parishes, schools CWN - June 1, 2012

A pact mediated by a federal judge has prevented the foreclosure of 22 parishes in the Diocese of Spokane, which had filed for bankruptcy in 2004. A 2007 bankruptcy settlement plan “provided for...

Prelate reflects on the family and work CWN - June 1, 2012

The secretary of the Pontifical Council for the Family discussed “work and its meanings for the family” at the beginning of the second session of the Seventh World Meeting of Families in...

Canadian bishops press Saudis on religious tolerance CWN - June 1, 2012

Bishop François Lapierre of Saint-Hyacinthe, the Quebec bishop who chairs the Human Rights Committee of the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops, has asked the Saudi Arabian government to...

Father Barron answers arguments of Dowd, Sebelius-- and JFK CWN - June 1, 2012

Father Robert Barron offers a concise rebuttal to arguments put forward by Maureen Dowd and Kathleen Sebelius, who argued that Catholicism is "intolerant" and prelates seek to impose their will on...

Why Lady Gaga outraged Indonesia, and what the US should learn CWN - June 1, 2012

Authorities in Indonesia have cancelled a concert by Lady Gaga. Western journalists have generally interpreted the move as another example of Islamic repression. Matthew Cullinan Hoffman, writing...

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