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Vatican warns against nun’s book on sexual ethics

Sr. Margaret Farley

June 11, 2012

The Vatican Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith warned June 4 that Mercy Sister Margaret Farley’s 2006 book, Just Love: A Framework for Christian Sexual Ethics, contains “erroneous propositions” on homosexual acts, same-sex marriage, masturbation and remarriage after divorce that could cause confusion and “grave harm to the faithful.”

Cultural trends take men out of their families

June 11, 2012

The image of the American family is changing and increasingly that means a family doesn’t include a father figure.

Benedict deplores ‘VatiLeaks’ scandal

June 11, 2012

Pope Benedict voiced regret for the turmoil surrounding the recent publication of leaked Vatican documents, but thanked the vast majority of people who work at the Vatican for their dedication and fidelity.

Effort to ban abortions for sex selection fails in U.S.

June 11, 2012

A bill that would have prohibited abortions motivated by the gender of the unborn child failed to gain a needed two-thirds majority in the U.S. House of Representatives May 31.

Irish Church shows signs of renewal

June 11, 2012

Ireland’s Catholic Church, host of the International Eucharistic Congress, has suffered a dramatic loss of credibility in recent years, but also shows signs of renewal after a decade of turbulence.

Marx says economy must move ‘beyond capitalism’

Cardinal Reinhard Marx

June 11, 2012

German Cardinal Reinhard Marx called for a “social market economy” in the wake of the fiscal crisis that has gripped much of Europe over the past year.

Vatican newspaper to offer glossy new women’s pages

June 11, 2012

The Vatican newspaper, L’Osservatore Romano, has launched a monthly insert dedicated to women, aiming to bring greater attention to their important but sometimes neglected role in the Church.

Families teach human need for relationships, says pope

June 11, 2012

As tens of thousands of families from all over the world gathered for the World Meeting of Families, Pope Benedict urged them to use their Christian values and strengths to help bring peace, joy and solidarity to everyone in their lives.

Silence being tweeted, texted out of existence – editor

June 4, 2012


Silence is disappearing in the world, said the keynote speaker at conference on World Communications Day.

Voters unperturbed as Obama backs gay marriage

June 4, 2012

U.S. President Barack Obama's support for same-sex marriage has had little effect on people's voting plans, according to recent polls.

The Lord's team is the winning team – pope

Pope Benedict

June 4, 2012

"We are on the Lord's team, the winning team," Pope Benedict told members of the College of Cardinals at the end of a luncheon he hosted to thank them for their friendship and support.

17 former Anglicans ordained Catholic deacons

June 4, 2012

Seventeen former Anglican priests were made deacons in one of the largest group ordinations in the modern history of the Catholic Church in Britain.

Fatherless homes make it hard to relate to 'Abba'

June 4, 2012

Addressing God as "Father" is an acknowledgement that God is the one who created, supports and guides humanity, Pope Benedict said.

Dublin clergy abuse hit peak in the '80s

June 4, 2012

A new analysis of allegations of abuse made against 98 priests over a 70-year period shows that the alleged abuse peaked in the 1980s.

Vatican translates rules on Marian apparitions

June 4, 2012

To help bishops determine the credibility of alleged Marian apparitions, the Vatican has translated and published procedural rules from 1978 that had previously been available only in Latin.

Archbishop's allegations found to be unproven

June 4, 2012

The governing body of the Traditional Anglican Communion has suspended Archbishop John Hepworth, whose allegations that he was raped more than 40 years ago as a young Catholic priest by three other clerics were found to be unsubstantiated by investigators.

Drug lord's chapel

June 4, 2012

People walk past a chapel built by Los Zetas drug cartel founder Heriberto Lazcano in Pachuca, Mexico.

Orthodox in Rome

June 4, 2012

Bulgarian Orthodox priests stand in the Vatican's courtyard as Swiss Guards march behind them.

Teaching on Jews is binding – cardinal

May 28, 2012

The Catholic Church's relationship to Judaism as taught by the Second Vatican Council and the interpretations and developments of that teaching by subsequent popes, "are binding on a Catholic," said the Vatican official responsible for relations with the Jews.

U.S. bishops seek nuclear arms reduction

May 28, 2012

The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops joined about four dozen other national organizations in amassing more than 50,000 signatures on a petition asking for a change in the United States' "outdated" nuclear arms policy.

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