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Bishop Conley gives update on diocesan allegations, review policies

08/13/2018 - 1:50pm
Lincoln, Neb., Aug 13, 2018 / 12:50 pm (EWTN News/CNA).- In a listening session at a local church in Lincoln, Nebraska, Bishop James Conley updated members of his diocese on a review of policies for handling allegations of abuse and misconduct by priests. 

Pittsburgh bishop says not all grand jury accusations are 'substantiated'

08/13/2018 - 11:30am
Pittsburgh, Pa., Aug 13, 2018 / 10:30 am (EWTN News/CNA).- Bishop David Zubik of Pittsburgh has confirmed that some of the priests named in the Pennsylvania grand jury report into sexual abuse remain in active ministry. The report is expected to be released at 2pm on Tuesday, August 14.

Workshop teaches how to teach Gregorian chant to children, teens

08/13/2018 - 6:42am
San Francisco, Calif., Aug 13, 2018 / 05:42 pm (EWTN News/CNA).- Parish music directors, teachers, priests, and religious sisters gathered near San Francisco last week for a workshop helping them learn how to teach children and teens how to sing Gregorian chant.

With inmate's fate unclear, Florida bishops pray to end death penalty

08/13/2018 - 6:41am
Tallahassee, Fla., Aug 13, 2018 / 05:41 pm (EWTN News/CNA).- The Catholic bishops of Florida have asked for continued prayers for an end to the death penalty following the stay of an inmate's execution. They had previously asked Gov. Rick Scott to commute the inmate's death sentence and cited Pope Francis' new catechism revisions on the death penalty.

Cardinal Wuerl lays out plan for lay involvment in bishops' accountability

08/13/2018 - 4:45am
Washington D.C., Aug 13, 2018 / 03:45 pm (EWTN News/CNA).- Cardinal Donald Wuerl has laid out his vision for lay participation in new oversight structures as part of the ongoing response to recent scandals in the Church in the United States. He is one of several bishops pressing for collaboration between laity and bishops to ensure accountability in the Church hierarchy.

A year after Charlottesville, Virginia bishops pray for end to racism

08/10/2018 - 1:35pm
Arlington, Va., Aug 10, 2018 / 12:35 pm (EWTN News/CNA).- The bishops of Virginia offered prayers for peace and a renewed sense of human dignity ahead of the one-year anniversary of a deadly white supremacist rally in Charlottesville.

Diocese of Greensburg issues apology for past failings, promises to release names of accused priests

08/10/2018 - 12:00pm
Greensburg, Pa., Aug 10, 2018 / 11:00 am (EWTN News/CNA).- The Diocese of Greensburg has issued an apology and pledged to release the names of priests accused of sexual misconduct over the last 70 years. The names will be released following the publication of the Pennsylvania grand jury report on sexual abuse allegations in six Catholic dioceses, expected within the next week.

What's driving the growth of Catholic churches in the Bible Belt?

08/10/2018 - 2:27am
Charleston, S.C., Aug 10, 2018 / 01:27 am (EWTN News/CNA).- In the thick of the Bible Belt, the famously evangelical Protestant region in the southeastern United States, some Catholic Masses are filling to standing-room only.

Tennessee executes first prisoner since 2009, despite plea by bishops

08/10/2018 - 2:00am
Memphis, Tenn., Aug 10, 2018 / 01:00 pm (EWTN News/CNA).- Tennessee carried out its first execution in nearly a decade on Thursday evening. Governor Bill Haslam allowed the lethal injection to proceed at a maximum-security Nashville prison, despite controversy over the drug cocktail used and past pleas from the state's three Catholic bishops, who argued that the death penalty was contrary to human dignity and respect for life.

Food and Drug Administration signs controversial contract with fetal tissue provider

08/09/2018 - 9:30am
Washington D.C., Aug 9, 2018 / 08:30 am (EWTN News/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."

Lawsuit filed against new government asylum rules

08/09/2018 - 7:30am
Washington D.C., Aug 9, 2018 / 06:30 pm (EWTN News/CNA).- Immigration activists have made a legal challenge to the government's criteria for migrants seeking asylum on Tuesday, saying that the grounds outlined were too narrow and should be expanded.

NJ bishop: Independent avenue for reporting abuse is needed

08/09/2018 - 7:01am
Metuchen, N.J., Aug 9, 2018 / 06:01 pm (EWTN News/CNA).- In light of a scandal involving one of its former bishops, Theodore McCarrick, the Diocese of Metuchen is working to establish an independent avenue for victims to report abuse conducted by Church leaders, including bishops.

The 'nones' – why some Americans are forgoing religious labels

08/09/2018 - 2:01am
Washington D.C., Aug 9, 2018 / 01:01 pm (EWTN News/CNA).- Among the growing share of religious "nones" in the U.S., a majority say that questioning religious teachings is one important factor in their lack of religious affiliation.

Kicked off Iowa campus over leadership standards, Christian group sues

08/08/2018 - 12:46pm
Iowa City, Aug 8, 2018 / 11:46 am (EWTN News/CNA).- A Christian student group is suing the University of Iowa after being kicked off campus because it requires its leaders to be Christians.

Former Pennsylvania chief justice backs delay of grand jury report

08/08/2018 - 7:30am
Harrisburg, Pa., Aug 8, 2018 / 06:30 pm (EWTN News/CNA).- The former chief justice of Pennsylvania's Supreme Court has warned that the release of a grand jury report into allegations of sexual abuse and coverups by the Catholic Church in that state could violate the constitutional rights of those named in the report.

Young Catholics release open letter on McCarrick, call for investigation

08/08/2018 - 5:30am
Washington D.C., Aug 8, 2018 / 04:30 pm (EWTN News/CNA).- A group of young Catholic writers, intellectuals, and activists released an open letter Aug. 8 calling for an independent investigation into the alleged crimes of Archbishop Theodore McCarrick. The letter also calls Catholic leaders to recommit themselves to the Church's teaching on sexuality.

Knights of Columbus pledge support for persecuted Christians

08/07/2018 - 6:00am
Baltimore, Md., Aug 7, 2018 / 05:00 pm (EWTN News/CNA).- Knights of Columbus Supreme Knight Carl Anderson pledged the fraternal organization's continued efforts to aid and rebuild persecuted Christian communities in the Middle East, during his Aug. 7 address at the 2018 Knights of Columbus convention in Baltimore, Maryland.

What a survey found about non-churchgoing Catholics

08/07/2018 - 4:28am
Washington D.C., Aug 7, 2018 / 03:28 pm (EWTN News/CNA).- A new survey of motives of U.S. churchgoers and non-churchgoers reveals that a significant percentage of Catholics who don't go to church claim to practice their faith "in other ways," a report from the Pew research center says.

Lawmakers call for transparency in insurance plans funding abortion

08/07/2018 - 3:16am
Washington D.C., Aug 7, 2018 / 02:16 pm (EWTN News/CNA).- More than 100 members of Congress are asking the federal government to issue new regulations ensuring greater transparency in health insurance plans that include abortion.

Bishop Conley reviewing process for boundary violation reports

08/06/2018 - 1:57pm
Lincoln, Neb., Aug 6, 2018 / 12:57 pm (EWTN News/CNA).- Bishop James Conley of Lincoln said he is working to ensure that correct processes are established and followed when allegations of boundary violations arise against priests in the diocese.