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For David Daleiden, Soros money shows Planned Parenthood in a panic

By: CNA Daily News - US
Source: Catholic News Agency: US
Date: August 26, 2016
Washington D.C., Aug 26, 2016 / 10:55 am (CNA).- A leaked grant report from the Open Societies Foundation seems to show Planned Parenthood and its allies in a panicked effort to raise millions of dollars to counter a series of investigative videos alleging the abortion provider broke the law. For undercover journalist David Daleiden, it’s a sign of hope. “It shows that the issue of selling baby body parts for profit is an issue that could shut Planned Parenthood down. And that is why they are taking it so seriously,” Daleiden, founder of the Center for Medical Progress, told CNA Aug. 24 In an undercover project released last year, Daleiden and a colleague had posed as prospective buyers of fetal tissue. They recorded conversations with multiple Planned Parenthood officials around the country, and recorded several grisly sessions of aborted babies’ bodies being disassembled for possible tissue harvesting and sale. Daleiden said a document attributed to billio

Want Catholics back in church? Reflect Jesus, Denver's new bishop says

By: CNA Daily News - US
Source: Catholic News Agency: US
Date: August 25, 2016
Denver, Colo., Aug 25, 2016 / 03:48 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Father Jorge Rodriguez, the next auxiliary bishop of Denver, believes there is a way to help lapsed Catholics return to church. “Sometimes we go far away, but Jesus is always the one who attracts to our pews,” Bishop-designate Rodriguez said Aug. 25. “Inasmuch as we present the true Jesus, then people will come back. They really need him.”   If Catholics will “reactivate” their own communities, he said, people will return. On Thursday, Pope Francis appointed Mexico native Fr. Rodriguez, 61, as the next auxiliary bishop for the Archdiocese of Denver. The former professor and past vice-rector of Denver’s St. John Vianney Seminary presently serves as pastor at Holy Cross Church in Thornton, Colo. “I’ve met this wonderful Catholic community that we have here,” he said at a Thursday press conference. “There are lots of wonderful people in Colorado. I feel very h

Two nuns found murdered at their home in Mississippi

By: CNA Daily News - US
Source: Catholic News Agency: US
Date: August 25, 2016
Jackson, Miss., Aug 25, 2016 / 03:14 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Two religious sisters were found murdered in their Mississippi home today, according to police. The sisters, both nurse practitioners, were scheduled to work at Lexington Medical Clinic but never came to work this morning, prompting their co-workers to call the police. According to a statement from the Diocese of Jackson, the bodies have not been positively identified by authorities, but are believed to be those of Sister Paula Merrill, of the Sisters of Charity of Nazareth in Kentucky, and Sister Margaret Held, of the Sisters of St. Francis in Milwaukee. Authorities said that it appears the sisters were shot at their home in Durant, Miss. While no motive is known at the time, police said it appears they are victims of homicide. “These sisters have spent years of dedicated service here in Mississippi. They absolutely loved the people in their community,” said Bishop Joseph Kopacz of Jackson. “We mourn with

St. Louis priest falsely accused by anti-sex abuse group

By: CNA Daily News - US
Source: Catholic News Agency: US
Date: August 25, 2016
St. Louis, Mo., Aug 25, 2016 / 10:25 am (CNA/EWTN News).- A group for clergy sex abuse victims made false statements “negligently and with reckless disregard for the truth” against a St. Louis priest to try to convict him on abuse charges, a federal judge has ruled. U.S. District Judge Carol E. Jackson said that the Survivors' Network of those Abused by Priests failed to comply with a court order that the group supply details about those who accused Father Xiu Hui “Joseph” Jiang of sexual abuse. This made it impossible for him to litigate the claims against him. Jackson said the court will establish that SNAP's statements “were false and that they did not conduct any inquiry into the truth or falsity of these public statements.” The court will also establish that defendants conspired to secure Fr. Jiang's conviction on sex abuse charges due to “discriminatory animus against plaintiff based on his religion, religious vocation, rac

Why Catholics should be alarmed about the rise of the religious 'nones'

By: CNA Daily News - US
Source: Catholic News Agency: US
Date: August 25, 2016
Washington D.C., Aug 25, 2016 / 09:02 am (CNA/EWTN News).- With so many saying they have abandoned their childhood faith because of science, the Church in the United States has an urgent mission to engage the culture, said one expert. “The new evangelization is as needed as ever,” Dr. Matthew Bunson, EWTN Senior Contributor, concluded from a Pew Research study on “Choosing a New Church.” “As Catholics we need to be very much aware of the immense dangers that are emerging, culturally, when we lose a sense of God,” he added, saying that “dialogue with culture is absolutely essential now.” The Pew study, released Tuesday, shows that among the “nones” – those currently not a member of any religion – around eight-in-ten were once raised in a particular religion. About half of those explained their departure from their childhood faith by saying they simply didn’t believe anymore, and some mentioned “scienc

Nun's rosary beads stolen at knife-point in Massachusetts

By: CNA Daily News - US
Source: Catholic News Agency: US
Date: August 25, 2016
Boston, Mass., Aug 25, 2016 / 06:02 am (CNA/EWTN News).- A religious sister was robbed while on a walk in civilian clothing on Sunday afternoon in Quincy, Massachusetts, authorities said. According to a report from a local CBS affiliate, police said that a sister with the Daughters of Mary of Nazareth convent was walking shortly after 2 p.m. when she was approached by Vanessa Young, 26, who was armed with a small knife. “I’m not going to hurt you,” Young told the victim, according to police reports. The nun noticed Young's knife and another woman acting as a lookout, so she opened her satchel to reveal a rosary, a key and a small memento. The vows of the Daughters of Mary of Nazareth include a vow of poverty. Vanessa Young told the victim, “I'll guess I'll take the rosary beads,” police said. The sister then returned safely to her convent and reported the incident to the police. Soon after, police found the two women matching the sister&r

'Hello. My name is Mother Teresa. I just wanted to give you my card.'

By: CNA Daily News - US
Source: Catholic News Agency: US
Date: August 25, 2016
Denver, Colo., Aug 25, 2016 / 03:54 am (CNA).- It happened on the most ordinary day, in the most ordinary of places. A woman stood by herself in the back of an airport lounge, flipping distractedly through a magazine while she waited for her flight. Suddenly, she was approached by a 5’0” woman in a blue and white sari. “Hello. My name is Mother Teresa. I just wanted to give you my card.” The religious sister passed her a business card and gave her hand a gentle squeeze before turning and boarding a flight. The woman stared at the card. And then, a smile. This is one of hundreds of testimonies about the life and holiness of Blessed Mother Teresa of Calcutta included in the new book “A Call to Mercy” (Image, 2016). The 384-page book published just weeks ahead of the Calcutta sister’s Sept. 4 canonization. The book gives an exclusive peek into the first and secondhand oral and written testimonies that built Mother Teresa’s cause for sai

Could doctors be forced to perform sex reassignment surgeries?

By: CNA Daily News - US
Source: Catholic News Agency: US
Date: August 25, 2016
Washington D.C., Aug 24, 2016 / 08:03 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Following the federal government stating that doctors cannot decline performing sex reassignment surgeries, a group of states, doctors, and hospitals are suing in the name of medical ethics. “The effect is that there are doctors all across the country that are going to be asked to perform gender transition procedures, even when they believe it is going to be physically and emotionally harmful to the patient and against their best medical judgment,” Luke Goodrich, deputy general counsel at the Becket Fund for Religious Liberty, told CNA. “And this rule says if you follow your medical judgment, you can face massive liability.” Current health care law bans discrimination against patients on basis of sex. New regulations from the Department of Health and Human Services interpret such discrimination to include cases where requests for procedures involving gender reassignment are denied. The HHS would eval

As welfare reform turns 20, Catholics discuss its legacy

By: CNA Daily News - US
Source: Catholic News Agency: US
Date: August 24, 2016
Washington D.C., Aug 24, 2016 / 12:13 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Welfare reform was one of the biggest United States legislative events of the 1990s, but after 20 years what is its legacy from the standpoint of Catholic social teaching? Catholic policy experts gave differing responses to the program. “It’s complicated,” said John Carr, director of the Initiative on Catholic Social Thought and Public Life at Georgetown University. Meanwhile, John D. Mueller, director of the Economics and Ethics program at the Ethics and Public Policy Center in Washington, D.C., thought it a “success, in general.” August 22 marked the 20th anniversary of the passage of welfare reform, the Personal Responsibility and Work Opportunity Reconciliation Act. The new program – Temporary Assistance to Needy Families – was a major overhaul of the previous one, Aid to Families with Dependent Children. Democratic President Bill Clinton signed into law the bill passed by both

Federal judge blocks Obama's transgender bathroom policy

By: CNA Daily News - US
Source: Catholic News Agency: US
Date: August 24, 2016
Washington D.C., Aug 24, 2016 / 06:02 am (CNA/EWTN News).- A federal judge in Texas has temporarily blocked the Obama administration guidance that would require schools to comply with transgender bathroom policies or lose federal funding. “Schools have a duty to protect the privacy, safety, and dignity of all students, and this order certainly helps them in fulfilling that duty,” said Matt Sharp, legal counsel with Alliance Defending Freedom. “The Obama administration cannot unilaterally disregard and redefine federal law to accomplish its political agenda of forcing girls to share locker rooms and showers with boys.” The religious freedom legal group Alliance Defending Freedom is litigating several cases involving the federal order in Illinois, North Carolina and Ohio. Judge Reed O'Connor of the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Texas on Aug. 21 issued a preliminary injunction on the Obama administration's interpretation of Title IX,