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Ethics part of all courses in Catholic University’s new business school

WASHINGTON (CNS) — The Catholic University of America in Washington is spinning off its current economics and business curriculum from its School of Arts and Sciences and fashioning a new business school with the idea of infusing ethics into all course offerings. In 2014, graduates will receive their degrees from the new School of Business […]

Supreme Court lets stand policy on embryonic stem-cell research funds

WASHINGTON (CNS) -- The Supreme Court Jan. 7 upheld a lower court order allowing government funding of research involving certain embryonic stem-cell lines. Without comment, the court let stand an August ruling by the U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia which dismissed a lawsuit by two scientists who said the funding policy inhibits their chance of getting government grants for their research on adult stem cells, and argued that violates another law.

Judge: L.A. archdiocese must reveal names in personnel file release

LOS ANGELES (CNS) — The Archdiocese of Los Angeles must reveal the names of church officials included in 30,000 pages of personnel files that will be released with information related to allegations of child sexual abuse by church employees, a Superior Court judge ruled Jan. 7. The Associated Press and Los Angeles Times reported that […]

40 years after Roe v. Wade, pro-life movement strengthens its resolve

WASHINGTON (CNS) — Forty years after the U.S. Supreme Court legalized abortions, the pro-life movement hasn’t stepped back in its resolve to see the decision reversed. Each year near Jan. 22, the day of the Roe vs. Wade and Doe vs. Bolton decisions on abortion, tens of thousands of protesters march in Washington and San […]

Migration Week renews push for immigration legislation

WASHINGTON (CNS) -- The Catholic Church's observance of National Migration Week Jan. 6-12 this year comes at a time when the outlook seems promising for improving migrants' legal situations in the United States. The annual observance of Migration Week this year focuses on encouraging Congress to approve comprehensive immigration reform and marking the 10th anniversary of a joint pastoral letter by U.S. and Mexican bishops: "Strangers No Longer: Together on a Journey of Hope."

Volunteer’s special touch helps others live, and die, peacefully

Trevor Lanham, a 26-year-old who is mentally disabled, volunteers at a Maryland nursing home three afternoons a week, helping the staff with entertainment and activities. He also takes on more solemn duties: praying for dying residents and staying with them in their final hours. "Dear Lord, I need your help," Lanham prays in the words he wrote, "I have a friend who asked for prayers. A request was sent to me and I can only do my part, so I have to ask you to do the rest because you know what is best. I pray that you will help me say words of faith and love, and heal the blessed ones and take them in your care."

Cardinal George warns against Illinois same-sex marriage law

CHICAGO (CNS) — Cardinal Francis E. George told Chicago-area Catholics that the passage of a same-sex marriage law in the state would be “acting against the common good of society.” “This proposed legislation will have long-term consequences because laws teach; they tell us what is socially acceptable and what is not, and most people conform […]

Atlanta pastor named auxiliary bishop

ATLANTA (CNS) — A former Southern Baptist who became a Catholic at the age of 24 and has served at various archdiocesan parishes, Msgr. David P. Talley, 62, who has been named by Pope Benedict XVI as an auxiliary bishop of the Archdiocese of Atlanta. At a press conference in Atlanta, Archbishop Wilton T. Gregory […]

Retired Auxiliary Bishop Moses B. Anderson of Detroit dies at 84

LIVONIA, Mich. (CNS) -- A funeral Mass was scheduled for Jan. 7 at the Cathedral of the Most Blessed Sacrament in Detroit for retired Auxiliary Bishop Moses B. Anderson, who died Jan. 1 at the age of 84. A Jan. 2 statement from the Archdiocese of Detroit said Bishop Anderson died of cardiac arrest. Born in Selma, Ala., in 1928, he was ordained an Edmundite priest in 1958. During his 25-year anniversary as a priest, he was ordained an auxiliary bishop of Detroit, a post he held for 20 years before retiring from active ministry in 2003.

Budget deal defined as much by what’s left undone as by what it does

WASHINGTON (CNS) — The American Taxpayer Relief Act of 2012 — and 2013, considering when the House of Representatives passed it — will be known as much by what it doesn’t include as what it does include. The legislation, among other things, puts off until March 1 all of the elements that could have been […]