Monthly Archives: June 2017

Man plows over 10 Commandments monument in Arkansas

Little Rock, Ark., Jun 30, 2017 / 05:51 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- When Moses smashed the stone tablets in Exodus 32, out of rage for the sins of his people, he used his bare hands.

But maybe a car would have made the task easier?

Michael Tate Reed, 32, yelled “Freedom!” as he plowed his car into a statue of the 10 Commandments placed outside the state capitol of Arkansas early in the morning of June 28, demolishing it.

The privately-funded monument, the product of a years-long heated debate about its constitutionality, had been up for fewer than 24 hours when Reed …read more



Despite rumors, soccer superstar not denied Catholic wedding

Lima, Peru, Jun 30, 2017 / 05:05 pm (CNA).- An Argentine diocesan official has clarified that the local archbishop did not deny a sacramental Catholic wedding to Argentinian soccer player Lionel “Leo” Messi and his girlfriend, Antonella Roccuzzo.

Rather, the archbishop forbid that a Catholic wedding for the couple be celebrated in a casino chapel, per Church norms.

Some reports about the couple’s wedding, such as those from the international sports media company AS, had claimed that “The Archbishop forbids Messi and Antonella to marry in the Church.”

However, the Episcopal Delegate of Communication for the Archdiocese of …read more



Is Virginia about to execute a man with a serious mental illness?

Richmond, Va., Jun 30, 2017 / 04:01 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- William Morva is scheduled to be executed in Virginia on July 6.

He has been convicted of murdering an unarmed security guard and a sheriff’s deputy at age 24, while trying to escape jail, where he had been charged with attempted robbery.

However, a court-appointed forensic psychiatrist who examined Morva concluded that he suffered from delusion disorder, and was impaired by the illness at the time of the crime.

Morva’s attorneys claim that had experienced persistent delusions in the past but had not received any mental health treatment in prison.

Fearing that …read more



German bishops criticize parliament's approval of gay marriage

Berlin, Germany, Jun 30, 2017 / 12:08 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Archbishop Heiner Koch of Berlin expressed his regret Friday at the German parliament’s vote in favor of legalizing same-sex marriage, saying it had abandoned the fundamental characteristics of marriage.

“The fathers of the (German) constitution gave marriage such pride of place because they wanted to protect and strengthen those who, as a mother and father, want to give life to their children.”

“I regret the fact that the legislature has given up on essential aspects of the marriage concept in order to make the latter amenable to same-sex partnerships,” he …read more



Even in Barcelona one can see the peripheries, Cardinal Omella says

Barcelona, Spain, Jun 30, 2017 / 11:50 am (CNA/EWTN News).- “Enough with the jokes,” then-Archbishop Juan José Omella Omella of Barcelona said when he got the call.

But it wasn’t a joke: A friend was calling him from St. Peter’s Square to tell him that Pope Francis had just announced his name among the five men who were to become cardinals at a consistory which was held June 28.

After receiving the announcement, Omella continued with his plans for the day, including visiting prisoners. He met with journalists the next morning.

“Barcelona is a cosmopolitan city where people from all over …read more



It’s curtains for cookies, but local hospitality still provides Synod snacks

By Tim Kershner

It’s late June in an odd-numbered year and thousands of conference representatives, clergy, and delegates of the United Church of Christ are gathering for their biennial governance meeting in Baltimore.

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National ONA Coalition gathers strength, celebrates successes

By Drew Page

The ONA Coalition’s National Open and Affirming Gathering met June 27-29 at First and St. Stephen UCC in Baltimore. This yearly gathering draws ONA church members and LGBTQ activists throughout the country to celebrate successes and to plan for the future of the Coalition.

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