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5 things to know about the Vatican’s family synod

Pope Francis arrives to lead a memorial mass at the military cemetary for World War I soldiers at Redipuglia, near Gorizia, northern Italy, on September 13. AFP

Pope Francis on Sunday opens a two-week meeting of bishops and cardinals from around the world aimed at making the church’s teaching on family life — marriage, sex, contraception, divorce and homosexuality — relevant to today’s Catholic families.

Posted: October 4th, 2014 in Latest News Stories,World | Read More »

US Supreme Court: Religious rights trump birth control

Michael Hichborn kneels and prays as he joins demonstrators while waiting for the Supreme Court's decision on the Hobby Lobby case outside the Supreme Court in Washington, Monday, June 30, 2014. AP

A sharply divided U.S. Supreme Court ruled Monday that some companies with religious objections can avoid the contraceptives requirement in President Barack Obama’s health care overhaul, the first time the high court has declared that businesses can hold religious views under federal law.

Posted: July 1st, 2014 in Latest News Stories,World | Read More »

Vatican concedes many Catholics ignore teachings on sex

Pope Francis arrives for his weekly general audience in St. Peter's Square at the Vatican, Wednesday, June 25, 2014. (AP Photo/Alessandra Tarantino)

The Vatican conceded Thursday that most Catholics reject its teachings on sex and contraception as intrusive and irrelevant and officials pledged not to “close our eyes to anything” when it opens a two-year debate on some of the thorniest issues facing the church.

Posted: June 27th, 2014 in Latest News Stories,World | Read More »

Church not obsessed with RH law–CBCP

Fr. Melvin Castro, executive director of the CBCP—Episcopal Commission on Family and Life. http://cbcpforlife.com

A Catholic Bishops Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) official on Saturday replied to calls by supporters of the controversial reproductive health (RH) law for the Church to stop its “obsession with contraception.”

Posted: March 30th, 2014 in Latest News Stories,Nation | Read More »

Vatican surveys find Catholics reject sex rules

In this May 1, 2013 file photo, Denver Mayor Michael Hancock, left, performs a civil union vows ceremony for Sonja Semion, center left, and her partner Courtney Law at the Webb Municipal Building in Denver. AP

New surveys commissioned by the Vatican show that the vast majority of Catholics in Germany and Switzerland reject church teaching on contraception, sexual morality, gay unions and divorce, findings remarkable both in their similarity and in the fact that they were even publicized.

Posted: February 5th, 2014 in Latest News Stories,World | Read More »