Kansas City archbishop advocates against death penalty, despite being son of murder victim

(CNA) — In 1948, Fred Naumann was the assistant manager of a St. Louis liquor store. One night, a week before Christmas, Naumann told an employee to help unload a delivery truck. When the employee refused, Naumann fired him. They argued, and then the man turned around with a pocketknife, and slashed Naumann’s throat. He died before he reached the hospital. Continue reading Kansas City archbishop advocates against death penalty, despite being son of murder victim

New York parish anti-racism pledge prompts controversy

A New York priest said his parish added a “pledge for racial justice” to Masses as part of its anti-racism initiatives, and that no one at the parish is required to participate in it. While video of the pledge has been the subject of criticism in the media and from some Catholics, the Archdiocese of New York has not commented on the matter. Continue reading New York parish anti-racism pledge prompts controversy

Kamala Harris quizzed judicial nominees over Christian adoption and faith values

WASHINGTON (CNA) — Vice presidential candidate Kamala Harris questioned a judicial nominee over his affiliation with a Christian adoption agency, and another about briefs he wrote for religious liberty lawsuits against the federal contraception mandate. She also questioned another nominee because he had been endorsed by a Texas pro-life organization. Continue reading Kamala Harris quizzed judicial nominees over Christian adoption and faith values

Pro-Life activist Abby Johnson debuts new podcast focusing on cultural, controversial issues

AUSTIN, Texas — On the heels of her nationally televised speech at the Republican National Convention Aug. 25, Abby Johnson’s new podcast, “Politely Rude,” dropped its first episode Aug. 26. The podcast is a weekly show focusing on parenting, culture and politics. Continue reading Pro-Life activist Abby Johnson debuts new podcast focusing on cultural, controversial issues

Biden’s pick for veep has history of anti-Catholic hostility

Former vice president Joe Biden, the presumptive Democratic Party nominee for president, has selected Sen. Kamala Harris (D-CA), who has a history of showing hostility to the Catholic Church, to be his running mate. She had previously been one of Biden’s challengers for the presidential nomination before dropping out of the race and endorsing him. Continue reading Biden’s pick for veep has history of anti-Catholic hostility

Flannery O’Connor should be recognized for growing on views of race, say scholars after Loyola decision

DENVER (CNA) — Professor Angela Alaimo O’Donnell has studied Flannery O’Connor, an American Catholic author from the South, rather extensively. She wrote a book on O’Connor’s treatment of racial issues specifically, entitled “Radical Ambivalence: Race in Flannery O’Connor.” Continue reading Flannery O’Connor should be recognized for growing on views of race, say scholars after Loyola decision

St. Damien of Moloka’i ‘gave his life’ serving lepers, says Hawai’ian Catholic after criticism of statue from congresswoman

WASHINGTON (CNA) — A Hawai’ian Catholic catechist said that St. Damien of Moloka’i is a “hero” to the Hawai’ian people, after a prominent congresswoman claimed the statue honoring him in the U.S. Capitol is part of colonialism and “patriarchy and white supremacist culture.” Continue reading St. Damien of Moloka’i ‘gave his life’ serving lepers, says Hawai’ian Catholic after criticism of statue from congresswoman