Civil Rights Commish Chastises Houston Mayor

Commissioner Peter Kirsanow

Commissioner Peter Kirsanow

Annise Parker, the openly gay mayor of Houston,  got a tongue-lashing this week from a member of the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights for demanding copies of the sermons and e-mails of five Houston pastors who supported a citizen-led initiative to defeat a controversial transgender law.

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Remembering Helen Hull Hitchcock, ‘a true daughter of God’

HHHrgb1This week, the EWTN family pays tribute to Helen Hull Hitchcock, a true daughter of God and defender of Catholic faith and family.  She was a pioneer in the renewal of the sacred liturgy and reclaiming women’s authentic role in the Church.

In October of 2003,  I had the great privilege of interviewing her about Pope John Paul II’s then new encyclical Ecclesia Dei, which sought to correct many of the liturgical abuses that were taking place at that time.  You can watch our interview here. Read the rest…

Seminarian With Brain Cancer Addresses Brittany Maynard

Philip Johnson

Philip Johnson

A young seminarian with incurable brain cancer is praying that 29 year-old Brittany Maynard, who is suffering the same plight and publicly announced plans to take her life with prescription drugs on November 1, is asking her to choose to fight instead so that her life and witness can be an example and inspiration to others.

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Catholic High School Stands Firm Against Makers of Lesbian Film

salesian highCommentary by Susan Brinkmann, OCDS

Salesian High School, a Catholic boys’ school in New Rochelle, New York, is taking heat for refusing to allow its premises to be used to film a scene for a movie about a lesbian couple, an incident that is being used as yet another hammer with which to pummel Church teaching.

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Dallas Bishop Speaks About Harboring Family of Ebola Victim

Archbishop Kevin Farrell

Archbishop Kevin Farrell

Although he received some criticism for doing so, Dallas Bishop Kevin Farrell sheltered the fiancé of Thomas Eric Duncan, the first person to die of Ebola in the U.S., during the required quarantine period because that’s what Jesus would have done.

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