What a proposed bill on religious liberty would and would not protect

By Matt Hadro

Catholic News Agency
July 17, 2015

WASHINGTON (CNA/EWTN News) -- With same-sex marriage now legal throughout the United States, some members of Congress are trying to protect the religious rights of those who disagree with marriage's new definition – but their efforts may be limited.

Media-savvy bishop-designate is appointed in Los Angeles

By Mark Pattison
Catholic News Service
July 21, 2015

WASHINGTON (CNS) -- In an era where Catholics are pretty much an afterthought on television, the sight of any cleric on the small screen almost immediately evokes thoughts of "the next Bishop Sheen" — the 1950s prime-time inspirational program host Archbishop Fulton Sheen. Yet in pretty much all past cases, those clerics weren't bishops themselves. But now Father Robert E. Barron, a media savvy priest, has been named an auxiliary bishop.

Workshop discusses importance of Eucharistic Adoration

By Mary Lou Seewoester
North Texas Catholic
July 14, 2015
Father James Pemberton

FORT WORTH -- “We live in a world that is so busy that we don’t have time to just be quiet.  At Holy Hour, we have the opportunity to take that time to be quiet in the presence of a God who loves us and allow Him to bring a new focus to our hearts and our lives.” This is how Deacon Don Warner, director of Liturgy and Worship for the Fort Worth Diocese, describes the benefits of Eucharistic Adoration.

Cardinal Baum, longest serving U.S. cardinal, witnessed and made history

By Mark Zimmerman
Catholic News Service
July 24, 2015

WASHINGTON (CNS) -- Cardinal William W. Baum, the archbishop of Washington from 1973 to 1980, died July 23 at the age of 88 after a long illness. He was a cardinal for 39 years — the longest such tenure in U.S. church history. Cardinal Baum witnessed history from the Second Vatican Council through the election of the first Latin American pope, and he made history himself.

Long-time RCIA, outreach ministry leader Alice Curran retires

By Joan Kurkowski-Gillen
North Texas Catholic
July 15, 2015

FORT WORTH -- You never know how many lives a simple postcard can touch. When Alice Curran responded to a mailed advertisement for a new religious studies program at Canisius College several decades ago, the Buffalo, New York native had no idea the experience would lead to a life-long career helping others encounter Christ. “RCIA (Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults) was just starting, and I found it so interesting,” remembers Curran.

Archbishop reflects on religious liberty challenges after Obergefell

By Sean Gallagher
Catholic News Service
July 24, 2015

NEW ALBANY, Ind. (CNS) -- The Supreme Court's decision on same-sex marriage will likely have broad effects across the legal system, said Baltimore Archbishop William E. Lori, chairman of the U.S. bishops' Ad Hoc Committee for Religious Liberty. "Marriage, as understood between one man and one woman, is embedded throughout the law," he said, "so to upend that is to produce a sea change in our legal system." The archbishop made the comments in an interview with The Criterion, newspaper of the Archdiocese of Indianapolis.

Fr. Kyle Walterscheid, former engineer, now builds bridges to Heaven

By Jerry Circelli
North Texas Catholic
July 16, 2015

DENTON -- If you drive the highways and byways of Fort Worth, chances are you regularly travel over several of the 50 bridges in the area designed by Father Kyle Walterscheid, pastor of St. John Paul II University Parish in Denton. From 1990 to 1995, before he became a priest, designing bridges was the nature of Fr. Kyle’s work. With a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering and a master’s in structural engineering from the University of Texas at Arlington, Fr. Kyle spent a decade studying and working in a field he truly enjoyed.