Vatican upholds prohibitions placed on Feeneyite group by diocese in New Hampshire

Manchester, N.H., Feb 4, 2021 / 09:01 pm (CNA).- The Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith has declined to consider an appeal by the Slaves of the Immaculate Heart of Mary located in New Hampshire against prohibitions placed on them by the Diocese of Manchester.

The group, located in Richmond, N.H., about 60 miles southwest of Manchester, has roots in an order originally founded by Fr. Leonard Feeney.

The Diocese of Manchester had placed the group under precepts of prohibition, effective Jan. 7, 2019, because of obstinacy in their theological position regarding the principle that there is no salvation outside the Church. They were prohibited from referring to themselves as an association of the faithful in the Church and having sacraments celebrated at their property, among other things.

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Virginia poised to abolish death penalty

Richmond, Va., Feb 4, 2021 / 08:11 pm (CNA).- The abolition of the death penalty has advanced in Virginia, with the State Senate’s passage of a bill backed by the Virginia Catholic Conference.

 

The death penalty repeal bill passed the Senate by a 21-17 vote Feb. 3. All Democrats voted in favor of the bill, while no Republicans did. One Republican abstained.

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Pro-life movement ‘will be tenacious,’ House pro-life leader promises

Washington D.C., Feb 4, 2021 / 07:00 pm (CNA).- With a pro-abortion administration and a pro-abortion majority in the House, the pro-life movement will be “tenacious,” a leading pro-life member of Congress says.

 

“We will be tenacious. We will respect even those with whom we have profound disagreements,” Rep. Chris Smith (R-N.J.) said in an interview with EWTN Pro-Life Weekly that will air on Thursday evening.

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Education Secretary nominee: Transgender athletes should be allowed to play women’s sports

Washington, D.C. Newsroom, Feb 4, 2021 / 06:00 pm (CNA).- The nominee for Secretary of Education on Wednesday said that high school athletes identifying as transgender should be allowed to compete in girls’ athletic events. 

 

During a Senate hearing Wednesday on the confirmation of Miguel Cardona to lead the Department of Education (ED), Sen. Rand Paul (R-Kent.) repeatedly pressed Cardona on the matter of male athletes who identify as transgender competing in girls’ athletic events. 

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