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Cardinal Levada denies Anglican provision reports

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VATICAN-ANGLICANS

The Catholic News Service reports that the Vatican has taken the unusual step of denying claims that the delay in publishing the Apostolic Constitution is due to an internal Vatican debate over admitting married priests.

Full text here.

Photo: Cardinal Levada at the Vatican press conference announcing the Apostolic Constitution (CNS photo/Tony Gentile, Reuters)

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Written by Luke Coppen

October 31, 2009 at 1:40 pm

The Catholic who became a witch

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The Independent marks Halloween with an interview with a baptised Catholic who now professes to be a witch.

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October 31, 2009 at 9:56 am

Pope Benedict confronts the new media revolution

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Yesterday Pope Benedict gave a major address on the challenge of the new media. Zenit has the full text.

Fr Z suggests that every Catholic diocese should have someone responsible for “online ministry”.

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October 30, 2009 at 10:25 am

Archbishop Dolan takes on the Gray Lady

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Archbishop Timothy Dolan sounds like he’s really annoyed with the New York Times.

Photo: Archbishop Dolan raises the Book of the Gospels during his installation Mass at St Patrick’s Cathedral in April 15 (CNS photo/Paul Haring)

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October 29, 2009 at 7:16 pm

A sneak preview of this week’s paper

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This week’s articles won’t be online until tomorrow, so I thought I’d give you a preview of what’s in store.

Anna Arco reports on the latest developments on the Anglican provision, Dr William Oddie wonders if Cardinal Hume’s famous “moment of grace” has finally arrived and Mary Kenny suggests that Anglican converts will make us all posher.

Our Rome correspondent says the chance of an SSPX-Vatican agreement is slim. Fr Ashley Beck argues that good Catholics should never wear Masonic aprons. Theologian Aidan Nichols says that all is not well in our worship. And as Bonfire Night draws near, Ed West interviews Guido Fawkes, the Catholic blogger who took on New Labour – and won.

Andrew M Brown asks whether it’s OK for Catholics to be happy. Fr Anthony Symondson SJ visits a church that embodies Pope Benedict’s liturgical vision. Paul Johnson praises a study of Ireland’s love-hate relationship with the British monarchy. And Stuart Reid suggests there’s only one way to deal with the British National Party: ignore it.

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October 29, 2009 at 5:52 pm

The Church and the ‘vampire industry’

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In this video Fr Robert Barron discusses the enduring fascination with vampires in Western popular culture.

Meanwhile, Jake Martin at America magazine criticises the popular HBO series True Blood, which is now screening in Britain on Channel 4:

Is it any wonder that after a century of vampires sweeping across the celluloid we are still left with the same stock, embarrassingly pseudo-sexual portrayals? The continual insistence upon romanticizing and eroticizing the vampire without acknowledging the violence at the genre’s core makes for contrived viewing that appeals primarily to teenage girls or fans of soft-core pornography.

True Blood has very little truth about it. It attempts to follow in the large footsteps of shows like The Sopranos and Six Feet Under by amping up the sex and violence quota while missing the very best things those shows had to offer: smart, artistic and honest work.

For those who want to know more about the origins of what Martin calls the “vampire industry”, Ignatius Insight has a link to the essay “The Catholic Aesthetic in Bram Stoker’s Dracula” by Eleanor Bourg Donlon.

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October 29, 2009 at 2:11 pm

Reflect on the Bible every day, says Pope Benedict

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At his general audience yesterday, Pope Benedict XVI urged all Catholics to read the Bible daily.

He said: “It is important to reserve a certain time each day for meditation on the Bible so that the Word of God will be the lamp that illuminates our daily path on earth.”

Full text here.

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October 29, 2009 at 1:48 pm