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Archive for December 23rd, 2009

Morning Catholic must-reads

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John Allen reflects on the lessons the Irish Church must learn following the abuse crisis.

Benedict XVI meditated on St Francis and the Christ Child at his general audience yesterday.

Archbishop Vincent Nichols of Westminster will celebrate Midnight Mass live on BBC One tonight. The Beeb has a sneak preview of his homily.

Nicholas King SJ explains what we can truly know about the first Christmas.

The controversial theologian Edward
Schillebeeckx has died.

The new head of the Russian Orthodox Church has said gay people should not face unjust discrimination.

Cardinal Norberto Rivera of Mexico City has condemned the capital’s decision to recognise same-sex unions.

Umberto Eco deplores the lack of religious literacy in secular Europe.

As the Holy See responds to criticism of the Pius XII move, Hugh O’Shaughnessy considers the case against the Cause of the wartime pope. John Allen urges someone – anyone – to make the case in favour.

Andrew Sullivan says Robert George’s philosophy is “evil”.

Dr Samuel Gregg applauds Pope Benedict’s “stinging rebuke” to liberation theologians.

An adult stem-cell breakthrough has restored a man’s sight.

PETA encourages Pope Benedict to become a vegan.

Finally, I would like to thank you for reading this blog and wish you a very happy Christmas.

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In the paper this week

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This week’s issue is the biggest of the year. It’s a 36-page double issue covering Christmas Day and New Year’s Day.

It’s hard to pick out the highlights, but I should mention Amy Welborn’s piece on Pope Benedict and the Christ Child, George Weigel on the Second Coming, Abbot Aidan Bellenger of Downside on the Real Presence and the “real absence”, Hollywood actor Gabriel Byrne on confession and psychoanalysis, Fr Aidan Nichols OP on whether the post-conciliar Church is truly the Church of Tradition and our indepth review of the year.

This is, of course, just a snapshot of what’s in the paper. To enjoy the full picture, you can pick up a copy at the back of Catholic churches in Britain and Ireland or subscribe here.

Written by Luke Coppen

December 23, 2009 at 4:57 pm