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A new home for Morning Catholic Must-Reads

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From today, Morning Catholic Must-Reads has a new home on The Catholic Herald’s new website.

Thank you for reading the blog here. I look forward to seeing you over at CatholicHerald.co.uk.

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July 2, 2010 at 11:08 am

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.

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December 23, 2009 at 4:57 pm

In the paper this week

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In this week’s paper we report on the reaction to the horrific murder of Irish missionary Fr Jeremiah Roche.

Cardinal George Pell has fun at the expense of “Green extremists”. Pope Benedict says it’s useless to condemn and complain. The Birmingham Oratory experiences a shake-up. And Cardinal Bertone appeals for religious freedom in the Muslim world.

Fr Ernesto Cardenal, the Nicaraguan poet-priest, tells us that he’s still living dangerously. Anna Arco offers an update on the Visitation of American religious Sisters. And Russell Sparkes tells the story of the Catholic woman who was nearly named Poet Laureate.

Jill Segger asks us to be quiet. Mary Wakefield explains how to make an atheist’s top lip quiver. And Mary Kenny says true Christians should hang out with “losers”.

Alan Caine is awed by the V&A’s new galleries. Michael White marvels at “the new Glenn Gould”. And Jonathan Wright admires two women saints who broke all the rules.

Finally, Stuart Reid wonders if you say Mass, Marce, Morce – or possibly even Mawss.

Our pressing Christmas deadlines mean that these items will not be uploaded on our website until next Tuesday. So why not dash out to your nearest Catholic church (in Britain and Ireland) and pick up a copy? Or you may like to subscribe here.

What’s in The Catholic Herald this week

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In this week’s paper we report on the clash between Harriet Harman and the bishops of England and Wales over the Equality Bill, the installation of the popular new Archbishop of Birmingham and Cardinal Cormac Murphy-O’Connor’s decision to reject a seat in the House of Lords.

We also interview the son of St Gianna Beretta Molla, publish a robust defence of Anglo-Catholic “patrimony” and present a forceful appeal for a sharper divide between the roles of clergy and lay people.

This is just a hint of what’s in the paper. To get the whole story, you may like to pick up a copy (at the back of churches in Britain and Ireland) or subscribe.

In the paper this week

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In this week’s issue, Andrew M Brown challenges Keir Starmer, Director of Public Prosecutions, over his guidelines on assisted suicide. Dennis Sewell examines the deadly impact of Darwin’s followers. Mark Dowd wonders why devout Catholics happily ignore Pope Benedict XVI on the environment. Angelo Stagnaro explains why the European Union owes a debt to the Virgin Mary, and I interview Bishop William Kenney, CP, the administrator of Birmingham archdiocese.

Hugh David applauds as a another myth about faith schools crumbles. Fr Alexander Lucie-Smith traces the origins of English anti-popery. Will Heaven wonders why no one is defending the traditional family and Nick Thomas feels betrayed by a musical hero.

David V Barrett explains why obsessives are attracted to the Templars. Francis Phillips hails a revisionist study of the Gunpowder Plot and Stuart Reid discovers how hard it is to practise the corporal works of mercy.

This is only a small part of this week’s paper. You may like to pick up a copy (at the back of Catholic churches in Britain and Ireland) or subscribe here.

In the paper this week

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This week’s issue is something of a first for us: for the first time in our history we’ve produced a magazine-sized supplement. This 20-page addition to the paper contains articles for Advent by Pastor Iuventus, Fr Rupert McHardy, Fr Tim Gardner, Fr Alexander Lucie-Smith and Alan Bancroft (who translated the poems of St Thérèse of Lisieux into English). The magazine isn’t available online, so if you live in Britain or Ireland you may like to pick up a copy at the back of your local Catholic church or subscribe to the paper.

Meanwhile, the rest of the paper is teeming with news, features and comment. We report on the latest developments in the plans for Pope Benedict’s visit to Britain, on a searing speech on contemporary arts by Archbishop Mario Conti of Glasgow and the clash over assisted suicide between the Bishops of England and Wales and the Director of Public Prosecutions.

Freddy Gray profiles the liberal American nuns who have convoked “Vatican III”. The novelist Rachel Billington explains why she’s following in the footsteps of her father, the prison reformer Lord Longford. Gerard Carruthers shows that the poet Robert Burns was friendly towards Catholics. Sophie Caledcott explains why girls around the world are swooning over Edward Cullen, the chaste hero of the Twilight series. Andrew McKie applauds Vatican astronomers for discussing the possibility of alien life and Jonathan Wright gives a B+ to a new study of St Thomas Aquinas.

This is just a taster. For the full experience, visit your local church or click here.

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Written by Luke Coppen

November 27, 2009 at 9:01 am

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In this week’s issue leading Catholic blogger Fr John Zuhlsdorf explains why every diocese in the world should have a vicar for online ministry. Edward Pentin profiles the “black nobility” of Rome and agnostic Heide Hanford explains how she coped when her daughter decided to become a Catholic nun.

Harvard political philosopher Michael Sandel tells Greg Watts that the Church should have a role in the public square. Paul Hurley, SVD, explains why Oscar Wilde longed to be a Catholic. Andrew M Brown admires the Coen brothers’ story of a modern-day Job, A Serious Man. Petroc Trelawny savours a biography of Catholic convert James Lees-Milne and Brian Welter applauds a perceptive new study of Pope Benedict’s theology.

Stuart Reid calls for a dramatic reduction in extraordinary ministers of Holy Communion and Pastor Iuventus despairs at some Catholics’ consumerist approach to the faith.

Only a small proportion of the articles will go online tomorrow. You may like to consider taking out a subscription so you don’t miss out.

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November 19, 2009 at 3:27 pm

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In this week’s Catholic Herald, Archbishop Vincent Nichols says the way we treat the elderly “gives the lie to claims … that we are a most well-developed society”. Cardinal Cormac Murphy-O’Connor applauds Pope Benedict’s “generous response” to Anglican traditionalists. Edward Pentin previews the Pontiff’s trip to the birthplace of Paul VI on Sunday and Freddy Gray profiles the Catholic Democratic Congressman who is leading the charge against abortion in Obamacare.

An exorcist explains why the Devil is afraid of you and the new Bishop of the Forces says it’s “hugely important” to pray for military chaplains on Remembrance Sunday. Simon Cole talks to the Lutheran pastor who preached the Sermon on the Mount to the Stasi. Fr Michael Rear says the Pope’s Anglican offer was 400 years in the making. And John Newton calls for a revival of Gregorian Masses for departed souls. David Campanale says the time has finally arrived for Christian Democracy in Britain, Mary Kenny reckons Radio 4 has finally given John Paul II his due and Will Heaven urges you to down a gin and tonic.

Andrew M Brown is dazzled by Bright Star, Alan Caine is exhilarated by Turner and Michael White sees an 84-year-old maestro who’s still on top form. Jonathan Wright wonders how dangerous the Reformation really was, Jack Carrigan salutes the people who brought down the Wall and John Hinton is impressed by the derring-do of a former Tablet editor.

Finally, we explain why Archbishop Timothy Dolan of New York is checking his post for a consignment of tastykakes.

That’s just a hint of what’s in the paper this week. For the full experience, you can buy the paper at your local Catholic church this weekend or take out a subscription.

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Written by Luke Coppen

November 6, 2009 at 10:13 am

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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Written by Luke Coppen

October 29, 2009 at 5:52 pm

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This week’s paper is dominated by the announcement of the Anglican Ordinariate. Here’s our main news report, leading article and commentary by Archbishop Vincent Nichols of Westminster.

Elsewhere, we report on the mismatched debate between Christopher Hitchens and Nigerian Archbishop John Onaiyekan. Stuart Reid, who watched the debate, says it’s been a vintage year for Catholic bashing.

Westminster auxiliary Bishop John Arnold explains how the visit of St Thérèse reconciled him to the notion of relics and how we can keep the spirit of the visit alive. A letter writer tells a poignant story about the power of the saint’s presence.

We report on Archbishop Nichols’s visit to the major new London exhibition, The Sacred Made Real, and Alan Caine explains why the sacred sculpture is almost too realistic.

Anna Arco catches up with Rocco Palmo, one of the world’s leading Catholic bloggers, in New York. Fr John Pungente SJ explores why going to the cinema sometimes feels like a religious experience. And Fr Michael Seed reveals that Archbishop-elect Bernard Longley is known affectionately to his friends as “Paddington Bear”.

Only a small proportion of our articles are online. Paper-only articles include Fr Tim Finigan’s thoughts about whether Catholics should celebrate Halloween, Jonathan Wright reviews a book that is so brilliant he threw it at a wall, Fr Robin Burgess explains how we can all pray without words, Hugh David wonders why educationalists are so obsessed with Scandinavia and our Rome correspondent, Edward Pentin, says the Vatican was surprised by the generally positive reaction to the Anglican Ordinariate.

If you would like to read all this, and more, you can subscribe to the paper here.

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Written by Luke Coppen

October 23, 2009 at 10:00 am