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The Equality Bill continues to provoke debate. Martin Salter MP has apologised for calling the Pope “a bloke in a dress”. E Jane Dickson says that if she were the Pope, she wouldn’t quote Aristotle. Jonathan Chaplin, Jonathan Oliver and Peter Hitchens defend the Pontiff. And the Christian Science Monitor offers an interesting summary of the debate from across the pond.

The Archbishop of York, Dr John Sentamu, has implied that Anglicans accepting the Pope’s offer will not be “truly converted Roman Catholics”.

Church of Scotland ministers are not happy with Pope Benedict’s address to the Scottish bishops.

Jeff Israely of Time says Pope Benedict XVI will bring a tough message to Britain in September.

Bishop Bernard Fellay, the superior general of the SSPX, has said that reaching agreement with the Holy See is not possible “in human terms”.

German Mariologist Manfred Hauke suggests that the alleged messages of the Virgin Mary at Medjugorje “contain elements that speak clearly against a supernatural origin of the phenomenon”.

Catholic business executives have honoured the pro-life work of George W Bush, to the irritation of John Gehring of Catholics in Alliance for the Common Good.

The Brazilian landowner accused of ordering the murder of American nun Dorothy Stang is back in jail.

Two American street preachers have been shot and killed by a teenager who apparently opposed their message.

Fr Mauro Gagliardi’s commentary on the Lectionary and Liturgy of the Word in the two forms of the Roman Rite is now available in English.

The official website of the Newman Cause hails the decision of the Bishops of England and Wales to end their ad limina visit with Mass in the church where John Henry Newman was ordained a Catholic priest.

John Allen awards Cardinal George Pell the title of number one “rumour magnet” in the Catholic Church and defends the use of the term “Taliban Catholicism” (to the consternation of Jimmy Akin).

Max Hastings says legalised assisted suicide would be “a path to barbarity“.

On the Commonweal website, Eric Bugyis suggests that calls for “civility” are just a way of closing down debate.

And an atheist preacher has been allowed to stay in office after a court ruled that his views did not differ fundamentally from those of liberal theologians in the Protestant Church of the Netherlands.

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Love is “the badge of the Christian“, Pope Benedict XVI said in his Angelus address yesterday (video here).

The Pope also called on businesses around the world to stem the flow of job losses.

SSPX members have attacked an FSSP church in Mexico.

Meanwhile, Bishop Richard Williamson is continuing to deny the Holocaust.

The reconstruction of Haiti needs to be based on human rights and the principle of subsidiarity, the Holy See’s representative at the UN has said.

The Catholic News Service now has a reporter on the ground in Haiti who will be filing reports all this week.

A Catholic woman is refusing to pay her licence fee over the BBC’s support for abortion.

Almost three quarters of British people support assisted suicide for the terminally ill, according to a BBC poll.

Quality not quantity is the key to Catholic education, Cardinal Seán Brady has told Vatican Radio (audio).

Fr Richard Duffield of the Birmingham Oratory has met Cardinal Seán O’Malley of Boston to discuss Newman’s Cause.

Susan Boyle says she is dreaming of singing for the Pope when he visits Scotland on the first leg of his visit to Britain in September.

The Knights of Columbus are delivering 100,000 prayer books to US armed services personnel.

No Hidden Magenta wonders if Peter Singer and the Catholic Church can end global poverty together.

Fr Dwight Longenecker “shoots at his hunting buddies” with a critique of traditionalism.

And Father Z considers whether to buy the National Catholic Reporter.

Who dies at Dignitas?

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It’s overwhelmingly the Germans.

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Written by Luke Coppen

September 23, 2009 at 2:56 pm

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Clarifying the clarification

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The Director of Public Prosecutions issued his long-awaited clarification of the law on assisted suicide today. The BBC explains what it all means. The Guardian‘s Michael White is pleased. The Telegraph‘s George Pitcher is alarmed. And Archbishop Peter Smith of Cardiff is deeply cautious.

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September 23, 2009 at 2:21 pm

Cameron takes an unpopular ethical stand

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Written by Luke Coppen

September 22, 2009 at 11:12 am