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The leaders of the three main parties all gave their support to Pope Benedict’s visit to Britain in yesterday’s television debate (live blog at 8.46pm).

Benedict XVI has encouraged sick people to offer their sufferings for vocations.

Vatican Archbishop Agostino Marchetto has criticised European countries for turning away Africans fleeing persecution.

The Premier of Ontario has abandoned a plan to alter the province’s sex-education curriculum after publicly funded Catholic schools said they wouldn’t implement the changes.

Anglican George Pitcher applauds yesterday’s statement on abuse by the bishops of England and Wales.

Archbishop John Quinn of San Francisco asks why any man would want to become a priest today.

Rome Reports profiles an 18-year-old member of Focolare who will be beatified in September (video).

David Gibson and Fr James Martin SJ consider what penance is and how we can do it.

Orthodox theologian David Bentley Hart says New Atheism is destined to go the way of “pet rocks, disco, prime-time soaps and The Bridges of Madison County”.

Rod Dreher wonders if sometimes there is a religious obligation to kill others.

David Goldman at First Things welcomes South Park’s commitment to lampooning all the major world religions equally.

And Woody Allen discusses “the overwhelming bleakness of the universe” with Fr Robert Lauder.

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The Bishops of England and Wales have issued a “direct and unambiguous” statement condemning clerical abuse and inviting Catholics to “make the four Fridays in May special days of prayer”.

Pope Benedict XVI has accepted the resignation of the Bishop of Kildare.

The Bishops of England and Wales have been discussing Britain’s controversial equality laws at their plenary session in Leeds (audio).

Cardinal Darío Castrillón Hoyos has decided not to celebrate a Pontifical Solemn High Mass in Washington DC after complaints from abuse victims.

A Portuguese bishop who will host the Pope next month in his diocese says Benedict XVI has been “tireless in the analysis and correction of abuses“.

The Swiss television channel TSR has removed cartoons satirising the abuse scandal from the internet after a complaint from the Church.

Archbishop Celestino Migliore has addressed the UN Economic and Social Council on the rights of indigenous people.

The Houston Press profiles Daniel Shea, “the man who sued the Pope“.

George Weigel has written an open letter to Hans Küng, demanding that the dissident theologian apologise to Benedict XVI for comments in his open letter to the world’s bishops.

Ross Douthat says the Vatican made a crucial early mistake in its response to questions about Pope Benedict’s handling of abuse cases.

Fr John Zuhlsdorf wonders if there’s something missing from the reports about Cardinal Castrillón’s now notorious letter to a French bishop.

Fr James Martin SJ has taken part in a Bloggingheads.tv debate about priestly celibacy.

And eCanadaNow asks the burning question: “Is the Pope sleep-deprived?

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The presiding judge in the “Murphy case” says that not a single journalist has contacted him to check the accuracy of the New York Times story on the priest who abused 200 deaf children.

The Bishops of England and Wales have issued a message today ahead of the general election, urging Catholics to question candidates about the place of religion in society.

Haiti’s major seminary will reopen on April 6.

Bradley Brooks reports on the Sisters who are standing up to gunmen in their efforts to save the Amazon rain forest.

Jason Berry considers what Pope Benedict must do to combat the abuse scandal.

Fr Ciro Benedettini reflects on “a difficult and frustrating week” at the Vatican press office.

Fr Vincent Twomey, a theologian and former student of Cardinal Ratzinger, says he believes that Benedict XVI, will “weather the storm“.

Ross Douthat argues that Catholic leaders shouldn’t complain about media double standards on sex abuse.

Psychology Today lists “six important points you don’t hear about regarding clergy sexual abuse in the Catholic Church”.

Fr James Martin SJ traces the causes of sexual abuse by the clergy for the Huffington Post.

And a soldier who ‘died’ five times will become a Catholic this Easter.

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The Bishops of England and Wales released their pre-election document, Choosing the Common Good, this morning. The BBC is describing it as a “Catholic attack on British society’s ‘lack of trust’“.

The Vatican’s spokesman says the Pope will visit Spain in November.

The Vatican has secretly elected a new delegate in China, the press agency i.media has claimed.

Singer Sinead O’Connor has savagely criticised Bishop Denis Brennan of Ferns.

A debate on whether England should return to the bosom of the Pope raised ancient Protestant hackles, says Andrew Brown.

And Anthony Hopkins is preparing to play a Vatican exorcist in a new Hollywood thriller.

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The patriarch of the Syriac Catholic Church has accused Iraqi authorities of complicity in the murder of Christians in Mosul.

A thousand Christians are leaving the Holy Land every year, says Rome Reports (video).

Spiegel Online says Christians are the most persecuted people in the world.

Spain’s bishops have described a radical liberalisation of the country’s abortion law as “a step backward“.

Two years after World Youth Day, Sydney is seeing an upsurge in vocations and ordinations.

The next consistory to create new cardinals may take place in November.

Fr John Zuhlsdorf says the long-awaited “Instruction” on Summorum Pontificum may be imminent.

The campaign to delay the new English translation of the Mass has attracted more than 17,000 signatures.

The National Secular Society continues to fume about the Pope’s visit to Britain.

Three English bishops are taking the fight to save their adoption agencies to the High Court.

The election advice of the bishops of England and Wales will be published this week (previews here and here).

Hundreds of people have attended a national congress in London for Catholics working with young people (photos).

An Irish bishop has said he was embarrassed to kiss the Pope’s ring during the Vatican abuse summit.

The Pope has ended his “profound” week-long Lenten retreat (video).

Hundreds of Polish Catholics are converting to Judaism, says the New York Times.

Archbishop Dolan of New York has given another major television interview (video).

Hugh McLoughlin responds to those who suggest that Pope Benedict disapproves of the Scottish Church.

Giovanni Maria Vian, editor of L’Osservatore Romano, says Benedict XVI has a deep concern for priests.

Archbishop Claudio Maria Celli, president of the Pontifical Council for Social Communications, discusses evangelisation in the digital world (audio).

John Allen says the growing presence of foreign priests is helping to make American Catholicism less insular.

A Catholic who defended waterboarding on EWTN is facing severe criticism, the New York Times reports. R R Reno criticises the report.

The Wall Street Journal wonders if we are seeing the beginning of the end of the Reformation.

Tom Holland defends the much-maligned St Paul, as does Sarah Ruden.

Joseph Bottum and R R Reno clash over whether other countries should learn from France’s approach to religious freedom.

Fr Aidan Nichols OP has given a Lent lecture on the priesthood (video) and the Congregation for Clergy has uploaded a trio of videos to YouTube about the priest as Alter Christus.

And Vaticano Spa (“Vatican Ltd”), a book about the alleged murky financial dealings of the Vatican, is a bestseller in Italy.

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.

New English translation of Missal out in ‘next 18 months’

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At the end of their November meeting, the Bishops of England and Wales issued a statement saying they had completed their approval of the new English translation of the Roman Missal.

They added that the full text would be sent to the Holy See for approval and was likely to be published “during the course of the next 18 months”.

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Written by Luke Coppen

November 23, 2009 at 2:08 pm