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Cardinal Seán Brady has said he accepts an opinion poll which found that 76 per cent of Irish adults believe that he should resign from office.

Catholic employees at a Chinese factory making iPhones have accused the Church of failing to support migrant workers following a string of suicides since January.

Benedict XVI has urged future diplomats of the Holy See to be distinguished by their full adhesion to the Pope and the Magisterium (video).

Cardinal Francis George of Chicago is reportedly planning to lead a delegation to Cuba.

President Barack Obama has praised Sister Carol Keehan for her support in passing health care reform.

A video of the Christopher Hitchens-John Haldane debate in Oxford on the public role of religion is now online.

David Clohessy, executive director of SNAP, explains why he doesn’t accept the Pope’s latest apology for clerical abuse. Mathew Schmalz, a professor at the College of the Holy Cross, offers a different point of view.

Deacon Greg Kandra asks whether Hyundai is mocking the Catholic Church.

And Sherry Weddell discusses the rise of “socially Catholic” Protestants.

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The Foreign Office has ordered members of its papal visit team to undergo “urgent diversity training” following the leaking of a memo mocking the Pope.

Catherine Pepinster explains the background to the Foreign Office fiasco.

Andrew Brown, Neil Addison and Rob Vischer react to the Macfarlane ruling on religious discrimination. Simon Sarmiento has more reaction.

A 73-year-old priest has been killed in India.

The French Catholic Church is seeking candidates for priesthood on Facebook.

Philip Jenkins considers how the abuse crisis will change the Catholic Church.

Fr Raymond de Souza goes another round with Christopher Hitchens.

The Economist tours the Vatican Secret Archives.

Professor Eamon Duffy tries to define Anglican patrimony at a conference on Anglicanorum coetibus.

Joanna Bogle hails the new English translation of the Mass.

Matthew Archbold says ultrasounds will prove to be “the Rosa Parks of abortion”.

And the Church has finally done something to make Andrew Sullivan proud.

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The Sunday Telegraph’s report on the Foreign Office memo suggesting the Pope should open an abortion clinic during his visit to Britain has prompted comment from James Macintyre, Damian Thompson, Harry Mount, Melanie McDonagh, Catherine Pepinster, George Pitcher, Tim Collard, Fr Dwight Longenecker, Gerald Warner, Ruth Gledhill, Mary Beard, Cranmer, William Crawley, Tony Brenton, Giles Pinnock, Joanna Bogle, Fr Timothy Finigan and Fr John Hunwicke SSC.

The Independent reports that Pope Benedict will make “the first general apology” for clerical abuse when he meets thousands of priests from around the world at the end of the Year for Priests.

The Pope has praised the Meter Association, the group founded by Fr Fortunato Di Noto to combat paedophilia.

Benedict XVI will create a Pontifical Council for the New Evangelisation, to be led by Archbishop Rino Fisichella, reports John Allen.

The internet has led to increased conformity and “the decline of critical spirit”, Pope Benedict has said (video).

Iraqi Christians have defied threats to erect a statue of Jesus modelled on the giant Christ the Redeemer in Rio.

An Italian group has accused Mgr Charles Scicluna of mishandling the case of an alleged clerical abuser.

A retired priest has said he warned Church authorities that Belgium’s longest-serving bishop was an abuser years before he resigned.

Clark Hoyt, the public editor of the New York Times, responds to criticism of the paper’s coverage of the Pope and the abuse crisis.

Christopher Hitchens provides an update on his campaign to arrest the Pope.

Historian Anthony Grafton says Pope Benedict is awaiting the St “Francis or the Angela Merici of our time“.

Joseph Bottum reflects on “the permanent scandal of the Vatican“.

Mark Lawson says the Pope and Catholicism “have become the evil force of choice” for novelists.

A new documentary traces the last days of Oscar Romero.

Marco Tossati discusses his controversial book-length interview with the exorcist Fr Gabriele Amorth.

And a Colombian cleric has won an international prize for the best “priestly anecdote” with the story of how he heard the Devil’s confession.

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In an oblique response to the abuse crisis, Pope Benedict has announced that he will dedicate his Easter weekly general audiences to the priesthood (video).

The Vatican confirmed yesterday that Fr Jerzy Popiełuszko, the Solidarity priest and martyr, will be beatified on June 6 in Marshal J Pilsudski Square in Warsaw.

Mexico City churches have reported a surge in Mass-goers during Holy Week.

Ross Douthat goes another round with Christopher Hitchens over the Pope and the abuse scandal.

Fr Joseph Fessio SJ defends the future Pope’s handling of the Kiesle case (video).

Paolo Rodari reports that the Vatican’s English Twitter feed is far more popular than those of other languages.

Thinking Faith salutes Robert Parsons, “the exemplar of the sinister Jesuit of popular imagination”, who died 400 years ago today.

Rod Dreher wonders if our minds are hard-wired for God.

Rob Vischer asks why senior Church officials are so gaffe-prone.

Andrew Sullivan suggests that new Catholic churches should look like Apple stores.

Catholic blogger Mark Shea wonders if the internet is making our manners coarser.

And, in response to the “12 evilest Pope pictures” meme, Anna Arco presents the “12 sweetest Pope pictures“. E D Kain applauds.

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SSPX bishop Richard Williamson will not be present at his trial in Germany on Friday for denying the Holocaust.

A senior Maltese archbishop met victims of clerical abuse yesterday ahead of the Pope’s visit on Saturday.

A Swedish bishop has asked abuse victims for forgiveness following two reports of abuse perpetrated by priests.

Christopher Hitchens discloses that his campaign to put the Pope on trial will begin at the International Criminal Court (video).

An American priest who appealed from the pulpit for the Pope to resign is at the centre of a media frenzy.

Anthony Flew, the philosopher famous for his atheism who late in life concluded that there was a God, has died aged 87.

Fr James Martin SJ says Cardinal Bertone was wrong to link homosexuality and paedophilia.

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Caritas has launched an ambitious campaign, Zero Poverty, aimed at completely eradicating child poverty (official website here).

Douglas Alexander, Britain’s Secretary of State for International Development, has personally thanked Pope Benedict XVI for his urgent appeal for Haiti.

The head of the Legion of Christ has urged members of the embattled congregation to be charitable towards one another.

Yesterday the Pope received seven more English and Welsh bishops on their ad limina visit to Rome.

Cardinal Walter Kasper has clashed with the head of Germany’s Evangelical Federation, the EKD, over Pope Benedict.

Thomas Peters offers more details about the next Archbishop of Los Angeles.

Archbishop Charles Chaput of Denver says America’s high divorce rate is a sign of Satan’s continuing activity.

George Weigel hails the “pro-life, pro-marriage” environmentalism of Pope Benedict XVI.

Rocco Palmo wonders when the Pope will bring the College of Cardinals back up to its full voting complement of 120.

Edward Pentin talks to Cardinal Peter Turkson, the most senior African in the Roman Curia.

Villanova University has finished photographing St Peter’s Basilica in order to create a breathtaking virtual tour.

Sandro Magister asks why priests are supporting an adversary of the Church in a local Italian election.

Michèle Nuzzo-Naglieri profiles the priests and bishops who are already responding to the Pope’s call to evangelise the web.

New Atheist Christopher Hitchens is becoming the bane of liberal Christians.

Vivificat ponders the leaked outline of the Catholic-Orthodox discussion on papal primacy.

Headline Bistro examines the controversy over the pro-life advertisement that will be broadcast during the Superbowl.

Fr Anthony Chadwick speculates on the shape of the liturgy in the future Personal Ordinariates.

The proceedings of a major conference on “Christian Realism and Public Life: Catholic and Protestant Perspectives” at the University of St Thomas are now online (audio and video).

And Patrick Madrid explains how you can pray the Our Father with Pope Pius XII (audio).

Patrick Madrid reflects on the Intelligence Squared debacle

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Catholic apologist Patrick Madrid has some useful advice for defenders of the Church in the wake of the Intelligence Squared debate.

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Written by Luke Coppen

November 17, 2009 at 10:07 am