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John Paul II’s Cause has been delayed by a Vatican medical commission’s decision not to recognise an alleged miracle attributed to the late pontiff, the Rome daily La Repubblica has claimed.

Ruth Gledhill reports on the High Court challenge by the Catholic Care adoption agency.

William Crawley rounds up reports on the “militant atheist” found guilty of religious harassment at Liverpool Crown Court.

A Vatican chorister has been sacked for allegedly procuring male prostitutes for a papal gentleman-in-waiting.

Secular campaigners have handed in a petition to 10 Downing Street protesting Pope Benedict XVI’s visit to Britain.

Irish singer Sinead O’Connor has said she would “help Jesus to burn down the Vatican“.

The Vatican is to send investigators to a German school facing allegations of sexual abuse by two of its priests.

The Catholic Bart Stupak and 11 Democratic allies in the US House of Representatives are prepared to block President Obama’s healthcare plan over abortion.

Malaysian officials have decided not to prosecute two Muslim reporters who deceived a Catholic church and received Holy Communion.

John Allen, inventor of the phrase “Taliban Catholicism”, goes in search of “Taliban Orthodoxy“.

USA Today profiles “pop culture priest” Fr James Martin SJ.

And comedian Frank Skinner says that, as a Catholic, he welcomes a bit of persecution.

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The Pontifical Council for Culture is creating a foundation to focus on relations with atheists and agnostics.

Rome’s Evangelical Lutheran Church is preparing to welcome the Pope on March 14 (video).

The Italian bishops’ conference has issued a document calling for attention to the problems of the Mafia-dominated south of the country.

A French bishop has accused the civil authorities of responding with “ineptitude” to the desecration of a church in his diocese.

A Spanish priest who died celebrating Mass is to be beatified on April 25.

The Apostolic Nuncio to Iraq has decried the “endless” series of murders in Iraq.

Church leaders in South Korea have deplored a court ruling that the death penalty is constitutional.

The Brazilian Catholic Church is suing Columbia Pictures over its use of the Christ the Redeemer statue in the apocalypse film 2012.

The Friends of the Ordinariate (FOTO) website is now welcoming members of the Traditional Anglican Church/The Church of Ireland (Traditional Rite) and Roman Catholics.

Archbishop Timothy Dolan has given a revealing television interview in which he discusses potholes on Madison Avenue, John O’Connor, dog breeds, sledgehammers, St Patrick’s Day and his own weight.

Canadian Catholics seem less divided over the new English translation of the Roman Missal than Americans, says Deborah Gyapong.

The director of the St Dominic’s Institute in Rome discusses the role of Muslims in Catholic schools.

George Sim Johnston explains why Vatican II was necessary.

Law professor Brian Scarnecchia discusses the “absurd fate” of frozen human embryos.

Zenit publishes Pope Benedict’s meditation for Rome’s priests (part one and part two).

Fr Robert Barron explains how Catholics can overcome “internet superficiality“.

The Dominican Sisters of Mary have taught talkshow host Oprah Winfrey to pray the rosary.

And Fr James Martin SJ explains why he’s tiring of the comedian Sarah Silverman.

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A Vatican economist has claimed that the true cause of the recession is the West’s falling birth rate.

Anglo-Catholic Bishop Edwin Barnes accuses the Archbishop of Canterbury of making it impossible for Anglican traditionalists to remain in the Church of England.

The informal ecumenical symposium at the Vatican will end today, reports Vatican Radio.

The Archdiocese of Boston has raised $15 million in an appeal, matching last year’s total.

A Catholic priest has lost six relatives in a terrorist attack in Pakistan.

The bishops of Sri Lanka are appealing for a code of conduct for the country’s politicians.

Catholics are being urged to get to grips with the new English translation of the Mass even before it is introduced.

Australia’s bishops have launched an online companion to Lent.

John Allen explains why everyone is so enthusiastic about Archbishop Gianfranco Ravasi, the papabile president of the Pontifical Council for Culture.

The Anchoress is thrilled by yesterday’s Oprah Winfrey show segment on the Dominican Sisters of Mary, Mother of the Eucharist.

Deborah Morlani ponders the role of mothers in liturgical reform.

Mark Davoren OP celebrates the remarkable life of Fr Cormac Rigby, former BBC Radio 3 presenter.

Fr James Martin SJ addresses “papalotry” among American Catholic intellectuals.

And Fr Z recommends that liberal Catholics ask Dr Rowan Williams for a “Spirit of Vatican II Ordinariate“.

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Rocco Palmo reports on a growing clerical backlash against Archbishop Diarmuid Martin of Dublin.

Cardinal Franc Rodé, prefect of the Congregation for Institutes of Consecrated Life and Societies of Apostolic Life, sees a “crisis” among religious orders today.

The Vatican is preparing a new document on lay brothers.

Auxiliary Bishop Peter Elliott of Melbourne, a former Anglo-Catholic, assesses the Pope’s outreach to Anglicans (Christian Campbell responds).

Vatican Cardinal Paul Cordes offers a guide to the Pope’s Lenten message (full text of message here).

Pope Benedict has given his blessing to participants in this year’s
Winter Olympics.

The Pontifical Sistine Choir is looking for new singers.

No Hidden Magenta considers the impact of a “bioethics bombshell“.

CNN profiles a Mexican priest on the front line in the drug wars in Ciudad Juarez.

Catholics at Catholic colleges less likely to stray from the Church, a study has found.

Tom Hoopes says recent deaths have left a “Catholic greatness void”.

Blogger Paulinus unveils a cunning plan to thwart the National Secular Society.

Fr Dwight Longenecker has an epiphany while celebrating Mass.

Fr James Martin SJ reveals that he has a knack for guessing Oscar winners.

Michael Sean Winters is revolted by the National Prayer Breakfast.

And Cranmer imagines what an American pope might look like.

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Turkey can be a bridge between the Christian and Muslim worlds, Pope Benedict XVI has told the country’s new ambassador to the Holy See (video here).

The Pope has personally thanked the security guards who ensure his safety (video).

Vietnamese police have used explosives to destroy a crucifix in a Catholic cemetery.

Talks between the Holy See and Israel are making progress.

An online petition against the beatification of Pius XII has been launched.

Archbishop Patrick Kelly of Liverpool has urged people to take extra care of their neighbours as Britain struggles with severe weather conditions.

A former archbishop of the Charismatic Episcopal Church pays tribute to the late Mgr Graham Leonard, who inspired him to become a Catholic.

Valle Adurni welcomes the decision to award the Catholic Truth Society the contract for publishing the new Missal in England and Wales.

Mark Dowd worries that the “usual suspects” will dominate coverage of the Pope’s visit to Britain in September.

An American priest has jumped from a balcony after being accused of abuse.

Fr Robert Barron discusses the controversial relationship between faith and science (video).

A Catholic legal scholar argues that pornography should be treated as a public health hazard.

Headline Bistro reflects on the rise in the number of murders of missionaries in 2009.

Fr James Martin SJ explains how to find God in difficult times.

And L’Osservatore Romano praises the theology of Bono, the lead singer of U2.

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A Christian teacher lost her job after offering to pray for a sick pupil.

A rabbi lit the fourth Advent candle at St Patrick’s Cathedral, New York, yesterday.

In the end, Senate healthcare reform negotiations were all about abortion, but Bart Stupak is ready for a pro-life last stand.

The backlash against the Pius XII decision begins.

The Holy See copyrights John Paul II.

The number of cardinal-electors has dropped to 112.

Canonist Dr Edward Peters is baffled by the Vatican’s latest action against Emmanuel Milingo.

Fr James Martin SJ is irked by “faith-based advertising”.

Pope Benedict explains why Christians are like Christmas trees.

Historian Diarmaid MacCulloch writes an appreciative Christmas message to Rowan Williams.

Francis X Clooney SJ ponders the questions raised by Archbishop Vincent Nichols’s visit to a Hindu temple.

Peter Steinfels announces the end of his New York Times column.

The Intentional Disciples salute the “extraordinary” Mary Ward, whose Cause progressed on Saturday, while Cardinal Pell rejoices at the progress of Mary MacKillop’s Cause.

Patrick Madrid responds to the disclosure that the founder of the Legion of Christ was a plagiarist.

A septugenarian monk who makes coffins is named among the top Irish-American business people.

Mgr Charles Pope sees God’s glory in snow.

Rorate Caeli explains why the maniple was never abrogated.

And, finally, Cranmer praises the ecumenical spirit of Morning Catholic must-reads.

Sarah Silverman: Sell the Vatican, feed the world

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Sarah Silverman, America’s most controversial comedian, has made a modest proposal. She wants Pope Benedict XVI to sell the Vatican and use the proceeds to end world hunger.

The Catholic League has described her remarks as“filthy” and “pathological”.

But Fr James Martin SJ thinks Silverman has a point:

Of course Pope Benedict XVI could not “sell” any of the treasures of the Vatican, the same way that your local archbishop couldn’t sell off the cathedral at a whim; they are not his, they are the church’s. And the church is not simply the hierarchy but the entire people of God. Much in the same way the Ken Burns TV series “National Parks” hammered home the idea that the national parks are everyone’s property, the treasures of the church are the property of all Catholics.

Still, perhaps Ms Silverman, in her post-modern, potty-mouthed way is on to something. Like Jesus was. Sell the Vatican? Well, maybe not everything but perhaps a statue or two?

PS You can listen to Silverman’s monologue on YouTube. But I think I better follow Fr Martin’s lead and not link to it because of its risqué content.

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Written by Luke Coppen

October 15, 2009 at 12:57 pm