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The Pope will beatify Cardinal Newman in Birmingham rather than in Coventry and tour the Birmingham Oratory during his visit to Britain, it emerged yesterday.

The Russian Orthodox Church and Poland’s Catholic Church promised yesterday to help their nations seek reconciliation.

Pope Benedict has told cloistered nuns at the Dominican convent of Santa Maria del Rosario in Rome that their prayer helps to sustain the Church (full text).

Benedict XVI has blessed a 29ft-tall restored statue of the Virgin Mary at the Don Orione Centre (full text).

The Diocese of Brooklyn is promoting the Cause of a priest who welcomed black people into the Church in New York in the 1920s.

The organisers of World Youth Day 2011 have launched a new promotional advert (video).

Archbishop Charles Chaput of Denver has said the methods of the professional liturgical establishment have led to “a dead end” (full text).

Michael Sean Winters offers a “final note” on the controversy over the alleged fabrication of quotes at a USCCB meeting.

Fr John Trigilio Jr argues that Fr Marcial Maciel duped Pope John Paul II.

And Louis Ruprecht praises the “eminently modern institutions” of the Vatican Library and the Vatican Museums.

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Fr Vincent Twomey, a former student of Pope Benedict, has apologised for implicitly calling for the resignation of Bishop Martin Drennan of Galway over his handling of abuse cases in Dublin archdiocese.

Cardinal Seán Brady has described Cardinal Cahal Daly as “ahead of his time” at the former Primate of All Ireland’s funeral.

Up to 24 American bishops will reach the mandatory retirement age in 2010.

The new Archbishop of Milwaukee has called for Catholics to “sacrifice for the truth”.

Catholic World Report considers why the gay marriage movement lost in Maine.

Czech Cardinal Miloslav Vlk has said that Europe is on the verge of “Islamisation”.

More than two million people attended papal events in 2009.

Security is tightened for the funeral of a Chinese underground bishop.

The Russian Orthodox Church has opened its first seminary outside the former Soviet Union.

The Washington Post says Hollywood is getting more religious.

Atheist Sam Harris and theist Karen Armstrong have a forceful exchange of views in Foreign Policy magazine.

Leading Catholic blogger American Papist has a new home.

And Beliefnet names the 10 top religious pop cultural trends of the last decade.

Militant secularism is like Soviet atheism, says Russian Orthodox bishop

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EU Commission President Jose Manuel Barroso, 2nd right, Slovenia’s Prime Minster Janez Jansa, 2nd left, and European Parliament President Hans-Gert Poettering, left, welcome Russian Orthodox Bishop Hilarion Alfeyev at the start of a religious leaders meeting at the European Commission headquarters in Brussels in 2008 (AP Photo/Geert Vanden Wijngaert)

There’s an interesting essay in the December 9 issue of the English edition of L’Osservatore Romano by the Russian Orthodox Archbishop Hilarion Alfeyev of Volokolamsk.

He writes:

The processes taking place in Europe today are somewhat similar to those in the Soviet Union. In regards to religion, militant secularism is as dangerous as was militant atheism. Both of these obstacles strive to exclude religion from the public sphere and from politics, relegating it to a ghetto, confining it to the space of private devotion.

The unwritten laws of political correctness are often applied to religious institutions. In many cases, this means that believers cannot express their convictions openly, in that the public expression of their religious convictions might be considered a violation of the rights of those who do not share them.

Zenit has a good analysis of the archbishop’s article and wider Rome-Moscow relations here.

Written by Luke Coppen

December 15, 2009 at 12:17 am