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Cardinal Christoph Schönborn of Vienna has publicly criticised Cardinal Angelo Sodano’s comments about the abuse crisis on Easter Sunday.

Cardinal Walter Kasper says the talks between the SSPX and the Holy See are “not easy”.

President Doris Leuthard of Switzerland discussed the abuse crisis with Pope Benedict yesterday (video).

The Pope has appointed Mgr Liam MacDaid as the new Bishop of Clogher.

Cardinal Marc Ouellet of Quebec has told a group of physicians that no one is the “ultimate arbiter of life“.

Fr Federico Lombardi says Benedict XVI’s trip to Portugal next week will have a strong Marian dimension.

The Catholic Truth Society is organising a spiritual bouquet to be presented to the Pope when he visits Britain.

Comedy Central is planning a new cartoon featuring Jesus living in New York City to escape his “powerful but apathetic father”.

Sandro Magister and Fr Joseph Komonchak discuss how the Church can be holy when its members are sinners.

Hubert Wolf at Foreign Policy asks how much the wartime Church knew about the Holocaust.

Russell Shaw argues that Pope Benedict is an innovative social thinker.

John Zogby crunches the numbers of a recent poll of American Catholics about the abuse crisis.

Russell Moore wonders why the Catholic novelist Walker Percy didn’t kill himself.

Rome Reports asks people on the streets of the Eternal City how to encourage people to go to church.

And Catholic blogger Rocco Palmo will receive an honorary doctorate from the Aquinas Institute of Theology in St Louis today.

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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).

Papabile leads controversial baptism campaign

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Photo: Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio pictured at the Vatican in April 2005

Sandro Magister has a fascinating post about Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio, the Archbishop of Buenos Aires who, if reports are to be believed, came second to Joseph Ratzinger in the conclave voting.

According Magister, Cardinal Bergoglio is leading a controversial campaign to baptise children in Argentina even if the parents are unlikely to bring them up in the faith. He argues that this attempt to safeguard Catholicism as “the Church of the masses” is in line with Pope Benedict’s teaching.

He quotes the cardinal as saying:

The child has no responsibility for the condition of his parents’ marriage. The baptism of children can, on the contrary, become a new beginning for the parents.

A while ago, I baptised the seven children of one woman, a poor widow who works as a maid and had her children by two different men. I met her on the feast of St Cajetan. She said to me: ‘Father, I am in mortal sin, I have seven children and have never had them baptised, I don’t have the money for the godparents and for the party… I saw her again and after a little catechesis I baptised them in the chapel of the archepiscopal residence.

The woman said to me: ‘Father, I can’t believe it, you make me feel important’. I said to her: ‘But madam, what do I have to do with it? It’s Jesus who makes you important.’

Written by Luke Coppen

December 1, 2009 at 1:45 pm

Pope Benedict XVI and artists: a preview

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Sandro Magister previews Pope Benedict XVI’s hotly anticipated meeting with artists in the Sistine Chapel tomorrow:

It has become routine to think about Benedict XVI as the pope of the ‘Logos’. His critics accuse him of rationalism. But in reality, he is convinced that Christianity’s ‘proof of truth’ does not come solely by rational means. For him, ‘art and the saints are the greatest apologia of our faith’.

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Written by Luke Coppen

November 20, 2009 at 1:59 pm