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Morning Catholic must-reads: 21/10/10

A daily guide to what’s happening in the Catholic Church

By on Thursday, 21 October 2010

Ettore Gotti Tedeschi, head of the Vatican bank  (CNS photo/Remo Casilli, Reuters)

Ettore Gotti Tedeschi, head of the Vatican bank (CNS photo/Remo Casilli, Reuters)

An Italian court has rejected the Vatican Bank’s appeal against the seizure of its funds in a money-laundering probe.

Pope Benedict dedicated yesterday’s general audience to St Elizabeth of Hungary (full text, video).

Gdańsk Emeritus Archbishop Tadeusz Gocłowski has entered the row in Poland over an alleged threat to excommunicate politicians who vote in favour of IVF.

The Cause of Fr Walter Ciszek, an American Jesuit imprisoned in the Soviet Union, is said to be moving forward.

Sinéad O’Connor has suggested that the Vatican should be burned to the ground, while praising Australia’s first saint.

John Burger looks at the challenges facing Egypt’s new cardinal, Patriarch Antonios Naguib of Alexandria.

Fr Robert Sirico offers advice to the tea party movement.

Robert Vischer reports on a debate on abortion at Princeton University between John Finnis and Peter Singer (full text of John Finnis’s remarks).

Matt Rossano wonders if St Thomas Aquinas should be named patron of evolutionary psychologists.

Fr Z says that those who don’t like the new translation of the Mass in English have only one option.

And George Weigel suggests that John Paul II was one of history’s funniest popes.