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Morning Catholic must-reads: 22/12/10

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

By on Wednesday, 22 December 2010

The cover of the Italian version of Light of the World, pictured during a press conference at the Vatican on November 23 (CNS photo/Paul Haring)

The cover of the Italian version of Light of the World, pictured during a press conference at the Vatican on November 23 (CNS photo/Paul Haring)

The Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith has issued a Note on the Pope’s remarks about Aids and condoms in Light of the World (full text). Sandro Magister, Steve Kellmeyer, John Allen, Fr Tim Finigan, Fr John Zuhlsdorf, David Gibson and James Preece respond.

Bishop Thomas Olmsted of Phoenix has stripped St Joseph’s Hospital and Medical Center of its Catholic status following a dispute over abortion. Thomas Peters, Grant Gallicho, Edward Peters, Fr Z, Mark Shea and Jimmy Akin react.

Cardinal Godfried Danneels has told a Belgian parliamentary inquiry into clerical abuse that the Church “often thought too much and foremost about itself and its priests and not the victims”.

The latest WikiLeaks cable suggests that the Vatican withdrew from a written agreement to join an international Holocaust memorial organisation because of tensions over Pius XII.

Archbishop Vincent Nichols has said that religious truth helps to sustain society in a reflection at Westminster Cathedral.

Matthew Archbold gives the thumbs up to the trailer for Fr Robert Barron’s ambitious Catholicism series.

And Oxford University is helping to keep the language that Christ spoke alive.