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Morning Catholic must-reads: 01/03/11

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

By on Tuesday, 1 March 2011

Pope Benedict XVI welcomes European Parliament president Jerzy Buzek to the Vatican (AP Photo/Andrew Medichini, pool)

Pope Benedict XVI welcomes European Parliament president Jerzy Buzek to the Vatican (AP Photo/Andrew Medichini, pool)

Benedict XVI and Jerzey Buzek, president of the European Parliament, discussed “the contribution the Church can make to the [European] Union” at the Vatican yesterday.

Catholics must discover new “symbols and metaphors” to convey the faith in the digital age, the Pope told members of the Pontifical Council for Social Communications yesterday (video).

Archbishop Vincent Nichols of Westminster will preside at a Mass this month marking the 950th anniversary of the vision that led to the founding of the shrine of Our Lady of Walsingham.

Aldo Maria Valli, Vatican commentator for the Italian television network RAI, has published a book investigating why Pope Benedict is “the absolutely most attacked public figure” in the world.

Fr Timothy Finigan says that yesterday’s British High Court judgment about foster care reveals “the weird and twisted world of modern British equality law“. Gavin Drake argues that the judgment has been misreported.

John Allen suggests that forgiveness is the “Catholic yoga“.

And Max Lindenman urges young Catholic men to consider the benefits of dating nice Catholic girls.

  • Mr Grumpy

    The Gavin Drake link is useful insofar as he in turn links to the text of the judgment, otherwise not very. He is right on the technicality that the court refused to rule. However he seems determined not to acknowledge what that means for the Johns in practice: that they are left at the mercy of a Council which has ready made it abundantly clear that it will make an issue of their beliefs about sexual morality.