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Morning Catholic must-reads: 15/04/11

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

By on Friday, 15 April 2011

Catechumens pictured at St Ignatius Cathedral in Shanghai (CNS photo)

Catechumens pictured at St Ignatius Cathedral in Shanghai (CNS photo)

The Vatican has issued an 11-point message to Chinese Catholics, urging them to make sacrifices in defence of the faith (full text).

Disgraced Belgian Bishop Roger Vangheluwe has admitted in a television interview to abusing a second nephew.

Benedict XVI will celebrate his 84th birthday tomorrow (video).

Zenit publishes the Pope’s calendar for Holy Week.

Archbishop Diarmuid Martin of Dublin has criticised the “sentimentality” of Irish-Americans in an interview with the Boston

Fr James Martin SJ welcomes the Vatican blogging summit.

Fr Tim Finigan says he is awaiting the English translation of YouCat with trepidation.

James Kidd claims that the Objectivist philosophy of Ayn Rand can be reconciled with Church teaching.

Daria Sockey says the US Catholic publishing world is at a crossroads.

Patrick Archbold comes to the defence of Michael Voris.

Phil Lawler points out that America’s “most Catholic” university isn’t officially Catholic at all.

And a Catholic priest in London is preparing to defy local council officials seeking to ban a traditional Good Friday procession on health and safety grounds.

  • Anonymous

    ‘James Kidd claims that the Objectivist philosophy of Ayn Rand can be reconciled with Church teaching.’

    Rand was not simply an atheist, but rather virulently anti-religious. She despised religion for its lack of selfishness and its caring for others. She expresses this in her books The Fountainhead and Atlas Shrugged and in her collection of essays in The Virtue of Selfishness: A New Concept of Egoism (1964).

    Altruism, she thought was a moral evil, that does not benefit society as she said of self-sacrifice, as she found it debasing and de-humanizing traits. In her book the Fountainhead she mocks a figure that builds a home for sick and injured children – rather than using the money to further their own goals.

    You might think I am giving examples out of context, or expressing her philosophy in a unjust way, if only this was the case. I suggest you ‘Youtube’ her, to see her passion and seriousness in what she is saying. In the meantime she makes her own case very well for being unreconcilable with Church teaching:

    ‘Achievement of your happiness is the only moral purpose of your life’

    ‘If any civilization is to survive, it is the morality of altruism that men have to reject.’

    ‘Money is the barometer of a society’s virtue.’

    ‘ Faith, as such, is extremely detrimental to human life: it is the negation of reason.’

    ‘ I swear, by my life and my love of it, that I will never live for the sake of another man’

  • Anura Guruge

    A new, daily ‘This Day in Papal History’ feature that may be of interest to some of you.
    Thank you.
    Grace, and may peace be with you.
    Anura Guruge
    Papal historian