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Today’s Catholic must-reads: 04/05/11

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By on Wednesday, 4 May 2011

Today’s Catholic must-reads: 04/05/11

Pope Benedict XVI began a new cycle of catechesis dedicated to prayer at his general audience today (video).

The National Council of Priests of Australia has condemned Benedict XVI’s decision to remove Bishop William Morris of Toowoomba (full text). Fr Anthony Ruff supports them.

Jim Caviezel has claimed that he was shunned by Hollywood after playing Jesus in The Passion of the Christ.

The Catholic News Service reports on the 150-strong Catholic community in Abbotabbad, the city where Osama bin Laden was killed on Sunday.

Michael O’Loughlin notes that US Vice President Joseph Biden prayed the rosary as he watched the operation in Abbotabbad at the White House.

Moral theologian Charles Camosy asks if there’s an official Catholic teaching on brain death.

Peter Scally SJ considers whether British Catholics should vote for a new voting system in a nationwide referendum tomorrow.

And the Guardian reports on an Italian bishop turning heads with Giorgio Armani vestments.

  • Keiranmb

    For whatever reason, the case of Bishop Morris is really bothering me. This man tells every one that he hasn’t been treated justly yet he’s been talking to the Vatican for five years and he’s been talking directly to the Pope. It seems incredible to me that the priests of Australia “buy” his argument about Rome. He’s been in conversation!! He knows the issues!! He’s responded to them!!! He’s rebelling or they wouldn’t have said – NO. Rome can’t speak for itself or it will violate the bishop’s rights so we don’t know the details. Therefore, I don’t understand when a priest’s association claims this is not being handle with pastoral care and also blames laity for this bishop’s downfall. In essence priests are saying – we are only pastoring to those who think like us – the rest of you be damned. Now, I’m not a restorationist but it seems to me that this message is very unCatholic and very unpastoral and very un Vatican II. This Bishop and many priests in Australia are thumbing their noses at the laity. As stated, there is something about it all that isn’t right, is bothersome and is not about the Vatican or hierarchy. Why would supposedly intelligent men (Bishop Morris and his supporters) decide to dupe us and denigrate us otherwise? There is misdirection going on here. The paradigm is no longer Christ, the paradigm has shifted to something else.