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Today’s Catholic must-reads: 29/06/11

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

By on Wednesday, 29 June 2011

Archbishop José Gomez of Los Angeles (CNS photo/Paul Haring)

Archbishop José Gomez of Los Angeles (CNS photo/Paul Haring)

Benedict XVI conferred the pallium on Archbishop José Gomez of Los Angeles and 40 other archbishops at a Mass in St Peter’s Basilica this morning (video).

The Pope has told an Orthodox delegation that Catholic and Orthodox theologians are making progress towards full unity.

Archbishop Antonio Mennini, the Apostolic Nuncio to Great Britain, held a reception in London last night to mark the 60th anniversary of the Pope’s ordination (photos).

A Frenchwoman is suing Opus Dei, claiming that she was brainwashed into working as a domestic servant – a charge denied by the personal prelature.

Gerard O’Connell interviews the new Archbishop of Milan, Cardinal Angelo Scola.

Rod Dreher suggests that Archbishop Timothy Dolan’s “heart clearly wasn’t in the fight” against same-sex marriage in New York.

Catholic writer Fiorella De Maria discusses the inspiration for her new novel Poor Banished Children.

And Matthew Archbold shares some unintentionally funny church notices.

  • GFFM

    When Archbishop Dolan was elected president of the USCCB the likes of well-connected American Catholics were elated–he represented a new orthodoxy in the American Church–new leadership in the right direction. On this crucial issue this has not been the case at all, at all. He has not changed his stripes from his place holding and conciliating “style” in Milwaukee which he left worse than he found it–inheriting the diocese from the infamous Weakland. He tolerated untold liturgical abuses, outright rebellion amongst his priests, and did little of doctrinal importance with regard to statements and teaching in Milwaukee. His lackluster, complete passivity on marriage should come as no surprise to anyone who really follows the hierarchy in the US. The jolly old archbishop is all show and no go and the signs have been there for many, many years. As a whole the American bishops conference is shameful on marriage–choosing to make major statements on immigration while absconding from a foundational societal issue of grave importance.