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Morning Catholic must-reads: 23/08/11

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

By on Tuesday, 23 August 2011

Irish Minister for Justice Alan Shatter at a press conference following the publication of the Cloyne Report (Julien Behal/PA Wire)

Irish Minister for Justice Alan Shatter at a press conference following the publication of the Cloyne Report (Julien Behal/PA Wire)

Irish Bishop John Magee has broken his silence by declaring that he is “horrified and ashamed” by the abuse in his diocese exposed by the Cloyne Report (full statement).

Madrid’s chamber of commerce has estimated that World Youth Day brought €160m (£140m, $231m) into the city (report in Spanish).

The rector of SS Simon and Jude cathedral in the Diocese of Phoenix, Arizona, has banned female altar servers in an effort to promote priestly vocations.

John Allen reports that secularists are accusing Spain’s socialist prime minister José Luis Rodríguez Zapatero of being too close to the Pope following World Youth Day.

David Kerr interviews a World Youth Day pilgrim from Communist China.

Ben Akers contrasts the “spiritedness” of rioters in London with the “very different kind of spirit” on display in Madrid last weekend.

And Matthew Warner explains what the Church can learn from Justin Bieber.