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Morning Catholic must-reads: 08/09/11

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

By on Thursday, 8 September 2011

Cardinal O'Brien with Scotland's First Minister Alex Salmond (David Cheskin/PA)

Cardinal O'Brien with Scotland's First Minister Alex Salmond (David Cheskin/PA)

Cardinal Keith O’Brien has said that the Scottish bishops are “strenuously opposed” to attempts to legalise gay marriage in the country (full text).

An American judge has upheld key parts of a lawsuit brought by a man claiming to be the son of Fr Marcial Maciel alleging that the Vatican ignored abuse accusations against the Legion founder.

A Berlin court has blocked a Catholic organisation from using billboards to welcome the Pope to the city later this month.

An Italian bishop has suffered multiple injuries after falling off a cliff during a night pilgrimage to the Shrine of the Holy Trinity in Vallepietra.

A cable from the US embassy in Warsaw, published by WikiLeaks, accuses the Church of playing “a significant role in the formation and propagation of anti-gay attitudes in Polish society“.

Rocco Palmo looks ahead to Archbishop Charles Chaput’s installation as Archbishop of Philadelphia later today.

Russell Shaw argues that American churches have an important role to play in ensuring that last month’s riots in England aren’t replicated across the Atlantic.

Catholic moral theologian Beth Haile reflects on the ethical lessons of the life of ill-fated chimpanzee Nim Chimpsky.

And Benedictine Sisters of Perpetual Adoration in America are poised to take the gourmet popcorn market by storm.

  • Rico

    I think O’Brien is delusional if he thinks gay marriage will rewrite nature. Homosexuality is not a choice and is natural. It is the Church trying to rewrite nature by not accepting that homosexuality exists and is part of humanity. It is outrageous he thinks his organisation can dictate to everyone who they can and cannot love and marry, whether they are religious or not.