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Morning Catholic must-reads: 20/09/11

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

By on Tuesday, 20 September 2011

An activist demonstrates outside the US Embassy in Rome in support of death row inmate Troy Davis (AP Photo/Gregorio Borgia)

An activist demonstrates outside the US Embassy in Rome in support of death row inmate Troy Davis (AP Photo/Gregorio Borgia)

An American man on death row faces execution by lethal injection on Wednesday, despite the intervention of Pope Benedict.

Cardinal Theodore McCarrick, Archbishop Emeritus of Washington, has met Iranian president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad in an attempt to secure the release of two American hikers.

Cardinal Donald Wuerl of Washington has urged theologians to greet “a new moment in the life of the Church” by promoting the New Evangelisation.

Sister María Inés Teresa, founder of the Poor Clare Missionaries of the Blessed Sacrament, will be beatified on April 21.

The Church in Vietnam has unveiled the first-ever Catholic Dictionary in Vietnamese.

David Gibson compares and contrasts cradle Catholics and converts.

And Mark Shea argues that the cases of Fr Frank Pavone and Fr John Corapi are completely different.

  • fishersofmen…

    Fr. Pavone story is so obvious that we are all missing it.  Politics.  No, not Church Politics, National Politics.  In 2008, Fr. Pavone was outspokenly anti-Obama. In 2010, Fr. Pavone paticipated in the protest against Obama speaking at Notre Dame University. The Presidential election is next year. Right now, Obama’s poll numbers keep sinking. Obama needs every vote he can get to get re-elected. So how does this look to Obama and his people? Fr. Pavone needs to be taken out.  This is National Politics, Chicago-Style.  Where does Bishop Zurek come in?  According to Huffington Post columnist Father Alberto Cutie (Episcopalian), Sept. 19: “His bishop in Amarillo is certainly much more progressive than he is, so there could be some ideological clashes there…” Okay, do these “ideological clashes” translate into the Bishop’s Democratic associations? Those associations include a relationship with former Mayor of San Antonio, Ed Garza.  Garza appointed Bishop Zurek to serve on his Committee on Integrity and Trust in Local Government for the city of San Antonio. Ed Garza, sharing the Democratic leanings of other Hispanics in Texas, endorsed Obama in 2008, saying: “Senator Obama’s unique ability to bring people together and bridge partisan divides make him the best candidate to bring change we can believe in.” I don’t want to suggest that Bishop Zurek himself is being a party to a ‘dirty tricks campaign’ against Fr. Frank Pavone, but the possibility exists that circumstances around the Bishop have been manipulated, with an agenda in mind.

  • Oliver

    The Popes used to execute people by guillotine on practically a monthly basis right up until the Papal States were abolished. Charles Dickens describes one such papal execution in his book Pictures from Italy. Amnesty International is a pro-abortion, anti-Catholic organisation.