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Morning Catholic must-reads: 02/12/11

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

By on Friday, 2 December 2011

Cardinal Marc Ouellet, prefect of the Congregation for Bishops (CNS photo)

Cardinal Marc Ouellet, prefect of the Congregation for Bishops (CNS photo)

Cardinal Marc Ouellet, prefect of the Congregation for Bishops, has told Avvenire that candidates turn down the request to become bishops “more than I could have expected”.

Benedict XVI said that the “New Evangelisation depends largely on the domestic Church” in his address to the plenary assembly of the Pontifical Council for the Family yesterday (full text, video).

Dioceses in England and Wales have been asked to pay the remaining costs of last year’s papal visit by March 2012.

The Franciscan University of Steubenville has given its 2011 Poverello Medal to Fr Benedict Groeschel.

The District of Columbia Office of Human Rights has dismissed an accusation that the Catholic University of America’s single-sex dorm policy constitutes unlawful discrimination.

In an Advent reflection, Mgr Andrew Burnham says that there remain “unresolved questions for the whole ordinariate“.

John Coleman SJ celebrates the 100th birthday of Catholic convert Tennessee Williams.

Peter Freeman wonders if Mel Gibson will do justice to the story of Judah Maccabee.

And Meg Matenaer profiles the community behind Mystic Monk coffee.

  • John Green

    The Holy Father is quite right that the New Evangelisation depends on the family, this does present huge problems where the father or mother is away for extended periods, such is the case with seafarers.  It therefore remains crucial that the Church can find ways, perhaps using modern social communication to enable these parents to play their proper role in the family and in the evangelisation of their children.  A major task of port chaplains of the Apostleship of the Sea is to assist seafarers in getting in contact by phone, email or skype with their family.  I was last Friday with our Troon (Scotland) port chaplain with a filipino fisherman skyping his family and excitedly sharing in the preparations for his newborn son’s baptism when he returned home later this month.
    John Green, Director of Development, Apostleship of the Sea