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Morning Catholic must-reads: 21/12/11

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

By on Wednesday, 21 December 2011

Bishop Bernard Fellay with newly ordained SSPX priests in 2009 (AP)

Bishop Bernard Fellay with newly ordained SSPX priests in 2009 (AP)

The Society of St Pius X has delivered its official response to the Vatican’s Doctrinal Preamble.

Cuban president Raúl Castro has welcomed the official announcement of the papal visit to his country “with satisfaction”.

Archbishop Dermot Clifford of Cloyne has said that abuse victims will be able to meet his predecessor Bishop John Magee, who was heavily criticised in the Cloyne Report.

John Allen says that the Vatican is standing by the new Archbishop of Manila after it emerged that he contributed an essay to a controversial history of Vatican II.

Phil Lawler says he is not worried about Pope Benedict’s health despite recent alarming reports.

Ross Douthat asks whether Christians who hope for the salvation of Christopher Hitchens lack the courage of their convictions.

Jeff Ziegler looks ahead to the “coming Latino Catholic majority” in the United States.

Fr Ray Blake describes the impact of receiving an anonymous poison pen letter.

And Mary O’Regan challenges GK Chesterton’s claim that a woman’s right to wear trousers is “a right about as grotesque as the right to wear a false nose”.