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Morning Catholic must-reads: 15/03/12

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

By on Thursday, 15 March 2012

Cardinal Dolan is leading the US bishops' fight against the mandate (CNS)

Cardinal Dolan is leading the US bishops' fight against the mandate (CNS)

Catholic bishops in America said yesterday that they would intensify their fight against the Obama administration’s “unjust and illegal” contraception mandate (full text, George Weigel).

Thirteen Cuban dissidents have occupied a Catholic church in Havana and appealed for an audience with Pope Benedict when he visits the country later this month.

The bishops’ conference of England and Wales has released photos of the “faith card” that it plans to give to one million Catholics.

Fr Thomas Doyle says that the US bishops’ tough approach to the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (SNAP) is “a sure sign that an important part of the Church has gone off the rails”.

Fr Marcel Guarnizo, a priest in the Archdiocese of Washington DC, explains why he denied Holy Communion to a lesbian woman at her mother’s funeral.

And an Italian perfume maker has created a signature fragrance for Benedict XVI that “mixes hints of lime tree, verbena and grass”.

  • Ivica Jozing

    Why Pope needs a personalized parfume? Is he forgetting that little thing about vanity being a sin?

  • Guest

    If you look at the SNAP mission statement, it is obvious that they are an extremely aggressive organization. Supporting victims barely gets two sentences; the rest is all about using these tragic cases as leverage to gain political power. Their mission statment makes it sound like they are out for global domination, mostly at the expense of the Catholic Church. The actual practices of SNAP pretty much reflects their mission statement.