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Today’s Catholic must-reads: 11/04/12

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

By on Wednesday, 11 April 2012

Benedict XVI waves to the faithful during his general audience (AP)

Benedict XVI waves to the faithful during his general audience (AP)

The Church is “called to bear witness in every age to the truth of the Resurrection“, Pope Benedict said at his general audience this morning.

Vatican Cardinal Raymond Burke has said that the Obama administration’s contraception mandate violates “the fundamental human right, the right to the free exercise of one’s conscience” in his first public comments on the issue.

A lawyer representing Cardinal Godfried Danneels has said he will file a complaint after a newspaper claimed that the cardinal was notified at least 40 times about abuse cases in the Belgian Church.

The Vatican Congregation for the Causes of Saints has declared the Cuban priest Fr Felix Varela Venerable.

Michael Miller urges prominent American Catholic politicians to discover “real Catholic social teaching”.

Kevin Rafferty suggests that Benedict XVI “has lost his way in leading the Church”.

Michael Cook describes the debate between Richard Dawkins and Cardinal George Pell as a “rather rambling conversation” between two tired men.

And Fr Damian Ference says that Bruce Springsteen’s new album is “an undeniable product of his Catholic imagination“.

The next Morning Catholic must-reads will be on 13/04/12

  • buckingham88

    “There were times in Monday night’s great debate on the ABC’s Q@A:disqus  between Catholic Cardinal George Pell and militant atheist Richard Dawkins when you felt the boxing authorities would step in and call a halt to the bout.
     Dawkins was so obviously boxing above his weight division,was so completely outclassed in all aspects of the encounter,that you felt the event promoters were being cruel to him….Pell gave us a glimpse on Monday night of what the [Christian} tradition embodies:its wisdom,its urbanity,itsrange and depth.Dawkins’ arguments look antique and clumsy.There was something faintly Edwardian about his materialist inability to grasp,or even to concede the intellectual substance of the tradition of metaphysics going back to the ancient Greeks.
     When Dawkins explained that the universe had come from nothing,but that nothing was really very complex and,in fact consisted of something,people laughed…….
     The new militant atheism is not used to being disagreed with….
    Pell was helped by his sense of humour,and his sense of good humour.He remarked ‘The trouble,well,there are many troubles with Richard’s teachings,but a fundamental  one is that he dumbs down God and soups up nothing.He continually talks as if God is some sort of upmarket figure within space and time.Now from  450,500 BC, where,with the Greek philosophers, God is outside space and time.God is is necessary ,self sufficient,uncaused,unconditioned.That is the hypothesis you have to wrestle with’.”
    The Australian Heart Of The Nation April 12 2012  Greg Sheridan Foreign Editor