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Morning Catholic must-reads: 18/06/12

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By on Monday, 18 June 2012

The closing Mass of the congress at Croke Park in Dublin (PA)

The closing Mass of the congress at Croke Park in Dublin (PA)

Benedict XVI addressed the closing Mass of the 50th International Eucharistic Congress via video yesterday and announced that the next congress will be held in Cebu City in the Philippines (papal full text, Cardinal Marc Ouellet homily, Archbishop Diarmuid Martin address, John Allen analysis).

At least 10 people were killed and more than 50 injured in a bomb blast at Christ the King Catholic Cathedral in Kaduna, northern Nigeria, yesterday.

The Catholic Health Association, which represents America’s Catholic hospitals, has withdrawn its support for the Obama administration’s contraception mandate compromise.

Bishop Bernard Fellay, superior general of the Society of St Pius X (SSPX), will not respond to the Holy See’s offer until the end of the society’s general chapter on July 14, reports Jean-Marie Guénois of Le Figaro.

Vatican Cardinal Raymond Burke has said he believes that “reconciliation will take place” between the Holy See and the SSPX.

Vatican spokesman Fr Federico Lombardi says that “we must neither forget nor abandon Syria”.

Matthew Warner considers how the Vatican’s purchase of the top-level domain “.catholic” would change the Church.

Fr Ray Blake explains why he’s “not in favour of the current trend for frequent Exposition” of the Blessed Sacrament.

Megan Garber traces the history of the Crystal Cathedral, the Californian megachurch that is becoming a Catholic cathedral.

Phil Lawler asks whether members of the American Leadership Conference of Women Religious (LCWR) have “wandered off the Catholic reservation”.

And Esther Inglis-Arkel investigates why spaceships appear in some medieval depictions of the Crucifixion.

For updates throughout the day follow me on Twitter @lukecoppen

  • misterheche

    There is a newly published, must-read book takes a look at the legacy of the sexual revolution and contraception:

    “Adam and Eve After the Pill: Paradoxes of the Sexual Revolution”
    By Mary Eberstadt (Ignatius Press, $19.95)

    Book summary (taken from Our Sunday Visitor):

    [Fifty years after the Pill, many are gravely concerned about its effects. Are women better off in our “post-liberation” world? Are families stronger, dignity more protected, and relationships healthier now that contraception is widely available?

    Stanford researcher Mary Eberstadt provides a firm “no” in this important book. Her groundbreaking text draws on secular research from sociology, philosophy and culture to show how the Pill has been one of the most disastrous inventions in history. According to Eberstadt, “no single event since Eve first took the apple has been as consequential for relations between the sexes as the arrival of modern contraception.”

    Eberstadt demonstrates that the increase in divorce, pornography and unhappiness, and the prevalence of abortion, date rapes, hookups and binge drinking all flow directly from the sexual revolution. She also shows how Pope Paul VI’s groundbreaking encyclical, Humanae Vitae("Of Human Life"), has proved prophetic in its dark vision of a contraceptive culture.]

    An insightful review of the book can be found here:

    Mary Eberstadt’s much discussed Wall Street Journal essay — “Has the Sexual Revolution Been Good for Women? No.” — can be found here:

    A short video preview of her book can be found here:

    Book info & purchase: