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Morning Catholic must-reads: 06/07/12

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

By on Friday, 6 July 2012

Pilgrims pray around a statue of Mary in Medjugorje (CNS photo/Paul Haring)

Pilgrims pray around a statue of Mary in Medjugorje (CNS photo/Paul Haring)

Cardinal Christoph Schönborn of Vienna has praised “the overwhelming good spiritual fruits of Medjugorje” in an interview with Our Sunday Visitor.

The heart of St John Vianney arrived in England yesterday at the start of an four-day visit (photos).

The Holy See recorded a £12m (€15m, $19m) deficit in 2011 (video).

The Pontifical Council for the Pastoral Care of Migrants and Itinerant People has appealed for decent working conditions for the world’s 1.2 million seafarers in a message for Sea Sunday.

The Pope has made the politician John Hume a Knight of St Gregory for his peace work in Northern Ireland.

The English Catholic author Joseph Pearce is leaving Ave Maria University in Florida for a post at Thomas More College of Liberal Arts in New Hampshire.

Fr Gabriele Gionti SJ, a theoretical physicist at the Vatican Observatory, reflects on the reported discovery of the elusive “God particle”.

Mark Shea explains why he is glad the Church is “transparently inept and so plainly filled with such obviously failed and ridiculous people”.

And English professor Anthony Esolen reveals why modern hymns drive him to distraction.

For updates throughout the day follow me on Twitter @lukecoppen

  • Nat_ons

    I am not sure if the Herald has missed the recently approved texts of the Marriage and Funeral Rites for the Anglican Ordinariates (or if I have overlooked them here), however, they strike me as beyond measure .. astonishingly refreshing, faithful to the Anglican spirit, and overflowing in fidelity to Catholic Orthodoxy. 

    Not just the thoughtful retention of some older forms, thou, thee, capitals for the divine names and tiles, and a simple but sincere humility before God in prayer, rather it is its utterly transparent commitment to worship of God (as opposed to offering a social service to man) that captures my imagination .. I can almost hear it find rapid and mellifluous musical or chanted settings.

    If these first tentative steps in liturgy are the mere beginning (not yet the full flowering and ascent), I want to be an Anglican in communion with Rome also .. but do let too many liturgical experts get their grubby hands on it before it has bedded in and become like a second nature .. I was truly surprised (and wonder how Anglicans feel).