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Morning Catholic must-reads: 10/07/12

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By on Tuesday, 10 July 2012

Benedict XVI visits the Ad Gentes Centre in Nemi, Italy, yesterday

Benedict XVI visits the Ad Gentes Centre in Nemi, Italy, yesterday

Benedict XVI visited a house outside Rome yesterday where he worked during the Second Vatican Council as “a very young theologian of no great importance” (video).

Catholic and Episcopal bishops marked the first anniversary of South Sudan yesterday by calling for “a change of heart” among the country’s leaders.

Cardinal Juan Luis Cipriani Thorne of Lima has urged clergy involved in a conflict between mining companies and farmers to call people to prayer “without proposing concrete solutions which it is not for them to offer”.

Cardinal Raymond Burke, prefect of the Supreme Tribunal of the Apostolic Signatura, has said that recent leaks of confidential Vatican documents are “most grave crimes“.

Dr Jeff Mirus defends Archbishop Gerhard Ludwig Müller, the new prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, against accusations of heresy.

Christopher Gillibrand translates a controversial interview given by Cardinal Rainer Maria Woelki of Berlin to Die Zeit.

Edward Pentin explains how Pope Benedict will be spending his summer holiday.

Mgr Charles Pope is intrigued by an American study showing that atheism has a lower retention rate than any religious group.

Dylan Parry wonders if Cardinal Henry Edward Manning, the second Archbishop of Westminster, would campaign against binge drinking if he were alive today.

And the Philadelphia Daily News joins leading Catholic blogger Rocco Palmo for a coffee and Djarum cigarette.

For updates throughout the day follow me on Twitter @lukecoppen

The next Morning Catholic must-reads will be on Thursday, July 12

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    Christopher Gillibrand translates a controversial interview given by Cardinal Rainer Maria Woelki of Berlin to Die Zeit.

    This vacuous ‘reformist’ doctrine so long considered the norm for the Church in Germany almost makes one rejoice in the teaching offered by Archbishops Nicholls et al, who at least seek to appear orthodox and catholic .. even while trying to be modern and liberal and progressive.

    “But because thou art lukewarm, and neither cold, not hot, I will begin to vomit thee out of my mouth.” Rev 2 : 16.

    Seeking to offer a mild, caring, pastoral approach to ethical problems is not the same as sinking in a mire of moral blancmange; where the Faith holds ‘No’ to be right, true and binding, then witness No – yet offering a positive way from this negative is the great art involved in the science of values .. divine and natural and human. Woelki follows the Rahner and Kueng and Schillebeeckx and Curran model, stripped of all divine truths and any natural witness leaving only one’s human opinion as the measure of good .. and even this ‘good’ is made devoid of heavenly purpose or final end having only current utility as its context. Theirs is a lukewarm morality and deserves to be spewed forth, for it matters not a jot how heated the propontents of this modernist fad may advocated its style, nor how effortlessly they may try to make it ‘cool’, it is never the Faith, nor is it sound pastoral care, let alone well-balanced psychology witnessed to the lost and the wanderer and the confused (whom they so earnestly profess to desire to offer understanding help).