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Today’s Catholic must-reads: 18/07/12

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

By on Wednesday, 18 July 2012

Vatican official Mgr Ettore Balestrero discusses the Council of Europe report (AP)

Vatican official Mgr Ettore Balestrero discusses the Council of Europe report (AP)

The Vatican has welcomed a Council of Europe report which found that the Holy See has made progress towards financial transparency (PDF of report, video).

The Australian state of Victoria is considering whether to force priests to report confessions of abuse to police.

Young Polish Catholics have launched an online petition calling for the cancellation of a Madonna concert in Warsaw on August 1.

The Vatican has appointed Our Sunday Visitor as the exclusive distributor of the English edition of L’Osservatore Romano.

The New York Times joins the oldest working priest in New York City in his Bronx parish.

Outside magazine profiles the Irish missionary who became “the guru of Kenyan running”.

And days before the start of the London Olympics, the Catholic Truth Society reveals that its former general secretary was a double Olympic gold medallist.

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  • Nat_ons

    Not that the BBC, its correspondents, or the reports it deems worthy of being classed as ‘news’ could ever be considered anti-catholic, certainly not; but it seems the Roman Catholic Church is responsible for the divisive economic mayhem in the Euro-zone.

    Of course that ‘tongue-in-cheek’ piece makes Austria and Poland part of a German Protestant ethos, yet there are two (rather well hidden) truths that may be drawn from it; i) that the fanciful Prussian Jackboot notion of fiscal responsiblity has nothing to do with Luther’s or Calvin’s or Nazi or Laise Faire ideas (owing more to conservative house-keeping, as found in Bavaria and Baden-Wuertemburg), and ii) the debt-led ‘Economic Miracle’ of an Anglo-Saxon model of finance (a South Sea Bubble without the hope of Montagu Norman) is still not being addressed properly (the evangelical fervour of its imperial advocates, Brown and Obama et al, was followed avidly by Ireland and Spain .. destroying their otherwise sound policies of keeping more or less within their means, even if it mean slower growth).

    Oh! well .. there you go.