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Morning Catholic must-reads: 04/09/12

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

By on Tuesday, 4 September 2012

Cardinal Angelo Scola celebrates the funeral mass for Cardinal Carlo Maria Martini

Cardinal Angelo Scola celebrates the funeral mass for Cardinal Carlo Maria Martini

Benedict XVI praised Cardinal Carlo Maria Martini’s “great openness of heart” in a message read at the cardinal’s funeral at a packed Milan cathedral yesterday (video).

Hezbollah has said that it welcomes the “historic” visit of Pope Benedict to Lebanon on September 14-16.

A senior Muslim cleric in Pakistan has hailed a Christian girl accused of blasphemy as a “daughter of the nation” and guaranteed her safety if she is released from jail.

Archbishop of Louis Sako of Kirkuk has opened a school for both Muslims and Catholics in the troubled province in northern Iraq.

Cardinal Cormac Murphy-O’Connor says that former British Prime Minister and Catholic convert Tony Blair has “retracted many of his statements” at variance with Church teaching.

Catherine Pepinster argues that Cardinal Martini was wrong to appeal for a third Vatican Council.

Vatileaks journalist Gianluigi Nuzzi suggests that his work has led to “greater transparency” at the Vatican.

And the American Catholic Diocese of Charleston is turning to Facebook, Twitter and Foursquare in the quest for priestly vocations (video).

For updates throughout the day follow me on Twitter @lukecoppen

  • Just_a_simpleton

    There is a comment by “Cathy” on the Arundel and Brighton blog which has the interview with Cardinal Murphy O’Connor. I suspect she is not alone in holding that view:
    Re Tony Blair, the Cardinal says: ” While at that time he did go against what I
    was saying, he has since retracted many of his statements.”And which
    statements has he retracted? No suggestion that he has changed his support for
    contraception and abortion. And he has stated his support for gay marriage.
    No matter what their background everyone is welcome to convert and to be
    received into the Church. The scandal of Tony Blair’s reception is that he was
    received into the Church without converting.

  • Tito Edwards

    Great news out of Pakistan!  The non-Salafist Muslims are fighting back!

    Deo Gratias!

  • Nat_ons

    ‘If Martini had ditched his stick, we might now be seeing another conclave beginning and the church would be a very different place. Given that Martini said in an interview released after his death that the Catholic church was 200 years behind the times, one must assume that a Martini papacy would have been a radical progressive one, and that the target of Martini’s critique from beyond the grave is the current papacy.’ Catherine Pepinster, Guardian.

    We may all thank God, the Holy Ghost, not only for preserving us from a different ‘Benedict’ on Peter’s Chair but from following the spirit of the Age Of Aquarius merchants who confuse out-of-date with out-of-step – only one of which value judgement is dangerous to following the Faith.