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Today’s Catholic must reads: 12/09/12

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

By on Wednesday, 12 September 2012

Benedict XVI greets the faithful at the end of this morning's general audience (AP)

Benedict XVI greets the faithful at the end of this morning's general audience (AP)

Benedict XVI concluded his catechesis on prayer and looked forward to his visit to Lebanon at his general audience this morning (video).

Cardinal Oswald Gracias, president of the Bishops’ Conference of India, has denounced police who desecrated two statues of the Virgin Mary during a raid on a church in Tamil Nadu.

Priests in Poland have launched the world’s first magazine devoted to exorcism.

Orla Guerin speaks to the family of Rimsha Masih, the Pakistani child accused of blasphemy (video).

Christopher White profiles Helen Alvaré, the Catholic law professor described by Salon.com as “birth control’s worst enemy”.

Barney Zwartz investigates what really happened at the Second Vatican Council, which began 50 years ago next month.

And the organisers of World Youth Day in Rio have launched 70 products, including backpacks, bracelets and medals, to promote the event (video).

Follow me on Twitter @lukecoppen for updates throughout the day

  • Nat_ons

    Dear Lord God only preserve us from more of the same vacuous, self-congratulating liberty merchants over the next twelve months, below:

    ‘Robert Blair Kaiser, who covered the council for Time magazine, suggests that ”rather than whine over what daddy won’t let us do”, Catholics should be grateful for what the council did achieve, and build on that themselves.
    ”It has given us a new view of ourselves. It’s made us more free, more human and more at the service of a world that Jesus loved. It has given us a new view of the church. It’s our church, not the Pope’s church, or the bishops’ church, or a priest’s church. It has given us a new view of our place in it. We can think, we can speak, we can act as followers of Jesus in a world that needs us.”
    Read more: http://www.smh.com.au/world/the-vaticans-very-own-revolution-20120910-25ob3.html#ixzz26NgER2P7 ‘ 
    Barney Zwartz, Sydney Morning Herald.
    ‘It’s our church, not the Pope’s church, or the bishops’ church, or a priest’s church.’ That about sums it all up: the Spirit of the Age of Aquarius writ large – It’s Mine. Not Yours – And Your Not Playing With It .. I Am. 

    ‘It’s made us more free, more human and more at the service of a world that Jesus loved.’ Well, well, all those schools, hospitals, universities, hospices et al sprung up only since 1965 because we were suddenly freed to care for God’s creation .. by promoting free sex, free contraception, free abortion; one wonders.

    ‘We can think, we can speak, we can act as followers of Jesus in a world that needs us.’ Thank heaven then that Nun’s-Magisterium Magical Mystery Tour Bus may be passing near you soon; will we really be allowed to say what we think of disobedient religious, of priests who prefer to offer social services than the sacrifice of the Mass, or franking anti-catholic ‘Catholic’ teachings – no, it will be howled down in a tirade of Protest Movement Action.