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Morning Catholic must-reads: 13/09/12

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

By on Thursday, 13 September 2012

A man looks at documents at the burned-out US consulate in Benghazi, Libya (AP)

A man looks at documents at the burned-out US consulate in Benghazi, Libya (AP)

The Vatican has condemned the “unacceptable” murder of the US ambassador to Libya and the “unjustified offence” given by the makers of a film criticising Islam (full text of statement, video).

The Pope’s visit to Lebanon must go ahead because it will show “that peace is the only possible alternative to hatred and war“, Fr Rafic Greiche, spokesman for Egypt’s Catholic bishops, has said.

The Pontifical Council for Culture is hosting a two-day meeting of the Courtyard of the Gentiles in Sweden, reportedly the world’s least religious country, beginning today.

Bishop Peter Brignall was installed as the new Bishop of Wrexham in Wales yesterday (photos).

The Franciscan University of Steubenville in Ohio has defended its decision to run a course on “Deviant Behaviour” which groups homosexuality with murder, rape and mental illness (comment by Bobby Ross).

Michael Miller presents what every Catholic needs to know about Archbishop Gerhard Ludwig Müller, the new prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith.

John Allen profiles the Vatican’s new “transparency guru” René Brülhart.

And Cardinal Gianfranco Ravasi, described yesterday as “the most interesting man in the Catholic Church“, has begun to tweet in English.

Follow me on Twitter @lukecoppen for updates throughout the day

  • Nat_ons

    Thank our Good Lord for another one of Benedict XVI’s radically orthodox moves, if his hermeneutic of continuity can be described thus – the worldly spirit really does not know how to keep up with this awesome witness to Christ and his relentless drive to appoint sound teachers (from a very limited source).

    “We don’t need a hermeneutic that is applied to the Council from outside. The important thing is to discover the hermeneutic that is contained in the Council itself: the hermeneutic of reform in continuity, as the Holy Father has repeatedly emphasized. A council is the exercise of the supreme Magisterium of the Church in the college of bishops together with the pope.” Archbishop Mueller in conversation with Katholische Nachrichten-Agentur; M J Miller, The New Man at the Helm of the Holy Office.

    More of this over the next year, please, for most of us are still waiting – in great hunger and thirst – for what the Holy Ghost promised at the Second Vatican Council, was actually agreed by the Fathers there, and prompted in the hopes of the Blessed John XXIII (not ‘Yo! dis is my take on the whole griff, dude’ readings).

    “And now the Church must once more reaffirm that teaching authority of hers which never fails, but will endure until the end of time. For that was Our reason for calling this most authoritative assembly, and We address you now as the humble successor, the latest born, of this Prince of Apostles. The present Council is a special, worldwide manifestation by the Church of her teaching office, exercised in taking account of the errors, needs and opportunities of our day.”